Biomass is a wonderful resource to be transformed into chemicals, biobased materials, food and feed ingredients or energy. Still, adaption and optimisation of transformation processes and technologies is a real challenge in order to valorise all biomass fractions in a circular approach. In the context of Industry 4.0, Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) provide the basis for innovation in a range of products across all industrial sectors. They underpin the shift to a greener economy, are instrumental in modernizing the industrial base, and drive the development of entirely new industries.

BIOKET, the BIOeconomy Key Enabling Technologies conference aims to contribute to the rise of KETs by promoting emerging KETs applied in the bioeconomy sector. The first edition of BIOKET gathered +300 key players of the sector. The second edition, BIOKET 2021 promises to once again be an uplifting conference dedicated to processes and technolgies applied to biomass. BIOKET 2021 runs from 16-18 March 2021 in Lille, France.

What to expect?

  • Keynotes: an inspiring and targeted conference program which will tackle topics such as advanced and innovative biomass pretreatment; technologies for biomass conversion and functionalization; extraction, separation and purification of biomass; process modelisation and analytical methods and tools; innovative tools; design of bioprocesses, advanced fermentation
  • Business leads: expand your network and build new international partnership with the key players and experts of the sector. BIOKET is offering you lots of opportunities to meet your tomorrows partners such as networking breaks and dinner or the pre-scheduled B2B meetings
  • Business and technology promotion: a large area will be dedicated for the exhibition and the poster session
  • EU project workshops: VALUEMAG and IBISBA (Industrial Biotechnology Innovation and Synthetic Biology Accelerator)

Who will attend?

  • Biobased products producers
  • First and second transformation actors
  • Chemical, biotech and engineering companies
  • Feedstocks suppliers
  • Equipment manufacturer
  • R&D and technical centers
  • Universities

Find out more about the event and the programme at:

Exportbeurs 2021

Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) organiseert van 9 t.e.m. 11 februari 2021 haar Exportbeurs, het topevent voor Vlaamse bedrijven die internationaal actief zijn of het willen worden. De interactieve b2b-beurs gaat door in Paleis 1 van Brussels Expo.

Vlaamse bedrijven met internationale projecten en ambities kunnen op de Exportbeurs b2b-afspraken boeken met de 100 buitenlandse vertegenwoordigers van FIT en hun exportplannen 1-op-1 bespreken, beursstanden bezoeken van uiteenlopende dienstverleners die een internationaal project of idee mee kunnen helpen realiseren, een van de tientallen workshops en seminaries bijwonen met uiteenlopende thema’s rond export en internationalisering, genieten van kwaliteitsvolle catering inbegrepen in het entreeticket, en natuurlijk netwerken à volonté.

Dienstverleners die Vlaamse bedrijven helpen om hun export te boosten kunnen exposant worden op de Exportbeurs. Exposanten lopen in de kijker bij 1.500 bezoekers over 3 dagen. Zo worden ze top-of-mind voor Vlaamse groeibedrijven. Exposanten kunnen zich nog steeds aanmelden. Inschrijvingen voor bezoekers zijn nog niet opgestart.

EFIB 2020

On 5-6 October 2020, EFIB, the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy, is organising EFIB 2020 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. This is the 13th edition of Europe’s leading event for the biobased economy. More information regarding the registration, programme participation, sponsorship and exhibition opportunities at this year’s event will soon be announced at


EUROCORR, or the European Corrosion Congress is the flagship event of the international corrosion calendar. The annual congress, organised by the European Federation of Corrosion, is famous for its high technical standard and its popular social programme. It attracts upwards of a thousand delegates. This year’s edition is centered around closing the gap between industry and academia in corrosion science and prediction. It is held in Brussels from 6-10 September 2020. More info at

We Are Chemistry Jobevent

Op 25 maart vindt opnieuw de negende editie van het We Are Chemistry Jobevent plaats. Onder het motto ‘Meet the pro’s, find the job’ melden zich dit jaar 26 bedrijven present: 3M, Apeiron, Agfa Gevaert, Ashland, Bayer, BASF, Borealis, Covestro, DuPont, EuroChem Antwerpen, Evonik, ExxonMobil, Gunvor Petroleum Antwerpen, Huntsman, Imerys, Indaver, INEOS, Janssen Pharmaceutica, LANXESS, Nippon Shokubai, Oiltanking, Oleon, Soudal, Total, Umicore en VOPAK. Het is dan ook de ideale plek om inzicht te krijgen in wat ‘werken in de chemie, kunststoffen en life sciences’ net betekent, én misschien zelfs een droomjob te scoren.

Jaarlijks werven de bedrijven in de Belgische chemiesector 2500 mensen aan. – Frank Beckx, gedelegeerd bestuurder essencia vlaanderen

We Are Chemistry is een initiatief van POM Antwerpen met steun van Provincie Antwerpen en essenscia vlaanderen. In 2018 bezochten een 350-tal studenten en werkzoekenden het event. Wil u er in 2019 ook bij zijn? Inschrijven kan via:

11th European Innovation Summit

From 3-6 February 2020, the Knowledge4Innovation platform organises the 11th European Innovation Summit in the European Parliament in Brussels. Under the heading ‘Implementing Horizon Europe: from policy to impact”, this edition focuses on the work of the European Partnerships and Missions under the headings of ‘Digital Transformation’, ‘Greening’ and ‘Innovation’.

Investing in research and innovation is investing in Europe’s future, in knowledge and new solutions to maintain and improve the European way of life. That is why the European Commission has set a new level of ambition to deepen Europe’s innovation capability, provide lasting prosperity and preserve our global competitiveness. Horizon Europe is the most ambitious research and innovation programme ever and will keep the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation.

Horizon Europe will support European Partnerships to deliver on global challenges and industrial modernisation through concerted R&I effort with the Member States, private sector, foundations and other stakeholders. For the K4I community and in particular those that are part of the planned European Partnerships, in the short term the further negotiations until the adoption and in the long-term the implementation of Horizon Europe, are of major concern. For this reason the topics covered by the 11 EIS Programme are closely linked to the work of the European Partnerships and Missions under the headings of ‘Digital Transformation’, ‘Greening’ and ‘Innovation’.

Participants of this year’s summit will discuss remaining issues related to the shaping of the final set of European Partnerships, internationalization, the future of the EIT KICs including their role in strengthening innovation ecosystems. Knowledge4Innovation invites all innovation stakeholders to contribute to the discussions and make Horizon Europe a success.

Find out more about the sessions and speakers at:

Winter School on Green Chemistry

On January 28, the University of Antwerp will organise a Winter School on Green Chemistry, sponsored by FWO and FNRS. At the event, guest speaker Prof. James Clark of the University of York will deliver two lectures. Please note that registration is free, but mandatory by January 24. Late registrations cannot be accepted.

14:00-15:15 Lecture 1
Principles of Green Chemistry; Drivers for change; Clean synthesis; Metrics
The Green Chemistry movement is over 20 years old but now has fresh momentum from some key current sociological, environmental and economic drivers and these will be explored including new legislation that is challenging the fundamentals of many traditional chemical processes and products. At the heart of green chemistry is the chemical process and many alternatives to traditional chemical routes, reagents and methods are now available and these will be illustrated through some of the most important and widely known chemical processes including oxidations and carbon-carbon bond forming reactions. Apart from clean synthesis, the feedstock for chemical processes and the fate of the final products need to be considered and will be looked at especially from the point of view of sustainability, an increasing use of renewable resources and product toxicity and recyclability. All of these changes must be properly assessed through green metrics and in addition to widely used life cycle assessment we will also look at the details of the chemistry and how we can use green chemistry metrics to encourage reductions in waste, improvements in efficiency and resource recycling.

15:45-17:00 Lecture 2
Green chemical technologies including greener solvents; The bio and circular economies; Greener Products
Green Chemistry is a practical concept and the application of its principles in meaningful ways needs the right tools. Here we will consider the tools available to make real and substantial changes to chemical processes. Modern chemistry must fit within the new bio- and circular economies and this means changes to many of the chemical processes and chemical products that have been used for many years. Green chemical technologies including greater use of catalysis, alternative solvents and alternative energy techniques will be considered and their use illustrated though real examples. A good example where green chemistry and the bio-economy meet is in the design and use of bio-based solvents and these will be discussed including some emerging commercial successes. Other bio-based chemical intermediates and products will be critically assessed including the so-called platform molecules and how they can be the basis of new greener and more sustainable chemical processes. Examples of so-called green products in many sectors will be given and critically assessed from the point of view of green chemistry principles and modern circular economy thinking.

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