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Tomorrow’s biorefineries in Europe

Moving biorefining forward in Europe

11-12 February 2014 - Hotel Le Plaza, Blvd Adolphe Max 118-126 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Though fully independent, the two conferences will be held at the same venue on two consecutive days, thus providing delegates with the opportunity to attend both events.

Day 1 11th February 2014:   Shaping policies for advanced biorefineries 

This conference targets policymakers and related groups that will build the policies that will support and regulate Europe’s future biorefinery industry. During this 1-day event, project researchers will present some of the key results of EUROBIOREF, BIOCORE and SUPRABIO, focussing discussion on the implications of these for industrial feasibility and overall sustainability. During an extended round table discussion all conference delegates will have ample opportunity to ask questions and hear the views of policymakers in the European Commission.

Day 2 – 12th February 2014:  Technologies for advanced biorefineries 

This conference targets industrial players and other groups interested by technology take-up issues. During this 1-day event, delegates will first be provided with an overview of the aims and achievements of EUROBIOREF, BIOCORE and SUPRABIO, followed by the opportunity to attend a ½ day technology exhibition and a partnering session. The format of the technology exhibition, which will be composed of short oral presentations, visits to exhibition stands and poster presentations, is designed to offer delegates with a dynamic and varied networking experience that will put emphasis on exchanges between project participants and the conference delegates, either in the more open context of the exhibition hall, or in the framework of appointments in the 1-to-1 partnering room. 

Who will you meet?

The day 1 conference will gather together participants of the three RTD projects with policymakers from the European Commission and from other expert stakeholder groups that support European policy development in the bioenergy, bioproducts and biorefinering areas.

The day 2 conference will bring together participants of the three RTD projects with European industrial players (SMEs and multinationals) and technology transfer specialists active in the fields of bioenergy, bioproducts and biorefinering.

Tuesday 11 February 2014
10:00 am - 05:00 pm : Day 1 - Shaping policies for advanced biorefineries

9:30 to 10:00

Registration and welcome coffee

10:00 to 10:15


Welcome and general introduction to 3 FP7 biorefinery projects  

Franck Dumeignil (CNRS) – EUROBIOREF coordinator

10:15 to 10:45


Keynote speech

Rudolf Strohmeier

RTD/Deputy Director-General  Research Programmes


10:45 to 11:15


Overview of biorefineries and current status

Ed de Jong (Avantium)

11:15 to 11:50

11:50 to 12:25

12:25 to 13:00


Keys results of the 3 projects :


Michael O’Donohue (INRA) – BIOCORE coordinator


Franck Dumeignil (CNRS) – EUROBIOREF coordinator


Ashok Bhattacharya (Brunel University)- SUPRABIO coordinator

13:00 to 14:00



14:00 to 16:00


General policy conclusions and roundtable

Paal Frisvold (Bellona) facilitates the debate between FP7 Project Coordinators, European Commission Representatives, Biobased Industry and other relevant stakeholders

16:00 to 17:00


Networking cocktail

Wednesday 12 February 2014
10:00 am - 05:00 pm : Day 2 - 12th February 2014 : Technologies for advanced biorefineries

Track A Presentations

Track B. Poster presentations and Exhibition

Track C. 1 to 1 partnering session (afternoon only)


08:30 to 09:00

Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 to 09:15


Michael O’Donohue (INRA) – BIOCORE coordinator

09:15 to 09:35

Pathways to commercial products and technologies - key project findings:

Integrated sustainability analysis of biorefinery concepts  

Nils Rettenmaier, IFEU- BIOCORE

09.35 to 09:55

Staged gasification of waste solids

Evert Leijenhorst, BTG - SUPRABIO

09:55 to 10:15


Connecting Feedstock availability and Market Opportunities. Case study on a Madagascar and a European based Vegetable oil-based Biorefinery

Jean-Luc Couturier, ARKEMA- EUROBIOREF

10:15 to 10:35

The CIMV organosolv process

Bouchra Benjelloun, CIMV - BIOCORE

10:35 to 10:55

Coffee break

10:55 to 11:15

Future perspectives of organosolv lignins

  Richard Gosselink, DLO- BIOCORE

11:15 to 11:35

Conversion of wood to microfibrillar cellulose and its uses  

Ali Moosavifar, Borregaard- SUPRABIO

11:35 to 11:55

Pilot scale processing of cellulose for the production of  itaconic acid

Leonie Raamsdonk, DSM- BIOCORE

11:55 to 12:15

C5 fermentation; strain engineering for high level xylitol (and xylonate) production

Merja Penttilä, VTT - BIOCORE

12:15 to 12:35

Straw to acids by biochemical route

Ioannis Skiadas, AAU  -SUPRABIO

12:35 to 13:40


13:40 to 14:40

Poster presentation

14:40 to 15:00

Bio-based Aviation Fuels. Creation of a new Value Chain from Lignocellulosic materials

Angeliki Lemonidou, CERTH - EUROBIOREF

15:00 to 15:20

Integrated biorefineries in European Landscape 


15:20 to 15:40

Algae to value added chemicals

Dirk Hoffmeister, IGV - SUPRABIO  

15:40 to 16:00

Paper-mills options for partial conversion: Example of an integrated Biorefinery

Kyriakos Panopoulos, CERTH- EUROBIOREF

16:00 to 16:20

Coffee break

16:20 to 16:40

Integration of biotechnology and catalysis for the valorization of waste streams


16:40 to 17:00

Wood to Fuel by thermochemical route

Costa Komodromos, Brunel University - SUPRABIO

Written by: INRA
Date of creation: 20 August 2013
Date of last update: 20 September 2013