Dates :2020



Fabienne Plets

Fabio Mauro



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Reporté en raison du Covid-19


"Bioeconomy – A new Challenge for a Better Future"

Collaboration opportunities between Belgium & Italy


25 March 2020 l 11:00-14:30

Palazzo dei Giureconsulti, 2 Piazza Mercanti, 20123 Milano


Belgium and Italy have long understood that Bioeconomy and Sustainable Development are the necessary solutions to face societal challenges such as climate changes, local waste management and natural resources scarcity.

In that respect, both countries have developed proactive strategies in order to support the economic development of the Bioeconomy sector, respond to new trends in the sector and create the conditions to seize growth opportunities.

In addition to existing collaborations between Belgian and Italian companies and research centers through European programs, a MoU was signed in 2018 between Wallonia’s innovation cluster GREENWIN and the Italian cluster of green chemistry SPRING to promote bio-based economy, to collaborate in new international projects and to create new partnerships between industries and startups from both countries. 

A conference within the context of a State Visit will allow Belgian and Italian academics, companies and SME’s to get a better knowledge of each other’s activities in this field and to discover new opportunities of collaboration or partnerships. 


10.30 Registration to the Conference “Bioeconomy” moderated by Frédéric Druck, Managing Director - essenscia Wallonia and Maurizio Bettiga, Senior Researcher - Industrial Biotechnology - Chalmers University of Technology

11.00 Official opening of the conference, Pascale Delcomminette, CEO - Wallonia Export-Investment Agency

11.05 Bioeconomy and Sustainable Development in Belgium: The New Challenges to meet the European Policies on Environment, Yves Verschueren, Managing Director, essenscia Belgium

11.15 Bioeconomy in Italy: A New Industrial Renaissance, Fabio Fava, University of Bologna and IT Representative for Bioeconomy in Horizon2020, PPP BBI JU and OECD

11.25 General overview of the bioeconomy in Wallonia with a focus on the COQ VERT Consortium, Frédéric Druck, Managing Director, essenscia Wallonia

11.35 Panel 1 - Innovation clusters: from policy to company support

Bioeconomy in agrifood and chemistry: an integral part of the cluster’s innovation agenda in Wallonia, Flanders and Italy

  • Patrizia Brigidi, Ph.D., University of Bologna      and Research counsellor CL.A.N. - Italian Agro food Cluster
  • Véronique Graff, Managing Director - GreenWin
  • François Heroufosse, Managing Director - Wagralim     
  • Tine Schaerlaekens, Catalyst - Catalisti
  • Mariagiovanna Vetere, Counsellor SPRING - The      Italian Green Chemistry cluster

12.20 Panel 2 - From innovation to products: some practical examples

Biomass, biopolymers, marine biodegradable packaging materials, compostable bioplastics and biogas, success stories from Belgian and Italian companies active in the bioeconomy field

  • Giulia Gregori, Head of Strategic Planning and      Corporate - Novamont
  • Philippe Jans, CEO - Biolectric
  • Erwin Lepoudre, Sustainability Manager, Green      Planet Project (Europe) - Kaneka
  • Joachim Lutz, CEO - CropEnergies
  • Andrea Monti, General Director - SOL Group
  • Denis Van Roey, President - Vinventions LLC

13.00 Panel 3 - How growth can be enhanced through collaboration between Italy and Belgium

Fruitful alliances via EU programs and interregional cooperation: BBI JU projects, BARBARA, S3 Agrifood & The Vanguard Initiative

  • Inge Arents, Managing Director - Flanders’Food
  • Arnaldo Dossena, Vice President - Clust-ER      Agrifood
  • Pierre Fiasse, Coordinator - NCP
  • Stéphane Kohnen, Project Manager - Celabor
  • Andrea Pipino, Research and Innovation Manager -      Centro Ricerche Fiat
  • Ilaria Re, Coordinator of the Bioeconomy pilot - Lombardy Green Chemistry      Association

13.30 Conclusion of the conference, Yves Verschueren, Managing Director, essenscia Belgium

13.35 Walking Lunch


Attendance to the conference is free of charge.

Pre-inscription is mandatory but does not garantee your attendance due to the limited capacity of the venue.




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