Bioindustrial conference coming to Edmonton

Alberta’s Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN) is hosting a conference at Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre in late November 2015, and talented researchers like you are invited to participate and give presentations (oral or poster) on one of the event’s four major themes.

The themes for this year’s BCN conference, Bioindustrial Innovations: Unlocking Value and Tackling Climate Change, are: Agriculture meets Forestry; Growing the Bioeconomy; Conversion Processes; and Business Development.

Participants from academia, industry, government, and other Research and Technology Organizations will meet at the Shaw Conference Centre from November 22 to 25 to develop ideas, businesses and relationships that are critical for success in today’s bioindustry. Jay Ingram, one of Canada’s foremost science reporters, will host the conference’s plenary sessions. The three sessions will be: Creating Industry Partnerships; How Does a Carbon Tax Affect the Bioeconomy?; and International Market Place for Renewables.

Call for proposals now open

Applicants may submit proposals (an abstract of 300 words or less) to give a 15-minute oral presentation and/or a poster presentation. Academic researchers, members of industry, government representatives, policy makers, and the investment community are invited to submit proposals to the following four program tracks:

  • Agriculture Meets Forestry
    • Feedstock Supply and Logistics
    • Sustainable Building Materials
    • Nanomaterials and Applications
  • Conversion Processes
    • Green Chemistry
    • Synthetic Biology
    • Bioremediation and Reclamation
  • Growing the Bioeconomy
    • Social License and Public Trust
    • Finance and Investment
    • Government Policy
  • Business Development
    • Start-up to Commercialization
    • Speed Dating/Elevator Pitch
    • Dragon’s Den

The deadline for submissions is September 25, 2015. Proposals should be submitted to with the subject title “2015 BCN – AI Bio Conference: Abstract Submission.” Applicants should indicate their job title and affiliation, as well as whether a poster and/or oral presentation is preferred, in the proposal.

Alberta Innovates – Bio Solutions is the conference’s Platinum sponsor. AITF is one of four Gold sponsors, along with PSAV, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland and Genome Alberta.