Conference title: „POLYSACCHARIDES AND POLYSACCHARIDE-BASED ADVANCED MATERIALS: FROM SCIENCE TO INDUSTRY”
EPNOE 2015 – Summary
The fourth edition of the conference EPNOE (EPNOE 2015) passed into history. The conference was attended by representatives of the scientific community students, industrial scientists and business professionals from all around the world, related to the theme of polysaccharides, biopolymers, bioplastics and their applications for medicine, chemistry, bio-economy, food, textiles and other sectors.
More than 350 participants from 47 countries met in Warsaw, in the conference Center of the National Stadium. Participating countries included France, Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Poland, Slovenia, Israel, New Zealand, Germany, Great Britain, Cameroon, Pakistan, Japan, South Korea, Nigeria, Spain, Australia, Sudan, Canada, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Serbia, Norway, Serbia, Portugal, Brazil, Belgium, Chile, USA, Lithuania, Slovakia, Ukraine, China, India, Uruguay, Algeria, Finland, Italy, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Austria, Denmark and Romania. More than 180 lectures and 130 posters were presented. Participants included scientists who already came to the previous EPNOE conferences.
Jerzy Witold Pietrewicz, Vice-Minister in Ministry of Economy, Patrick Navard, President of EPNOE Association, Kevin Edgar, representative of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Jacek Skwierczyński, the representative of the Marshal Office of Lodz, representatives of business patronage, Leszek Rafalski, Chairman of the Main Council of Research Institutes and Danuta Ciechańska, Chairwoman of the Organizing Committee and Director of IBWCh opened the conference and welcomed all participants.
The first two days of the conference began with plenary sessions given by Stanisław Bielecki (Technical University of Łódź, Poland), Kevin Edgar (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA), Orlando Rojas (Aalto University, Finland), Artur Cavaco-Paulo (University of Minho, Portugal) and Vincent Bulone (University of Adelaide, Australia).
Invited and key-note speakers and other eminent specialists in the field of polysaccharides, biopolymers, biomaterials and processing and applications described their last results. Many presentations were dealing with the biosynthesis, isolation, extraction, physical and structural characterisation, chemical and enzymatic degradations, functionalization and modification of polysaccharide and polysaccharide-based products. Issues related to the use of polysaccharides in the food, health, medicine and pharmacy industries were also discussed, as well as bioeconomy issues.
EPNOE 2015 conference was also a discussion forum for representatives of business and industrial sectors. For the first time for an EPNOE conference, two discussion panels aimed at exchanging experiences, establishing mutual contacts and increasing science- industry cooperation were organised.
The first panel, “From science to industry” under the auspices of the POLINTEGRA Centre was introduced by the Director of the Department of Innovation and Industry at the Ministry of Economy. Scientific-business lectures raised the questions related to the role of the chemical industry in Poland, development trends of carbon fibres and the future of bioeconomy.
The host of the second panel, “Innovation: Science and business – the key to success” was the Director of Innovation and Research and Development at Panel discussions concerned the various issues related to innovation. such as the struggles of Polish and foreign companies with innovation, the need to support companies in their efforts to innovation in research and development and the need to appoint experts of innovation. Representatives of business, science, chambers of commerce, platform and technology parks presented their own experiences.
During the panel session, a Letter of Intent on cooperation between four Clusters: EPNOE, POLINTEGRA, Céréales Vallée (France) and Bioeconomy Cluster (Germany) was signed.
Best presentation and best poster awards sponsored by Carbohydrate Polymers (Elsevier) were respectively awarded to Radoslaw Wach (Technical University of Lodz, Poland) and Sabine Kugler (Technische Universität München, Germany.
The conference was an organizational and scientific success. It is undoubted the merit of the organizers of the conference: EPNOE, ACS, IBWCh and POLINTEGRA. Above all, the success was due to the enthusiastic and active commitment of all conference participants.
Scope of the conference
EPNOE International Polysaccharide Conferences are now key features of the calendar of European scientific events. The conference has been organized biannually since 2009.
The conference aim is to bring together students, scientists and specialists working in industry, universities and research institutes to exchange experiences, present research results, develop a platform for mutual scientific contacts and intensify academic/industry cooperation.
Since 2013, the EPNOE International Polysaccharide Conference has been promoted and organized jointly by the European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence (EPNOE) and the Cellulose and Renewable Materials division of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
On behalf of EPNOE and ACS, we have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the 4th Conference EPNOE 2015 “Polysaccharides and Polysaccharide-based advanced materials: From Science to Industry” which will be held from 19 to 22 October 2015 in Warsaw, Poland.
EPNOE 2015 is organized by the Institute of Biopolymers and Chemical Fibres (IBWCh), Poland
11 February 2015: Opening of abstract submission and registration
25 September 2015: Deadline for submitting abstracts
15 October 2015: Deadline for registration
Registration for the conference will take place on Sunday 18th October from 4pm to 7pm and other days from 8am to 4pm in the Conference Center of the National Stadium in Warsaw, Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1.
For participants to the Pre-conference course, the registration will take place before the course, from 8:30am to 9am on Sunday, 18th October 2015.
International Scientific Committee
|Navard Patrick (chair) Area Maria ChristinaBarbucci Rolando
El Fray Mirosława
|Ganster JohannesGilbert Robert
|Nishio YoshiukiPaulsen Berit Smestad
Pedro Fardim (EPNOE-Finland), Chairperson
Kevin Edgar (ACS-USA)
Tim Foster (EPNOE-UK)
Youssef Habibi (ACS-Luxemburg)
Valeria Harabagiu (EPNOE-Romania)
Anton Huber (EPNOE-Austria)
Marie-Pierre Laborie (ACS-Germany)
Karin Stana-Kleinschek (EPNOE-Slovenia)
Local Organizing Committee (EPNOE-Poland)
The conference is organized by the Institute of Biopolymers and Chemical Fibres, Poland.
Organising committee: Danuta Ciechańska (Chairperson), Agnieszka Gutowska (Vice chair), Magdalena Kucharska, Ewa Wesolowska, Konrad Sulak, Agnieszka Zarzycka, Janusz Kazimierczak, Marta Józefowicz, Monika Owczarek, Patrycja Miros, Karolina Gzyra-Jagieła, Magdalena Szalczyńska, Maria Wiśniewska-Wrona, Katarzyna Raurowicz, Aleksandra Bogulas.
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