Final Programme: 11th International Conference on Bio-based Materials, 15-16 May 2018

The 11th International Conference on Bio-based Materials, 15-16 May 2018, Cologne, Germany, will show the diversity of the Bioeconomy

++ Already 40 participants registered ++ Preliminary programme online ++ The conference is well established and one of the biggest in Europe. We expect more than 200 participants, mainly from industry, and 30 exhibitors. ++

The bioeconomy is developing in many directions: New bio-based building blocks, polymers and other materials for a wide range of applications. “For the conference, we always invite the leading companies worldwide to Cologne – a unique opportunity to meet the outrider in the field at one place”, says Michael Carus, Managing Director of organizer nova-Institute. In addition the latest technology trends, market data and policies will be presented at the conference by international experts. The conference is aimed at providing international major players from the bio-based building blocks, polymers and industrial biotechnology industries with an opportunity to present and discuss their latest developments and strategies. Please find in the following the final programme of the conference:


Final Programme of the 1st Day 15 May 2018

09:00   Registration and Welcome Coffee
10:00 Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH, (DE): Conference Opening & Chairman

Policy and Strategy

10:10 Dr. Kerstin Ulrich,
BASF's Biomass Balance Approach - Abstract here
Lucy Nattrass,
AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals (NL)
New Tool Launched to Monitor Bio-Based Materials in the Chemical Industry

Feedstock for the Bio-Based Economy

10:50 Dr. Sarah Hickingbottom,
LMC International Ltd. (UK)
Market Trends, Availability and Price Development for Sugar, Starch and Plant Oils - Abstract here

Bio-Based Building Blocks

    Chairman: N.N.
11:10 Doris de Guzman,
Tecnon Orbi Chem (USA)
Update on Bio-Based Building Blocks
11:40 Marcel Lubben,
Reverdia (NL)
Driving the Development of the Bioeconomy - Abstract here
12:00 Christian Lenges,
DuPont Industrial BioSciences (USA)
Enzymatic Polymerization: Enzymatic Polymerization: NuvolveTM Engineered Polysaccharides & Progress in Application Development - Abstract here
12:20 Lunch Break  
13:50 Dr. Okko Ringena,
UPM Biochemicals (DE)
Evolution of Wood Utilization: Bio-MEG Beyond
14:10 Dr. David Thomas,
Muconic Acid as a Versatile Bio-Based Monomer for Plastics - Abstract here
14:30   Tore Sylvester Jeppesen,
Haldor Topsoe A/S (DK)
Demonstrating and Commercializing Bio-Based Chemicals via Catalysis
14:50   Eelco Blum,
Avantium (NL)
Introducing Project Mekong: Making a Greener PET an Economic Reality

Bio-Based Polymers

  Chairman: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Müssig, Hochschule Bremen - University of Applied Sciences (DE)
15:10 Michael Carus,
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)
Update on Market Data and Forecast for Bio-Based Polymers
15:40 Coffee Break  
16:10 Bjarne Högström, PolymerFront AB (SE) and Carmen Michels, FKuR (DE) New Applications for Bio-based Plastics – Examples from many Different Sectors
16:30 Dr. Lars Börger,
Neste (Suisse) (CH)
New Developments of Traceable, Renewable Plastics for Bio-Based Drop-in Solutions

Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year 2018"

16:50 Award presentations  
18:00 Voting
18:15 Sparkling Wine & Cold Beer on Tap in the Exhibition Space
20:00 Dinner Buffet
21:00 Innovation Award Ceremony
22:00 Live Musik
23:00 German Bowling & Bar

Final Programme of the 2nd Day, 16 May 2018

Yeast as Platform Technology for Bio-Based Chemicals


Chairman: Prof. Dr. Haralabos Zorbas,
Industrielle Biotechnologie Bayern (IBB Netzwerk GmbH) (DE)

09:00 Dr. John Morrisey,
University College Cork (IE)
Diversifying the Yeast Biomolecule Portfolio – from Bioethanol to Biomaterials
09:30 Dr. Anastasia Krivoruchko, Biopetrolia (SE) Specialty Chemicals through Engineered Biology

Bio-Based Polymers

09:50 Dr. Anne Kutz, 
Covestro Deutschland AG (DE)
Alternative Feedstocks in the Polymer industry: Status and Perspective
Bert Clymans
Total Corbion PLA bv (NL)
75.000 Tonnes of PLA - Towards the New Plastics Economy and Beyond
10:30 Marco Jansen,
Braskem Netherlands B.V. (NL)
The Role of Drop-In Bioplastics in the Circular Economy
10:50   Coffee Break  

Lignocellulose - Lignin & Cellulose

  Chairman: Gudbrand Rødsrud, Borregaard AS (NO)
11:20 Prof. Dr. Ludo Diels, 
Membrane Separation Technology as a Valuable and Efficient Tool in the Value Chain of Wood Chemicals and Materials - Abstract here
11:50   Holli Alexander,
Eastman Chemical Company (USA)
Innovative Cellulose Ester Engineering Thermoplastics

Dr. Hans Øvrebø,
Borregaard AS (NO)
Experience from the First Year of Running the Exilva Plant and Market Potentials for the Products - Abstract here
12:30 Jukka Kantola,
KaiCell Fibers LTd. (FI)
Forest Industry Reaching out to Textile Fibres
12:50   Dr. Ing. R.J.A. (Richard) Gosselink, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research (NL) Zero Waste Ligno-Cellulosic Biorefineries by Integrated Lignin and Humins Valorisation (ZELCOR)
13:10 Lunch Break  

Environmental Solutions

    Chairman: N.N.
14:30 Prof. Dr. Jan Ravenstijn,
Jan Ravenstijn Consulting (NL)
The Virtues and Challenges of the PHA-Platform
15:00 Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lars M. Blank,  
RWTH Aachen University (DE)
P4SB - From Plastic Waste to Plastic Value Using Pseudomonas Putida Synthetic Biology - Abstract here
15:20 Dr. Thomas J. Farmer, 
University of York (UK)
Sustainable Solvent Selection: Tools and Techniques for Bio-Based Solvent Substitution
15:40 Katharina Haag,
Fraunhofer-institut f. Fertigungstechnik und Angewandte Materialforschung IFAM (DE)
Biopolymer Blend with Advanced Cost-Performance Ratio for Packaging and Agricultural Applications - Abstract here
16:00 End of Conference  

Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2018″!

For the 11th year in a row, the prestigious Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year 2018" will be granted to the young, innovative bio-based chemicals and materials industry for finding suitable applications and markets for bio-based products. The focus of the award is on new developments within these areas, which had been launched in 2017 or will be launched in 2018. The advisory board will make a preselection of all applications and narrow the field down to a “Top 6” new materials and products. The final decision will be made by the conference participants after the nominees presented their innovations. Applications are open by end of March 2018.


Exhibition Opportunities

The fee of an exhibition booth (6qm) is 500 EUR (excl. 19% VAT). We provide you a table, table cloths, a pin board, a chair and a power connection. You are welcome to use your own booth system. Please submit Mr. Dominik Vogt  your preferred booth number, a printable logo and a company profile.


The nova-Institute would like to acknowledge InfraServ GmbH & Co. Knapsack KG (DE) for sponsoring the renowned Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2018”. BASF SE (DE) and UPM (FI) are supporting the confernce as Silver Sponsors and Neste (Suisse) S.A. (CH) as a Bronze Sponsor.

Best regards,

Your nova-conference team