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Tecnalia. Inspiring Business

Towards a Circular Bioeconomy: Volatile Fatty Acid Platform For Biowaste Recycling


Venue: Conference on line
Date: 2020.11.03
Hours: 9:30 am to 17 pm
Duration: 7 hours and a half + questions
Organiser: TECNALIA
Price: Free
Marta Fernandez


The establishment of a sustainable circular bioeconomy requires the effective material recycling from biomass/biowaste beyond composting/fertilizer or anaerobic digestion/bioenergy.

TECNALIA, as head of the VOLATILE initiative, organizes this Conference through which attendees will be provided with feasible pathways to transform biowaste into a resource/precursor for other industries via an innovative approach of a Volatile Fatty Acid Platform. General legal or market requirements will be also covered as well as standardisation aspects.
Bioeconomy experts from Industry and Research will provide insights in biorefinery, raw material availability, technology aspects of a Volatile Fatty Acid platform, fermentation approaches to transform VFAs into added value compounds as well as IT solutions to support the implementation of a circular biowaste based bioeconomy.


  • Jochen Michels - Researcher & Scientific project coordinator (DECHEMA, Germany)
  •  Ido Sellis – Business Development & Innovation Expert (TWENCE, Netherlands)
  • Adelheid Wiedemann – CEO (WIEDEMANN GmbH, Germany)
  • Thomas Dietrich – Project Manager & VOLATILE Project Coordinator (TECNALIA, Spain)
  • Filip Velghe – Project Engineer (OWS, Belgium)
  • Bruno Sommer Ferreira – CEO (BIOTREND, Portugal)
  • Markus Neureiter – Senior Scientist (UNIVERSITY OF NATURAL RESOURCES & LIFE SCIENCES, Austria)
  • Evangelos Topakas – Associate Professor (NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, Greece)
  • Vasiliki Oikonomopoulou – Chemical Engineer, PhD (NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, Greece)
  • Siavash Farahbakhsh – Postdoctoral Researcher in Biobased Economy (ILVO, Belgium)



Roundtable Participants

  • Marie-Aline Pierrard – Project Manager Exploitation (IDELUX Environment; Belgium) – Waste Treatment
  • Filip Velghe – Project Engineer at OWS – Technology Provider for Anaerobic Digestion
  • Bruno Sommer Ferreira – CEO of Biotrend – Experts in Bioprocesses and Fermentation Optimisation

Aimed To

  • Biowaste treatment sector (Municipal Biowaste, Waste water treatment, Industrial Biowaste)
  • Operators of Anaerobic digestion & composting plants
  • Regional authorities & Policy makers – Biowaste treatment / recycling
  • Fermentation / Biotechnology sector
  • Biomaterial producer
  • Oleochemical industry
  • Food & Feed ingredient industry
  • Bioeconomy experts


Acknowledgement of EU funding:
This Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 720777.

More Information

  • The Conference will be in English
  • Download the Agenda


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