13th International Conference on Bio-based Materials

Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany, 12-13 May 2020

Success Stories and Upcoming Technological Breakthroughs in the Bioeconomy.

Despite the challenging environment, innovative companies find markets for their new bio-based building blocks, chemicals and polymers. We will introduce you to the success stories and upcoming technological breakthroughs our planet needs for a sustainable future. Bio-based polymers can be found in almost all application sectors, such as packaging, consumer goods, toys, automotive, textiles or coating. New bio-based building blocks are also available for body care, cosmetics, food ingredients and pharmaceuticals. On top of that, more and more biogenic side streams from the food industry are utilised via biotechnology as part of the circular bioeconomy.

The conference will focus on a number of key issues: The wide range of fine chemicals in body care, cosmetics, food ingredients and pharmaceuticals, biorefineries and especially lignin utilisation, which is facing technological breakthroughs, and finally the opportunities and risks arising worldwide from new legal frameworks to limit the negative consequences of conventional plastics. How can this become an opportunity for bio-based polymers? Every year the Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year” is given to the most innovative material and product on the market. In 2020, six companies will be nominated by an expert jury, out of which the winner will be chosen by the conference participants. Join one of the biggest B2B events of the year and experience the most exciting new developments and strategies in bioeconomy. We will introduce you to the success stories and upcoming technological breakthroughs our planet needs for a sustainable future.

Focus of the Conference:

  • Policy and Markets
  • Fine chemicals in body care, cosmetics, food ingredients and pharmaceuticals
  • Circular bioeconomy, biorefineries and especially lignin utilisation
  • New opportunities for bio-based building blocks and polymers

Call for Abstracts and Posters

Abstract submission is open now. You are welcome to present your latest products, technologies, developments or market trends. Submit your abstract as soon as possible. Deadline for submission: 31 January 2020. Want to present a poster? Submit your poster here. Deadline for submission: 30 April 2020

Call for Innovations

For the 13th year in a row, the Innovation Award ‘Bio-based Material of the Year’ 2020 will be granted to the young, innovative bio-based chemicals and materials industry for finding suitable applications and markets for bio-based products. Click here to learn more about the call for innovation! Deadline for submission: 15 March 2020.



Sponsoring Opportunities

Would you like to increase your visibility in public? You are very welcome as a sponsor of the conference! All sponsoring opportunities are available here.

Exhibition Opportunities

The fee of a booth (6 m2) is 700 EUR (excl. 19% VAT). We provide you with a table, tablecloths, a pin board, a chair and a power connection. You are welcome to use your own booth system. Just book your booth here.

Media Partners



nova-Institute is a private and independent research institute, founded in 1994; nova offers research and consultancy with a focus on bio-based and CO2-based economy in the fields of food and feedstock, techno-economic evaluation, markets, sustainability, dissemination, B2B communication and policy. Every year, nova organises several large conferences on these topics; nova-Institute has 35 employees and an annual turnover of more than 3 million €. Get the latest news from nova-Institute, subscribe here.

Innovation Award Sponsor

Gold Sponsors


nova-Institut GmbH

Mr. Dominik Vogt
Chemiepark Knapsack
Industriestraße 300
50354 Huerth / Germany
Phone: +49(0)2233-48-1449
[email protected]

Important deadlines

Abstract submission
31 January 2020

Innovation Award submission
15 March 2020

Poster submission
30 April 2020

12-13 May 2020