2nd PHA platform World Congress (again postponed)

2nd PHA platform World Congress (again postponed)


Cologne, Germany


Polymedia Publisher GmbH, coorganised by GO!PHA


Wed, 22.09.2021 - Thu, 23.09.2021


Full conference: 975.00 EUR

2nd PHA platform World Congress 2021

…from Embryonic to Early Growth

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 22-23 September  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 (Sep 21) - 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 2020  we hosted 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. It was a great success. See feedback here.

You can still benefit from an "on-demand"-video-version of the webinar. It includes all presentations and the Q&A. It's available for EUR 349.00. Just contact mt@bioplasticsmagazine.com.

Let us be optimistic to meet in September 2021:

September 22nd  and 23rd 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 Sept. 21st 2021. The venue is the same as for the congress.

Stay updated and visit the website frequently. In addition, we keep you updated via our newsletters.


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

08:30-08:45Michael ThielenPolymedia Publisher (Germany)Welcome Remarks
08:45-09:15Jan RavenstijnJan Ravenstijn ConsultingThe PHA-platform, moving up the S-curve
09:15-09:40Blake LindseyRWDC-IndustriesTBD
09:40-10:05Erwin LePoudreKanekaMarket expansion of Kaneka Biodegradable Polymer Green Planet™ through sustainable application developments.
10:05-10:30Rick PassenierGO!PHAGO!PHA: a collaborative effort to PHA-platform industry growth: status & activities

10:45-11:10Coffee & Networking Break

11:10-11:35George ChenTsinghua UniversityNew Generation Industrial Biotechnology as a basis for PHABuilder.
11:35-12:00Jeff UhrigNovomerEconomic considerations of 100 million tons of PHA.
12:00-12:30Stefan JockenhoevelAMIBMA unique "Horizon Programme" to advance material science knowledge of the PHA-platform.
12:30-12:55Eligio MartiniMAIPTBD, addressing technical and business opportiunities for PHA-compounds

13:10-14:05Lunch & Networking Break

14:05-14:30Bas KrinsSenbisEffect of PHA-material structure on yarn and filament spinning
14:30-14:55Lenka MynarovaNafigatePHB in cosmetic applications
14:55-15:20Ruud RouleauxHelian Polymers/colorFabbDesigning PHA-materials for 3D-printing applications

15:35-15:55Coffee & Networking Break
Coffee & Networking Break
15:55-16:20Anindya MukherjeeGO!PHAThe effect of legislation on innovative PHA-material design for a circular economy
16:20-16:55Bruno DeWildeOWSBiodegradation: a uni-environmental characteristic?
16:55-17:20Michael Carusnova InstituteFor which end-products is biodegradation a justified need?

Thursday, September 23, 2021

08:30-08:40Michael ThielenPolymedia PublisherWelcome remarks, 2nd day
08:40-09:05Guy Buyle / Lien Van der SchuereCentexbelThe use of PHA in the textile industry
09:05-09:30Jesse HuiTianan Biologic MaterialPHA for denitrification purposes
09:30-09:55Kuk-ki HongCheilJedangTBD, also addresssing applications for amorphous PHA-materials
09:55-10:20William BardoshTerraVerdae BioworksIndustrial applications for PHA materials

10:35-10:55Coffee & Networking Break

10:55-11:20Liusong HueMedPHA Corp. Ltd.The latest P3HB4HB developments for medical applications
11:20-11:45Marcus Eriksen5GyresPlastics pollution in the oceans & bioplastics degradation
11:45-12:10Ramani NarayanMichigan State UniversityKinetic model to estimate lifetime in ocean environments for biodegradable polymers using PHBV and cellulose as models
12:10-12:35Teng LiBluephaHistoric opportunity of PHA with surging demand of biodegradable polymers in China

12:50-13:50Lunch & Networking Break

13:50-14:15Phil Van TrumpDanimer ScientificTBD
14:15-14:40Maximilian LacknerCirceTBD
14:40-15:05Manfred ZinnISBP - HES-SO Valais-WallisCustomized PHA during biosynthesis

15:20-15:40Coffee & Networking Break

15:40-16:05Scott TrenorMillikenNucleation work on PHA-materials
16:05-16:30Pablo Ivan NikelNovonordisk FoundationSynthetic Biology strategies for the biosynthesis of new-to-nature PHA-based polymers containing xeno-atoms
16:30-17:05Edvard HallBioextraxCan a bio-based downstream process reduce cost and improve the polymer properties?

17:15-17:30Jan RavenstijnJan Ravenstijn ConsultingClosing remarks

Subject to changes. Please visit this website frequently for updates.


In the afternoon  (13:00-17:00) of Sept. 21st, 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

Kardinal-Frings-Str. 1-3
50668 Köln, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0221) 1631 - 0


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 a videoclip of the 1st PHA platform World Congress as well as some more clips of other conferences we organized in the past. 

For data protection reasons you have to click it twice (no double-click).

Below, you find video-clips of one of our PLA World Congresses in Munich/Germany and of one of our Bioplastics Business Breakfasts at the Düsseldorf K'show.

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