Arrangements are currently underway for the next IULTCS Euro Congress which is scheduled for May 24-27 in Istanbul, Türkiye. There will be a comprehensive programme of visual and spoken presentations plus a round table discussion about the role of Europe in predicting the future of the global leather industry.

The following subjects have all been registered. There are a number of other topics which have been agreed but for which registration is still underway. For full details of the conference proceedings please visit []

Isolation and characterisation of gelatin obtained from chrome tanned shavings, by M Catalina, G Attenburrow, A D Covington, Jaume Cot and A P M Antunes, Spain and UK; Volatile compounds from leather – measurement and characteristics, by Haiko Schultz, Bern Matthes, Michaela Schröpfer, Germany; A method to evaluate finished leather according to corrected or not corrected grain (FILKQMA-1201), by Haiko Schultz and Michael Meyer, Germany; International marketing for Turkish leather products: opportunities and threats, by Dr Eser Eke Bayramoglu, Türkiye; Sequestering of chromium (III) from tanning effluents by means of biotechnology methodologies, by J Lalueza, A Ruis, Ll Ollé, R Puig, J Font, E Marti, R Amils and N Rodriguez, Spain; Composition, structure and physical properties of foetal calf skin, by M Ventre, A D Covington, I A Ioannidis, P Netti and M Padovani, Italy and UK; Converting tannery waste to energy, by A J Long, V L Addy and D Streather, UK.

Investigation of a sensitive voltammetric method (CCAdSV) for determination of chromium (VI) in presence of chromium (III) and its application to leather samples, by Deniz Kalender and Berrin Yenigül, Türkiye; Lipase alcoholysis of triglycerides to produce ‘Tallodiesel’ as a transport fuel, by A J Long, M L Lucas, A Catalina and J Morgan, UK; Volatile organic carbons (VOCs) in the tanning industries, by Thierry B Poncet, CTC, France; Study of glycosaminglycans extraction from raw sheepskin trimmings, by F Fernández Hervas, P Celma Serra, C Berlanga Torres, M Pérez Fernández, D Queraltó Graticös, J Cisa Ribas, J Cot Cosp, A Marsal Monge and A Manich Bou, Spain; The effect of different neutralisation processes on waterproofing properties of upper leather, by A Candas Adigüzel and Ozcan Sari, Türkiye; Decolorisation of leather industry dyes by newly isolated bacterial strains, by Guven Ozdemir, Ihsan Yasa and Baris Pazabasi, Esra Ersoy, Ismail Karaboz, Bahri Basaran, Behsat Oral Bitlisli and Ozcan Sari, Türkiye.

Reduction of vegetable tannin released in post tanning processes by the synergistic effect, by Selime Colak, Hasan Ozgünay, M Mete Mutlu and Fazli Akyüz, Türkiye; Realistic colour assessment in tone on tone dyed wool sheepskins by means of Colorindex software, by Maria-Marcela Tarlea, Romania; Reduction of chromium (VI) levels in chrome tanned leather, by Dr Jens Fennen, Florian Döppert and Leonardous Strijbos, CH; Studies of some essential oils used as fungicides during pickling, by Eser Eke Bayramoglu, and Gürbüz Gülümser, Türkiye; Research on the effects of TCMTB and N-Oitz based fungicides used in the leather industry, by Eser Eke, Bayramoglu, Türkiye; A public database for pollution prevention technologies in the tanning sector, by A Ruis, J Soler, R Puig, J Font, Ll Ollé and E Monfa, Spain; A study of the parameters of the feet of adolescent boys, by B Ocak, G Gülümser and A Aslan, Türkiye; Evaluation of protein hydrolysate from chrome-tanned leather waste in keratinase production by Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6633, by Bilge Hilal Cadirci, Ahmet Aslan, Ihsan Yasa, Hüseyin Ata Karavana, Gürbüz Gülümser.

Re-use of water in tanneries by K F Streit, M V Moreira, J L N Xavier, E Gondran, M A S Rodrigues, A M Bernardes and J Z Ferreira, Brazil; Examination of bacterial population in soaking solutions in the hide industry by Meral Birbir, Derya Degirmenic, Didem Yasi and Aysen Yumurtaci, Türkiye; Machine and technology for treating limed fleshings resulting from bovine hide processing by Maria Marcela Tarlea, INCDTP – ICPI division, Bucharest, Milesan Melian, S C Tamiv SA, Brasov, Szebeni Gheorghe, S C Tamiv, and Razek Losif, Research Institute for Lawns, Brasov, Romania; Research into the treatability of leather industry wastewater using the electro-Fenton process by M Talha Gönüllü, Ugur Kurt and Omer Apaydin, Türkiye; In vitro determination of the effectiveness of some bactericides on bacteria isolated from the soaking float by Murat Tozan et al, Türkiye; Research into the effects of degreasing by using enzymes in the liming process by Altan Afsar and Fatma Cetinkayaa, Türkiye; Effects of globalisation on Turkish leather business by Dr Hatice Er, Türkiye; Membrane based process water recycling and side stream membrane bioreactor treatment for effluents from the beamhouse process. Innovations on the environmental concern by W G Scholz, S Baumgarten and D Serrarols, UK, Germany, Spain.