Polymedia Publisher GmbH, coorganised by GO!PHA
Early Bird Discount: If you register before May 31st, 2020, you benefit from a 100 EUR discount (will be displayed in final invoice only)
PHA (Poly-Hydroxy-Alkanoates or polyhydroxy fatty acids) is a family of biobased polyesters. As in many mammals, including humans, that hold energy reserves in the form of body fat there are also bacteria that hold intracellular reserves of polyhydroxy alkanoates. Here the micro-organisms store a particularly high level of energy reserves (up to 80% of their own body weight) for when their sources of nutrition become scarce. Examples for such Polyhydroxyalkanoates are PHB, PHV, PHBV, PHBH and many more. That’s why we speak about the PHA platform.
This PHA-platform is made up of a large variety of bioplastics raw materials made from many different renewable resources. Depending on the type of PHA, they can be used for applications in films and rigid packaging, biomedical applications, automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, toys, glues, adhesives, paints, coatings, fibers for woven and non-woven andPHA products inks. So PHAs cover a broad range of properties and applications.
That’s why bioplastics MAGAZINE and Jan Ravenstijn are now organizing the 2nd PHA-platform World Congress on 30-31 March 2021 in Cologne / Germany. This congress continues the great success of the 1st PHA platform World Congress and the PHA-day at the Bioplastics Business Breakfast @ K 2019. We will again offer a special "Basics"-Workshop in the day before (Mar 29) - if there are sufficient registrations...
The congress will address the progress, challenges and market opportunities for the formation of this new polymer platform in the world. Every step in the value chain will be addressed. Raw materials, polymer manufacturing, compounding, polymer processing, applications, opportunities and end-of-life options will be discussed by parties active in each of these areas. Progress in underlying technology challenges will also be addressed.
Disappointingly, the Coronavirus pandemic has forced us to revise our plans for the 2nd PHA platform World Congress, initially scheduled for September 2020. The event will not be cancelled. Instead, we have decided to postpone the Congress until 2021 - and meanwhile, for this year, to add a virtual component. In September, we plan to host a webinar on the latest developments around PHA, including capacity expansions, investment opportunities, application developments, legislation and an update on GO!PHA’s programmes and progress.
So be sure to mark the following dates your calendar:
• September 2nd 2020, we invite you to join us online for a 4-6 hour webinar, for presentations and updates on capacity expansions, legislation and application developments. More details will be available at a later date.
• March 30th and 31st 2021 are the new dates for the 2nd PHA-platform World Congress. The venue is the Maternus Haus in Cologne, Germany.
• The PHA-platform Workshop will be moved to March 29th 2021. The venue is the same as for the congress.
Delegates of the 2nd PHA-platform World Congress (March 2021, Cologne) can participate at the September 2020 webinar free of charge. Participation in the webinar only will be available to a special reduced price.
Stay updated and visit the website frequently. In addition, we keep you updated via our newsletters.
The Programme is almost finished. We publish here a preview with topics and speakers. A timetabe will follow soon.
Session 1.: Industrialization of the PHA-platform
Jan Ravenstijn – Recent platform developments
Phil Van Trump – Danimer Scientific USA
Erwin LePoudre – Kaneka Belgium / Japan
David LeBlanc – RWDC-Industries USA / Singapore
Gaetano Dedual – Futurity New Zealand
Rick Passenier – Global Organization for industrialization of the PHA-platform Netherlands
Session 2: Global legislative and regulatory matters
Lara Dammer – Nova Institute Germany
EU Representative on legislation in Europe (t.b.c.)
US representative California (t.b.c.)
Chinese representative China (t.b.c.)
Session 3: New Plastics Economy
Bruno De Wilde – OWS Belgium
Michael Carus – Nova Institute Germany
Sander DeFruyt – Ellen MacArthur Foundation (t.b.c.)
Session 4: Application developments
Franco Colombo – ABB Italy
Eligio Martini – MAIP Italy
Ronald Krijns – BYK / Altana Netherlands
Garry Kohl – PepsiCo USA
Guy Buyle – Centexbel Belgium
Lenka Mynarova – Nafigate Czech Republic
Liusong Yu – MedPHA China
Alessandro Carfagnini – Sabio Materials Italy
Session 5: Technology developments
Robert Celik – Genecis Canada
Manfred Zinn – HES-SO Switzerland
Teng Li – Bluepha – China
Edvard Hall – Bioextrax Sweden
(t.b.c.) – AMIBM Netherlands / Germany
This list will be updated and a timetable will follow soon. Stay updated and visit this site regularly.
In the afternoon (13:00-17:00) of September 1st, preceding the conference GO!PHA (the Global Organization PHA) will hold a workshop on the basics of the PHA-platform. The agenda of the workshop will be published in due time. The cost of this workshop is 300 Euro.
If you want to participate, please tick the box in the registration form for the conference. (The workshop is for full conference attendees only and will only be held if there are enough registrations)
Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany
There is a limited number of rooms available in the Maternushaus
Please use the keyword "bioplastics" to book one of these rooms.
How to get there
Over the freeways (Autobahn):
Take the exit Zentrum/Innenstadt.
From there follow the red colour zone'Dom/Rhein' of the Cologne parking guidance system and reach the main station or cathedral.
From here on, please refer to Google-Maps
By public transport:
Book your flight to Cologne/Bonn Airport (CGN)
By train: Cologne HBF (main train station). From there it is only a 5 minutes walk via "Dompropst-Ketzer-Straße" to Maternushaus.
Nearest subway stations: Appellhofplatz and Cologne main station
Below you can see videoclips of other conferences we organized in the past