6th PLA World Congress (new date)

6th PLA World Congress (new date)


Munich, Germany
Holiday Inn Munich City Centre


Polymedia Publisher GmbH


Wed, 07.10.2020 - Thu, 08.10.2020, 23:45 o'clock


899 EUR

Due to the new date, we extended the Early Bird fee (EUR 799) until May 31st

6th PLA World Congress 2020

Due to the Corona pandemic, the 6th PLA World Congress will be postponed to 07-08 October.

PLA is one of the bioplastics with the largest market significance. The versatile bioplastics raw material is made almost completely from renewable resources. It is being used for packaging applications, for fibres in woven and non-woven applications. Even the automotive industry and consumer electronics are already applying PLA. Blending PLA with other bioplastics or other blend-partners as well as mixing it with natural fibres such as flax, hemp or kenaf broadens the range of applications even more.

That‘s why bioplastics MAGAZINE is now organizing the 6th PLA World Congress.

Experts from all involved fields will share their knowledge and contribute to a comprehensive overview of today‘s opportunities and challenges and discuss the possibilities, limitations and future prospects of PLA for all kind of applications.

The 2 full-day-conference will be held on the 07th and 08th of October 2020 in Munich, Germany.


(will be updated regularly)

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

08:30-08:45 Michael Thielen, Polymedia Publisher Welcome Remarks
08:45-09:15 Michael Carus, nova-Instutit PLA from Renewable Carbon
09:15-09:40 Amar K. Mohanty, University of Guelph PLA-based blends and their Green Composites supporting Circular Economy for Improved Sustainability
09:40-10:05 José Àngel Ramos, ADBioplastics PLA-Premium: broadening the PLA applications
10:05-10:30 Jae Yeon Park, SK Innovation Low pH Lactic acid production using novel acid-resistant Yeast
10:30-10:45 Q & A
10:45-11:10 Coffe & Networking Break
11:10-11:35 Gerald Schennink, Wageningen UR Latest achievements in PLA processing
11:35-12:00 Zsolt Bodnár, Filamania Philament – composite PLA for 3D printing
12:00-12:25 Lien Van der Schueren, Bio4Self (Centexbel, Tecnaro, Fraunhofer) BIO4SELF - Biobased self-reinforced composites enabled by high stiffness PLA yarns
12:25-12:40 Q & A
12:40-13:45 Lunch & Networking Break
13:45-14:10 Udo Mühlbauer, Uhde Inventa-Fischer Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s Technology for Recycling of PLA
14:10-14:35 Francois de Bie, Total-Corbion PLA Advancing mechanical and chemical recycling of PLA - introducing a new concept!
14:35-15:00 Maarten van der Zee, Wageningen UR The results and interpretation of a Dutch Composting Study; the next step in Organic Recycling
15:00-15:25 Tanja Fell, Fraunhofer IVV Design for recycling of PLA packaging materials - Evaluation examples and recycling processes of packaging materials
15:25-15:40 Q & A
15:40-16:00 Coffe & Networking Break
16:00-16:25 Clementine Arnault , Carbiolice Latest advances with EVANESTO® at industrial scale
16:25-16.50 Luana Ladu, TU Berlin Integrated sustainability assessment framework for PLA
16:50-17:00 Coffee  & Networking Break
17:00-17:30 Panel Discussion PLA - Global supply challenges

Thursday, October 08, 2020

08:50-09:00 Michael Thielen, Polymedia Publisher Welcome Remarks
09:00-09:25 Carsten Niermann, FKuR Modifying PLA for two component injection molding applications
09:25-09:50 Manjusri Misra , University of Guelph Recent Developments of PLA in Durable Applications
09:50-10:15 Nopadol Suanprasert, Global Biopolymers PLA PROSPECT FOR GEOTEXTILES – THAILAND’s EXPERIENCE
10:15-10:40 Johannes Ganster, Fraunhofer IAP Utilizing PLA's unique properties - new splints for bone fractures
10:40-10:55 Q&A
10:55-11:20 Coffee  & Networking Break
11:20-11:45 Amit Haviv, Tipa How does PLA contribute to compostable packaging?
11:45-12:10 Bill Horner, Single Use Solutions Every Bottle Back
12:10-12:35 Daniel Ganz, Sukano Blow Moulding of PLA (t.b.c.)
12:35-13:00 Miguel Angel Valera, AIMPLAS New developments based on PLA for sustainable packaging (BIOnTOP & PERCAL projects
13:00-13:15 Q&A
13:15-14:15 Lunch & Networking Break
14:15-14:40 Ramanai Narayan, Michigan State University Understanding the unique stereochemistry of PolyLactide (PLA) polymers and its implications on performance properties
14:40-15:05 David Grewell, North Dakota State University Welding of PLA
15:05-15:30 Benjamin   Rodriguez, Fraunhofer IAP Making PLA suitable for flexible film applications
15:30-15:55 Tom Bowden, Sidaplax Current & Future State of Flexible Films
15:55-16:05 Q&A
16:05-16:10 Michael Thielen, Polymedia Publisher Closing remarks

Subject to changes. Visit this site regularly to be up-to date.


Holiday Inn Munich City Centre

The 6th PLA World Congress is being held in the Holiday Inn Munich City Centre

Hochstrasse 3
81669 München
Tel.: +49-89-48030
Fax: +49-89-448-7170

Website (German)       Website (English)

The Holiday Inn City Centre has reserved a contingent of discounted hotel rooms for the 6th PLA World) Congress. Unfortunately the night from 6 to 7 Oct is more expensive than the second night. But after all the rates are better than with normal booking. Please use the following link and the new group booking code R9L to book your room: 


You can also use the code R9L when booking via one of Holiday Inn's international toll free phone numbers (e.g. 00800 80 800 800) 

How to get to the Holiday Inn City Centre

Arrival by plane
Munich Airport "Franz-Josef-Strauss" (MUC)
Distance: 40 KM / 24.86 MI South West to Hotel
Taxi Charge (one way): 65,00 EUR - Time by taxi: 45 min
Train Charge (one way): 10.80 EUR) - Time by train: 35 min

Take the S8 and get out at "Rosenheimer Platz" station. Follow the signs to the hotel Holiday Inn Munich - City Centre and use the exit "Hochstrasse/Gasteig". At the very end of the arcade, some stairs and an elevator lead directly to the hotel lobby.

Arrival by train
Station Name: Muenchen Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)
Distance: 4 KM / 2.49 MI East to Hotel
Every S-Bahn in the direction Ostbahnhof. Exit at "Rosenheimer Platz" and follow the Holiday Inn Munich - City Centre signs
Subway Station Name: Rosenheimer Platz
Distance: 0.1 KM / 0.06 MI
same building complex

Arrival by car
Driving Directions
from airport: take A92 to Eching and follow the signs to Munich on A9. At the end of the highway follow signs "Stadtmitte" to Mittlerer Ring Ost. Take exit "Tucherpark" and follow Ifflandstrasse (2 km). Take a left over the Ludwigsbrücke (bridge) to the other side of the river Isar. At the second lights take a right into Rosenheimer Strasse. At the next lights take a right into Hochstrasse. The hotel is on your left.

Plan your own route using Google Maps

Bavarian Night

bioplastics MAGAZINE invites all PLA World Congress delegates to a "Bavarian Night" in a famous Munich Beerhouse.

On Wednesday October 7th, 2020 we'll enjoy Bavarian beer and food specialties. 

(Of course vegetarian food and non-alcoholic beverages as well as wine will be available too)

Bavarian Night

Below you can see videoclips of other conferences we organized in the past


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