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Program of the 36th International Cotton Conference Bremen

The 36th International Cotton Conference Bremen will take place from 29–30 September 2022. Up to 500 guests from 40 countries are expected. Registration is already underway.


Attendance at the conference will be possible in presence in Bremen as well as online. © Bremer Baumwollbörse


Keynote speaker Colin Iles, Executive Manager, Marketing Cotton & Sugar at the raw material concern Glencore/Viterra, will cast a glance into the future of cotton. © Glencore


The International Cotton Conference will take place in the anniversary year of the Bremen Cotton Exchange. The association was founded in 1872 and is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. The festivities will also find their way into the conference, including a big gala dinner and the opening of an exhibition in one of the biggest museums in Germany, the Übersee-Museum (Overseas Museum) Bremen, Germany.

An online stream will be set up for guests who cannot come to Bremen, so participation via video conferencing is also possible.

Highlights of the Conference and Anniversary Week

  • First association meetings and work groups from 27 to 28 September 2022 at the Bremen Cotton Exchange, at the Fibre Institute and online.

  • Official opening of the 36th International Cotton Conference Bremen on 29 September. The conference venue this time is the Chamber of Commerce in Bremen, right at the market place and in the neighbourhood of the Cotton Exchange. The Chamber of Commerce has been representing the interests of trade in Bremen since 1451.

  • On the same day, a cotton exhibition about the cultural history of the raw material in the past, the presence and in the future will be opened at the Übersee-Museum Bremen.

Sustainability and Climate Protection

Crucial questions of sustainability in cotton growing, of cotton quality, but also of the usage of cotton as well as its processing into innovative textiles and other products will take centre stage in the programme of the International Cotton Conference Bremen. Climate protection and the capacity of the cotton plant to store carbon climate-neutrally in the ground play a special role. Digital procedures are increasingly used to check soil health.

Circular Economy, Transparency and Traceability

Furthermore, the conference will address processes of circular economy that focus on modern methods of textile recycling. Biodegradability of cotton will also play a central role once more. Last but not least, the conference will deal with questions of transparency and traceability within the supply chain and present efficient, digitally managed control methods.

Innovative Products Made of Cotton

Moreover, the discussion about new and innovative processing options for cotton is intended to make a mark and to increase interest in this biodegradable and regrowing raw material.


As always, the keynotes can be highly anticipated, when personalities from the branch will critically address challenges within world economy and politics. The focus topics this year are:

  • Commodity Markets and Logistics

  • International Financial Economy

“Over the last years, the keynotes have emerged as an ambitious item on the programme before the actual conference programme in Bremen. First-rate experts speak about topics that move the raw material world and challenge it economically”, emphasises Elke Hortmeyer, responsible for communication and international relationships at the Bremen Cotton Exchange and co-organiser of the International Cotton Conference.

Bremen Cotton Night Special

The Bremen Cotton Exchange and the Bremen Fibre Institute are inviting to the well-known and popular Bremen Cotton Night again this year again. It is characterised by the 150th anniversary of the Bremen Cotton Exchange and is for good reasons taking place in the Übersee-Museum (Overseas Museum) Bremen this time: concurrently that evening, the doors of the museum are opening for an impressive exhibition on the cultural history of cotton. This way, it also becomes accessible for the international guests of the Cotton Conference. “The participants of the conference will celebrate in the big atrium of the museum. Enjoying good music and god food, they will at last be able once again to spin personal networks and at the same time to pass in review the multi-faceted world of cotton with a beautiful and well-conceived exhibition”, emphasises Stephanie Silber, President of the Bremen Cotton Exchange. In the anniversary year, the Bremen Cotton Night is included in the conference price.