Building cooperation between Latvia and Germany in the field of personal protective clothing and sportswear research

Duration of the project

15.03.2024. - 31.10.2024.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

Riga Technical University
Dresden University of Technology

Project manager

Prof. Dr. Inga Dāboliņa

Aims of the project

The project commences with a recognition of the significant role that personal protective clothing (PPC) plays within the broader spectrum of personal protective equipment (PPE). It acknowledges that PPC research is a vital facet of the clothing and textile industry, synthesizing insights from diverse scientific fields. Notably, the development of PPC research is pivotal for the Latvian research community, which has a strong heritage in textile and clothing research as well as the facilities for materials testing and microclimate (within clothing – body interaction) assessment.

However, it underscores a notable gap in the application of ergonomics, especially in the context of sportswear, necessitating a multidisciplinary approach to address this void. To bridge this gap, the project aims to collaborate with the Development and Assembly of Textile Products research group (TUD), under the leadership of Dr. Kyosev.

The primary objectives of the project include:

Promoting Cooperation and Understanding: By organizing a workshop and practical trials in PPE and PPC tests, the project seeks to foster collaboration and enhance industry understanding of these crucial areas.

Strengthening Relations and Joint Research: Ultimately, the project intends to strengthen the ties between Latvia and Germany and facilitate joint research efforts in both PPC and sportswear, capitalizing on the collaborative potential of both nations.

In summary, this project’s starting point is the recognition of the importance of PPC research within the clothing and textile industry and the need to enhance interdisciplinary approaches, particularly in the context of PPE. Its objectives encompass collaboration, participation in international conferences, and the strengthening of research relations between Latvia and Germany, encompassing sportswear aspects as well.

Direct and indirect target group of the project

Direct: Research groups at RTU and TUDresden

Indirect: Attendees of the conference and workshop