MultiBioPro at ProBio Conference

October 07, 2015

Joint Participation in “Making more of Bioeconomy R&D Results” conference

ProBio Conference on Oct 6-7 2015, Brussels, Belgium

Paula Hafner of Zabala Innovation Consulting, Yaw Koram of MultiBioPro-partner NC and Dr. Virginie Rimbert, EC Research Programme Officer (from left to right) at the ProBio Conference

Bart Tambuyser of MultiBioPro-partner Capax

MultiBioPro (MBP) was represented at an FP7 results conference held in Brussels from October 6-7, 2015. The event titled “Making more of Bioeconomy R&D Results”, was organised by the ProBio Consortium with the objective of promoting research results and networking amongst FP7 and H2020 Knowledge Based Bio-Economy Network (KBBE) projects.

MBP partners Bart Tambuyser (CAPAX) and Yaw Koram (NC) respectively delivered two project presentations on MultiBioPro project results: ‘Multipurpose biobased applications from dedicated biomass crops’ and ‘Nicotiana glauca as biorefinery feedstock’. CAPAX’ presentation focused on Poplar applications, whilst NC’s was on Tree Tobacco. Both presentations attracted substantial interest from conference attendees. Dedicated experts from ProBio also offered advice on improving MBP results’ market-readiness.

Participants also heard several interesting elevator pitches from mature KBBE projects. These included the PALM PROTECT, DROPSA, FRUIT BREEDOMICS, EU-PLF, and METAEXPLORE projects. There were several highly-relevant and interesting keynote speeches, with experts such as Prof Lene Lange of the Technical University of Denmark, Dr. Daniele Colombo of Innovhub, and Luc Van Hoof, Executive Secretary of the European Ficheries and Aquaculture Research Organisation. In between the various sessions, there were many opportunities for participant networking.

The event was a success in terms of the dissemination of MultiBioPro results to a wider audience and for networking with other KBBE project participants. A follow-up meeting between MultiBioPro and ProBio representatives is envisaged.