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11-15 | June | 2019

Ghent, Belgium

Meet PolyBioSkin at AUTEX 2019!

AUTEX was established in 1994 by a few courageous professors and represents an association in which about 40 members (universities) from all over the world exchange information and knowledge about textiles and textile-related matters at the highest level.

In 2019, the AUTEX Conference will be organised in GENT (Ghent), Belgium by the Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering (MaTCh) from Ghent University. The venue is the NH Gent Belfort Hotel (downtown) for the whole duration of the event from 11 to 15 June 2019.

During the AUTEX 2019 Conference the latest advancements in textiles (and clothing) will be under the spotlight and will show the dynamism and multidisciplinarity of textiles today. The title “Textiles at the Crossroads” speaks for itself.

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30 September – 2 October | 2019

Brussels, Belgium

The European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy (EFIB) is where delegates are provided with an update on the status and outlook of bio-based industries. EFIB is proud to foster engagement between policy makers, a broad range of stakeholders connected with the existing bio-based value chain and seeks to reach out to, and include, new interlocutors.

In the last decade, EFIB delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers have been showcasing innovative products and processes that deliver solutions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Influential brands and industry leaders will meet in Brussels, Belgium, with a broad range of stakeholders and policy makers to discuss the transformative potential of Industrial Biotechnology to create a smarter and more sustainable future.

Will you be at EFIB this year? We certainly will. PolyBioSkin will be represented at EFIB, and consortium member European Bioplastics are already looking forward to attending EFIB once more!

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6 – 7 November | 2019

Lille, France

avniR Conference brings together experts, scientists, businesses and policy makers of a wide range of sectors: textiles, construction, food, transportation, and others over 2 days. The goal is to share and exchange the latest scientific advances and allow companies, including SMEs, to better understand the challenges of Life Cycle Thinking and Life Cycle Assessment to enable a society that is more respectful of the environment.

PolyBioSkin representatives will be at the event and we hope to meet and discuss with you there!

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3 – 4 | December | 2019

Berlin, Germany

The 14th annual European Bioplastics Conference will once again bring together the who’s who in the world of biopolymers and bioplastics for a knowledge-packed interactive two-day conferencing, networking, and business conference and exhibition in Berlin.

PolyBioSkin will be strongly represented once more and present their research results to a 400+ strong audience of bioplastic producers and converters, feedstock and raw material suppliers, policy makers, brands and retailers, researchers, NGOs, trade bodies and associations, certifiers, the entire ecosystem.

Stay tuned for further information on https://www.european-bioplastics.org/events/eubp-conference/, where you can subscribe to the conference newsletter!

Relevant Links

Closing the loop for Absorbent Hygiene Products waste

Embraced is an EU funded project, involving 13 partners from businesses, academia, and research institutions. It is aimed at closing the loop for AHP waste, reducing greenhouse gases emission and increasing sustainability in Europe. The objective of the project is the establishment of a first-of-its-kind demonstration plant of an integrated biorefinery in Amsterdam, based on the valorization of the cellulosic fraction of post-consumer AHP waste towards the production of bio-based building blocks, polymers and fertilizers.

Sustainability Transition Assessment and Research of Bio-based Products

Star-ProBio is an EU funded project, involving 15 partners from 11 European countries. It is aimed at covering gaps in the existing framework for sustainability assessment of bio-based products and improve consumer acceptance for them by identifying the critical sustainability issues in their value chains. The overall objective of the project is to promote a more efficient and harmonized policy regulation framework for the market-pull of bio-based products, by developing a fit-for-purpose sustainability scheme, including standards, labels and certifications.

BioWatch is an interactive online platform that provides projects in the bioeconomy sector with a free service to position themselves alongside one another and provide direct access to industry, political stakeholders, the media and the general public.
BioWatch can be described as an e-library for bio-based research and projects. Each project will have a SEED, which is a multi-media digital brochure. It displays information about your project in an accessible and engaging format. It will contain similar information to your own project website, but will also offer a stronger level of engagement with your audience that cannot be achieved by a website alone.

Driving the Evolution of Plastics

European Bioplastics represents the interests of around 70 member companies active in the European Union. With members from the entire bioplastics value chain, it serves as a business network as well as an information platform. It aims for a favourable policy and economic framework to allow for further technological advancement and full-scale market introduction of bioplastics as well as promoting coherent standards, certifications and guidelines for transparent claims about bioplastics and their environmental benefits and impact.

Bio-based materials: the renewable future

The Bioeconomy Awareness and Discourse Project (BioCannDo) aims to increase awareness of bio-based products – products partly or wholly made of biomass. The project will develop and distribute communication and educational materials about the bioeconomy and bio-based products: articles, videos, information sheets and other items for a general audience.

Their goal is to develop clear, scientifically sound messages about bio-based products that can be easily understood by a general audience. We aim to increase acceptance of bio-based materials and engage EU citizens in the new bioeconomy.

The European IP Helpdesk is a project funded by the European Commission under the current Horizon 2020 programme that supports cross-border SME and research activities to manage, disseminate and valorise technologies and other Intellectual Property (IP) Rights and IP assets at an EU level. Offering a broad range of informative material, a Helpline service for direct IP support and on-site and online training, the European IP Helpdesk’s main goal is to support IP capacity building along the full scale of IP practices: from awareness to strategic use and successful exploitation. This strengthening of IP competencies focuses on EU SMEs, participants and candidates in EU-funded projects, and EU innovation stakeholders for an increased translation of IP into the EU innovation ecosystem.

Recent Activities

23-26 | April | 2019 || Palermo, Sicily, Italy

PolyBioSkin poster at Eurofillers Conference

Maria Beatrice Coltelli of the University of Pisa gave a talk at the 2019 Eurofillers Polymerblends conference held at the University of Palermo Building 19, Viale delle Scienze, Palermo, Sicily, Italy this April.

The talk focussed on the production of plasticised bionanocomposites for filmed applications intended for use in skin-contact products in the context of the PolyBioSkin project.

Simultaneously, Vito Gigante of the University of Pisa presented a poster presentation about tuning physical properties of PLA through blending with PBAT, equally presenting the results of research conducted within PolyBioSkin.

22-23 | May | 2019 || Lyon, France

Vincent Bonin of Fibroline introduced PolyBioSkin at the 2019 edition of the Plant Based Summit with a session entitled Harnessing bio-based and biodegradable polymers for advanced performance and more sustainable skin-contact applications in the Absorbent Hygiene (AHP), Biomedical, and Cosmetic Sectors. The presentation was part of a special session on R&D perspectives for new bio based products and materials, moderated by PolyBioSkin’s communications manager Götz Ahrens of European Bioplastics.

Plant Based Summit is one of the key international conferences and business meetings for the bio-based industry and looking specifically at the kind of innovation proposed and promoted by PolyBioSkin. To find out more, get in touch!

12-16 | May | 2019 || Lago di Como, Italy

Karen de Clerck and Özlem Ipek Kalaoglu Altan of the University of Gent, Serena Danti and Bahareh Azimi of the University of Pisa, and José María Lagaron of Bioinicia attended EUPOC 2019, where a PolyBioSkin poster was delivered.

The objective of this conference is to bring together the various disparate communities that work on electrospun polymer-based materials. These communities include those working on the development of fibrous materials for filtration, catalysis, energy, nanotechnology, drug delivery, and tissue engineering applications. The conference presented topics with similar underlying themes that originate in a variety of research areas with very different perspectives.

25 | April | 2019 || Ghent, Belgium

Dr Özlem Ipek Kalaoglu Altan of the University of Ghent presented PolyBioSkin at this high-level expert conference organised by CENTEXBEL, the renowned centre of excellence in textile and plastic processing research based in Belgium.

To find out more about the event, please visit https://www.centexbel.be/en/agenda/innovations-textiles-healthcare. You can download the presentation by following the link below.

8-9 | May | 2019 || Gosselies, Belgium

Project coordinator Dr. Simona Neri from IRIS presented the PolyBioSkin project at Greenwin conference!

The aim of the conferences is to make an inventory of innovative technologies and valuation approaches of green chemistry and white biotechnology activities in the world, to share knowledge and foster the creation of new research and development projects, in both sectors. In 2019, the focus will be on polymers, from alternative raw materials to eco circularity of those polymers.

25-28 | March | 2019 || Miami Beach, Florida, USA

PolyBioSkin SME partners Fibroline (France) and Texol (Italy) exhibited and promoted PolyBioSkin at the 2019 edition of IDEA in Miami!

This premier conference and exhibition for the nonwovens and engineered fabrics sector is an ideal opportunity to talk to a global crowd of highly relevant stakeholders about the research being conducted in PolyBioSkin, and especially the functionalised biodegradable high-performance fabrics produced from renewable resources.

04-05 | December | 2018 || Berlin

The 13th EUBP Conference put bioplastics in the spotlight for over 400 senior executives from across the bioplastics value chain, including producers, converters, brands, policy makers, academia, and NGOs. PolyBioSkin was represented with a poster exhibition and consortium partners from TFNS, UNIPI, ARMINES, and conference host EUBP, providing an excellent opportunity to pitch the goals of PolyBioSkin to relevant and interested stakeholders. The success of the event for PolyBioSkin was greatly supported by BBI-JU Executive Director Philippe Mengal’s presentation at the conference, in which he mentioned PolyBioSkin as one of the many on-going efforts at realising a more sustainable and circular bioeconomy in Europe.

29 November – 1 December | 2018 || Belgrade, Serbia

Prof. Branka Pilic gave a talk on 29th November 2018 on Functional bio-based materials in regenerative medicine at this 3-day Belgrade-based international conference on regenerative medicine, addressing an international audience of experts from both academia as well as industry.

22 | November | 2018 || Rome, Italy

On 22 November 2018, the PolyBioSkin consortium led by partner MAVI organised a 1-day Info-Day about the project. The event was attended by around 40 experts primarily with a background in dermatology as the event took place in connection with the 13th World Congress of the International Society of Cosmetic Dermatology (ISCD).

If you would like to be informed about future PolyBioSkin events and workshops, let us know by emailing us on ahrens@european-bioplastics.org.

8 – 12 | October | 2018 || Aegean Cruise: Athens · Mykonos · Kusadasi · Patmos · Rhodes · Crete · Santorini · Athens

PolyBioSkin partners including TFNS (Faculty of Technology, Univ. of Novi Sad), Bioinicia, and the University of Westminster attended the 2nd Conference for Early Stage Researchers in Polymer Science through the Aegean in October 2018, sharing their insights in PolyBioSkin-related research with other academics and experts.

20 – 21 | November | 2018 || Rome, Italy

On 20 – 21 November 2018, the PolyBioSkin consortium met in Rome to update one another and discuss the progress of the project, address critical issues, and pave the way for the successful continuation of PolyBioSkin. As always, the meeting was very insightful, constructive, and productive, and a big thank you goes to the organisers at MAVI, TEXOL, and IRIS, and the Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi for providing the excellent facilities, which also enables the PolyBioSkin consortium to host the PolyBioSkin Info Day on November 22!

16-17 | November | 2018 || Czech Republic

Prof. Maria Beatrice Coltelli presented a poster entitled Properties of Biocompatible and Eco-Friendly Poly(lactic Acid) (PLA) Blends and Composites at the recent COMAT conference in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

04-07 | September | 2018 || Kyoto, Japan

Luisa Trombi and Serena Danti of the University of Pisa presented a poster entitled Nanochitin-nanolignin complexes to deliver bioactive molecules for skin regeneration at the 2018 TERMIS World Congress in Kyoto, Japan. TERMIS is the premier event for the dissemination of cutting edge research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The conference is the official World Congress of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society, whose purpose is the worldwide advancement of both the science and technology of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

PolyBioSkin at the 2018 TERMIS World Congress, Kyoto

02-06 | September | 2018 || Balatonfüred, Hungary

Clément Lacoste of PolyBioSkin partner IMT MINES Alès (ARMINES) as well as Laura Aliotta and Vito Gigante of PolyBioSkin partner University of Pisa (UNIPI/INSTM) attended and presented at the 2018 edition of BiPoCo, the 4th International Conference on Bio-based Polymers and Composites based in Balatonfüred in Hungary.

Clément presented their research on the development of a superabsorbent polymer on the basis of recycled cellulose material for the use in diaper products, which is quintessentially important PolyBioSkin research for the eventual development of high-performance bio-based and biodegradable AHP products.

Our partners from UNIPI presented on Rigid filler toughening of PLA-calcium carbonate composites: effect of particle surface treatment and matrix plasticization (Laura Aliotta) and PLA rubber toughening with PBAT: fracture mechanics, analytic evaluation of ductile/brittle transition, melt viscosity study and films production (Vito Gigante).

21-24 | June | 2018 || Kunming, China

Prof. Pierfrancesco Morganti presented PolyBioSkin at the 24th annual meeting of the Chinese Dermatology Society in Kunming, Yunnan, China, in June 2018. The skin-contact products developed in PolyBioSkin are highly interesting form a dermatological point of view, and at the same time Asia is by far the biggest growth reason not just in terms of biopolymer production, but also terms of consumption of PolyBioSkin target applications such as the facial beauty mask.

31 | May | 2018 || Ghent, Belgium

The University of Ghent Faculty of Engineering’s Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering (= “MaTCh“) hosted a 1-day event mostly for industry participants introducing their work and on-going research project initiatives, including PolyBioSkin. The event was very well-received by the interested audience, some of them representing globally renowned companies. PolyBioSkin was represented by members of Karen De Clerck’s research unit – what a great opportunity to speak to potential adopters and industrial end-users!

26-27 | April | 2018 || Berlin, Germany

The PolyBioSkin consortium met in Berlin towards the end of the first year to update one another on the progress of all on-going research and support activities, find solutions to any open questions and challenges, and plan and prepare the next steps and focus areas moving forward.

On the second day of the meeting, an Exploitation Workshop was held in order for all partners to concretise the results they expect to issue from PolyBioSkin, to reappraise their exploitation intentions and expectations, and to specify the tools and pathways for exploitation.

13 – 14 | December | 2017 || Pisa, Italy

The entire PolyBioSkin consortium met in Pisa at the end of 2017 for the first time since the kick-off meeting, to assess the progress so far at the initial stage of the project. The meeting was invaluable in many ways for all partners, providing the opportunity to discuss early findings, assess if the project is on track, adjust where necessary, and  reaffirm the very positive and cooperative atmosphere of the kick-off meeting earlier that year.  The consortium took several decisions that continue to be very important for the progression and success of the project during this meeting.

6 | December | 2017 || Brussels, Belgium

Represented by IRIS, INSTM (Univ. of Pisa), and European Bioplastics, the PolyBioSkin team was very excited about the opportunity to present their project to so many other relevant stakeholders in the “BBI family” so early into the 3-year research and innovation action. Presenting our poster and talking to journalists, many other projects – some of them directly relevant – interested stakeholders from industry, and of course representatives of the European institutions was extremely valuable!

28 – 29 | June | 2017 || Castelldefels, Catalunya, Spain

PolyBioSkin is hitting the ground running! At the June 2017 kick-off meeting, organised and hosted by coordinators IRIS, all consortium partners attended and demonstrated their commitment to sending PolyBioSkin off to a good start.

Could the value of this kick-off meeting be overestimated? Hardly! Two full-on days of presentations and technical discussions provided essential early day input, understanding, and coordination for the research and support work to follow in the coming three years. Having the BBI-JU’s Project Officer in attendance enabled an added level of constructive-critical evaluation of the key risks and focus areas and provided very valuable guidance.

The kick-off meeting paved the way for the constructive and collaborative approach, the problem solving capacity, and the constructive mentality of the consortium as a whole, putting PolyBioSkin on track for the 3-year RIA.

Publications

June | 2018

The  European Network of Materials Research Centres (ENMat) is  the leading network for academic and private sector experts in the field of materials based innovations in Europe. It  encourages and strengthens the creation of knowledge and the dissemination of research results in materials science and technology.

The 6th edition of the ENMat Newsletter features the PolyBioSkin project as well as other highly relevant research initiatives in this field.

November | 2018

This PolyBioSkin newsletter features an interview with project partner Vincent Bonin of FIBROLINE. Vincent talks about their role and expectations in the project, and why they consider the research undertaken so  valuable to their firm and in general. We also have a look at the highly relevant STAR-ProBio H2020 RIA that aims  to set up a unified coherent sustainability framework for bio-based products in Europe.

March | 2018

The  European Network of Materials Research Centres (ENMat) is  the leading network for academic and private sector experts in the field of materials based innovations in Europe. It  encourages and strengthens the creation of knowledge and the dissemination of research results in materials science and technology.

The 5th edition of the ENMat Newsletter features the PolyBioSkin project as well as other highly relevant research initiatives in this field.

April | 2018

The first ever PolyBioSkin newsletter  features an introduction and outline of the project and an interview with Professor Maria Beatrice Coltelli of the University of Pisa, who are the technical project lead. In addition, the newsletter introduces  the exciting EMBRACED project, which aims to close the loop for absorbent hygiene product (AHP) waste, making it directly relevant to the  goals of PolyBioSkin. Read on by downloading the newsletter on the right!

20 | January | 2018

This deliverable report provides an in-depth overview over the various biopolymers and bio-ingredients that will be  investigated in PolyBioSkin as base materials and functional additives for the wound dressing, baby diaper, and facial beauty mask demonstrator applications.

17 | July | 2017

Introducing PolyBioSkin – the project that aims to revolutionise the market for biomedical, AHP, and cosmetic skin-contact applications by harnessing biopolymers and bio-additives, as well as innovative processing and nano technologies.

Issue 5 / 2017

Bioplastics Magazine, the most widely read bioplastic industry publication with subscribers in almost a hundred countries around the globe, featured PolyBioSkin with a double-page article. Read for yourself!

Videos

Prof. Branka Pilić, Ph.D., of the Faculty of Technology at the University of Novi Sad provides a comprehensive overview over H2020/BBI funding goals and the aims of PolyBioSkin. Recorded at the Centre for the Promotion of Science in Belgrade. The video is in Serbian language.

Electrospinning is an exciting technology employed by the PolyBioSkin project for the production of innovative tissues needed for the PolyBioSkin target applications. In this short video, experts from Karen De Clerck’s research group at the Department of Textiles, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Gent, explain what electrospinning is, how it works, and what it is good for.

On December 4th 2018, Philippe Mengal, Executive Director of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), introduced his vision for a bio-based, sustainable economy in Europe and BBI JU’s efforts in realising this vision at the 13th European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin, hosted by PolyBioSkin partner European Bioplastics. Get the inside scoop in this interview with Philippe Mental recorded at the conference!

On December 5th 2018, Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of PolyBioSkin project partner European Bioplastics, presented the global bioplastics market and production capacity update for 2018 at the 13th annual European Bioplastics Conference. You can see the full presentation here and download the detailed report on https://www.european-bioplastics.org/news/publications/.

Götz Ahrens, Project Manager at European Bioplastics and PolyBioSkin’s Communications and Dissemination Manager, provides a brief introduction to PolyBioSkin  at the European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin in December 2018.