International congress on the future of the plastics industry
on June 17th, 2025

in Halle (Saale), Germany and on live stream for free

Bio-based and biodegradable plastics are changing the world. Are you an expert in this field? Or would you like to find out more about these materials? Then become part of our global community now!

Partner 2024

Partner country 2024

Prof. Justin Cooper-White, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT) at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and Peter Putsch, CEO of Fördergemeinschaft POLYKUM in Merseburg (Germany), agreed in June 2023 on a strategic collaboration between their organizations to strengthen the transfer of knowledge and technology in the field of bioplastics between companies and research institutions in both countries. The University of Queensland is one of Australia's leading centers of bioplastics research. The latest technological developments from “Down Under” will therefore be the focus of the BIOPOLYMER - Processing & Moulding 2024 congress, as will exclusive insights into the situation in the Australian bioplastics industry.

Our partner country in 2025 will be Poland. More information will follow shortly. 



11th of June, 2024
All lectures in English.

Sheduled times: Central European Summer Time (CEST/Berlin) || Australia: +6:00 / +8:00 hours 


08:00 - 08:05 am

A warm welcome from Polykum e.V. 

Peter Putsch
Polykum e.V.

08:05 - 08:10 am

Greetings from the Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt

Dr. Reiner Haseloff
Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt


Partner Country

08:10 - 08:30 am

Queensland - Germany: partnership and opportunities

Henriette Pook
Director of Research
Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ)

08:30 - 09:00 am

Keynote: Polyhydroxyalkanoate advancements - polymer modification, blends, composites and end of life

Prof. Bronwyn Laycock
Professor in Chemical Engineering
The University of Queensland

09:00 - 09:30 am

Shifting the paradigm: Developing cost effective biopolymer products

Alec Foster
Bioproducts and Packaging Portfolio Lead
scion research New Zealand

09:30 - 10:00 am

Uluu: seaweed-derived PHAs to replace plastic at scale

Michael Kingsbury
Co-founder and co-CEO

10:00 - 10:30 am

Coffee Break 

Biopolymers and Additives

Session 1

10:30 - 11:00

Stabilisation and colouring of biopolymers biogenic by-products

Dr. Mirko Rennert
Twins Crew GmbH

11:00 - 11:30 am

Bio2compound – continous processing of microscale functional fibers into biobased binder systems

Jörg Dörrstein
Managing Director

11:30 - 12:00 pm

Biopolymer Injection Moulding Technology

Timo Günzel
BOLE Intelligent Machinery

12:00 - 12:45 pm

Lunch Break 

Biopolymer Recycling Solutions

Session 2

12:45 - 1:15 pm

Controllability of plastic recyclates/ biopolymers - with cavity pressure

Thomas Koch
Team sales/ Application
Kistler Intrumente GmbH

1:15 - 1:45 pm

Recycled post-consumer textile waste as reinforcement filler for plastic composites

Illia Krasnou
Senior researcher

1:45 - 2:15 pm

Advancements in Recycling Technologies for Bio-based PBS Materials

Dr. Patrick Hirsch
Group Leader “Sustainable Materials and Processes
Fraunhofer IMWS

2:15 - 2:30 pm

Coffee Break


Session 3

2:30 - 3:00 pm

BIOMER - bio degredable waxes

Thomas Stöbe
Site Manager

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Certification for a sustainable future - relevant certifications for bioplastics

Yunus Emre Altunay
Product Manager

3:30 - 3:45 pm

Coffee Break

Award presentation ceremony

Session 4

3:45 - 4:30 pm

Award announcement

The winners of the year present their innovations.

4:30 - 5:00 pm

Laudatory speech and award ceremony

5:00 pm

End of the event

Innovation Award

The handmade trophies will be awarded for the sixth time in 2025 by the non-profit association POLYKUM. Previous winners have come from Italy, Finland, Belgium, Brazil and Germany. The projects honored by the independent jury demonstrate how biodegradable plastics can be used to break new ground in the packaging industry, the leisure sector, construction, medicine and technical applications, for example.

Applications for 2025 can be submitted now.

Find out more about the award and the 2024 winners on our award page. 

BIOPOLYMER Innovation Award

Call for Papers

Bio-based and biodegradable plastics are changing the world. If you are already working with these materials of the future, share your experience - with your presentation to people from over 40 countries!

Submit paper

Sponsors of the event



Fördergemeinschaft für Polymerentwicklung und Kunststofftechnik
Peter Putsch
Brandisstraße 4
06217 Merseburg


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