5 April 2016: 10 am - 6 pm
6 April 2016: 9 am - 6 pm

1st Day, 5 April 2016

09:30 Registration and welcome coffee
10:00 Michael Carus, nova-Institute: Conference Opening

Policy and Markets

Moderator: Kathryn Sheridan, Sustainability Consult, BE

Dr. Rina Singh, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), US

What are the Policy Drivers which impact Renewable Chemical Technologies? Abstract here


Dr. Harald Kaeb, narocon Innovation Consulting, DE

Consumption of biodegradable

plastics in Europe: Drivers and

Trends  - Abstract here


Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH, DE

Technical, economic and market

data on bio-based economy - 

highlights of nova research in


11:40 Jenny Walther-Thoß, WWF Deutschland, DE Cascading use of wood - the smart way to use a natural resource (Mapping Study on Cascading Use of Wood Products) - Abstract here
12:10 Lunch Break

                                  New bio-based building blocks

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Ludo Diels, Flemisch Institute for Technological Research (VITO), BE
Doris De Guzman, Tecnon OrbiChem Ltd., UK

Latest development of bio-

based building blocks,

status and outlook - Abstract here


Dr. Thomas J. Farmer, University of York, UK

New bio-based building blocks

vs. drop-in solutions -

utilizing the full potential of

functionalized platform molecules

Abstract here


Jarno Dakhorst, NEN, NL



Harmen Willemse, NEN, NL

Tools for demonstrating sustainable

sourcing of biomass for bio-based

materials and the determination of

the bio-based content - Abstract here

15:00 Coffee Break


Moderator: Prof. Dr. Jörg Müssig, Hochschule Bremen, DE


Jukka Kantola, NC Partnering Oy Ltd., FI

Biorefinery trends - Abstract here


Dr. Niklas von Weymarn, Metsä Fibre Oy, FI

Bioproduct mill – A next generation

biorefinery in Finland - Abstract here


Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year 2016"



Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH, DE


Florence Aeschelmann, nova-Institut GmbH, DE

16:30 Award Sponsor: Gordana Hofmann-Jovic, InfraServ GmbH & Co. Knapsack KG, DE
16:45 Ross Eppler, Amyris Inc., US - Myralene™-10
New high-performance, sustainably sourced and cost-competitive solvent made from β-farnesene


Dr. Gesa Behnken, Covestro Deutschland AG, DE - Impranil® eco
Bio-based waterborne polyurethane dispersions for textile coatings
17:05 Dr. Dirk Kuppert, Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH, DE - REWOFERM® SL 446
Novel sophorolipid-type biosurfactant
17:15 Philippe Willems, Orineo BVBA, BE - Touch of Nature™
Filled bio-based resin for stimulating biomaterials
17:25 Luke Goldsmith, SIP Ltd, UK - SIPDRILL RS
First renewable, hydrocarbon drilling base fluid for high performance drilling mud systems
17:35 Michael Wamsler, Tetra Pak International S.A., SE - Tetra Rex® Bio-based
World’s first fully renewable package for chilled liquid food
18:00 Voting


Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Patermann, Director (ret.) EU Commission, Advisor amd Member of the 1st German Bioeconomy Council, DE Ten years bioeconomy - lessons learnt


Dinner buffet and Innovation Award Ceremony
Get together in the party room & bowling alley beneath Maternushaus

2nd Day, 6 April 2016

Building blocks and polymers

Moderator: Jacco van Haveren, Wageningen University, NL
Dr. Christoph Gürtler, Covestro Deutschland AG, DE  CO2 as raw material for sustainable plastics - Abstract here


Thibauld Caulier, Solvay S.A., BE Solvay Epicerol®: sustainable bio-based building block for reducing the environmental impact of products - Abstract here



Dr. Ir. Hans Hoydonckx, TransFurans Chemicals bvba, BE

PFA or Polyfurfuryl alcohol thermosets for biocomposites applications - Abstract here



Cellulose esters – Properties,

Markets and Applications - Abstract here


Dr. Gunnar Seide, RWTH Aachen, DE From plant to implant - Bio-based materials for medical applications - Abstract here
11:00 Coffee Break  

                                             Lignin utilisation

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Antje Potthast, University of Natural Resources and Life Science, AT


Prof. Dr. Antje Potthast, University of Natural Resources and Life Science, AT

Status and outlook of lignin

utilisation - Abstract here


Dr. Ewellyn Capanema, Renmatix, Inc., US

Omno Polymers: Production and

Application - Abstract here


Dr. Eddie Peace, West Fraser Mills, CA

Application development of a

commercial lignin facility - Abstract here

Dr. Jacco van Haveren, Wageningen University, NL

Bio-based aromatics from lignin

and furans  - Abstract here

13:10 Lunch Break

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)

Moderator: Prof. Jan Ravenstijn, Jan Ravenstijn Consulting, NL


Prof. Jan Ravenstijn, Jan Ravenstijn Consulting, NL

The PHA platform ……

Extension and diversification

Abstract here


Dr. Kevin O'Connor, Bioplastech Ltd., IE

Producing and developing applications for bio-based biodegradable polymers - Abstract here


Kenichiro Nishiza, Kaneka Corporation, BE

Takahiko Sugaya, Kaneka Corporation, JP

Market Development of Kaneka Biopolymer AONILEX ®   - Abstract here

15:30 Coffee Break


Miguel Ángel Valera Gómez, AIMPLAS, ES

Fire resistant biocomposites

and sandwich panels from

biopolymers for automotive

applications - Abstract here


Eva Sykacek, University of Natural resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, AT

Development of heat resistant

drinking cups made of poly(lactic

acid) (PLA), polyhydroxyalkanoate

(PHA) and chalk - Abstract here


Alexander Krapivin,
GFBiochemicals Ltd., NL

Levulinic acid as a feedstock for bio-based polymers that are biodegradable in multiple environments Abstract here


Anindya Mukherjee, i2i - inventions to innovation, Consultant to Metabolix, Inc., DE/US Improving versatility of polymers using Metabolix PHA copolymers - Abstract here


Advisory Board

Dr. Wolfgang Baltus, PRECISE Corporation (Thailand)

Christiaan Bolck, Wageningen University (NL)

Prof. Dr. Ludo Diels, Flemisch Institute for Technological Research (VITO) (BE)
Prof. Dr. Jörg Müssig, Hochschule Bremen (DE)
Prof. Jan Ravenstijn, Jan Ravenstijn Consulting (NL)
Dr. Thomas Schwarz, CLIB2021 (DE)
Prof. Dr. Haralabos Zorbas, IBB Netzwerk (DE)