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 of 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, fibres for woven and non-woven and PHA 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 on the day before (Sept. 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.
We hope that the pandemic will allow us to hold the congress physically on 22–23 September 2021 in the Maternushaus in Cologne, Germany.
The PHA-platform Workshop will be moved to Sept. 21st 2021. The venue is the same as for the congress.
For those who may/want/can not travel to Cologne, we offer an online-participation (Congress only, not for the workshop).
Stay updated and visit this website frequently. In addition, we keep you updated via our newsletters.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If the development of the pandemic (infection rates, vaccination, etc.) allows, the second PHA platform World Congress will be held as a hybrid event (on-site and digital) in the Maternushaus Cologne, Germany.
We sincerely hope that you may and can travel to Germany. We don't know about the restrictions your country may have on the day of travel.
For information on entry rules issued by the German Government, please visit
www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de, providing info in 18 languages. We try to keep this info updated.
If you need a negative PCR test for your flight home, you find useful info here:
The location is Hohenzollernring 32-34 (Cologne). That is about 1.3 km (less than a mile), so, a 15 min walk or a cheap taxi ride.
It includes that all conference attendees must be either fully vaccinated, recovered from COVID19, or negatively tested. Most probably a test can be performed on-site. But capacity might be very limited.
Basically, our general cancellation policy applies.
However, due to the pandemic situation, we will handle it a bit more flexibly. If you register for the full on-site conference, we'll send you an invoice and ask you to pay this on time. In the case you have to decide to step back to an online-only participation at a later point in time, we can change your registration and we'll refund the price difference. Such a change, however, must be performed at a maximum of 48 hours.
We are all keen on holding an in-person event, as networking and socialising over a glass of good German beer is something that is so important and is high on the list of things that we all miss so desperately.
For details about the speakers click here
Hybrid event (participation is possible in-person, on-site, as well as online-only (ZOOM).
Please note that - in order to accommodate different time zones - we'll record* all sessions and make these available in form of "video-on-demand" to all attendees for a full week after the event.
*: provided we don't have technical issues and all speakers agree
You can download the handbook with all abstracts (as far as available) here
Programme subject to changes. Please visit this website frequently for updates.
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 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.