Events Biopolymers Symposium 2012 The Biopolymers Symposium 2012 by Smithers-Rapra was held on 16-17 October in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The day before the conference, the delegates had the chance to participate in a special ‘anaerobic digestion forum’. This new half day event explored the role that AD could play including policy initiatives, feedstock supply etc. The forum was held by key stakeholders and US government adopters. The symposium itself saw more than 100 delegates from (mostly) the Americas but also some visitors from Europe and Asia. Professor Ramani Narayan chaired the first session about the ‘state of the bioplastics business’ supported by speakers from companies such as Goodyear, Ford and Nike. The ‘sustainable feedstock’ session covered topics such as forest products and agricultural waste, brazilian sugar cane and more. During the first day’s luncheon Rick Eno informed the audience that Metabolix is back with their Mirel PHA biopolymers. This was followed by a public policy session that focused on the role of various policy mechanisms – legislation, regulations, standards and others. In the next session presentations were given on how new technology push & pull can be combined in efficient partnering. It turned out that innovators, producers, recyclers and users should cooperate. The first day was closed by some interesting insights about opportunities and challenges that were shared by start-up companies in the bioplastics arena. The second day was about innovative management strategies for End of Life, new innovations in performance and technology as well as some sustainability insight from Europe. The conference was rounded off by an interactive panel discussion on labelling and certification. MT organized by 17. - 19.10.2013 Messe Düsseldorf, Germany Bioplastics in Packaging Bioplastics Business Breakfast B 3 PLA, an Innovative Bioplastic Injection Moulding of Bioplastics Subject to changes Call for Papers now open www.bioplastics-breakfast.com Contact: Dr. Michael Thielen (email@example.com) 8 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/12] Vol. 7 At the World’s biggest trade show on plastics and rubber: K’2013 in Düsseldorf bioplastics will certainly play an important role again. On three days during the show from Oct 17 - 19, 2013 (!) biopolastics MAGAZINE will host a Bioplastics Business Breakfast: From 8 am to 12 noon the delegates get the chance to listen and discuss highclass presentations and benefit from a unique networking opportunity. The trade fair opens at 10 am.