I received notice of an interesting series of lectures presented by Drexel University in conjunction with Material ConneXion, Inc.
Information about the event can be found here
I have lifted the description from their media release.
Materials are the fundamental building-blocks for the innovative products that we use on a daily basis. From high-performance polyurethane foam in basketball sneakers, to Gore-Tex heart valve replacements—materials make it possible. TEXTILES: THE NEXT HORIZON proposes textiles as the unifier from which cutting edge innovations can be made known to a variety of fields. Establishing a synergic alliance between fashion design, material engineering, chemistry, and bioscience & biotechnology—TEXTILES: THE NEXT HORIZON will investigate these multidisciplinary materials through lectures by five outstanding thinkers in their respective fields. A gallery exhibition will accompany the lecture series, and display textiles and materials applicable to these lectures and topics.