Side events Chemistry

Socially responsible innovation - Wednesday September 3

How industry, knowledge institutions, society and government can achieve maximum societal impact together.


The Flemish industry is supported by variety of organizations. Light structures, independent organizations, industry associations, non-profit organizations and the Flemish government put in a mix of tools to help the Flemish companies innovate. What is the societal impact of all these efforts? How do these stakeholders - industry, research institutions, civil society and government – organize themselves to come from vision to valorization and maximize the social and societal impact?


13:30h Reception with coffee and tea

14:30h - 16:30h

  • Welcome and introduction
    • Jan Van Havenbergh, FISCH
    • Helen Versluys en Jorn Verbeeck, Vlaams Materialenprogramma
  • Positioning
    • Lieze Cloots, Bond Beter Leefmilieu (to be confirmed)
    • Geert Janssens, VKW
  • Interactive Panel: Open discussion and questions between audience and panel

16:30h: Network drink

Participation to this event is free, but registration is required. Register via e-mail to Sofia Torcq (

Location: Hilton Antwerp, room Belle Epoque


Workshop IEA Bioenergy Task 42 - Wednesday September 3, Afternoon

The role of industry in a transition towards the BioEconomy (BE) in relation to biorefinery


Major questions that will be tackled

What are the changing roles of the different industrial stakeholders (agro, energy, chemical, feed/food industry) in the transition to a BE?
In the transition to a future BioEconomy – an economy in which biomass is used for both Food and Non-food applications – the roles of stakeholders currently operating in more or less distinct market sectors will change to a role being an integral part of the development and implementation of integrated sustainable biomass valorisation chains. Within this new role, stakeholders now operating in separate markets have to co-operate in the joint BioEconomy. The topic contributes to ‘Best Practices for co-operation opportunities for stakeholders in different market sectors of the BioEconomy’.

What are the opportunities for upgrading existing industrial infrastructures to sustainable biorefineries?
Existing industrial infrastructures, i.e. power plants, biofuel facilities, oil refineries, pulp/paper industry, and the food and feed industry, are the point-of-departure for upgrading to high-efficient sustainable biorefineries on the short-term. Promising biomass conversion processes could potentially be integrated directly upstream (power plants, oil refineries) or downstream (biofuel, pulp/paper) conventional industrial infrastructures, converting these infrastructures to high-efficient sustainable multi-product biorefineries.

Place: Hilton – Tiffany


13.00h – 13:15h
  • Introduction workshop/IEA Bioenergy Task42
    •  René van Ree, coordinator Task42

13:15h – 13:45h 

  • The Role of the Energy Sector in the Transition to a BE  
    • Essent/RWE – Benjamin Tromp

13:45h – 14:15h 

  • The Role of the Agro-Food, Harbour or Chemical Sector in the Transition to a BE
    •  Industrial representative tbc

14:15h – 14:45h Coffee/tea break 

14:45h – 15:15h 

  • Approach Integration of Biorefineries in Existing Industrial Infrastructures 
    • Gerfried Jungmeier, Joanneum Research (AT) / IEA Task42

15:15h – 15:45h 

  • Questionnaire based public consultation on the role of industry in a transition towards the BioEconomy (BE) in relation to biorefinery 
    • Henning Jorgensen, DTU (DEN) / IEATask42 and audience