6th PLA World Congress (Webinar)

6th PLA World Congress (Webinar)
6th PLA World Congress (Webinar)




Polymedia Publisher GmbH


Wed, 07.10.2020, 08:00 o'clock - Thu, 08.10.2020, 18:00 o'clock


499 EUR (Webinar)

6th PLA World Congress 2020

Due to the Corona pandemic, the 6th PLA World Congress was held strictly virtual on 07-08 October 2020.

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 was held on the 07th and 08th of October 2020 in form of a webinar.

Programme (updated)

(Programme was modified, in order to accomodate for the time zones of the speakers - status: October 5th))
See Programme with time-schedule in YOUR TIMEZONE

You can now download the handbook with all speraker biographies, abstracts and more ...   .   Handbook

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

08:30-08:45 Michael Thielen, Polymedia Welcome remarks
08:45-09:15 Michael Carus, nova-Institut PLA from Renewable Carbon
09:15-09:40 Francois de Bie, Total-Corbion PLA Luminy PLA in the circular economy: comparing and understanding the right end-of-life options.
09:40-10:05 Jae Yeon Park, SK Innovation Low pH Lactic acid production using novel acid-resistant Yeast
10:05-10:30 José Àngel Ramos, ADBioplastics PLA-Premium: broadening the PLA applications
10:30-10:45 Q&A
10:45-11:10 Bio-break
11:10-11:35 Gerald Schennink, Wageningen UR Latest achievements in PLA processing
11:35-12:00 Zsolt Bodnár, Filamania Composite PLA Filament for 3D Printing
12:00-12:25 Lien Van der Schueren, Bio4Self (Centexbel, Tecnaro, Fraunhofe) BIO4SELF - Biobased self-reinforced composites enabled by high stiffness PLA yarns
12:25-12:40 Q&A
12:40-13:45 Lunch-break
13:45-14:10 Udo Mühlbauer, Uhde Inventa-Fischer Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s Technology for Recycling of PLA
14:10-14:35 Amar K. Mohanty, University of Guelph PLA-based blends and their Green Composites supporting Circular Economy for Improved Sustainability
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 Bio-break
16:00-16:25 Clementine Arnault , Carbiolice Latest advances with EVANESTO® at industrial scale
16:25-16.50 Bill Horner, Single Use Solutions Every Bottle Back
16:50-17:00 Coffee and Bio-break
17:00 Michael Thielen Closing remarks first day

Thursday, October 08, 2020

08:50-09:00 Michael Thielen, Polymedia Welcome remarks
09:00-09:25 Carsten Niermann, FKuR Modifying PLA for two component injection molding applications
09:25-09:50 Miguel Angel Valera, AIMPLAS New developments based on PLA for sustainable packaging (BIOnTOP & PERCAL projects
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 and Bio-break
11:20-11:45 Benjamin   Rodriguez , Fraunhofer IAP Making PLA suitable for flexible film applications
11:45-12:10 Luana Ladu, TU Berlin Integrated sustainability assessment framework for PLA
12:10-12:35 Daniel Ganz, Sukano Maximize PLA performance and diversify end applications
12:35-12:50 Q&A
12:50-13:50 Lunch-break
13:50-14:15 Ramanai Narayan, Michigan State University Understanding the unique stereochemistry of PolyLactide (PLA) polymers and its implications on performance properties
14:15-14:40 David Grewell, North Dakota State University Welding of PLA
14:40-15:05 Tom Bowden, Sidaplax Latest development in PLA films (t.b.c.)
15:05-15:30 Manjusri Misra , University of Guelph Recent Developments of PLA in Durable Applications
15:30-15:40 Q&A
15:40 Michael Thielen Closing remarks

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


The newly rising number of COVID-19 infections as well as travel restrictions in many countries have forced us to move our physical event – the 6th PLA World Congress scheduled to take place in Munich, Germany in October – online.

Rather than hosting the conference in Munich, we are inviting you to attend our event virtually. We are organising the conference with a slightly modified agenda, designed to be delivered digitally and taking into account the different time zones of the speakers.

ZOOM is likely to be the virtual conference platform chosen. The format will include live Q&A sessions, using a chat function.

All the presentations will be recorded and available for convenient watching ‘on demand’ for a full week after the event. The speakers will then respond to all questions via e-mail in a timely manner.

Your benefits:

  • Engage with the conference, wherever you are, with access to all the material, across all time zones.
  • Watch the content of your choice at a time that works for you
  • No Corona infection risk
  • No traveling cost or risks
  • Networking through WHOVA App (planned)

Obviously, attending a live-streamed virtual conference offers a different kind of experience than a full in-person event. We understand that. But we’re going to innovate this year, and we need your support.

We’ve adjusted the price of the conference, from €899.00 to €499.00

We are very excited to welcome you to the first-ever virtual PLA World Congress, 7-8 October. We think the format opens up exciting new perspectives and opportunities - and we are looking forward to your participation and to connecting with you.

Networking (Whova App)

Of course, a physical conference offers the best networking opportunities.

However, since this is not possible this year, we try the Whova App to offer some networking opportunities.

In your web-browser you can access whova via this link:https://whova.com/portal/webapp/pwc_202010/ 

Get our official event app,

Get the most out of the app and have a more productive experience!


NAVIGATE the event agenda and logistics, even without Wi-Fi or data. Access useful information like ridesharing and local attractions through the Community Board


NETWORK effectively. Plan whom to meet by exploring attendee profiles and sending out messages


PARTICIPATE in event activities through session likes, comments, ratings, live polling, tweeting, and more

For Blackberry or Windows Phone,Click here
For feature details, visit Whova

Bavarian Night

We are as sad as you are that the  "Bavarian Night" in a famous Munich Beerhouse will be postponed to May 2022.

Then we'll again enjoy Bavarian beer and food specialties.

Bavarian Night
Bavarian Night

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


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