nova Newsletter June 2016

Your monthly update on nova-Institute's activities

Michael Carus Managing Director nova-Institut GmbH
Michael Carus
Managing Director
nova-Institut GmbH
Dear Readers,nova-Institute’s latest news at a glance – all details in the newsletter below:

  • On 1-2 June, Wesseling near Cologne will be the meeting point for the global hemp industry. 250 participants from over 40 countries will discuss fibres, food and pharmaceuticals, the number of participants is a new record.
  • A current report of the “European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA)” shows that the hemp cultivation area in the European Union tripled in size up to 25,000 ha between 2011 and 2015.
  • Only a few places are still available at our expert workshop on LCA standards for bio-based products on 7 June in Stuttgart. Register now! Working language will be German.
  • On 30 June, nova-Institute invites you to the nova Session: “Biomass feedstocks today and in the future – going beyond food vs. fuel” at the Airport Cologne/Bonn. Interested? Early registration is recommended.
  • The bio-based economy needs a trade fair of its own as exhibition and meeting point for the industry. That’s why nova-Institute closely supports “BiobasedWorld” which premieres on 15-16 February 2017 in Cologne, Germany. BiobasedWorld is organized by DECHEMA Ausstellungs-GmbH, trade fair professional since 1920.
  • nova’s new market study, written in collaboration with narocon (Berlin, Germany), takes a look at the use of biodegradable and compostable plastics in Europe for the first time.
  • Finally, we would like to introduce Linda Engel. Originally hired as Management Assistant, she has long moved beyond this task. Today she is Editor in Chief of Bio-based News, writes press releases and is responsible for quality management and data privacy.


Kind regards

Michael Carus
Managing Director nova-Institut GmbH

PS: Our tip: 2-page company profiles in our successful “International Business Directory for Bio-based Materials (iBIB)” are available for free as of now:


Hier geht es direkt zu den deutschsprachigen Hinweisen…

Unbekannt13th International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association

1-2 June 2016, Wesseling near Cologne, Germany +++ More than 240 participants already registered +++ Preliminary programme and participant list online

The EIHA Conference is now established as the largest meeting of experts on industrial hemp in Europe and indeed worldwide. Specialists from all over the world will meet in order to exchange information regarding the latest developments in hemp and in other natural fibres and moreover on the applications for fibres, shivs, seeds and oil as well as pharmaceutical applications. We are expecting again 250 international participants from more than 35 countries.

For more information please visit:

EIHA-logoContinuous growth in die European Hemp Industry

Especially Hemp food and pharmaceuticals face strong demand

The industrial association „European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA)“ presents the newest data on hemp cultivation, processing and applications for fibres, shivs, seeds and flowers. From the year 2011 to 2015 the cultivation area in the European Union more than tripled to 25,000 ha.

More Information here.

nova-Logo_Newsletter_150pinova Session “Biomass feedstocks today and in the future – going beyond food vs. fuel”

30 June 2016, Airport Cologne/Bonn (Germany)

The interactive workshop will discuss the issue of industrial use of biomass at all levels: political frameworks and the food vs. non-food debate, environmental impacts, public perception and communication and the current and future biomass supply and demand. The number of participants is limited.

More information here.

BiobasedWorld 150 x 65BiobasedWorld – the whole world of bioeconomy in Cologne

15-16 February 2017, Cologne, Germany

BiobasedWorld is the first trade show for the biobased industries, debuting 15-16 February 2017 in Cologne, Germany. The bioeconomy is a growing industry globally, however, as yet there is no dedicated market place for companies that add value to renewable resources. BiobasedWorld fills this gap and covers topics from algae to wood and from adipic acid to xylose.

More information here.

nova-Logo_Newsletter_150piNew market study “Consumption of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in Europe”

More than 300 slides on markets, companies and legislation

nova-Institute publishes the first comprehensive market study on the consumption of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in Europe. The commercial study has more than 200 PowerPoint® slides of well-structured market and company data, case studies and a feature on biodegradation and composting. It also contains about 100 slides of additional EU policy and legislation review and analysis.

More information here.

Engel, Linda Kopienova experts introduced: Linda Engel

Management Assistant

Linda Engel is nova’s all-rounder. She joined the team in 2013 as Management Assistant and as such, supports Managing Director Michael Carus in a wide array of organizational and other issues. Since 2015, she has also been working as Editor in Chief of Bio-based News.

More information here.

16-03-01-iBIB-banner-163x56iBIB – the leading bio-based and CO2-based business directory with news concept

Introduce your company in detail

The iBIB gives a comprehensive picture of the Bio-based Economy and presents major companies, associations, agencies, engineering and research institutes as well as certification bodies. Get your free Standard Profile or book a Premium Profile and upload as many pages as you want.

More information here.

say-yes-ovalOn a personal note: nova supports crowdfunding for patient rights and information on medical cannabis

Dr. med. Franjo Grotenhermen is one of the founders of nova-Institute, nova’s expert for pharmacology and therapeutic uses of medical plants as well as a practicing physician working with chronically ill patients. In his spare time, he is advocating the right of access to cannabis-based medicine for patients in need, working with the charity “Medical Cannabis Declaration (MCD)”.
Right now MCD is running a crowdfunding campaign to kick-start a multi-lingual information campaign to create a network for medical professionals and patients alike and make scientific information available for everyone. If you want to get an idea of what access to cannabis as medicine means to patients and medical professionals, take a look at the videos.
nova-Institute supports this cause and hopes you do, too. Donate at Indiegogo–5#

16-04-25 NL-Banner MultihempMultiHemp Stakeholder Workshop

31 May 2016, 15:00 to 18:00, Hotel am Rhein, Wesseling, Germany

The MultiHemp project uses cutting-edge genomic approaches to achieve rapid targeted improvements in hemp productivity and raw material quality for end-user requirements, whilst also advancing scientific understanding of gene-to-trait relationships in this crop. This work is combined with innovations in agronomy, harvesting and processing methods to generate sustainable products from improved varieties. Since the MultiHemp project has only one more year to go, we would like to present the results achieved so far and discuss with external experts hot topics around the project.
For registrations, please write an e-mail to:

More information here.

16-01-11-CO2_150x60-15th Conference on CO2 as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers

6-7 December 2016, Maternus Haus Cologne, Germany ++ ++ 20% early bird discount until 15 August ++ free booth for the first 10 bookers

For the fifth time, nova-Institute is organizing one of the leading events on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in the world: “5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers”, 6 – 7 December 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany. After four times in Essen, the conference moves to Cologne to have enough space for growth: nova-Institute expects more than 200 participants from 30 countries and 20 exhibitors as well as professional match making between the experts from industry, policy and research. First speakers confirmed.
More information here.

16-03-19_NL_logo SCOT-eventSCOT Final Conference: Registration now open!

29 June 2016, Brussels

The conference will be a major milestone of the SCOT project. The SCOT team will first present its Vision together with state of the art CO2 utilisation in Europe and around the world. This will be followed by presentations of the Strategic European Research and Innovation Agenda and Joint Action Plan. Dedicated panel discussions around the most important topics to get CCU off the ground will be held with EU experts in the CO2 Utilisation field. Tickets to the conference cost EUR 80 and can be purchased here. Students have the opportunity of getting a free ticket on a first-come-first-serve basis. For more information, please contact

algaeparcMicroalgae Process Design: from cells to photobioreactors (4th edition)

8 – 15 July 2016, Wageningen, The Netherlands

The waters of the world, oceans, seas, rivers, creeks, lakes and even ice, house a tremendous variety of microorganisms able to use light as the only source of energy to fuel metabolism. These unicellular organisms, microalgae and cyanobacteria, have the potential to produce a variety of products. To make economical large-scale production of such bulk products possible, the cost price for production needs to be reduced, the scale of production needs to be increased substantially and the biomass value should be maximized. In this course “Microalgae Process Design: from cells to photobioreactors” the biology and cultivation part are covered.

More information here.

16-04-25_NL-Logo-Epnoe-600EPNOE Brokerage event 2016 “Meeting between EPNOE members and companies not members of EPNOE”

11-12 July 2016, Paris (France)

EPNOE, the European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence, will organise an event aimed at offering the opportunity of companies not members of EPNOE to meet EPNOE members (major research organisations in polysaccharide and polysaccharide-based product research and innovation in Europe). During these two days of meeting, face-to-face pre-arranged meetings will be organised to meet EPNOE members for confidential discussion. Registration is free, but compulsory (deadline June 25, 2016).
To get more information on EPNOE and on this next event, you can visit the EPNOE website.

splashalgaeparcMicroalgae Biorefinery (1st edition)

18 – 20 July 2016, Wageningen, The Netherlands

To make microalgae a source of bulk products, the cost price for production needs to be reduced, the scale of production needs to be increased significantly and the biomass value should be maximized. To develop a more sustainable and economically feasible process, all biomass components (e.g. proteins, lipids, carbohydrates) should be used at minimal energy requirements and minimal costs while keeping the functionality of the different biomass components. Biorefining of microalgae is very important for the selective separation and use of the functional biomass components. In this course, ‘Microalgae Biorefinery’, the downstream part, i.e. the biorefinery will be in focus.

More information here.

l-ce-150x65Composites Europe

29 November – 1 December 2016, Düsseldorf, Germany

This year COMPOSITES EUROPE will be joining forces again with nova-Institut GmbH to arrange a joint stand devoted to “bio-based composites”. What are “bio-based composites”?

  • All composite solutions with a reinforcement by natural, wood or cellulose fibres
  • Bio-based thermoplastics and thermosets as matrix for glass and carbon fibres
  • Fully bio-based composites with wood and natural fibres
  • Bio-based plastics

Play a pioneering role as “bio-based composites” are being singled out and presented separately. The joint stand is located in hall 8a. More information here.

NovaInst_150x65px11th European Bioplastics Conference 2016 – Rethinking plastics

29-30 November 2016, Steigenberger Hotel Berlin, Germany

Following on from the successful events of the past years that reflected the growing confidence in plastics solutions that are biobased, biodegradable, or both as a viable alternative to conventional plastics. Every year the European Bioplastics Conference features a well-researched conference programme, an impressive speaker line-up, a highly popular product exhibition, and lots of social networking events, attracting more than 350 senior bioplastics decision makers from across the bioplastics value chain, policy bodies, NGOs, and brand owners. As the leading international conference dedicated to bioplastics, this is the best place to position your bioplastics business, get up to speed on the latest global bioplastics market developments, regulatory changes, and material and product innovations, and network with hundreds of like-minded peers. Register before 31 July 2016 to take advantage of the early bird rate!

Deutschsprachige Hinweise / Notes for German-speaking readers

Michael Carus Managing Director nova-Institut GmbH
Michael Carus
Managing Director
nova-Institut GmbH
Sehr geehrte Leserinnen und Leser,hier die wichtigsten Neuigkeiten aus dem nova-Institut im Überblick – alle Details im Newsletter unten:

  • Am 1. und 2. Juni ist Wesseling bei Köln der Treffpunkt der weltweiten Hanfindustrie. Dann geht es mit über 250 Besuchern aus mehr als 40 Ländern wieder um Fasern, Lebensmittel und Pharmazeutika – die Teilnehmerzahl stellt einen neuen Rekord dar.
  • Ein aktueller Report der „European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA)“ zeigt, dass sich die Hanf-Anbauflächen in der Europäischen Union von 2011 bis 2015 auf 25.000 ha verdreifacht haben.
  • In unserem Expertenworkshop zu Ökobilanz-Standards für bio-basierte Produkte arm 7. Juni in Stuttgart sind nur noch wenige Plätze frei, bitte rasch anmelden!
  • Am 30. Juni lädt das nova-Institut zur nova Session: „Biomass feedstock today and in the future – going beyond food vs. fuel“ im Flughafen Köln/Bonn. Interesse? Baldige Anmeldung wird empfohlen.
  • Die bio-basierte Ökonomie braucht eine eigene Messe als Leistungsschau und Treffpunkt der Branche. Das nova-Institut unterstützt deshalb die Biobased World, die am 15. und 16. Februar 2017 auf dem Messegelände Köln Premiere haben wird. Organisiert wird die BiobasedWorld von der DECHEMA Ausstellungs-GmbH, Messeprofi seit 1920.
  • novas neue Marktstudie, die federführend mit narocon (Berlin) geschrieben wurde, betrachtet erstmalig den Verbrauch an biologisch abbaubaren und kompostierbaren Kunststoffe in Europa.
  • Zum Schluss möchten wir Ihnen diesen Monat Linda Engel vorstellen. Eingestellt wurde sie als Assistentin der Geschäftsleitung, ist inzwischen aber weit über diese Aufgabe hinaus gewachsen. Heute ist sie Chefredakteur des Portals Bio-based News, schreibt unsere Pressemitteilungen und ist verantwortlich für Qualitätsmanagement und Datenschutz.

Mit besten Grüßen

Michael Carus
Geschäftsführer der nova-Institut GmbH

P.S.: Unser Tipp: Zweiseitige Firmeneinträge in unserem erfolgreichen „International Business Directory for Bio-based Materials (iBIB)“ sind ab sofort kostenfrei:


EIHA-logoDie europäische Hanfindustrie wächst kontinuierlich

Insbesondere Hanf-Lebensmittel und Pharmazeutika stoßen auf starke Nachfrage

Der Industrieverband „European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA)“ präsentiert neueste Daten zu Anbau, Verarbeitung und Anwendungen von Fasern, Schäben, Samen und Blüten. Von 2011 bis 2015 haben sich die Anbauflächen in der Europäischen Union auf 25.000 ha mehr als verdreifacht.

Mehr Informationen hier.

nova-Logo_Newsletter_150piExperten-Workshop: Handlungsempfehlungen für die Durchführung von Ökobilanzen für die stoffliche Nutzung von Biomasse im Spannungsfeld der Politik

7 Juni 2016, Internationales Begegnungszentrum, Universität Stuttgart

Ökobilanzen zur stofflichen Nutzung von Biomasse sind mit einer Reihe methodischer Herausforderungen verbunden, die ihre Transparenz und Vergleichbarkeit einschränken und damit die Akzeptanz und das Vertrauen in Ökobilanzen für bio-basierte Produkte belasten. Zusammen mit Ihnen wollen wir die im Projekt ÖkoStoff bisher erarbeiteten Handlungsempfehlungen zu diesen Herausforderungen evaluieren und weiterentwickeln.
Mehr Informationen (inkl. Hintergrundpapier) finden Sie hier.

nova-Logo_Newsletter_150pinova-Session „Biomass feedstocks today and in the future – going beyond food vs. fuel“

30. Juni 2016 am Flughafen Köln/Bonn ++ nur noch wenige Plätze frei

Der interaktive Workshop befasst sich mit dem gesamten Spektrum der Biomasse-Nutzung: Politische Rahmenbedingungen und die Teller-Tank-Debatte, Umweltauswirkungen, öffentliche Wahrnehmung und Kommunikation sowie aktuelle Zahlen und Zukunftsszenarien zu Angebot und Nachfrage. Die Teilnehmerzahl ist begrenzt.

Mehr Informationen hier.

BiobasedWorld 150 x 65BiobasedWorld – die ganze Welt der Bioökonomie in Köln

15.-16. Februar 2017, Köln

BiobasedWorld ist die erste Fachmesse für die biobasierten Industrien und feiert am 15.-16. Februar 2017 in Köln Premiere. Die Bioökonomie ist ein weltweit wichtiger und wachsender Markt; bisher gibt es aber noch keine Fachmesse für Firmen, die nachwachsende Rohstoffe verarbeiten und daraus ihre Wertschöpfung beziehen. BiobasedWorld schließt diese Lücke und umfasst Themen von Adipinsäure bis Xylose.

Mehr Informationen hier.

nova-Logo_Newsletter_150piNeue Marktstudie „Consumption of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in Europe”

über 300 Folien zu Märkten, Herstellern und politischen Rahmenbedingungen

Das nova-Institut veröffentlicht die erste umfassende Marktstudie zum Verbrauch von biologisch abbaubaren und kompostierbaren Kunststoffprodukten in Europa. Die englischsprachige Studie enthält mehr als 200 PowerPoint® Folien zu Markt- und Unternehmensdaten, aussichtsreichen Anwendungen und ein Feature über Bioabbaubarkeit und Kompostierung in Europa. Auf weiteren 100 Folien werden die politischen und gesetzlichen Rahmenbedingungen in Europa und den erfassten Mitgliedstaaten dargestellt und erläutert.

Mehr Informationen hier.

l-ce-150x65Composites Europe

29. November – 1. Dezember, Düsseldorf

Wie effektiv Nachhaltigkeit sein kann, wenn es um Leichtbaukonzepte, Materialien und die modernsten Produktions- und Automatisierungslösungen geht, zeigen die Aussteller auf dem Gemeinschaftsstand für „bio-based composites“, der zum dritten Mal in Kooperation mit dem nova-Institut auf der COMPOSITES EUROPE entsteht.

Mehr Informationen hier.


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