Project conference
October 26-27, 2023, in Istebna and Koniaków (Poland)

We invite you to the Woolume project conference

We invite you to the Beskids to participate in the Woolume conference. The topics of the conference include issues related to the management of sheep’s wool as well as cultural and environmental aspects connected with pastoral economy. The conference will present the various initiatives being taken to make better use of wool, as well as the achievements of the Woolume project. The conference will be attended by representatives of the project partners from Norway as well as enthusiasts of wool and the production of woolen products from Poland and abroad.

The conference will be held in a picturesque corner of the Silesian Beskids, surrounded by beautiful nature and mountain landscapes, in an area known for cultivating traditional handicrafts and making famous lace, as well as a rich and constantly cultivated pastoral tradition.

We invite to participate people interested in the subject of the conference, in particular sheep breeders, producers of woolen products, researchers and representatives of cultural and educational institutions.

Framework conference program:

Thursday, October 26, 2023

9.30- 9.45 Welcome of the participants
9.45-11.00 Lecture session – wool
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-13.00 Session – Woolume project
13.00- 14.00 Lunch break
14.00-16.00 Lecture session – Sheep, shepherding, cultural aspects
16.00-16.30 Coffee break
16.30-18.00 Handicraft workshops – laces
19.00 Dinner

Friday, October 27, 2023

9.00-10.30 – Lecture session – the use and processing of wool
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.30 Lecture session – use and processing of wool
12.30-13.30 Lunch break
14.00-17.00 Workshops at the Pastoral Center in Koniaków 

Conference venue:
Istebna – Centrum Szkoleniowo- Wypoczynkowe Halniak

Participation in the conference is free of charge; the organizers cover the costs of the involvement in lecture sessions, workshops, and meals. Participants cover travel and accommodation costs.

Duration of the project: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2023.

About Project

Alongside the practical and environmental work with the wool, a theoretical approach will aim to change the discourse on how resource utilisation leverages a more sustainable future. The team also has access to an international pool of experts within the fields the call addresses, with the potential for impact beyond Norway and Poland. Beyond the call themes, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are at the core of the project.

Project Woolume aims to “up the volume” for best practices to enhance biodiversity and carbon sequestering, alongside economic gain, in a low-income agricultural region. The consortium leverages research, education and business in a complimentary triangle where complimentary competences are the key to the project’s success.

Work Sessions
Happy Sheeps
Międzynarodowe konsorcjum realizujące porjekt wykorzystuje badania, edukację i biznes w uzupełniającym się trójkącie,
w którym uzupełniające się kompetencje są kluczem do sukcesu projektu.

Entities of consortium


Project Progress

We received the first test materials for functional tests – wool fabrics made of carpet yarns and materials made using the tufting technique.

Paper “Introducing the by-products of activity into the circulation of raw materials production – the case of sheep wool of mountain breeds “was presented at the conference on Circular Economy – Rational Resource Management 24-25.22.2021

We presented The Woolume project during the Baltic Wool Conference 2021 held on 7-9.10.2021. We introduced Woolume – Polish sheep wool for improved resource utilization and value creation.

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Duration of the project: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2023.

How can an under-utilized natural resource – wool from remote mountain regions – be maximized into materials in local sustainable industry innovation systems that offer high
returns on investment and contribute to an optimized, next-generation circular economy?


Prof. Jan Broda
Leader of international consortium

University of Bielsko-Biala  
Willowa 2, 43-309 Bielsko-Biala, Poland 

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