Fourth International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries

June 1 - 4th 2008

Rotterdam-The Netherlands 




Session 1 Chair: Luuk van der Wielen (TU Delft / B-Basic)


18:00-18:10 Welcome Ceremony by Ivo Opstelten,Mayor of the City of Rotterdam


18:10-18:30 Gerda Verburg , Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) The Netherlands

”Harvesting the biobased economy: The Netherlands in a global perspective 


18:30-18:40 Presentation of food & fuel position paper


18:40-19:10 Chris Somerville , Director Energy Bioscience Institute, University of California in Berkeley

”Integrating biosciences for sustainable energy 

19:10-19:40 Jan van der Eijk , Chief Technology Officer Royal Dutch Shell

”The road to sustainable biofuels”


19:40-21:00 Informal get-together





Monday morning, June 2nd 2008


8.00– Registration

9.15–10.30 Session 2 (Plenary) 



Session 2

Chair: Johan Sanders (Wageningen UR)

09:15-09:30 Opening of RRB4 


09:30-10:00 Jacqueline Cramer (Minister of Environment and Public Space, NL)

“Sustainable development in The Netherlands”


10:00-10:30  Alexandre Bartsev   (OECD Science, Technology and Industry Directorate , FR) 

Biobased economy: opportunities for sustainable development in OECD countries



10.30–11.00 Coffee Break

11.00–12.30 Sessions 3A and 3B (Parallel) 



Session 3A  Innovative products

Chair: James Clark (University of York) 


Session 3B Advances in biomass pre-treatment

Chair: Rene van Ree (Wageningen UR) 

11:00-11:30 Jacco van Haveren   (Wageningen UR, NL) ”Bulk chemicals from biomass

Wouter Huijgen (ECN, NL)

“Modified organosolv as a fractionation process of lignocellulosic biomass for co-production of fuels and chemicals”


11:30-12:00 Andrew Proctor (Arkansas University, US) 

“AgriTecSorbents: An innovative green industrial approach to convert rice hull waste to silicate and activated carbon”


Michael Zavrel (RWTH Aachen, DE) “Enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulose in ionic liquids”

12:00-12:30 Barbara Hermann (UtrechtUniversity, NL) “Bio-based high performance packaging films as sustainable solution for the future?” 

Jan Wery (Dyadic, NL)

“Chrysosporium lucknowense C1: A novel fungus for the production of efficient plant degrading enzymes”



12.30–13.30 Lunch

Monday afternoon, June 2nd 2008


12.30–13.30 Lunch

13:30–14.30 Poster session 1 

14:30–15.30 Sessions 4A and 4B ( Parallel) 



Session 4A Bio-economics

Chair: Dirk Carrez (EuropaBio) 

Session 4B Sustainable production  of biomass

Chair: Wim Soetaert (Ghent University) 

14:30-15:00 Andre Faaij (Utrecht University, NL) “Sustainable biomass production potential at a global scale


Rene Wijffels (Wageningen University, NL)

“Biofuels from microalgae”

15:00-15:30 Daan Dijk (Rabobank, NL) 

"Feed, Food, Fuel. Dilemma’s & Opportunities" 

Martin Banse (Wageningen UR, NL)

“Long-term development on world agricultural markets - Key driving factors in the recent increase in food prices”



15.30–16.00 Coffee Break


16.00–17.30 Sessions 5A and 5B (Parallel) 


Session 5A Taskforce US-EC on Biotechnology Research for Sustainable Bioenergy.

Chairs and Introduction: Line Matthiessen (EC DG Research); Martha Steinbock (US DoE)

Session 5B Catalytic conversion of biomass 

Chair: Bert Weckhuysen (Utrecht University); Johan Sanders (Wageningen UR)

16:00-16:30 Chris Somerville (EBI/UC Berkeley, US) “Joint advances in bio-energy feedstocks”

Ed de Jong (Avantium, NL) “Furanics: versatile molecules applicable for biofuels and bulk chemicals applications 


16:30-17:00 Luuk van der Wielen (B-Basic/TU Delft, NL)

“Bio-energy beyond the hype”

Jan Lifka (Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, DE)

“Reactions in ionic liquids – Dehydration of carbohydrates to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural”


17:00-17:30 Marcel Toonen (Wageningen UR, NL) ”Challenges and opportunities for ecological and economical use of biomass crops”


Bert Weckhuysen (Utrecht University, NL)

“Catalysis in the utilization of biomass 


17.45-20.00 Welcome Reception by City of Rotterdam in WTC.

(hosted by Arjan Dikmans, Director Rotterdam Climate Initiative)


Tuesday morning, June 3rd 2008


8.00–8.30 Coffee

8.30–10.30 Sessions 6A and 6B ( Parallel)



Session 6A Quantifying ecological impact of biobased economy

Chair: Kees Kwant (SenterNovem)

Session 6B Thermochemical and catalytic conversion of biomass

Chair: Carlos Vaca-Garcia (Toulouse)

8:30-9:00 Petra Meeuwse    (Wageningen, NL)

“From biomass to biodiesel:Predicting lipid accumulation in Mortierella isabellina growing on solid organic waste”


Wiebren de Jong (TU Delft, NL)

Determination of the kinetic parameters for selective production of furfural from C-5 sugars in biomass”

9:00-9:30 Bart Muys (University Leuven, BE)

 Global land suitability for sustainable Jatropha biofuel production”

Matjaz Kunaver (National Inst. Chem., Ljubjana, SI)

”Lignocellulosic materials as a feedstock for polymer synthesis”


9:30-10:00Maria Wellish (Natural Resources, CA) Taking a strategic approach to sustainable biorefinery design”

Roger Sheldon (TU Delft, NL)

“Green  chemistry for the sustainable utilisation of biomass”


10:00-10:30 Ben Brehmer (Wageningen, NL)“Biobased chemicals: Sooner rather than later”

Volker Heil (Fraunhofer UMSICHT, DE)“Producing petrol-quality fuels from biogenous fat and oil residues and wastes by catalytic pyrolysis at activated carbon”



10.30–11.00 Coffee Break

11:00–12.30 Sessions 7A and 7B ( Parallel)



Session 7A Stakeholder perception and communication

Chair: Patricia Osseweijer (TU Delft, NL)

Session 7B Fermentative processes and metabolic engineering

Chair: Han de Winde (TU Delft)

11:00-11:30 Maurice Lex (European Commission, BE) ”The knowledge-driven biobased economy – Opportunities for Europe

Carol Lin (University of Manchester, UK)

“Succinic acid production from low-cost sustainable raw materials using green processing strategies”


11:30-12:00 Joy Clancy (University of Twente, NL)

”Biofuels: the answer to rural poverty in developing countries?”

Harald Ruijssenaars (TNO, NL)

“Production of substituted aromates from biomass
derived feedstock by engineered solvent tolerant
Pseudomonas putida S12 ”


12:00-12:30 Simon Bennett (Imperial College London, UK) ”Institutional barriers to industrial biorefineries: A study of developments and attitudes in the UK”

Gino Baart (Ghent University, BE)

“Modelling based metabolic engineering for optimization of succinate production in Escherichia coli”



12.30–13.30 Lunch


13.00–13.30 Lunch Stefan Fürnsinn (McKinsey, AT) (Rotterdam Hall)
                            “Beyond the bumpy road – opportunities in biofuels and biorefineries”




Tuesday afternoon, June 3rd 2008 



12.30–13.30 Lunch

13:30–14.30 Poster session 2

14:30–15.30 Sessions 8A and 8B ( Parallel)



Session 8A Mixed cultures

Chair: Telma Franco (UNICAMP)

Session 8B Integrated biorefinery concepts 1

Chair: Erick Vandamme (Ghent University)

14:30-15:00 Katja Johnson (TU Delft, NL)

“Mixed culture biotechnology for production of bioplastics”

Bjarne Adamsen (Genencor, US)

”Technology, economics and market conditions for cellulosic ethanol”


15:00-15:30 Alan Werker (AnoxKaldnes Biopolymer, SE)

“Production of biopolymers as a by-product of industrial wastewater treatment”

Manfred Kircher (CLIB2021, DE)

“Germany's Cluster industrielle Biotechnologie implements the knowledge-based bio-economy in chemical industries”



15.30–16.00 Coffee Break

16.00–17.30 Sessions 9A and 9B ( Parallel)



Session 9A The shifting macro-economical perspective

Chair: Colja Laane (Netherlands Genomics Initiative)

Session 9B Biofuels & bioenergy

Chair: Jean-Paul Lange (Shell GS)

16:00-16:30 Sven Sielhorst (Solidaridad, NL)

“Bio-based economy and fair income in the Developing World” (to be confirmed)


Niels Bech (Technical University of Denmark, DK)

“Harvesting bio-oil on the field”

16:30-17:00 Patricia Osseweijer (Kluyver Center / TU Delft)

“Communication and public perception in bio-based economy”


Peter Westermann (Risø-DTU, DK)

“Maximizing renewable hydrogen production from biomass in a bio/catalytic refinery”

17:00-17:30 Jan van der Zande (Port ofRotterdam, NL) “The Port of Rotterdam, theRotterdam Climate Initiative and the bio-based economy”


Mike Sanford (DuPont, US)

“An integrated approach to cellulosic ethanol”



18.00–22.30 Drink and Harbour Tour (sponsored by Port of Rotterdam) and Conference Dinner(sponsored by Genencor), both at the James Cook cruise ship for those registered for the conference dinner.


Boarding is from 18:00 to 18:30 at point of departure and arrival: Spido, Willemsplein 85

at the base of the ErasmusBridge, 1-1.5 km in a straight line south of the conference centre. Transportation facilities to Spido are not provided by the RRB4 organization!



Wednesday, June 4th 2008 




8:00–8:30 Coffee

8:30–10.30 Sessions 10A and 10B ( Parallel)



Session 10A Integrated biorefinery concepts 2

Chair: Wim Soetaert (Ghent University)

Session 10B Bulk chemicals

Chair: Chris Stevens (Ghent University)

8:30-9:00 Ruud Weusthuis (Wageningen UR, NL) “Biorefinery of Jatropha curcas 

Volkert Claassen (DSM, NL)

“White Biotechnology, a platform for sustainable development at DSM”


9:00-9:30 Masamitsu Funaoka (Mie Univ., JP)“Selective functionality control and separation of plant cell wall components – design of flow-through conversion system working at room temperature”


Richard Gosselink (Wageningen University, NL)

“Valorization of lignin resulting from biorefineries”

9:30-10:00 Christophe Rupp Dahlem(Roquette, FR) “Bio-succinic acid, an attractive product for biorefineries”


Kulathuiyer Seshan (Twente University, NL)

“Efficient process for the catalytic thermal conversion of solid biomass to bio-oil”

10:00-10:30 Hugo Buis (Eneco, NL)

"Energy production from sustainable biomass"

James Clark (University of York, UK)

“Value added products from biomass”



10.30–11.00 Coffee Break

11.00–12.30 Session 11 (Plenary)



Session 11

Chair: Adrie Straathof (TU Delft)

11:00-11:30 Luis Augusto Barbosa Cortez ( UNICAMP, BR)

"Expansion of Brazilian Fuel Ethanol Industry and Possibilities for Future Bra il Research (Brazil & EU/NL)”


11:30-12:15 Stenbjörn Styring (Univ. Uppsala, SE)

"Who needs bugs: artificial photosynthesis!"  


12:15-12:30 Poster prize, next conference announcement, closing




Organising Committee:

  • Prof. Johan Sanders (Chairman)
    Wageningen University, The Netherlands 
  • Dr. Adrie Straathof (Vice-chairman) 
    Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Luuk van der Wielen 
    Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Dr. René van Ree 
    Wageningen University, The Netherlands 
  • Prof. Han de Winde  
    Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands 
  • Hedy Wessels (Secretary) 
    Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Elly Muilman (Treasurer)
    Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands 
  • Erik Hellemond  
    Delft University of Technology , The Netherlands  
  • Prof. Wim Soetaert 
    Ghent University, Belgium
  • Prof. Chris Stevens 
    Ghent University, Belgium



Scientific Committee 

  • Prof. Luuk van der Wielen (Chairman)
    Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Han de Winde (Vice-Chairman)
    Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands 
  • Prof. René Wijffels 
    Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Wim Soetaert 
    Ghent University, Belgium
  • Prof. Chris Stevens 
    Ghent University, Belgium
  • Prof. Erick Vandamme 
    Ghent University, Belgium  
  • Ir. Philippe Tavernier 
    Development agency of West-Flanders (POM), Belgium  
  • Prof. Jack Huttner 
    Genencor, USA
  • Prof. Bert Weckhuysen 
    University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Prof. James Clark 
    Centre for Green Chemistry, University of York, UK
  • Prof. Dan Kammen 
    UC Berkeley, USA
  • Dr. Jean Paul Lange 
    Shell, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Telma Franco 
    UNICAMP, Brazil  
  • Dr. Dirk Carrez
  • Dr. Colja Laane 
    Netherlands Genomics Initiative, The Netherlands  
  • Prof. Carlos Vaca-Garcia
    Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France