Natural Materials Association Lunchtime Seminars: Focus on Fibres

16 Jul 2020
Online Event

13.00 - 14:30 BST

You are invited to join us for the second in our series of monthly virtual events when we will focus on natural fibres. This event will explore a variety of natural fibres, not only their intrinsic properties but also their applications and functionalities.

You will hear about:

  • Wool - has been used for clothing since around 4000BC. We are now starting to understand its’ properties which has led to new uses for this classic fibre.
  • Flax - used traditionally for linen, now sought after to use in biocomposites.
  • Pineapple leaves - fibre is extracted from the waste leaves of the pineapple plant. These leaves are a by-product from existing pineapple harvest, so the raw material requires no additional environmental resources to produce.
  • ‘Future Fibres’ and the Circular Economy - What it means for design.

What is the NMA?

The Natural Materials Association (NMA) is the first UK body to represent the breadth of natural materials and its primary objective is to raise awareness of innovative uses of natural materials, develop a knowledge exchange between materials scientists, product designers and those in industry and education

If you are interested, want to learn about natural materials and get to know some NMA members, why not register for the event?  We have leading specialists to give us quick and insightful information, these are:

  • Dr Graham Ormondroyd, Head of Materials Research, BioComposites Centre, Bangor University, NMA Vice chair and President of the Wood Technology Society
  • Dr Raquel Prado, R&D Scientist in charge of Sustainability, Life Cycle and Product Development Sectors for Ananas Anam Ltd
  • Dr Nilmini Dissanayake, Higher Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratories
  • Dr Kate Goldsworthy, Reader in Circular Textile Design and Co-Director of the Centre for Circular Design at Chelsea and based at UAL

The interactive seminar will also provide the opportunity for Question and Answers and we often hang around at the end for a fun and engaging panel session.


13.00 – Welcome and Introduction, 
13.03 – Dr Graham Ormondroyd will speak for 7 minutes on wool fibres
13.10 – Q&A
13.20 – Dr Raquel Prado will speak for 7 minutes on pineapple leaf fibres
13.27 – Q&A
13.37 – Dr Nilmini Dissanayake will speak for 7 minutes on flax as reinforcement in composites
13.44 – Q&A 
13.53 – Dr Kate Goldsworthy will speak for 7 minutes on ‘Future Fibres’
14.00 – Q&A
14.10 – General discussion
14.30 – Close

Venue and booking

Event Location: 
Online Event
United Kingdom
Contact details: 


Chelsea Wallis
Conference and Events Organiser
T: +44 (0)20 7541 7302
Twitter: @ChelseaIOM3