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With fossil fuels becoming more and more limited and global change having unmistakable effects on our everyday lives, working toward a suitable future for both humans and all ecosystems of the world becomes essential.

Biobased Economy focuses on developing industrial viable, safe and ecologically friendly biobased (renewable biological sources) solutions to build a sustainable society, involving food, chemicals, energy and materials.

Complementing these technological developments are insights and discussions on societal, economic and environmental relevant and interdisciplinary topics such as ‘Cradle-to-cradle’, ‘green or circular economies’, ‘climate change mitigation’, ‘energy and food security’, ‘resource efficiency’, ‘sustainability in general’ and ‘resource, food and product safety’.

This conference will be a first of its kind and will highlight the emergence of the research and innovation field, where we are today and what needs to be done to develop an economically feasible, safe, sustainable, and ecologically friendly biobased future. The conference will be a platform to further the discussions on this highly societal relevant topic.

Combining industrial needs with an approach from an academic, environmental and societal point of view is a new approach and we welcome your participation and views.
Topics include:
Industrial biotechnology
To include:

•Advances in pre-treatment and bio-refinery
•Chemical building-block specific value chains
•The future of lignin
•Integration of Biotechnological, catalytic and thermochemical processes for conversion of biomass
•Pilot scale & large scale biofuels production solutions

Environment biotechnology
To include:

•Soil quality, including recycling of nutrients and sustainable biomass production
•Nature mining for bio-active compounds & enzymes from plants and microorganisms
•Safety assessment & remediation of bio-based chemicals, intermediate- and consumer products

Sustainability and the biobased economy
To include:

•Governance of biobased innovation: engagement; public perceptions, policy approaches
•Economic aspects and Chain approaches: investment in innovation
•Improving modelling sustainability, certification and harmonization in BBE
•Societal challenges: food security, water security

Fundamental research in the biobased economy
To include:

•Cell factories for bio-based building blocks
•What is the impact of synthetic biology on developing a biobased economy?
•Challenges in genetic engineering (towards hijacking of cellular control systems)

Using Elsevier's new ECOBIO2016 app, you can browse the scientific programme by days, topic or speaker, create your own personal programme, locate rooms and exhibitor stands on the floor plans, and more. Before first use, you will need to download the latest conference data and then afterwards, you can use the app offline.
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