Flanders meeting Wallonia in the biobased economy

Workshop and matchmaking event

This workshops brings together Flanders and Wallonia in the biobased economy enabling to learn about the regions' strengths and opportunities. The workshop gives a platform to industrial partners, academia and stakeholder organisations to inform, network and build new partnerships and is organized through the Bio Base North West Europe project (Interreg IVb) by Ghent Bio-Economy Valley, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Greenwin and Valbiom.

The full day program can be found below. Participants from outside Belgium are also very welcome to attend as it is the occasion to find Belgian partners for European project proposals. The official language of the workshop is English.

B2B networking will be possible. The list of participants will be made available. Requests for meetings can be sent to with subject B2B FWE and the name of the person(s) you want to meet in the text.

Date: Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Venue: Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Rodenhuizekaai 1, 9042 Gent, Belgium


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9h-9h30 Registration
9h30-9h45 Introduction to Interreg NWE project Bio Base NWE
9h45-11h15 Session 1 Genetic engineering and synthetic biology as tools for innovative industrial applications
  Syngulon (Philippe Gabant): Synthetic biology: need of new tools for industrial strain design
  Inbiose (Pascal Salvador): Efficient synthesis of specialty carbohydrates through industrial biotechnology
  Université de Gembloux (F. Delvigne): Synthetic biology developing new fermentative processes
  KU Leuven (Maria Foulquié Moreno): A yeast strain meeting industrial requirements for 2G bioethanol production
11h15-11h45 Coffee Break
11h45-12h30 Session 2: Belgian companies creating value from 2nd generation biomass
  Ecotreasures (Kris Schatteman): Fruit side streams: don’t call it waste!!!
  Xylowatt (Frédéric Dalimier): “NOTAR ® gasification of waste and byproduct: realization and prospective through a circular economy strategy”
12h30-13h30 Lunch Break
13h30-14h15 Synergies and differences between Flanders and Wallonia in the biobased economy
  GBEV (Sofie Dobbelaere): Highlights of the biobased economy in Flanders
  Valbiom (Jonathan Guevorts and Jean-Luc Wertz): Highlights of the biobased economy in Wallonia
14h15-15h Hurdles SMEs encounter in the biobased economy: debate
15h-15h30 PNO consultants (Katrien Vanherck): Funding opportunities for SMEs in Horizon2020
15h30-16h Bio Base Europe Pilot plant (Hendrik Waegeman): Bio-based products, turning grams to tonnes
16h-18h Networking reception and Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant tour