As part of ongoing H2020 BIOnTop Project dissemination programme, we are organising a Final Scientific Conference entitled:

“Innovations on SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS for textiles, coatings, films and other wide use applications.”

When: Thursday May 11th 2023
Time: from 8:30 a.m. to 15:30 p.m.
Where: Maritim Hotel Düsseldorf
Maritim-Platz 1
40474 Düsseldorf
How to get there



Start Speaker Title
08:30 Registration
09:00 Marco de la Feld (ENCO) Chiara Bearzotti (European Bioplastics) Welcome, logistics, setting the framework
09:10 Rafael Alonso (AIMPLAS) BIOnTop - Novel packaging films and textiles with tailored end of life and performance based on bio-based copolymers and coatings
09:30 Q&A
09:35 Philippe Martinez (Centre Technique du Papier) Celluwiz - Production of all cellulose packaging fully recyclable and biodegradable using two combined processes: MFC wet lamination and chromatogeny
09:55 Q&A
10:00 Marta Redrado Notivoli (AITIIP) MANDALA - A sustainable future for multilayer packaging
10:20 Q&A
10:25 Maria Beatrice Coltelli (INSTM) POLYBIOSKIN - High performance functional bio-based polymers for skin-contact products: plasticized bionanocomposites films
10:45 Q&A
10:50 Coffee break
11:15 Jose Lagaron (IATA-CSIC) USABLE PACKAGING - Unlocking the potential of Sustainable BiodegradabLe Packaging
11:35 Q&A
11:40 Willem Uyttendaele (Centexbel) PRESERVE: PHA coating for fibre based packaging
12:00 Q&A
12:05 Francesca Braca (ARCHA) LCA and general sustainability in MANDALA
12:25 Q&A
12:30 Steven Verstichel (OWS Normec) Compostable and biodegradable materials part of a sustainable world - innovative examples of EU research
12:50 Q&A
12:55 Lunch break
13:45 Nico Snoeck (Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant) REPurpose Rubbery plastics designed for recycling
14:00 Q&A
14:05 Amparo Verdú Solís (ITENE) SEALIVE project developments: Strategies of circular Economy and Advanced bio-based solutions to keep our Lands and seas allVE from plastics contamination
14:20 Q&A
14:25 Enrique Moliner (LOMARTOV) NENU2PHAR For a sustainable and european value chain of PHA-based materials for high-volume consumer products
14:40 Q&A
14:45 Maria J. Lopez (Univ. Almeria) RECOVER - Development of innovative biotic symbiosis for plastic biodegradation and synthesis to solve their end of life challenges in the agriculture and food industries
15:00 Q&A
15:05 Patrizia Cinelli (Univ. Pisa) ECOFUNCO- Eco sustainable multi Functional biobased Coatings with enhanced performance and end of life options
15:20 Q&A
15:25 Closing Remarks
Why this conference?
While modern economies highly depend on plastics in Europe with consumes in the range of 50 million tons per year, only 25-31% of the plastic waste in Europe is currently recycled and the larger share is incinerated or even landfilled (high variability between countries). We still landfill nearly 40-50% of plastic waste. Today, in Europe 70% of the packaging used in a wide variety of applications in different market sectors – including food, pharmaceuticals and clothing – is not recyclable. It consists mostly of multi-layer packaging, with each layer composed of different polymers that perform specific functions, making it technically non-recyclable. The end-of-life phase for this packaging, therefore, is either incineration or landfill. Moreover, the compostable bio-based packaging that is currently available mainly ends up in industrial composting facilities. This is because other biological waste treatment processes like anaerobic digestion and home composters are generally not suitable for most of the current compostable polymers.

What are the Potential Solutions?
In the past few years several projects funded by the Bio-based Industries Joint Technology Initiative such as BIOnTop Project, Usable Packaging, CelluWiz, and many others have developed novel alternative solutions to ‘eco-design’ packaging products to avoid the incineration and landfill routes at their end-of-life phase, rerouting them instead towards approved and accepted applications, where they can add value without adding an environmental burden.

For whom is this conference?
This conference is open to representatives of projects and organisations working on the development bio-based packaging products that are biodegradable/ compostable and/or recyclable. It is open to research organisations, industrial representatives, but also to consumer organisations, recyclers and composting plant representatives.


Attendance is free of charge (coffee and lunch included). To attend the conference, please complete the following registration form.
In order to fulfil the constraint on the number of attendees, attendants will be confirmed on a first come first served basis.

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This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837761.