The importance of bio-based and biodegradable materials is still growing in the European textile and plastic converting industries. Each year, new applications are being developed imposing increasingly stringent demands on mechanical properties, durability and additional functionalities, such as tailored biodegradation.

The 4th International Conference on Bio-based and Biodegradable Textiles and Plastics will identify the main changes and trends in the fields of bio-based and biodegradable textiles and plastics, and provide a comprehensive update of all aspects for commercial applications. 

The conference will focus on

  • Bio-based textiles and plastics
  • Biodegradable solutions
  • Processing of bio-based and biodegradable materials in products
  • Applications of bio-based and biodegradable materials in products
  • Legislation
  • Testing and Standardisation

Target groups

  • Producers and distributors of bio-based and biodegradable materials
  • Producers of bio-based and biodegradable end products in the textile and plastic converting sectors
  • Research centres and universities
  • Authorities (legislation, standardisation, etc.)


09:00    Registration

09:30    Welcoming and Trends
Isabel De Schrijver – Centexbel

09:40    Biodegradable plastics & textiles: Challenges but also Benefits?
Harry Vanheule – Normec OWS

10:05    Whey protein based oxygen barrier coatings, their metallization and electron beam treatment
Max Sturm – Albstadt-Sigmaringen University

10:30    Challenges in developing a new polymer for textile applications
Jeroen van der Vlist – Senbis 

10:55    Presentation of the scientific posters

11:20    Break 

11:50    Biobased and high-performance circular solution with Rilsan® PA11 in Textiles
Stefânia Cassiano Gaspar – Arkema 

12:15    Material extrusion and characterization of continuous natural fibre composites
Rosmarie Heim – Admire Research Center 

12:40    Novel packaging films and textiles with tailored end of life and performance based on bio-based copolymers and coatings
Marco de la Feld – Enco 

13:05    Lunch

14:00    Importance of biobased fibers and their applications
Caroline Flipts – Flaxco 

14:25    Ulvan as a versatile biobased polysaccharide for textile and plastic applications
Karla Dussan Rojas – TNO 

14:50    Polymer architecture enabling custom-made biomaterials with tailored end-of-life
Sil Nevejans – B4Plastics 

15:15    Developing bio-based or biodegradable PU for textiles
David De Smet – Centexbel 

15:40    Break 

16:10    Bio-based formulations for technical textile to prevent plastic contamination
Francesco Troisi – Next Technology Tecnotessile 

16:35    PLA melt spinning, coating and printing for fully biobased clothing
Lien Van der Schueren, Willem Uyttendaele – Centexbel 

17:00    Screening of bio-based epoxy for coating and composite applications
Pieter Samyn – Sirris 

17:25    Closing and drink

18:00    Conference dinner


Scientific Posters

A bio-composite design tray
Frederik Goethals – Centexbel

Cellulosic fibres from agricultural residues enabled by Organosolv biorefinery
Karla Dussan – TNO

Biotechnological approaches for textile waste recycling
Felice Quartinello – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences - Institute of Environmental Biotechnology

Spray coating of nanocellulose types as functional barrier layers: role of morphologies and surface modification
Pieter Samyn – Sirris

High performance sustainable bio-based packaging with tailored end of life and upcycled secondary use
Robbe De Bisschop, Elke Demeyer – Centexbel

Textile waste blend recycling by simultaneous recovery of pure synthetic fibres and production of valuable lactic acid    
Sophia Mihalyi – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences - Institute of Environmental Biotechnology

Recycling of PLA towards development of circular materials
Ilona van Zandvoort – TNO

Sustainable shoe insoles by material extrusion of biocomposite cork compounds
Sandra Petersmann – ADMiRE Research Center

Injection moulding of potato peel/PLA compounds
Katharina Miller – Albstadt-Sigmaringen University & KU Leuven

Alginate-based coating for PLA textiles as aroma barrier for tea bag application
Corina Reichert – Albstadt-Sigmaringen University

Curcol - Curcumin based sustainable Colours
Brecht Demedts – Centexbel

Recycling of mixed waste textiles by depolymerization of cotton, conversion to furan-2,5-carboxylic acid, and simultaneous recovery of PET
Anna Kenbeek, Avantium

Conference fees

prijzen 2023- 1 daagse

The registration fee covers the conference sessions, proceedings, coffee breaks and lunches.
The conference dinner is not included and has to be ordered separately.

VAT not included
Payment upon reception of the invoice.



Van der Valk Hotel Gent
Akkerhage 10
9000 Gent


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Arkema, a leader in Specialty Materials

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema designs materials to address the ever-growing demand for innovative and sustainable materials, driven by the challenges of new energies, new technologies, the depletion of resources, mobility, and increasing urbanization.




Publication of your corporate logo

  • on the conference website
  • on the welcoming slides
  • on all conference-related publications


Promotion stand

Publication of your corporate logo

  • on the conference website
  • on the welcoming slides
  • on all conference-related publications

CORPORATE LOGO - technical specifications

  • your corporate logo will be published on the website upon reception
  • please send us your corporate logo in the best quality
  • format: preferably eps; other formats: jpg, png, tiff or gif
  • size: 300 dpi


  • the conference participants will visit the promotion stands during the reception, coffee and lunch breaks
  • the stands may be installed on the conference day from 8.00 am onwards
  • table on demand
  • electricity on demand, please bring along your own extension leads
Please select the event you would like to sponsor. Thank you very much for your support.

Questions about IPR?

The Centexbel Patent cell is present to answer all your invention-related questions.

Conference secretariat

Ann De Grijse

Centexbel Gent
Technologiepark, 70
BE 9052 Zwijnaarde

van der Valk Hotel

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