8th International Conference on Bio-based Materials


13 - 15 April 2015, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany

Special Topics: Bio-based 3D Printing - Microplastics in the environment - 3rd Day Dedicated to High-Potential Start-Ups


++ free booth for the first 20 bookers - only a 3-days conference entrance ticket is needed! ++ already 8 booths booked ++

This conference aims to provide major players from the European and Asian bio-based chemicals, plastics and composite industries with an opportunity to present and discuss their latest developments and strategies. Representatives of political bodies and associations will also have their say alongside leading companies. Due to the huge response for the second time the conference will count with a third day especially dedicated to start-ups.
The 8th International Conference on Bio-based Materials (“Biowerkstoff-Kongress”) builds on successful previous conferences: 250 participants and 30 exhibitors mainly from industry are expected!

Preliminary Programme

1st Day

Policy and markets

  • Melanie Williams, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Switzerland
    "Ensuring that bio-based chemicals are sustainable"
  • Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH, Germany
    "New data on biopolymers and building blocks markets"

Commercial biorefineries

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

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

2nd Day

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"
  • Jan Ravenstijn, Biopolymer Consultant, The Netherlands
    "Lessons learnt"

Bio-based 3D Printing

  • Christian Bonten, Institut für Kunststofftechnik (IKT) - Universität Stuttgart, Germany

Microplastics in the environment: Sources, Impacts and Solutions

  • Christian Bonten, Institut für Kunststofftechnik (IKT) - Universität Stuttgart, Germany
    "Degradation of Plactics: Risks and Chances"
  • Roland Essel, nova-Institut GmbH, Germany
    "Microplastics in the marine environment: Sources and Volumes"

3rd Day

Start-ups with partners

  • Josko Bobanovic, Sofinnova Partners, France
  • Dr. John Williams, Sinvestec LLC, United Kingdom

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)
  • Prof. MSc Jan Ravenstijn, Biopolymer Consultant (The Netherlands)
  • Dr. Thomas Schwarz, CLIB2021 (Germany)
  • Prof. Dr. Haralabos Zorbas, IBB Netzwerk (Germany)