As the T-Crepe team, we are glad to share that UGent students had the chance to visit the T-Crepe partners in Greece in the scope of the mobility program of our project. One of the UGent students, Anne-Celine Couck, expressed her thoughts about this experience as follows:
"This week, I had the opportunity to go to both National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and University of West Attica (UNIWA) in Athens together with my fellow students Marie Hondekyn and Natan Ribbens. I would like to thank both universities for their hospitality and to have given us the opportunity to present and exchange ideas about our co-creation project. It is a collaboration between the Universiteit Gent and both NKUA and UNIWA. They are brought together in the t-crepe project which motivates students and stakeholders to utilise the Design Thinking methodology to develop solutions for real-life problems. The goal of our project, organized by Prof. Lieva Van Langenhove for the course of Functional Textile Materials, is to develop a smart heating textile for people who are cold intolerant due to a damaged nerve system, caused either by the post-polio syndrome or chemotherapy. It is important that this prototype is wearable, breathable and insulating at the same time.
It was really interesting to take a look at the textile laboratories of UNIWA and to be given a tour around the Ancient Olive Grove Campus while learning more about the history of the university. After meeting other Greek and international students, we got the chance to further discuss each other's projects and explore the old city center of Athens together later on. I am really thankful for this enriching experience!"