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

  Registration and welcome coffee
  Michael Carus, nova-Institute: Conference Opening

Policy and Markets

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, Germany

Consumption of biodegradable

plastics in Europe: Drivers and

Trends  - Abstract here

Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH, Germany

Technical, economic and market

data on bio-based economy - 

highlights of nova research in


  Jenny Walther-Thoß, WWF Deutschland, Germany  

                                  New bio-based building blocks

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 molecule

Abstract here

Jarno Dakhorst, NEN, The Netherlands

Harmen Willemse, NEN, The Netherlands

Tools for demonstrating sustainable

sourcing of biomass for bio-based

materials and the determination of

the bio-based content - Abstract here


Jukka Kantola, NC Partnering Ltd., Finland

Biorefinery trends - Abstract here

Dr. Niklas von Weymarn, Metsä Fibre Oy, Finland

Bioproduct mill – A next generation

biorefinery in Finland 

  Panel discussion and press conference with the speakers from the morning session

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


Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH; Germany


Florence Aeschelmann, nova-Institut GmbH, Germany



19:00 Voting
Dinner buffet and Innovation Award Ceremony

2nd Day, 6 April 2015 - Industry

Building blocks and polymers

  Dr. Christoph Gürtler, Covestro Deutschland AG, Germany  

Thibauld Caulier, Solvay S.A., Solvay Epicerol, Belgium

Sustainable bio-based building

block for reducing the

environmental impact of

products - Abstract here


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


Eric Fautz, ALBIS PLASTIC GmbH, Germany

Cellulose esters – Properties,

Markets and Applications - Abstract here


Tim Dummer, Rennovia Inc., US

Breakthrough Technology for the

Production of Cost Competitive

Bio-based Nylon &

Polyurethanes Polymers - Abstract here

  Dr. Gunnar Seide, RWTH Aachen, Germany From plant to implant - Bio-based materials for medical applications

                                             Lignin utilisation

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

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, Canada

Application development of a

commercial lignin facility 

Dr. Jacco van Haveren, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Bio-based aromatics from lignin

and furans  - Abstract here


Prof. Jan Ravenstijn, Jan Ravenstijn Consulting, The Netherlands

The PHA platform ……

Extension and diversification

Abstract here

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


Kenichiro Nishiza, Kaneka Corporation, Belgien

Takahiko Sugaya, Kaneka Corporation, Japan

Market Development of Kaneka Biopolymer AONILEX ®   - Abstract here


MIguel Ángel Valera Gómez, AIMPLAS, Spain

Fire resistant biocomposites

and sandwich panels from

biopolymers for automotive

applications - Abstract here

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

Development of heat resistant

drinking cups made of poly(lactic

acid) (PLA), polyhydroxyalkanoate

(PHA) and chalk - Abstract here


Alexander Krapivin, GFBiochemicals Ltd. The Netherlands

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

18:00 Panel discussion


Advisory Board

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