Date : 15 December 16 December

Organisator : Flanders Biobased Valley, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant et


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 is organised online.

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.


  • 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

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