Paul KIEKENS (°1955) was a Full Professor at Ghent University, Belgium. He was Head of the Department of Textiles at Ghent University from 1988 till the end of 2016. In January 2017 he became Head of the Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering (MaTCh) with nearly 300 people one of the largest academic departments in the world. He is a graduate (Master in Chemistry) from Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium) and holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry (1982) and one in Materials (Textile) Technology (1987). He was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ghent University (2002-2004). He was the executive coordinator of AUTEX (Association of Universities for Textiles) from 1994 till 2020 and the former president of ENMat (European Network of Materials Research Centres). Since 2021 he is Professor Emeritus of Ghent University. Over the years, Prof. Kiekens has been involved in a large number of national and particularly European projects about education and research. He has written about 350 international papers and several books. This has resulted in an h-index of 25 (year 2020).