Materfad facilitates technological transfer between widely different sectors such as biotechnology, construction, transport or textiles. This surveillance task generates exhaustive knowledge of a variety of new materials and allows for the detection of technologies used in specific sectors with potential applications in other fields; this knowledge is also offered to a larger public through travelling exhibitions and associated workshops.
Materfad is especially interested in spreading its unique background and experience and in disseminating knowledge about new materials through different travelling exhibitions. The conception, production and presentation of exhibitions dedicated to innovative technologies is one of Materfad’s major concerns in terms of visibility and transfer of know-how. Materfad offers flexible and favorable conditions to adapt its travelling exhibitions to a venue and promotes the inclusion of new projects selected by each new destination, capable of enriching the content of a permanently growing exhibition to be presented around the world. Materfad can also propose and organise related parallel activities upon request.
Another dissemination activity promoted by Materfad is the design and organisation of workshops, as a result of both national and international demand from materials suppliers, creative professionals or academic entities. The main objective is to update knowledge on advanced materials and associated technologies. Materfad's workshops are made-to-measure activities that can be addressed to any interested entity. These made-to-measure activities take place in fully prepared rooms located within the Barcelona Disseny Hub headquarters and include permanent access to Materfad's showroom and optional interaction with technical staff from Materfad, as well as guided tours of technology centres or advanced studies institutions in the Barcelona area. The formats are multiple, respond to the expressed need for technological knowledge transfer of these different groups and can be scheduled according to the specific wishes of each interested sector.