Preliminary programme

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

1st Day, 13 April 2015 - Policy & Industry

Policy and markets

Dr. Melanie Williams, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Switzerland Ensuring that bio-based chemicals are sustainable
Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH, Germany

Worldwide production capacities for bio-based building blocks and polymers, today and 2020

Commercial biorefineries

Prof. Dr. Johan P.M. Sanders, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
 Small scales for biorefineries and bio-based chemical production
Dr. Wolfgang Baltus, National Innovation Agency (NIA), Thailand
 Biorefineries in Asia
  Dr. Rainer Busch, BioEconomy Clustermanagement GmbH, Germany  

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

2nd Day, 14 April 2015 - Industry

Biopolymers and Building blocks

Prof. Dr. Ludo Diels, 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
  Kaneka, Japan

Bio-based 3D Printing

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

Microplastics in the environment: Sources, Impacts and Solutions

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Bonten, Institut für Kunststofftechnik (IKT) - Universität Stuttgart, Germany
 Degradation of Plastics: Risks and Chances
Roland Essel, nova-Institut GmbH, Germany
 Microplastics in the environment: Scientific background, Sources and Volumes

3rd Day, 15 April 2015 - Start-ups with partners

  Josko Bobanovic, Sofinnova Partners, France
 Building Start-Ups in Renewable Chemistry
Dr. John Williams, Sinvestec LLC, United Kingdom
 Why Invest in Bio-based Materials?


Advisory Board

  • Dr. Wolfgang Baltus, National Innovation Agency (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)