450 participants from 32 countries attended the 35th International Cotton Conference on March 17-18, 2021, which this year was organized by the Bremen Cotton Exchange, Bremen/Germany, and the Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. (FIBRE), Bremen, as a hybrid event. 90 speakers and panelists with topical presentations as well as discussion panels ensured a lively exchange of information on all aspects of cotton.
The conference sessions were divided into 2 parallel lecture strands, intended for visitors with different information interests. In the “Conceptual Track”, it was all about conveying information on a more political, strategic range of topics. These were, for example, sustainable cotton cultivation, transparency in the supply chain and corporate responsibility. In the more subject-specific “Technical Track”, the leading role was given to technological advances in cotton cultivation through digitalization, increasing yields, improving fiber quality, quality testing and standardization.
Alongside the sessions, there were poster presentations or poster talks and exchange discussions with experts. These partly followed on from the content of the lectures or extended the range of experience with informative impulses on other subjects. To achieve this, special virtual rooms were set up on the conference platform, which were open to participants during the conference for communication purposes of all kinds.
The next International Cotton Conference will be held on March 30-31, 2022, the year of the 150th anniversary of the Bremen Cotton Exchange.