Practical sustainability with plastic products – many are currently faced with the challenge of realizing this. Bioplastics will play an increasingly larger role in our circular economy. At the Institute for Circular Economy at Bio:Polymers at Hof University, we focus on developing solutions based on bioplastics.

With our Bioplastics conference we want to create a framework in which companies, institutes, research centers and interested parties from the plastics and recycling industry can inform and exchange information about the latest trends and results from science and practice regarding sustainability and the use of bioplastics.

Become part of our event too!

We would be happy to welcome you as a participant or contributor to our conference and look forward to your participation.

Conference language

The conference will primarily be moderated in German. At the same time, English translations of the presentations will be provided. Presentations and the language of the lectures can be freely chosen by the speaker. In the conference programme, English- and German-language contributions will be clearly marked and, where possible, combined into blocks.

To maximise the reach of a presentation, we recommend English-language presentations based on English-language presentations.


Synthesis of bioplastics

The production of bioplastics is the basis for all material-specific properties. Research and developments in this area enable the production of high-performance and efficient materials and thus drive the bioplastics industry forward.

Processing of bioplastics

Processing bioplastics is a process with a large number of influencing factors. The starting materials, their proportions, processing aids, additives, the design of the processing machines and the processing parameters create complex possibilities for producing very different products.


The material and chemical recycling of bioplastics offers the same opportunities as with conventional plastics. In practice, however, the collection, separation and processing due to the special properties create completely new challenges that need to be solved.

Application of bioplastics

Bioplastic applications should, if possible, utilize all the advantages of the materials and also be able to convert the disadvantages into advantages through clever product development. The ratio of costs to benefits and consumer acceptance are currently the biggest challenges. This is where research and development must start in order to enable the use of bioplastics on a broad front.

Degradation of bioplastics

The degradation behavior of bioplastics is a crucial property for many applications. The degradation process is linked to a variety of factors and reaction reactions. Understanding and influencing these is the key to being able to specifically adjust and control degradation behavior.


9:00 – 9:10
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann
Prof. Dr. Michael Nase

9:10 – 10:00
Keynote speaker

10:00 – 10:10
Concept of the conference – Lucas Großmann

10:10 – 11:10
Lecture Pitches – 15 Pitches je 2 Minuten

11:10 – 12:00
Keynote speaker

12:00 – 13:00
Lunch Break – Time for personal conversations

13:00 – 13:10
Presentation of the results of the voting

13:10 – 15:00
Podiums discussion – Packaging made from bioplastics

13:10 – 13:20
          Lecture 1 – Keynote speaker
13:20 – 13:30
          Lecture 2 – Keynote speaker
13:30 – 13:45
13:45 – 15:00

8:30 – 9:15
Keynote speaker

9:15 – 10:00
Top 1 – scientific lecture

10:00 – 10:15C
coffee break

10:15 – 12:15
Session 1 & Session 2 – scientific lecture

12:15 – 13:00
Meet & Greet
Lunch break and personal conversation

13:00 – 13:45
Top 2 – scientific lecture

13:45 – 15:45
Session 3 & Session 4 – scientific lecture

15:45 – 16:00
Award ceremony


The conference lectures will be presented to all participants via an innovative and interactive pitch system. Based on this short presentation of the lectures and the interactive evaluation of the participants’ pitches, the lecture sessions are created and the order of the lectures in them is determined.
This means that particularly popular presentations can be optimally placed in the schedule and all participants have the opportunity to find out the content of each presentation as part of the pitch.

In detail this means:


In order to determine the order of the 30-minute presentations, all speakers give a two-minute pitch at the beginning of the conference.

After each pitch, all participants vote to determine how broad their interest in the respective presentation is.


In order to avoid presentations with overlapping groups of interested parties running in parallel, the order of the contributions is determined based on the voting.

The lectures with the greatest interest receive more discussion time and slots outside of the lecture sessions. As usual, all other lectures will be held one after the other and with a short discussion in a morning and afternoon session.


Following the lectures and the poster session, the best lecture and the best poster will be awarded a prize. Each participant can cast their vote, which will be included in the evaluation by the expert jury. The author of the talk and the poster holder each receive an award and a non-cash prize.


Registration for the Conference Bioplastics

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Digital exchange between Industry and Science

The purpose of the conference is to create space for informal and informal professional exchanges with experts from the fields of application and science.
General discussion groups and breakout sessions are available for this purpose. There will also be open whiteboards during breaks and discussion rounds for the opportunity for open and then individual exchange.
An important aspect of the online conference is the opportunity for conference participants to invite other participants to personal conversations at any time via the chat speaker.

Impressions of the Bioplastic conference 2022