June 23, 2015
From bugs to business: Unlocking the Bioeconomy in Europe

The FP7-funded BIO-TIC project is hosting its final high level policy conference "From bugs to business: Unlocking the Bioeconomy in Europe" on 23 June 2015 in Brussels.

At the conference you will be able to:

  • Witness the state of play of industrial biotechnology in Europe with keynote speeches from innovative companies and European bodies.
  •  Learn about ways to unlock the opportunities provided by this key enabling technology.
  •  Attend the launch of the BIO-TIC roadmap committed to tackling industrial biotechnology hurdles in the EU.
  •  Engage in discussions during dedicated panel debates to implement solutions for a blooming industrial biotechnology sector committed to realising the European bioeconomy.
  •  Discuss with policy makers, industrial players, entrepreneurs and academia during thenetworking cocktail.
  •  Explore industrial biotechnology products and tools in the conference exhibition space.
  •  Visit the Bio Base Europe pilot plant on the following day.

Registration is free of charge.

June 17, 2015

The FP7-funded CRM_InnoNet project is hosting a high level conference called "SUBSTITUTION means EVOLUTION" on 17 June in Brussels. The conference will be your one-stop shop to find out all you need to know about substitution of critical raw materials (CRMs) in Europe. At the event you can:

  • Learn about the opportunities provided by substitution and how it can solve technological challenges.
  • Witness the state of play of substitution of CRMs in Europe with keynote speeches from companies and government bodies.
  • Meet up with key EU industrial sectors in the area of substitution.
  • Engage in discussions during dedicated panel debates to implement recommendations towards a European circular economy.
  • Discuss with policy makers, industrial players, entrepreneurs and academia during the networking cocktail.
  • Become part of the Innovation Network and meet potential partners for substitution projects in Horizon 2020.
  • At the conference you will also be able to explore applications of substitution in the exhibition space!

Draft programme:

 9:00 - 10:00    Registration

10:00 - 10:15   Welcome & opening 

10:15 - 10:55   Key note speech

11:00 - 11:30   CRM_InnoNet, the project 

11:30 - 12:30   Roadmaps 

12:30 - 13:30   Lunch

13:30 - 14:30   Panel discussion (successful & failures substitution examples)

14:30 - 15:00   Policy Recommendations

15:00 - 15:15   Closure

15:30 - 17:00   Cocktail reception & networking

There is no fee to attend the conference.

June 08, 2015
15th SusChem Stakeholder Event

Following the recent publication of SusChem’s Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA), we are happy to announce that registration for 2015 Stakeholder event is now open. This event will take place on the 8th-9th June at the Sheraton Rogier Hotel in Brussels.

Theme of the event:

PROPELLING SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY TO EXCITING NEW FRONTIERS: Implementing the New Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda

The event will include a number of exciting activities and present important new developments for the SusChem community, including:

  • The presentation of the key highlights addressed in the SIRA by SusChem Board members followed by a stakeholder breakout discussion on how to translate the SIRA into action! 
  • conclusion from the breakout session discussions to be addressed in a lively panel debate on day two,
  •  the latest news and activities from our SusChem National Technology Platforms (NTPs), and
  • for the first-time-ever, hosting an Open Innovation SME workshop that will take place in the afternoon of June 9th followed by a poster session and our ever-so-popular speed-dating brokerage session.

Practical Information:

For a complete overview of the 2015 SusChem Stakeholder Event please refer to SusChem website on www.suschem.org/event/2015-suschem-stakeholder-event.aspx. 

NOTE: Accommodation is available at Sheraton Rogier Hotel in Brussels for the days of the event. SusChem has arranged for rooms to be blocked at fix rate through May 15 2015 at this following link

The directions on how to reach the event's location are available here.

We look forward to meeting you on the 8th and 9th June in Brussels!

November 17, 2014
Advanced manufacturing for a new European industrial renaissance

Tuesday, 18 November, 08:00 – 09:30
European Parliament, Brussels
6th Knowledge for Innovation Summit: breakfast debate incorporation with Cefic

The Sixth European Innovation Summit (6EIS), organised by Knowledge4innovation, will take place from 17 to 20 November 2014 at the European Parliament in Brussels and Cefic will be there to show how sustainable chemistry can inspire and lead innovation for growth in Europe.

The programme features more than 25 conference sessions and discussions on important topics for innovation in Europe and presents more than 100 speakers from the European parliament, the European Commission, the educational and the private sectors. The motto of this year’s summit is ‘A Mandate for Innovation in Europe’: innovation should be a top strategic priority in the new institutional cycle of the European Union and the centerpiece of a revised Europe 2020 strategy.

A resurgence of European manufacturing will only be possible if the public and private sector join forces to leverage Europe’s strengths and transform the sector from traditional to one that is can reinvent itself to meet society’s 21st century needs.  To become a sector that, for example, uses advanced manufacturing and cutting-edge processing to deliver the technological promises needed for tomorrow. This calls for a mindset change, new ways of doing business and a general openness towards new concepts and materials.

Cefic will actively participate in a number of events; in particular on 18 November when contributions will be made in two morning sessions (‘Framework conditions and obstacles to innovation in Europe’ and ‘Horizon 2020: First impressions and expressions’ – where new Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas will speak) and one of the afternoon sessions (‘The role of innovation for a secure and affordable energy in Europe’). The detailed programme for the summit can be found here.

July 17, 2014
Almost glare-free glass obtained using nanoparticles

Researchers at the Institute for Photonic Sciences in Barcelona (ICFO) have found a way of producing almost fully glare-free glass.  The new material’s applications are expected to soon be on the smartphone market.

The enhanced glass was created by using acid and copper nanoparticles to add texture at micro and nano scales. Led by Professor Valerio Pruneri, the team first laid the micro level texture, which fights off glare, and then applied an anti-reflection nanoscale surface on top. The glass that resulted has proved to be significantly more glare-proof than currently existing ones. Also, it has higher water repelling properties.

A display glass that almost doesn’t glare in bright light and is also almost water-proof might revolutionize the smartphones and smart gadgets’ market. However, the durability of the glass is still in testing phase, after which the new technology might be scaled.

The research was conducted together with Corning, the company behind Gorilla Glass. Funding for this research was also provided by Corning.  

Source: www.gigaom.com


March 10, 2014
Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2014 Prove Chemistry Is at the Roots of Technological Progress

The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies identifies recent key trends in technological change in its annual list of Top 10 Emerging Technologies. By highlighting the most important technological breakthroughs, the Council aims to raise awareness of their potential and contribute to closing gaps in investment, regulation and public understanding. For 2014, the Council identified ten new technologies that could reshape our society in the future and most of them rely on chemistry to function properly.

New cars and automotive vehicles rely on chemistry for nanostructured carbon composites, used to reduce the weight of cars by 10% or more. Lighter cars need less fuel to operate, increasing the efficiency of moving people and goods and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Lithium-ion batteries, which offer good energy density (energy per weight or volume), are routinely packed into mobile phones, laptops and electric cars, to name just a few common uses. They are now also being further improved with the use of silicon nanowires or nanoparticles, making the batteries able to produce 30%-40% more electricity.

Moreover, chemistry helps developing technologies that give us access to new resources: for example using catalyst-assisted chemistry to extract metals from reject desalination brine at a cost competitive with land-based mining of ores or lake deposits.

Innovation in the chemical sector can bring about even more advanced technologies so to ensure that challenges we are now facing, from resource and energy efficiency to the development of the smart cities of the future, can be overcome in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.

February 27, 2014
7th International Conference on Bio-based Materials 2014

The 7th International Conference on Bio-based Materials 2014 will take place in Cologne from the 8th to the 10th April and it aims to provide major players from the European bio-based chemicals, plastics and composite industries with an opportunity to present and discuss their latest developments and strategies.

Representatives of political bodies and associations will engage in the debate alongside leading companies. For the first time, the conference will count a third day especially dedicated to science and start-ups to get them in touch with investors and industry. One highlight of the conference will be the presentation of the first running European biorefineries and the state-of-art of Industrial Biotechnology. For registration, please click here.

Moreover, for the seventh year running, the Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year" will be granted to a young, innovative bio-based chemicals and materials industry for finding suitable applications and markets for bio-based products. The competition focuses on new developments in these areas, which have had (or will have) a market launch in 2013 and 2014.

Industrial biotechnology, also known as white biotechnology, uses enzymes and micro-organisms to make efficient and sustainable products in sectors as diverse as chemicals, plastics, food and feed, detergents, paper and pulp, textiles or bioenergy.

Industrial biotechnology can provide great benefits for resource and energy efficiency. Enzymes can work in mild conditions and they speed up reactions, improving the efficiency of processing raw materials. It can also significantly improve the environmental and economic performance of chemicals production. This can lead to lower materials inputs, fewer by-products and wastes and lower energy use.

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