Workshop on biobased materials

Biobased Materials refer to materials that are (partly) made from renewable biological components. An increased emphasis on utilising more natural or biobased materials and an increasing level of environmental awareness and concern being shown by the consumer these days over more environmentally friendly products, have led to continually emerging new biobased materials that may compete with conventional materials. Another important consideration are the disposal issues of these materials, with manufacturers having to take into account the 'end of life' of their products.
Biobased materials offer potential in this regards and are perceived as potentially greener alternatives than their petroleum-based counterparts. The opportunities to use them in existing and novel products are just beginning to be explored.


This workshop will give you an overview of possible biobased materials and their applications, advantages, disadvantages, hurdles or opportunities. In addition some SME’s will present to you their experience in developing their biobased materials. Finally you will get information on how to apply for free application tests at the Biopolymer and Natural Fibre application centers. The break and networking reception will allow you to connect with other stakeholders in this field.

Target Audience

SME’s, start-up’s and spin-out’s active in the field of biobased materials and interested in cooperating in this new emerging field. But also academics or local governments interested in learning more about these materials and their potential and open to support new developments in this field.

Programme and Speakers

Download the programme here.

13:30 - 14:00 Registratie en ontvangst met koffie
14:00 - 14:15 Inleiding tot het BioBase4SME project en coupon systeem
Sofie Dobbelaere - Flanders Biobased Valley
14:15 - 14:40 Mogelijkheden en uitdagingen voor gebruik en ontwikkeling van biomaterialen met focus op bioplastics
Karine Van Doorsselaer - Universiteit Antwerpen
14:40 - 15:05 Innovatieve biologisch gegroeide materialen en hun toepassingen
Ellen Comhaire - Glimps
15:05 - 15:20 Voorstelling Natuurvezel Applicatie Centrum: Natuurvezel business centraal
Leon Joore - Natuurvezel Applicatie Centrum
15:20 - 15:35 Benut uw kansen, realiseer een biopolymeer toepassing!
Gertjan Visse - Biopolymeer Applicatie Centrum
15:35 - 16:05 Koffiepauze
16:05 - 16:20 Kalkhennep, een natuurlijk en efficiënt bouwmateriaal
Hemp in a Box - Mathieu Hendrickx
16:20 - 16:35 BioPLA - François Geeraerts
16:35 - 16:50 Building blocks for more ecological plastics: from concept to products
B4Plastics - Stefaan De Wildeman
16:50 - 17:05 Bedrijf te bevestigen
17:05 - 18:00 Netwerkreceptie



The workshop will take place at Europa-Hotel - Gordunakaai 59 - 9000 Gent. We will meet in room Carinea II.


This event is free of charge, but registration is mandatory via this link.

Deadline for registration is Friday September 21st.

Note: the lectures will be in Dutch.