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Porto, Portugal. 7-9 May 2018

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About the Event

Protective clothing provides a vital role in workers safety, ergonomics and comfort and with the evolution of the smart textiles (e.g the integration of wearable electronics), beyond physically protected, the workers could be monitored and alerted to various hazards, avoiding possible injuries. As a result of this evolution, the arrival of smarter protective equipment and new wearable gadgets is making life safer and more productive for workers from several industries.

This 8th European Conference on Protective Clothing is organized by CITEVE – Technological Centre for the Textile and Clothing Industries of Portugal in association with the European Society of Protective Clothing (ESPC), the Federation of the European Union Fire Officer Associations (FEU), the Institute for Safety (IFV) and the European Safety Federation (ESF).

A 3-day conference, in the unique setting of Porto historic city, will bring together industry innovators, technology providers, researchers, clusters and other actors from the Protective Clothing industry sector from across Europe.

An event full of opportunities to explore, learn, share and of course do networking, through an attractive well-balanced programme of presentations, posters and discussion sessions is awaiting you! The conference will embrace domains like integrated electronics/smart textiles, product safety, ergonomics, comfort, sustainability, regulatory aspects and, in addition to the regular ECPC/NOKOBETEF, a supplementary and important theme day dedicated to the needs of Firefighters will contribute to the conference success.


The conference intends to be a platform to disseminate, to exchange and to discuss the results of research, project developments and implementation programmes related to protective clothing, with a strong focus on user protection and well-being, installing a dialogue between industries and academic organizations. In addition, the purpose of the “Firefighters Theme Day” is to initiate interaction between end-users and scientists to create a better understanding of their worlds. Industrial partners can benefit from this to develop more task-specific products based on the functional needs of the end-users.


This conference is intended for researchers, designers, manufacturers, purchasers, experts in health and safety and human factors, public authorities (procurement), and end-users.


- New methods and standards

- Thermoregulatory systems for protective clothing

- Smart systems and wearables for protective clothing

- New materials, functionalizations and technologies

- Multi-risk protection

- Sports and Medical Protection

- Sustainability and circular economy

- Ergonomics and Comfort

- Digitisation/Industry 4.0 and PPE performance modelling

- Selection, safe use, maintenance and lifecycle


- Task-specific clothing

- System approach

- Textile layering as adaptive protection

- Cooling and (forced) ventilation

- Integrated sensor techniques

- Protective layers against hazardous materials in smoke

- Care and maintenance

IMPORTANT DATES: Abstracts Submission extended until 22nd December 2017 | Acceptance Announcement 31st January 2018 | Early registration prior 31st March 2018 | Conference dates from 7th to 9th May 2018

LANGUAGE: The official language of the conference is English. All submissions (including oral and poster presentations) shall be written and presented in English.






research areas


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    Kalev Kuklane, PhD

    Associated Professor at Lund University, Department of Design Sciences, Division of Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology in Sweden.

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    Kirsi Jussila, DSc (Tech)

    Specialist Research Scientist in Finnish Institute of Occupational Health since 2006 in FIOH, Oulu, Finland.

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    Gilda Santos

    Technical and Functional Clothing expert at Technology and Engineering department of CITEVE, Portugal.

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    Rene Rossi, PhD

    Leader of the Laboratory for Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles at Empa. Guest Professor at the University of Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse/France.

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    Peter Heffels

    Deputy head of Zentrum für Sicherheitstechnik (ZS) at the Berufsgenossenschaft der Bauwirtschaft in Haan, Germany.

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    George Havenith

    Professor of Environmental Physiology and Ergonomics; MSc, PhD, FCIEHF, FASCM in the UK.

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    Daniela Zavec, PhD

    President of Textile Association in Slovenia. Coordinator of national and European R&D projects in Slovenia.


Early bird booking prior March 31st 2018.

    • €450

      €500 (after)

    • Regular

      • Conference
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    • €350

      €400 (after)

    • Student

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    • €500

      €550 (after)

    • Regular

      • Conference
      • Conference dinner
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    • €400

      €450 (after)

    • Student

      • Conference
      • Conference dinner
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    • €60

    • Dinner Only

      • Conference dinner
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The price includes Conference Fee, Coffee Breaks and Lunch


To keep up with the event, please check the annoucements below


- Abstracts Submission extended until December 22nd, 2017

- Early registration must be made prior to the March 1st, 2018

- Acceptance Announcement will be made at the January, 31st 2018

- The conference will be held May 7-9, 2018 - Porto, Portugal


The official language of the conference is English. All submissions (including oral and poster presentations) shall be written and presented in English.

Sponsorship packages

We have several packages for Sponsoring, from Basic (500€) to Platinum (5000€), as well as a personalized possibility. Please see all detailed info by downloading the PDF below.

Venue and Travel

Below you can find the coordinates and means to arrive at the venue.

Conference hotel: Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa

Rua Tenente Valadim 146, 4100-476 Porto

Phone: +351 22 040 4000



Oporto city has a huge variety of hotels. Nevertheless, due to the large amount of tourism, we strongly recommend to register early to ensure that your accommodation is secured. The Conference hotel and some hotels nearby can be found in the link:

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Visit Porto

The city of Porto, bordered by the Douro River and the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the oldest tourist destinations in Europe. Porto’s Historical Centre was classified as “World Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO, in 1996.

The richness of its monumental and artistic heritage, Port wine, numerous leisure facilities and its cultural attractions are just some of the reasons to visit this contemporary and inspired city, well-known for its hospitality.

Visit here the official Porto site


If you have any questions, drop the organization a message.



Technological Centre for the Textile and Clothing Industries of Portugal
Rua Fernando Mesquita, nº 2785,
4760-034 Vila Nova de Famalicão

HelpDesk Phone and Fax

P: + 351 252 300300
F: + 351 252 300317


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