Conference Schedule

The conference takes place in Dhaka, Bangladesh in the middle of the one of the leading garment exporting countries which gives the perfect setting for the development of new understandings of the industry.

Time: 5-7 March 2019

Venue: Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Dhaka

Draft Overview Program

4 March 2019 (Monday)
Whole day: Pre-conference tour visit to garment industries
Program for Pre-conference Tour:
Start 8.00 AM
Visit to three sites: Spinning, Dying and Printing, Knitting, Ready-made Garment
Return: 6.00 PM (approximately)
Separate Fee: See Registration (Lunch included)

5 March 2019 (Tuesday)      
8.30-9.30: Registration and Welcome Snack
9.30-11.15: Opening Ceremony
11.45-12.00: Tea Break
12.00-13.00: Keynotes-Prof. Marsha Dickson: Improving Sustainability for Retailers, Brands, and Suppliers through Better Buying;  Ass. Professor Brian Jacobs: The Role of Market Forces in Corporate Responsible Sourcing – Lessons from Rana Plaza
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Parallel sessions
15.30-16.00 Tea
16.00-17.30 Parallel sessions

6 March 2019 (Wednesday)
9.00- 9.30: Arrival/Registration (Tea/Coffee)
9.30-11.00: Keynotes-Prof. Vathsala Wickramasinghe: People management for a sustainable apparel sector; Prof. Jan Vang: Soft barriers to a creating a socially sustainable garment industry
11.00-11.30: Tea break
11.30-13.00: Parallel sessions
13.00-14.00: Lunch
14.00-15.30: Parallel sessions
15.30-16.00: Tea
16.00-17.30: Parallel sessions
17.30-18.00: Break
18.00-19.00: Cultural event
19.00-20.30: Conference dinner

7 March 2019 (Thursday)   
9.00- 9.30 Arrival (Tea/Coffee)
9.30-10.45: Keynotes-Prof. Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi Khan: University Shaping up Future Graduate for Sustainable Manufacturing in Textile & Fashion; Prof. Dr. Nikhil Ranjan Dhar: Impact of lean on RMG industry in Bangladesh
10.45-11.00: Tea break
11.00-13.00: Round table discussion and plenary session:
Dr. Mohammad B. Rana, Associate Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark (Convener)
Professor Peter Hastle, Leader of the POHS-DANIDA research project, Aalborg University.
• Ministry of Commerce of Bangladesh Government
Prof. Rahim Box Talukder, Director, Centre for Enterprise Development, Brac University
• Center for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh
• BGMEA
• Country Manager, H&M Bangladesh
• Country Manager, Bestseller Bangladesh
• DBL Group Ltd.
• GMS Group Ltd.
13.00-13.30: Closing Ceremony
1.30-2.30: Lunch and Departure

Content: Keynotes, presentation of scientific papers, presentation of practitioners experience, workshops, round tables.