Preliminary programme

Highlights of the European and Asian leading countries in bio-based economy

1st Day, 13 April 2015 - Policy & Industry

Policy and Markets

Moderator: Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Patermann, Director, ret. European Commission, Advisor and Member of the 1st German Bioeconomy Council, Germany Ten years bio-based economy: looking back - lessons learnt
Dr. Barend Verachtert, European Comission, DG Research and Innovation, Biobased Products and Processes Unit Bio-based Economy - Strategy of the new Commission
Hasso von Pogrell, European Bioplastics, Germany Bioplastics in the EU - Status and lobbying in Brussels, a field report
Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH, Germany

Worldwide production capacities for bio-based building blocks and polymers, today and 2020
Dr. Melanie Williams, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Switzerland Ensuring that bio-based chemicals are sustainable
Dr. Christine Stiehl, BASF SE, Germany The Use of Renewable Feedstock in Chemical Production

Commercial biorefineries

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Ludo Diels, Flemisch Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium

Prof. Dr. Johan P.M. Sanders, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
 Small scales for biorefineries and bio-based chemical production
Dr. Wolfgang Baltus, Consultant / Advisor, PRECISE Corporation, Thailand

Biorefineries in Asia
Dr. Rainer Busch, BioEconomy Clustermanagement GmbH, Germany The LCF-Biorefinery in Leuna as the cornerstone for the cascading use of woody biomass

Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year 2015"

The "Top 6" candidates will present their innovative bio-based products.

2nd Day, 14 April 2015 - Industry

Bio-based polymers, building blocks and composites

Moderator: Christiaan Bolck, Wageningen UR (The Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. Ludo Diels, Flemisch Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium
 Highly functionalised lignin molecules: how to manage them and to turn them into innovative molecules and materials
Dr. Jan Ravenstijn, Biopolymer Consultant, The Netherlands
 New (bio)polymers: lessons learnt
Dr. Barbara M. Secchi, Bridgestone, Italy
 Bridgestone actions towards use of sustainable materials
Francois de Bie, Corbion, The Netherlands
Progress in lactic acid and PLA
Dr. Klaus Stadler, Coca-Cola Europe, Germany Coca-Cola - leader in new bio-based polymers: The bio-PET and PEF story
Dr. Sangyong Kim, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), Republic of Korea Diacids and diols as sources of precursor materials for biobased aromatics
  Tayfun Buzkan / Motoki Maekawa, Toyota Boshoku Europe N.V. Munich Branch, Germany/Japan  

Bio-based 3D Printing

Moderator: Dr. Jan Ravenstijn, Biopolymer Consultant, The Netherlands

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Bonten, Institut für Kunststofftechnik (IKT) - Universität Stuttgart, Germany

3D printing of bio-based plastics

Carmen Michels, FKuR, Germany

Ruud Rouleaux, colorFabb, The Netherlands


Bio-based compounds for 3D printing: Wood and bamboo with PLA

Bioplastics and Environment

Moderator: Kathryn Sheridan, Sustainability Consult, Belgium
Roland Essel, nova-Institut GmbH, Germany
 Microplastics in the environment: scientific background, sources and volumes
Lisbeth Van Cauwenberghe, Ghent University, Belgium Microplastics in marine environment and impacts on human consumption
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Bonten, Institut für Kunststofftechnik (IKT) - Universität Stuttgart, Germany
 Degradation of plastics: risks and chances

Kenichiro Nishiza, Kaneka, Belgien


Takahiko Sugaya, Kaneka, Japan


Market Development of environmental friendly Kaneka Biopolymer Aonilex®

Eduardo van den Berg / Peter Kelly (photo), Pharmafilter B.V., The Netherlands Pharmafilter, a bio-based curricular bio economy solution for hospitals

3rd Day, 15 April 2015 - Start-Ups and Funding

Josko Bobanovic, Sofinnova Partners, France
 Building start-ups in renewable chemistry
Dr. John Williams, Sinvestec LLC, United Kingdom

Why invest in bio-based materials?
Tobias Kirchhoff, BCNP, Germany Biotech & Chemistry Start-ups: Status Quo and Trends

Start-Ups from BMBF and BMWi

BMBF: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Federal MInistry of Education and Research
BMWi: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie
Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy
  Moderator: Dr. Eva P. Waldvogel, Projektträger Jülich, Germany
  Kurt Maier, dextrinova GmbH, Germany  
  Dr. Nadine Heßler, JeNaCell GmbH, Germany Products based on biotechnologically produced nanocellulose
Thomas Grimm, ANiMOX GmbH, Germany Development and production of proteins for Chemistry and Biotechnology
Dr.-Ing. Ralf Lach, Polymer Service GmbH Merseburg, Germany Mechanical Performance of Biomaterial Modified Polymers

Start-Ups from CLIB2021

Moderator: Dr. Thomas Schwarz, CLIB2021, Germany
Dr. Georg Schaumann, SenseUp, Germany Microbial strain and production process development in Ultra-High-Throughput

Start-Ups from IAR

  Syngulon, Belgique Microbial fermentation technologies for bio-based products
  Oméga Cat System, France Olefin metathesis

More sessions with additional partners to come.

Advisory Board

Dr. Wolfgang Baltus, Consultat / Advisor, PRECISE Corporation (Thailand)
Christiaan Bolck, Wageningen UR (The Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. Ludo Diels, Vito (Belgium)
Prof. Jörg Müssig, Hochschule Bremen (Germany)
Dr. Jan Ravenstijn, Biopolymer Consultant (The Netherlands)
Dr. Thomas Schwarz, CLIB2021 (Germany)
Prof. Dr. Haralabos Zorbas, IBB Netzwerk (Germany)