EFIB 2015 returns to Brussels. The organisers announce call for papers

Square Cube in Brussels
Square Cube in Brussels

EFIB returns to Brussels. From 27 to 29 October the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy (EFIB)  returns to Europe’s capital, where it was first launched 7 years ago, taking place at the Square, Brussels meeting center. Since then, the event has grown tenfold in size but remains true to its goal of providing the premier meeting place for business and policy throughout the biobased value chain.

Brussels is world renowned as the epicentre for pan-European policy and the EFIB programme reflects this with insights into development of regulation in the field of the bioeconomy, both in Europe and worldwide.

Working in association with Bio.be, organisers EuropaBio and Smithers Rapra are working with a dedicated advisory board featuring representatives from Ecover, Coca-Cola, DuPont, DSM and Novozymes and more industry-leading companies from across the value chain, to ensure that the conference programme includes the most topical themes and the most current case studies.

Organisers welcome presentation proposals for this year’s innovation sessions, in addition to proposals for topic sessions covering finance, feedstocks and more. The innovation sessions are separated as follows: SME innovation showcase; Biomaterial innovations in consumer goods; New processes showcase and New materials showcase.

The abstracts – say the organisers – should be labelled with which session they pertain to and detail whether they have been previously been shared publically. The abstract should demonstrate how value has been driven in the bioeconomy, how a product has successfully been incorporated into an end-use sector or how investment awareness has been stimulated.

Additional themed topic proposals can be considered, but are not limited to:Feedstock sustainability, efficiency and competitiveness; Project finance and funding; Regional or national economic development; Regulatory or policy issues.

Submissions should be along the following guidelines: send a presentation title and abstract of no more than 500 words along with your name, job title, organization and short biography to Hayley Marsden (hmarsden@smithers.com) by Friday 13 March.

Proposals are for a 15-20 minute presentation in any of the programme tracks. All requests are sent to the advisory board and will be assessed for timeliness, quality and relevance to this year’s agenda objectives. Plenary sessions are strictly on invitation only and no papers can be submitted for these sessions except at the specific request of the organisers.


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