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Interview with Pauline Ronjat (IFTH)

  • Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I am an R&D engineer with a degree in chemistry, and I have been working for 5 years at IFTH, the French Textile & Fashion Institute. I have always loved to travel and exchange with people from different backgrounds and countries, so I was very happy to be involved in the MATUROLIFE project.

  • What is your role in the MATUROLIFE project?

IFTH is the leader for the industrial scale-up and is also involved in testing conductive textiles. Our role is mainly to understand and coordinate the materials part of the project well and to make the industrial scale-up happen!

  • What were key insights you gained from the co-creation aspect ?

It was the first time we were involved in a project with designers and it was very interesting to work closely with them and to be involved in the development of the different designs, it really broadens our vision.

  • What makes the MATUROLIFE-project innovative in your view?

The fact that it involves people from material sciences together with designers, to take advantage of both.

  • What is your feeling as you are leaving the project, and have you any advice to give..?

I feel very lucky to have had the chance to be part of the MATUROLIFE project and to meet and work with all the different partners. I am sad to leave before the end of the project but I wish the BEST OF LUCK to the whole MATUROLIFE team for the next year to come!

What I can advise is to maintain good communication between the different partners to make sure that all the different requirements/expectations/options are well understood by all.

I really hope and think it will be a success! .