In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Michael Carus, Managing Director of the nova-Institute based in Hürth, Germany, shares some information about the independent institute for ecology and innovation.


Michael Carus, Managing Director nova-Institut GmbH

5 facts about nova-Institute, Hürth, Germany

  1. nova has two decades of experience in the bio-based economy, conducting research projects and consultancy as well as conference management and dissemination.
  2. nova is a partner in various research projects within the fields of bio-based chemistry, materials and biotechnology. It surrounds, strengthens and completes scientific and engineering work by linking it to feedstock, markets, economy and policy. nova is currently part of fourteen European research projects within the FP7 and Horizon2020 programmes.
  3. nova experts come from a wide range of backgrounds, including material sciences, economics, chemistry, biology, environmental sciences, biotechnology and physics. This gives nova a unique understanding of the bio-based economy, markets and trends and enables it to support your business.
  4. nova sees the exchange of knowledge and communication in the industry as a key to success for the bio-based economy. That’s one of the reasons why nova publishes most of it’s market studies, papers and reports for free at and keeps you up-to-date with the latest developments in the bio-based economy at Bio-based News ( nova also helps you to find the right business partner with the International Directory for Bio-based Business (iBIB) (
  5. nova organizes some of the biggest conferences for the bio- and CO2-based industry. Recently nova started a new series of interactive and informative workshops on latest topics of the industry with great success, the “nova-Sessions”.