René Bethmann graduated at University of applied sciences Albstadt-Sigmaringen in Textile and Apparel Technology. He wrote his Diploma Thesis at cycling apparel specialist ASSOS of Switzerland, located in the Italian part of Switzerland, in which he continued to work first as an R&D Engineer and later as the Product Development Manager.
He moved to Norway and worked at outdoor sports companies Norrøna and Helly Hansen in the field of textile engineering and fabric management.
Coming back to Germany he is now working at outdoor equipment outfitter VAUDE. First as the Head of Material Department and since over 2 years in the Innovation Team as the Innovation Manager, managing innovation processes and related projects about material and joining technologies with strong focus on biopolymers. In November 2018 he successfully organized and completed the 1st Green Synthetics Symposium in Taipei.
René Bethmann lives in Lindau with his wife and daughter.