Rethinking plastics – first speakers confirmed for this year’s European Bioplastics Conference

With less than 100 days to go, the preparations for the 11th European Bioplastics Conference on 29/30 November 2016 in Berlin are in full swing and the speaker line-up for the two-day event is filling up nicely.

The 2016 edition of the leading business and networking event for the bioplastics industry in Europe will present you with a programme that will showcase the outstanding developments of our industry in ‘rethinking plastics’ in a sustainable and resource-efficient way. We will dive into a wide range of important areas, including EU policy landscape, the latest technological innovations in materials and conversion of bioplastics, advances in standardisation and labelling, bio-based feedstock, end-of-life solutions, as well as the end-user and brand perspective.

We are excited to confirm the following speakers for the 11th European Bioplastics Conference 2016:

  • Waldemar Kütt, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Head of Unit of the Directorate’s Bio-based Products and Processing Unit;
  • Hugo Maria Schally, European Commission, DG Environment, Head of Unit for Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption;
  • Sabine Wirén-Lehr, Tetra Pak International;
  • Rob Opsomer, Ellen MacArthur Foundation;
  • Peter O’Sullivan, HENKEL Ireland, Packaging Engineering Europe;
  • Stepanie Triau, bioserie;
  • Alexia Roma, Technoscentre Renault;
  • Enrique Moliner, AIMPLAS;
  • Chinnawat Srirojpinyo & Ryuichiro Sugimoto, PTT MCC Biochem Joint Venture of PTT and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation;
  • and many more.

Other highlights this year include the presentation of the market data update 2016 and a session dedicated to the market outlook in Europe, as well as a panel discussion on “The potential of bioplastics in the New Plastics Economy”. The panel will be opened by Rob Opsomer from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and debated between panellists and representatives of NGOs, including Piotr Barczak from the European Environmental Bureau and Delphine Lévi-Alvarès from Zero Waste.

Another highlight will be a panel discussion on “The future of European Waste Management” that will explore how efficient waste management with regards to bioplastics can look like in future, which no doubt will be of great interest for all the delegates.

The conference programme will be complemented by a number of networking opportunities and an exhibition alongside the conference. Following the great success of the past years, we again expect another exciting, informative, and fruitful conference in 2016 with more than 350 delegates, speakers, and exhibitors.

We would like to thank BASF, who is this year’s official platinum sponsor of the 11th European Bioplastics Conference, for their dedication to this important industry event and to the advancement of the bioplastics industry.


If you, too, would like to participate as a delegate, get involved as a sponsor, or present your organisation in the exhibition, you can still secure your places via the online registration tool.

The full preliminary conference programme will be announced in September on the conference website.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Berlin in November!