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Clothing mediates between our bodies and the world, thereby shaping our perception and experience. The fact that it is personal, embodied and ubiquitous makes it a unique medium to support people in their daily lives in many different ways. We recognize the potential of smart clothing in response to societal challenges. In this talk, we will explain how our ambition to develop the next generation smart clothing enhances human health, thereby resulting in prevention of several diseases. Concrete application examples highlighting how TNO Holst Centre combines printed electronics with fashion aesthetics to promote healthy living will be given in this talk.

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Dr. Pauline van Dongen, Program Manager – Smart Clothing

Pauline van Dongen is a Dutch fashion designer and researcher specialized in smart textiles and smart clothing. She received her MSc in fashion design in 2010 from ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem (the Netherlands) and was the first fashion designer in the Netherlands to obtain a PhD degree, which she received from Eindhoven University of Technology in 2019. As a creator interested in the notion of dynamic expression in fashion, she researches how smart textiles mediate between the human body and its surroundings. She sees in technology an opportunity to create new, meaningful and potentially even more durable relationships between people and the clothing they wear. Her understanding of technology as a material, enables her work to move beyond narrow concepts based on functionality and semiotic representation. Through a hands-on approach and a focus on embodied qualities she emphasizes the value of the physical, sensory experience of clothing and its nurturing qualities. This aspect is further reflected in her work in the field of medical wearables. At TNO Holst Centre Pauline is program manager of smart clothing. In parallel to this, she has been running her own design studio since 2010. This led her to receive international recognition. For example, in 2018 she was named by Forbes as one of the Top 50 Women in Tech in Europe.


Smart clothing for prevention of diseases by promoting healthy living

(presenter: Dr. Pauline van Dongen)

Thursday, 10 September 2020

9.30 to 10.15 CET

45 minutes including live Q&A