BBIA Spring Event: The power of microbes and the development of the circular bioeconomy

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BBIA’s 2023 Spring Event, The Power of Microbes and the Development of the Circular Bioeconomy, will bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, policy makers and legislators focussed on the new developments in the UK’s emerging biotechnology industries. 


Morning session

09:30 – 11.00: Session 1

  • Lord Deben, Chairman of the UK’s Committee on Climate Change
  • Jukka Kantola, President, The World Bioeconomy Forum
  • Gerard Ostheimer, Manager of the Clean Energy Ministerial Biofuture Campaign

11.00 – 11.20  Coffee break

11.20 – 13.00: Session 2 

  • Paul Mines, Chair of The Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum
  • Adrian Higson, Managing Director, NNFCC – Feedstocks for the UK bioeconomy
  • Jonathan Tudor, Investment Partner, Clean Growth Fund – Investing in technologies fit for the climate challenge
  • Anna Zhenova, Founder and CEO Green Rose Chemistry – Green chemistry, policies and markets
  • Margherita Caggiano, Re Soil Foundation – Policies for healthy soils 

13.00 – 13.45  Lunch and refreshments

Afternoon session

13:45 – 15:00  Session 3 – Frontiers of research from UK Universities

  • Nick Cliffe, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Dr Graham Ormondroyd, Head of Materials, The BioComposites Centre, Bangor University
  • Dr Meng Zhang, Associate Professor in Microbial Biotechnology, University of Northumbria
  • Professor Matthew Davidson, Executive Director of the Innovation Centre for Applied Sustainable Technologies (iCAST), University of Bath
  • Dr Jude Huggan, Business Development Manager, NCIMB

15:00 – 15:15  Coffee Break

15:15 – 17:00  Session 4 – UK Policy Issues around Packaging

  • Robbie Staniforth, Innovation and Policy Director, Ecosurety
  • Chris Huhne, Chair, ADBA
  • David Newman, Managing Director, BBIA
  • Jenny Grant, Head of Organics and Natural Capital, REA
  • Margaret Bates Managing Director, OPRL – OPRL labelling compostables for closed loop environments
  • Tomos Davies, Director of Public Affairs, Tipa – The Compostable Coalition research

17:00 onwards drinks and networking

Register via Eventbrite

All BBIA members have one place free of charge; all public employees are free of charge; all others pay a fee of £60.


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