2nd PHA platform World Congress (new date)

2nd PHA platform World Congress (new date)


Cologne, Germany


Polymedia Publisher GmbH, coorganised by GO!PHA


Tue, 30.03.2021 - Wed, 31.03.2021


Full conference: 975.00 EUR (includes the Webinar on Sep 02, 2020) / Webinar only: 349 EUR

Early Bird Discount again extended: If you register before August 31, 2020, you benefit from a 100 EUR discount (will be displayed in final invoice only)

2nd PHA platform World Congress 2020

…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 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 (EUR 349.00).

The Webinar (Sep 02 - 10:15 and 16:45 CEST) includes:

  • Access to 12 online-presentations of ackowledged experts, including live Q&A
  • Access to video-recordings of the presentations for 48 hours, to accomodate for different time zones. Q&A option via e-mail.
  • PDF-Handbook (includes abstracts, speaker biographies and photos, and more)
  • PDF files of all presentations (as far as approved by the speakers) via download-link after the webinar.

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


Programme (Webinar 2. Sep 2020)

The finalised programme of our webinar on Sep 02, 2020 is now available.

We’ve also opened registration for the physical event that is scheduled for 30-31 March 2021. Participation in the webinar is free of charge if full payment of the event registration fee is made before 28 August.
For participants planning to take part in the webinar only, the fee is EUR 349.00. Those who subsequently decide to register for the congress as well will be granted a discount on the regular attendance fee. 


The programme of the webinar below is no longer divided into thematic blocks. This is mainly because the presentations of speakers in different time zones have now instead been scheduled at the most convenient times possible.

While some participants in the webinar will want to follow the presentations ‘live’, for example, in order to ask questions, time zone differences may make this inconvenient or infeasible for others. However, recorded versions of the presentations will available 48 hours after the event to allow participants to tune in and replay.

Your questions may be submitted to us and will be forwarded to the speakers. The speakers will then respond directly to you.

The programme does not include any coffee or lunch breaks. All time slots are 30 minutes, which includes time for questions and answers, but also time to grab a coffee or to visit the restroom. It also allows us to switch between speakers for a smooth webinar experience.

10:15-10:30 Michael Thielen Polymedia Publisher Welcome and introduction
10:30-11:00 Jan Ravenstijn GO!PHA Will the PHA-platform move up on the S-curve this year?
11:00-11:30 Dr. Kuk-Ki Hong CheilJedang CJ BIO's Contribution for PHA market development - Technology and Preliminary Plan of CJ BIO
11:30-12:00 Rick Passenier GO!PHA Acceleration of PHA adoption through continuous value chain collaboration - The Global Organization for PHA - GO!PHA
12:00-12:30 Lara Dammer Nova Institute EU Plastics Legislation and its Impact on Bio-based Plastics
12:30-13:00 Anindya Mukherjee GO!PHA Plastics Bans Around the World and PHA's Role in Filling the Void.
13:00-13:30 Ronald Krijns BYK / Altana Virgin PHA, an extraordinary coating additive.
13:30-14:00 Lenka Minářová Nafigate / Hydal European Green Deal and New Opportunity for PHA
14:00-14:30 Ramani Narayan Michigan State University Understanding PHA biodegradability.
14:30-15:00 Phil Van Trump Danimer Scientific PHA Applications - Single Use Articles.
15:00-15:30 Rolf Luther FUCHS Schmierstoffe PHA: Innovative biogenic and biodegradable polymers as components for lubricants
15:30-16:00 Blake Lindsey RWDC-Industries The Future of PHA?
16:00-16:30 Alessandro Carfagnini Sabio Materials The use of PHA for the production of Durable Goods
16:30-16:45 Michael Thielen Polymedia Publisher Wrap up & Closure

Programme (Congress March 2021)

The Programme of the congress on March 30+31, 2021 is also almost finished. We publish here a preview with topics and speakers. A timetabe will follow soon.


Session 1.: Industrialization of the PHA-platform

  • State-of-the-art of the PHA-platform
  • Start-ups of new capacities and plans to expand
  • GO!PHA, the global organization for the PHA-platform: start, activities and plans

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

  • Overview of relevant legislations
  • Legislative activities on Single Use Plastics in California, China and the EU

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

  • Review of the project status
  • Developments in biodegradation insights in all environments
  • End products where biodegradation is a justified and/or required need

Bruno De Wilde – OWS Belgium
Michael Carus – Nova Institute Germany
Sander DeFruyt – Ellen MacArthur Foundation (t.b.c.)


Session 4: Application developments

  • Broad variety of current applications in both durable and one-time-use articles, with extensive examples of
  • Applications for the Cosmetics and Medical markets
  • Applications for Packaging
  • Applications as additive for the Coatings market
  • PHA-products for fibers
  • Examples developed in the electrical and the furniture markets

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

  • The use of a very differentiated renewable feedstock base, based on carbon from the atmosphere, biosphere and technosphere
  • The move away from new fossil-based feedstock
  • Development of new Downstream Processing technologies
  • New academic initiative for a series of industrial PhD projects to advance the Materials Science knowledge of the PHA-platform polymers

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

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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