15 September 2015

Preliminary programme of this year’s European Bioplastics Conference announced

10th edition of the conference will take place on 5/6 November 2015 in Berlin

The European Bioplastics Conference has been witness to and a driving force behind the outstanding developments in one of the most innovative and exciting sectors of the European bioeconomy over the past decade. Today it is the leading business and networking event for the bioplastics industry in Europe. The 10th edition of the conference will take place on 5/6 November 2015 in Berlin with more than 350 delegates, speakers, and exhibitors expected to attend. The preliminary programme is now available online.

“The agenda of the 10th edition of our conference is starting to take shape, and we are excited to present you with a programme that will live up to the industry’s expectations to celebrate this exciting milestone”, says Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics. The agenda will cover a wide range of areas including the current EU policy landscape, the latest technological innovations in materials and conversion of bioplastics, advances in standardisation and labelling, biobased feedstock, end-of-life solutions, as well as the end-user and brand perspective.

The morning session of the first day is dedicated to the European policy landscape and in particular the revised Circular Economy Package (CEP) and its ramifications for the bioplastics industry. After first-hand insights from senior representatives of the European institutions, Joachim Quoden, Managing Director of the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA), will dissect the CEP with regards to producer responsibility when it comes to product design and waste management for (bio-)plastic packaging.

Other highlights this year include Kevin Vyse, Primary Foods Packaging Technologist and Innovation Lead at Marks & Spencer, who will outline the UK retailer’s ‘Plan A 2020’ to reducing the social and environmental footprint of M&S, and the role of bioplastics in achieving this ambitious goal. In a presentation about the important research of the Open-Bio project, we will hear from Antonis Mistriotis, Senior Researcher at the Dept. of Natural Resources at Agricultural University of Athens and Lara Dammer, Dissemination Officer and Working Group Lead on labelling at Open-Bio about their results on labelling opportunities for bioplastics, especially with regards to extending the EU Ecolabel to biobased categories, as well as the latest updates on the progress of the project’s research into marine biodegradability, which no doubt will be of huge interest.

Another highlight will be the presentation of the 2015 bioplastics market data update, conducted by nova-Institute and IfBB on behalf of European Bioplastics. Followed by an extensive session on the ‘Latest Advances in Materials, Products, and Processes’ featuring a host of frontline R&D and marketization players, including the likes of BASF SE, Perstorp, Corbion, BioAmber, Innovia Films, Cargill, NatureWorks, and Floreon, presenting their latest advances in their fields. And in keeping with a well-received tradition, the Bioplastics Magazine will announce the winner of the 10th Annual Global Bioplastics Award on the second day of the conference.

The full preliminary conference programme is now available on the conference website at www.conference.european-bioplastics.org.

The programme of the 10th European Bioplastics Conference will be complemented by a number of networking opportunities and festive fringe events, such as the Conference Anniversary Lottery, friendly sponsored by Braskem, as well as a Gala Dinner on 5th November, sponsored by Belgian certifier Vinçotte co-locating their OK Compost logo’s 20th anniversary celebrations with the conference, to which all attendees are cordially invited. We would like to emphasise the support of this year’s conference partners Vinçotte, Perstorp, BASF, Braskem, EREMA, and BioAmber, who are officially sponsoring the conference, showing their dedication to the advancement of the bioplastics industry.

If you would like to participate or present your organisation in the exhibition alongside the conference, you can secure your places via the online registration. To find out more, please go to www.conference.european-bioplastics.org.

Source: European Bioplastics Bulletin, 04/2015, 2015-08-25.

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