About us

our motivation

The Textile Industry is not sustainable yet.
Over 120 million tons of textile fibres are being processed yearly worldwide, 73% of those are being man-made, and 91% of man-made fibres are created on a petroleum basis. We are convinced that by engaging in ground-breaking research we can pave the way for innovation in the textile industry. This research is partly at an early stage today, but will be crucially relevant tomorrow. The production of plastics from crude oil causes a wide range of ecological, social and economic problems. Thus, a fundamental industrial turnaround is needed.

BIOTEXFUTURE is an innovation space funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium fuer Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) on biobased textile research. The project is led by the adidas AG and RWTH Aachen University.

We work together with industry and research partners. Our vision is to transform the textile value chain from petroleum-based to bio-based textiles and to accomplish this change together.

key figures 120 million tons of textile fibres are produced annually
key figures 73% of textile fibres are being man-made
key figures Only 9% of man-made fibres are bio-based


BIOTEXFUTURE is designed to guarantee a holistic approach converting the entire textile value chain. This reflects itself in its four technological research areas and the accompanying socio economic research.

Meet the team

Project Management Office // Pmo

BIOTEXFUTURE distinguishes itself from other funding format by its highly centralized program management.

The Project Management Office (PMO) is a dedicated team that proactively steers the innovation space and oversees the projects as a whole.

Dr. Christine Anstaett adidas AG christine.anstaett@adidas.com
Dr. Marco Schmitt Institute of Sociology (RWTH Aachen University) mschmitt@soziologie.rwth-aachen.de
Heike Vogel-Pöschl adidas AG heike.vogel-poeschl@adidas.com
Nicole Espey Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University Nicole.Espey@ita.rwth-aachen.de
Anna Bruder adidas AG Anna.Bruder@adidas.com
Franziska Lamers Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University franziska.lamers@ita.rwth-aachen.de
Deepika Malhotra adidas AG Deepika.Malhotra@adidas.com
Judith Silbernagel Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen, University Judith.Silbernagel@ita.rwth-aachen.de

Steering Committee // Steerco

The Steering Committee (SteerCo) is in charge of defining and overseeing the strategic direction of BIOTEXFUTURE. Hence, it is accountable to the funding agency with regards to the overall program.

In its strategic role, the SteerCo is heading the implementation of BIOTEXFUTURE and achievement of the objectives of the innovation space defined by the framework specifications of the funding body. 

Univ.-Prof. Prof. h.c. (MGU) Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Thomas Gries Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University
Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Roger Häußling Institute of Sociology (RWTH Aachen University)
Jan Hill adidas AG
Thomas Wiesel adidas AG

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board supports BIOTEXFUTURE on strategic questions.

Uday Gill Indorama Ventures PCL
Katrin Ley Fashion for Good B.V
Anna Palmberg IKEA of Sweden AB

get in touch

    Become a Member

    We are always looking for new partners for our projects. Please do not hesitate to contact us and benefit from our expertise and research projects. We look forward to working with you.

    The BIOTEXFUTURE Membership is free of charge!


    BIOTEXFUTURE is an innovation space funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for research on bio-based textiles. Since November 2019, the Innovation Space is organised in cooperation with adidas AG, ITA Institut für Textiltechnik and Institute and Sociology of Organisation (STO) of RWTH Aachen University.

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