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Bio-based Innovations for Industrial Applications – Free registration • In-person Event

April 24 @ 09:00 - 17:00


Explore the latest bio-based solutions for a variety of applications. The event combines presentations, a poster exhibition and plenty of opportunities for networking. Speakers will include researchers involved in the development of new bio-based materials and representatives from industry, the European Commission and the CBE JU.
The organisers of the event, the BBI JU projects CHAMPION and PERFECOAT, aim to replace conventional fossil-based materials with novel bio-based ones. The CHAMPION project focuses on bio-based thermoset coatings, structural adhesives, automotive interior surfaces and home care additives, while the PERFECOAT project is all about new bio-based ingredients for paints and coatings for wood and decorative applications. Four other thematically related European projects will also present their experiences in the quest for innovative and sustainable bio-based materials and products.

This event will be held the day after the CBE JU Info Day 2024 in Brussels.

Find the detailled agenda here.



09:00 – 09:30 Registration and welcome coffee


09:30-10:35 Session 1: End-user perspectives on bio-based innovations

  • Janice Lofthouse (University of York – CHAMPION) and Francesca di Bartolomeo (SINTEF – PERFECOAT) – Event  Opening
  • Daan van Es (WFBR) – An Overview of the CHAMPION project
  • Francesca die Bartolomeo (SINTEF) – An Introduction to the PERFECOAT project
  • Marisa Groenestege (BTG Biomass Technology Group – HARMONITOR project) – Navigating trade and sustainability certification of bio-based value chains
  • Costanza Rossi (University of Utrecht – 3-CO project) – What drives sustainability in businesses?

10:35-10:50 Coffee break

10:50-12:15  Session 2: Making bio-based compounds

  • Oscar Bedzo and Lalitha Gottumukkala (Celignis) – Developing bio-based binders for wood coatings
  • Rolf Blaauw (WFBR) – Bio-based polymer synthesis and scale up
  • Amelie Skopp (Technische Universität München) and Anders Odum (Chromologics SA) – Developing bio-based paint ingredients: from fillers, to pigments, and functional additives
  • Claudio Pagella (IRIS Coating – LIGNICOAT) – Lignin-based clear fire protection biocoatings for wood

12:15-13:15 Light lunch, networking and poster exhibition

13:15-14:30 Session 3: Sustainability, safety and toxicity

  • Harrie Besselink (Wageningen University & Research – CHAMPION) and Andy Booth (SINTEF) – Safety and toxicity assessments and methodology
  • Assiya Kenzhegaliyeva (SINTEF Digital) and Angel Puente (nova-Institute)– Environmental and social sustainability assessment
  • Steven Verstichel (Normec OWS) – Circularity assessments and end of life options

14:30-15:45  Session 4: Industrial applications

  • Maarit Nyman and Algreit Dume (European Commission, DG GROW, Unit Bioeconomy, Chemicals & Cosmetics) – How can EU policy support the bio-based economy?
  • Chloe Johnson (CBE JU) – Circular Bio-Based Europe JU: supporting innovation of sustainable bio-based materials and products
  • Thomas Farmer (Unilever) – Application testing of polymers in CHAMPION
  • Simone Schulte (Evonik) and Roland Steinrücken (Remmers) – Bio-based coating formulation and application testing

15:50-16:00 Final words and Closure

  • Christian Simon (SINTEF) and James Clark (University of York’s Green Chemistry Centre) – Closing statement

16:00-17:00 Reception with drinks and networking, poster exhibition


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April 24
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