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06.02.2020 - 07.02.2020 Düsseldorf, Germany
CLIB International Conference CIC2020
The CLIB International Conference 2020 will take place on 6 & 7 February 2020 in Düsseldorf and will be themed “Biotechnology: Building foundations for future generations “.

Since 2009, the CLIB International Conference is the meeting place for the industrial biotechnology community. Being the first bioeconomy symposium of the year, it brings together international experts from all over the world in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The first day of the conference will take up the two megatrends of digitisation and accessing alternative protein sources through biotechnology to nourish the fast-growing world population. Furthermore, an interdisciplinary panel discussion will cover the topic public perception of bioeconomy, asking the question if we are still fighting a battle already lost.

The second conference day will address three areas with high relevance to the bioeconomy: future bioeconomy education programmes and their requirements, the biotechnological utilization of CO2, as well as the application of aromatics from lignin especially in the growing adhesives market.
10.02.2020 Aachen, Germany
BioSC Workshop “Closing Cycles in the Plastics Bioeconomy”
Plastic products are an integral part of modern society. Bio-upcycling offers a major opportunity to valorize plastic waste by establishing it as substrate for biotechnology. The simultaneous development of bio-based production of plastic mono- and polymers from plastic waste streams can replace the utilization of fossil resources, thereby closing the carbon cycle for bio-polymer production. In order to tackle this complex topic, know-how from various fields of research is required. The Workshop aims to bring together leading experts to share state-of-the-art insights.
11.02.2020 - 12.02.2020 Cologne, Germany
1st International Conference on Cellulose Fibres
Cellulose Fibres are the fastest growing fibre group in textiles, the largest investment sector in the bio-based economy and the solution to avoid microplastics when washing textiles.
The 1st International Conference on Cellulose Fibres will cover the entire value chain from the lignocellulosic feedstock, dissolving pulp, cellulose fibres – viscose and lyocell and new developments – to a wide range of applications, woven textiles (clothing) and non-wovens (wipes and technical applications), as well as micro- and nanocellulose for food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. The aim is to gather technology providers and developers, academia and industry, pulp, fibre and equipment suppliers, retailers and textile brands, policy makers and investors to debate latest technology developments and recent market dynamics.

Focus of the conference:

•What are the recent technology and market trends?
•What are the future market dynamics? Who is active and interested in this sector?
•What are the main challenges to develop the value chains and the market demand?
•Which ecosystems and partnerships are required to drive innovation according to market needs?
•How will the political environment continue to develop? What will happen with plastic bans, microplastic avoidance, bio-based vs. fossil feedstocks, and sustainability?
26.02.2020 Frankfurt, Germany
Re-Defining Chemistry Pitch Day (HTGF)
"Chemistry Pitch Day: Re- defining Chemistry", hosted by the High-Tech Gründerfonds, together with ALTANA, BASF, BÜFA, Evonik, and LANXESS on the 26h of February 2020 at the IHK Frankfurt.
Applications are open for chemistry start-ups, as well as for interdisciplinary start-ups that offer a new solution for the chemical industry.
This year for the first time, the HTGF also hosts a tech-slam session for pre-start-ups, who have a strong technological basis, but do not have a fully developed business model yet.

Applications can be made under: until the 31st of January 2020. Please be aware that participation is capped to a maximum of 100 participants.
SMEs, who are interested in meeting innovative start-ups for cooperation or investment, are also invited to sign up for the event. Please also write a mail to

13:00-13:30 Registration
13:30-14:15 Welcoming Remarks
14:15-15:15 5-6 Start-ups Pitch (5 min pitch, 5 min Q&A)
15:15-16:00 Coffee & Networking
16:00-17:00 5-6 Startups Pitch (5 min pitch, 5 min Q&A)
17:00-18:00 Tech Slam (5 min pitch, 5 min Feedback)
18:00 After Work Drinks HTGF Chemistry Pitch Day & Pre-evening get-together ECP same event
27.02.2020 Frankfurt am Main
4th European Chemistry Partnering
Partnering discussions, Pitches, an Exhibition, Workshops – and lots of opportunities to network

On 27 February 2020 the 4th European Chemistry Partnering takes place for the fourth time, offering Business Speed Dating for the chemical industry and its user industries. The focus will once again be on partnering discussions. Participants agree on these discussions in advance via Internet-based software. In addition, entrepreneurs can present their innovations in short presentations (Pitches). Workshops, an exhibition and extensive networking opportunities round off the day.

Participants represent many different fields of chemistry, nano and biotechnology through to engineering as well as digitization and software. The classic chemical industry of basic, special and fine chemicals is represented as are the processing industry and manufacturers of consumer and industrial goods.

Managing directors, technical and research board members, business developers, heads of laboratories, business units and divisions are represented as are business angels, family offices, corporate venture companies operating in the chemical industry and international venture capitalists. Many Start-ups use the ECP to initiate discussions with industry and investors.

27 February 2020
4th European Chemistry Partnering
Frankfurt am Main, Kap Europa