Date : 15 December 16 December

Organizer : Flanders Biobased Valley

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The organiser decided to postpone the conference which was scheduled on 1-2 July 2020 in Ghent, Belgium to 15-16 December 2020, also in Ghent, Belgium.

Flanders Biobased Valley, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant and organise the first conference on Biobased Surfactants. This conference will be organized in Ghent, Belgium the 15nd and 16nd of December 2020.

Due to climate change and increasing consumer awareness, this field has been developing fast the past 5 years. These developments will be discussed by prominent speakers from the field both from academic as industrial backgrounds.

Biobased surfactants originate and can be produced through different means. They are used in a variety of products and industries.

We expect the 4% of biobased surfactants to increase steadily in the next 10 years.

This first conference on biobased surfactants will gather researchers interested or active in all areas of this broad and growing field.


Since International Conference on Biobased Surfactants will be organized in parallel with the Industry User Group Meeting (30 companies) of the AppliSurf project focusing on Biobased Surfactants, a good balance of an academic and industrial crowd is expected.

This conference includes a visit and conference dinner at the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant.

December 15, 2020 (STARTING AT 10 AM)
  • Registration and poster placement
  • Welcome
  • Company visit to FLAMAC*
  • Networking lunch and poster session
  • Keynote lectures and selected abstracts
  • Visit to Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant**, followed by networking drink
  • Conference dinner at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

*FLAMAC is a facility located in Ghent (Zwijnaarde), which has expertise in the high throughput screening of compounds and formulations. This expertise was used within the AppliSurf program to screen a portfolio of over 50 new types of biosurfactants. We offer a visit to the FLAMAC facilities for the first 25 people registering for this visit.

**At Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant several biosurfactant production processes have been scaled up and some of those are currently being commercialized e.g. rhamnolipids (Evonik), xylolipids (Lanxess). On this tour you will get to visit the 4 process halls and labs and see with your own eyes the capabilities of this open access pilot plant focusing on bio-based processes”

December 16, 2020 (FROM 9 AM TO 6 PM)
  • Keynote lectures
  • Parallel sessions from selected abstracts
  • Networking lunch and poster session
  • Keynote lectures
  • Parallel sessions from selected abstracts
  • Ing. Susanne Zibek, Fraunhofer IGB, Germany
  • Caroline Rémond, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne URCA, France 
  • Eric Deziel, Institut National de la Reserche Scientifique, Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie, Canada
  • Philippe Jacques, Lipofabrik, France
Among the speakers
  • Stephen Euston, Herriot Watt University, Scotland
  • Tom Berckmans, Cardolite, Belgium
  • Cesar Simoes da Fonseca, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Carol Lin, City University Hong Kong
  • Niki Baccile, Sorbonne University, France
  • Rudolf Haussman, University of Hohenheim, Germany
  • Yamini Satyawali, VITO, Belgium
  • Roel Bosschaerts, Ecover, Belgium
The conference will cover the following topics in parallel sessions:
  • Microbial biosurfactants
  • Plant based biosurfactants
  • Biocatalytic production of biosurfactants
  • Chemical production of biosurfactants
  • Biosurfactants production from waste- and/or side streams
  • Functional characterisation of biosurfactants
  • Process development and scale-up for biosurfactants
  • Molecular methods to improve biosurfactant biosynthesis
  • LCA and TEA studies on biosurfactants
  • Industrial perspectives of biosurfactants
  • Applied research with biosurfactants : mining, food/feed, agro, detergents, personal care/cosmetics.
  • Other

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