Now in its 15th year - this time in Barcelona

Agenda - day one

Pioneering international innovators, thought leaders, influencers and disruptors will take to the stage to share their vision, challenges, solutions and ideas.

Discover the companies and personalities shaping the biofuel & bioenergy, biomass feedstocks & agriculture, biomaterials, chemicals & ingredients, bioplastics & packaging and synbio sectors. Learn how global brands are trying to achieve their corporate sustainability goals and the role that bio based businesses can play now and in the future.

The conference blends technical solutions and innovations with market driven dialogue and real world reality, helping attendees to take back actionable insights and connections to the office. 

08:00 - 09:00

Welcome coffee & registration

The impact of global events on the bioeconomy revolution and the role of bio design, materials, chemicals and ingredients

Hosted by Kathryn Sheridan, CEO & Founder, Sustainability Consult

09:00 - 09.10

Opening remarks

Paul MacDonald, Partner & Chief Community Officer, World Bio Markets

09:10 - 09.30

Keynote address

Today’s bioeconomy: what’s changed?

Kathryn Sheridan, CEO & Founder, Sustainability Consult

09:30 - 10:00

Panel discussion

The bioeconomy revolution: is it really happening?

Hosted by Kathryn Sheridan, CEO & Founder, Sustainability Consult

Jeff Passmore, Founder & CEO, Passmore Group

Sasha Calder, Head of Impact, Genomatica

Catarina Vannfält, Material Innovation Developer, IKEA

Nils Altrogge, Head of Technology Innovation, On Running

10:00 - 10:15

A circular approach to bioeconomy

Stefano Facco, New Business Development Director, Novamont

10:15 - 10:30

Process optimization via high-speed separation for bioplastic production

Francesco Montecchio, Global Technology – Application Engineer, Alfa Laval

10:30 - 10:45

Producing sustainable chemicals while addressing the plastic waste problem

Beatrix Ellis, Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer, Epoch Biodesign

10:45 - 11:00

Mycelium futures — rethinking the way we make things

Gavin McIntyre, Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer, Forager

11:00 - 11:30

Networking coffee

Hosted by Claudia Amos, Technical Director, Anthesis Group

11:30 - 11:45

Biobased building materials: forging new value chains between agriculture, forestry and construction

Arjen van Kampen, Business Development Manager Biobased Products, Wageningen Food and Biobased Research

11:45 - 12:00

Advanced bio-circular materials: the Arkema approach to the sustainability journey

Guido Dona, Sustainability Project Director, Arkema

12:00 - 12:15

Advanced ethanol: a truly integrated platform towards net-zero solutions for biofuels and biochemical

Kevin Lecoanet, Process Design Engineer – Renewables, Axens

12:15 - 12:30

Wood residues to biomaterials and biochemicals: from dream to real

Peep Pitk, Chief Development Officer, Fibenol OÜ

12:30 - 13:00

Panel discussion 

Accelerating the commercialisation of the bioeconomy: producer, supplier and customer perspectives

Hosted by Godavari Biorefineries Ltd 

Moderated by Claudia Amos, Technical Director, Anthesis Group

Sangeeta Srivastava, Executive Director, Godavari Biorefineries

Sjoerd Dijkstra, Lead Strategic & Sustainability Marketing, Coatings & Adhesives, Covestro

Monica Damo, Senior Packaging Sustainability Manager, Danone

13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch

Sustainable brands

Hosted by Paul MacDonald, Partner & Chief Community Officer, World Bio Markets

14:00 - 14:30

Keynote address

High performing and sustainable cosmetic ingredients and products by design

Magda Carrasco, International Raw Material Department Director, L’Oreal

14:30 - 14:45

The sustainable materials transition

Sasha Calder, Head of Impact, Genomatica

14:45 - 15:00

Sustainability in the Matterverse

Zina Cinker, Director General, MATTER

15:00 - 15:15

The challenge of building a circular polymers portfolio

Martin Clemesha, Product Manager – I’m greenTM polyolefins Europe & Asia, Braskem

15:15 - 15:30

Sustainability meets performance with programmable proteins

Mitchell Duffy, Chief Executive Officer, Cambrium

15:30 - 16:00

Panel discussion

Transforming biotech innovations into stand alone brands

Hosted by Tomas Vucurevic, Managing Director, BRAIND® Ingredient Brand Strategy Consulting

Ulrich Scherbel, Chief Executive Officer, AMSilk

Victor Tibo, Co-Founder & CFO, Lignovations 

Markus Hefter, Commercial Director EMEA, Polygiene

16:00 - 16:30

Networking coffee

Turning ideas and science into a profitable business

Hosted by Dr Melanie Williams, Director, Melanie Williams Consulting

16:30 - 16:45

From lab to market – Driving innovation across the bio-based value chain in Europe

Marco Rupp, Public Affairs & Sustainability, Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC)


16:45 - 17:00

From start-up to scale-up: investing in a sustainable and Circular Bioeconomy

Dr. Michael Brandkamp, Partner, European Circular Bioeconomy Fund

17:00 - 17:30

Fireside chat and audience Q&A

New business models driving the bright future of industrial biotech

Hosted by Rob van der Meij, Partner, Capricorn Partners 

Norbert Baum, Senior Executive Manager, Helm

17:30 - 19:30

Networking drinks