HACKTEX  partnership comprises 8 institutions from 6 European countries with complementary profiles and competencies. The partnership includes universities, training centres, technological centres and non-profit institutions.



Universitatea Tehnică “Gheorghe Asachi” din Iasi (TUIASI) is a prestigious Romanian university, classified as a university for advanced research and education. TUIASI has programs for BSc, MSc, PhD and postdoctoral studies and scientific research. TUIASI has 24 accredited research/excellence centres and laboratories focused on creating and transferring knowledge, especially in multidisciplinary high-tech engineering areas. TUIASI has 11 faculties providing engineering programs to around 11,000 students.

The Faculty of Industrial Design and Business Management  provides BSc, MSc and PhD studies for three domains (Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Industrial Management). The Faculty is organised in 4 departments, one doctoral school and one research centre. The actual number of students is around 1,000, with 60 members of the academic staff. The Faculty has strong connection with the TCLF sector, and over the years has created an effective networking with the business community. It is member of the ASTRICO NE regional cluster for textiles, that brings together the most prominent companies in the manufacturing sector, supporting member of Reginnova NE and is in close contact with Regional Development Agency for North East Romania.



TÈXTILS.CAT is a cluster, with a non-profit association structure, formed by companies in the value chain of the advanced textile materials sector in Catalonia and other organizations supporting innovation.

Its main goals are to promote innovation, especially in cooperation; to foster links in the Catalan advanced textile materials sector and to give visibility to the cluster and its members at an international level to boost the green and digital transition.

Its members comprise SMEs of the whole manufacturing chain of technical textiles, universities, research centers, textile trade associations and other kind or organizations related to the field.


Centro Italiano per l’Apprendimento Permanente (CIAPE) is a non profit private organisation, which exists as an Association of Learners to promote the development of a learning society through the provision of a quality and comprehensive system of adult learning and education which is accessible and inclusive.


The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research, specialized in the fields of engineering, architecture, and science.

With a focus on intellectual rigor, critical thinking, a transversal approach to knowledge, educational innovation, and entrepreneurship, the UPC produces competent professionals with the skills they need to tackle present and future challenges.

The UPC has a wide spread presence in Catalonia, with nine campuses located in Barcelona and nearby towns: Castelldefels, Manresa, Sant Adrià de Besòs, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Terrassa, and Vilanova i la Geltrú.

In this HACTEX project, the UPC team are professors at the Textile Engineering Section (SAET) of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and staff researchers at the Institute of Textile Research and Industrial Cooperation of Terrassa (INTEXTER) of the Terrassa Campus. Smart textiles are among the areas of expertise of SAET and INTEXTER, both in teaching and in research.

University of West Attica (UNIWA)

The University of West Attica (UNIWA) was founded in March 2018 by the National Law 4521. The foundation of the newly established University resulted from the merging process of the former Technological Educational Institute of Athens and the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences.

UNIWA is a dynamic and constantly evolving institution that strives to fulfill its vision and mission, and to achieve its goals investing in the development of modern teaching methods, adapted to students’ needs and responsive to competitive labor market and society requirements, as well as in its modern facilities and infrastructure (i.e., teaching resources, classrooms, laboratories/workshops, scientific equipment).

Our University offers contemporary Undergraduate and Postgraduate study programmes, which give our graduates the opportunity to acquire specialized scientific knowledge, skills and competences, linking academia to both society and the labor market.

At UNIWA, there are twenty-seven Departments operating under the academic umbrella of five Schools, covering a wide range of scientific fields, such as social, administrative and economic sciences, engineering sciences, health and welfare sciences, as well as food sciences and applied art and culture studies.

According to official data, UNIWA is the third largest university in the country with regard to the number of undergraduate students whereas it hosts over 50,000 students in total. The University employs, on permanent basis, 608 faculty members, 138 special laboratory teaching and technical staff members, and 345 administrative staff members qualified to accomplish its high-standard teaching, research and administrative goals.

This combination of highly-skilled and experienced human resources, together with the existing modern infrastructure, has laid the foundation for further academic development of the University.

UNIWA offers a wide range of educational and lifelong learning services, including:

The undergraduate studies that lead to 4-year Bachelor’s (Level 6) and 5-year Engineering Diploma degrees.

Postgraduate studies leading to the completion of a postgraduate diploma (Level 7).

Doctoral studies (Level 8).

Lifelong learning and vocational training programmes.


CRE.THI.DEV. focuses on research, development of studies and action plans, as well as implementation of projects mainly in the fields of:  education and life – long learning, design, quality, research and innovation, entrepreneurship, social economy, environment, equity and social inclusion, social policy, athletics, culture, transport, energy saving, technology transfer.

Our main objective is to facilitate networking and cooperation among local, regional, national and European authorities, universities, research centres, organizations, business associations and enterprises, in order to promote and disseminate innovation, entrepreneurship, social economy, sustainable development and exchange of knowledge.


TITERA is a consulting company, specialised in functional technical textiles, clothing engineering technologies and smart textiles. Our expertise is in R&D, prototyping and upscaling activities, where we support our business partners on all levels, from innovating up to the market ready product. We are active in different projects, on the national and international level. In addition we provide coaching trainings in innovating, business models as well on the research level.

By combining the knowledge from the field of technical textiles and expertise’s in advanced business solutions we are performing technical workshops in the industry. Through design thinking methods and by understanding textile sector, we provide to our customer the professional support through the overall supply chain in the Textile Industry. Also towards the sustainability and circular economy.

From the given knowledge and skills perspective our role in the HACKTEX project is oriented into the bridging the gap between the Science (scientists, researchers, students) and Industry (developers, managers, technicians, workers). 


University of Borås (UB) plays a leading role in the development and application of textiles and fashion in research, industry, and society in Sweden. Design, technology, and management of textiles are the three major fields under the research and education environment with well-equipped laboratories, workshops and full scale facilities in knitting, weaving, finishing, dyeing, printing, 3Dprinting, digital inkjet printing, sewing and assembly in the Swedish School of Textiles (THS) of UB. Research and education at Textile Materials Technology (TMT) research group at THS focuses on resource efficient textile processes for functional and smart textiles. The TMT group at THS owns a conducive environment for scientific research targeting the invention of functional and smart textiles.


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HACKTEX project (Innovative smart textiles & entrepreneurship; project reference number 2021-1-RO01-KA220-HED-000027527) is co-funded by European Union.

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