Satellite Meeting on Biosurfactants


When: Tuesday 2nd June, 13:00-18:00

Where: Ridings Suite, Park Inn Hotel


On Tuesday afternoon June 2nd 2015 a satellite meeting on Biosurfactants will be organized at the RRB11 venue, followed by a networking reception. The workshop aims at bringing together people working on biosurfactants (both form academia and industry) and promote free discussion on the topic. Besides talks from experts on biosurfactants, there will be slots for oral presentations selected from abstract submission. A detailed program will be available later.


Surfactants or detergent-like molecules are applied in a wide range of industries and products: cleaning, personal care, cosmetics, agriculture, oil recovery, paper industry, etc. Hence, they are produced in big amounts: about 18 million tons annually. As about 50% is used in normal households for laundry and cleaning, a large volume of surfactants ends up in the environment or wastewater after use, resulting in a huge ecological load. In addition, most currently used surfactants are still produced from petroleum, a limited resource. Biosurfactants on the other hand offer a worthy alternative to their chemical derived counterparts with equal performance. They are produced from plant renewable resources by biological process such as microbial fermentation and offer clear ecological advantages such as low ecotoxicity and good biodegradability.

To submit an abstract for this meeting, click here. Please note that abstracts for this meeting can be submitted until April 15.
Particpation in this meeting is free of charge, but registration is mandatory and can be done via the RRB-11 online registration form. For details, click here.
Provisional Program
13.00 hrs          Registration
13.30 hrs          Start of the event with confirmed speakers / representatives from institutes
·       Inge Van Bogaert (Ghent University, Belgium); The Biosurfing project: New-to-nature biosurfactants by metabolic engineering - production and application
·       Niki Baccile (Universit√© Pierre et Marie Curie, France) ; Use of biosurfactants as nanomaterial
·       Ibrahim Banat (University of Ulster, UK); Glycolipids
·       Daniel Otzen lab (Arhus University, Denmark); Biosurfactant -enzyme interactions
15.30 hrs          Coffee Break
·       Will Canon (Croda, UK);  A company view on biosurfactants
·        Sophie Roelants (Bio-Base Europe Pilot Plant, Belgium); Microbial biosurfactants: closing the gap in the innovation chain
·        Susanne Zibek or Michael G√ľnter (Fraunhoffer, Germany); Tailoring Mannosylerythritol lipid production
·        Dr. Henkel (IMD Natural Solutions) - Xylolipids: properties and use
·        Open invitations/ waiting for confirmation
·        Selected abstracts
18.00 hrs          Reception