15 May 2018: 10 am - 6 pm / 16 May 2018: 9 am - 5:30 pm

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: Dr. Wolfgang Baltus, PRECISE Corporation (TH)
11:10 Doris de Guzman
Tecnon OrbiChem (UK)
Update on Bio-Based Building Blocks - Abstract here
11:40 Marcel Lubben
Reverdia (NL)
Driving the Development of the Bioeconomy - Abstract here
12:00 Christian Lenges
DuPont Industrial BioSciences (US)
Enzymatic Polymerization: NuvolveTM Engineered Polysaccharides & Progress in Application Development - Abstract here
12:20 Lunch Break  
13:50 Dr. Okko Ringena
UPM Biochemicals (FI/DE)
Evolution of Wood Utilization: Bio-MEG and Beyond - Abstract here
14:10 Jonas Hartman
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 - Abstract here
14:50 Eelco Blum
Avantium (NL)
Introducing Project Mekong: Making a Greener PET an Economic Reality - Abstract here

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)
New Applications for Bio-based Plastics – Examples from many Different Sectors - Abstract here
16:30 Dr. Lars Börger
Neste (Suisse) S.A. (FI/CH)
New Developments of Traceable, Renewable Plastics for Bio-Based Drop-in Solutions - Abstract here

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

  Chairpersons: Michael Carus and Dr. Asta Partanen (nova-Institut GmbH) (DE)
17:00 Arturo Vittori
Warka Water Inc. (US)
Warka Tower
Dr. Pilar Villanueva
AIMPLAS, Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico (ES)
Bio-based and Biodegradable Nets for Green Beans
17:20 Tomi Kangas
Arctic Biomaterials (FI)
PLA Reinforced with Glass Fibre
Dr. Hans Øvrebø
Borregaard AS (NO)
Exilva - World’s first Commercial Cellulose Fibril
17:40 Koenraad Debouck
Cardolite Corporation (BE)
Cashew Nutshell Residual-based Blocking Agent
17:50 Sebastian Ames
Rhenoflex (DE)
Rx 35 – Rice Husk Filled, Thermoplastic Material
18:00 Michael D. Feazel
Ohio Soybean Council, collaborating with Roof Revivers (US)
Roof Maxx - Soybean-based Roof Material Sealer
18:00 Voting
18:15 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

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 Morrissey
University College Cork (IE)
Diversifying the Yeast Biomolecule Portfolio – from Bioethanol to Biomaterials - Abstract here
09:30 Dr. Anastasia Krivoruchko Biopetrolia (SE) Specialty Chemicals through Engineered Biology - Abstract here

Bio-Based Polymers

  Chairman: Prof. Dr. Ludo Diels, VITO (BE)
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 Coffee Break  
11:00   Brendan Hill
Braskem Netherlands B.V. (NL)
The Role of Drop-In Bioplastics in the Circular Economy
11:20 Jean-Luc Dubois
Arkema (FR) 
Review of Bio-based Routes to Polyamides - Abstract here

Lignocellulose - Lignin & Cellulose

  Chairman: Gudbrand Rødsrud, Borregaard AS (NO)
11:40 Prof. Dr. Ludo Diels
Membrane Separation Technology as a Valuable and Efficient Tool in the Value Chain of Wood Chemicals and Materials - Abstract here
12:10 Dr. David Norman
Eastman Chemical Company (US)
A Hundred Years of Tenacious Innovation: Sustainable and Versatile Eastman Cellulose Ester Polymers - Abstract here
12:30 Lunch Break  

Dr. Hans Øvrebø
Borregaard AS (NO)
Experience from the First Year of Running the Exilva Plant and Market Potentials for the Products - Abstract here
14:20 Jukka Kantola
KaiCell Fibers LTD. (FI)
Forest Industry Reaching out to Textile Fibres - Abstract here
14:40 Dr. Ing. R.J.A. (Richard) Gosselink
Wageningen Food & Biobased Research (NL)
Zero Waste Ligno-Cellulosic Biorefineries by Integrated Lignin and Humins Valorisation (ZELCOR) - Abstract here
15:00 Coffee Break  

Environmental Solutions

  Chairman: Dr. Thomas Schwarz, CLIB2021 (DE)
15:30 Prof. Dr. Jan Ravenstijn
Jan Ravenstijn Consulting (NL)
The Virtues and Challenges of the PHA-Platform - Abstract here
16:00 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
16:20 Dr. Thomas J. Farmer
University of York (UK)
Sustainable Solvent Selection: Tools and Techniques for Bio-Based Solvent Substitution - Abstract here
16:40 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
17:00 Dr. Pilar Villanueva
AIMPLAS, Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico (ES)
From Orange Juice Waste to New Biopolymers: A New Source for PBS - Abstract here
17:20 End of Conference  


Advisory Board

Dr. Wolfgang Baltus, PRECISE Corporation (Thailand)

Christiaan Bolck, Wageningen University (NL)

Prof. Dr. Ludo Diels, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) (BE)
Doris de Guzman, Tecnon OrbiChem Ltd. (US)
Prof. Dr. Jörg Müssig, Hochschule Bremen (DE)
Prof. Jan Ravenstijn, Jan Ravenstijn Consulting (NL)
Gudbrand Rødsrud, Borregaard (NO)
Dr. Thomas Schwarz, CLIB2021 (DE)
Prof. Dr. Haralabos Zorbas, IBB Netzwerk (DE)