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Baltic Wool – Now open for registration

We are constantly monitoring the Covid-19 situation and programme may change due to this. However, we are now welcoming you to register for the Baltic Wool Conference on Gotland 8 - 10 October on our up-dated website.
  • Day 1 Trends and New Business Opportunities.

How can companies in the wool sector meet an increased demand for sustainable and locally produced products? Speakers include Linda Nydén from Smart Textiles at the University of Borås (SE) and representatives from the outdoor brand Fjällräven. This day also includes speakers from Uist Wool, Scotland and TW Textil, Åland.

  • Day 2 Production, Innovation and Research.

What are the challenges and opportunities when working with local wool? Speakers include Ave Matsin from the University of Tartu (EST) and Sue Blacker, The Natural Fibre Company/Blacker Yarns (UK). We will also get a lecture about creating a new breed of sheep to meet the demands from both consumers and a local industry.

  • Day 3 Full day bus excursion around Gotland.

Visit to a sheep farm, a scouring mill, a spinning mill and a knitting mill working with wool on Gotland.

How to register

Our conference secretariat, Resia Kongress, handles the registration and can also assist with hotel reservation and travel arrangements. The conference venue is Clarion Hotel Wisby, in the middle of the medieval town of Visby. If you would like to stay there (optional), you can make your reservation at the same time as you register for the conference. Early bird registration until 1 August (3900 SEK, includes 3-day programme, meals and small exhibition table) More details on the website.

Hope to see you in good health on Gotland in October! Welcome!

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Baltic Wool Conference goes digital

8-10 October 2020

The Gotland Region believes that there is a great deal of knowledge and a great potential for development around the wool business in Gotland. Partly in entrepreneurship, but also locally in the micro industries. We would like to contribute to the development of the wool industry. We strongly believe this conference in the long term will contribute to many of our strategic focus areas. It will be a visitor occasion in October, it will lead to development of the wool industry and it will strengthen craftsmanship and a living cultural heritage.

Nils-Erik Selin, Head of growth and development, Region Gotland

The National Swedish Handicraft Council (NFH) is a government agency under the Ministry of Culture with the task of promoting handicrafts. Important partners for the Authority’s work are the country’s regions, civil society organizations and other cultural authorities. Priority areas include sustainability, cultural and creative industries as well as working with the intangible cultural heritage.

Since the autumn of 2018, a national developer has been focusing on sustainability and wool issues at NFH. The goal is an agenda for how the wool issues, like classification and infrastructure, should be solved at national level together with various actors and authorities. This is done in the form of seminars, conferences and networking, both within Sweden and abroad. The initiative “Baltic Wool Conference” is part of the work to promote the Swedish wool industry, create new contacts and opportunities for further development together with the countries around the Baltic Sea.

Annkristin Hult, National Developer

The Rural Economy and Agricultural Society Gotland, which hosts the Baltic Wool Conference, works for developing business in the countryside. Lamb production is an important industry in Gotland that provides both tasty lamb meat, shimmering lambskin and wool for many uses. Grazing animals keep the landscape open and provide biodiversity. We believe in the development of the Swedish wool industry in collaboration with our neighbors around the Baltic Sea.

Mats Pettersson, CEO of Hushållningssällskapet Gotland