Revolution in Food and Biomass Production

High-tech strategy for a sustainable biomass supply

1 - 2 October 2018, Maritim Hotel Cologne (Germany)

++ Press release: Revolution in Food and Biomass Production ++

Topics and the Confirmed Speakers of the Conference


The new conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production” (REFAB) will showcase leading solution approaches from the wide range of the following topics:

1. Introduction and overview

  • Thomas Arnold, European Commission, DG RTD (BE): Innovation from Across – can Cross-Pollinating Sectors, Actors and Conversations Unfold Solutions Towards Systemic Change?
  • Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH (DE): Sustainability Assessment of New Food and Biomass Technologies

2. Precision farming, robotics, drones and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

3. Biostimulants – nitrogen fixation, mycorrhiza, biopesticides

  • Dr. Alok Adholeya, TERI Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre (IN): Seed plus: A Sustainable Approach with Integration of Mycorrhizae and Nano-bio Stimulants for Precision Agriculture and Resource Use Efficiency

4. Home, urban and vertical farming

  • Volkmar Keuter, Fraunhofer Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT (DE): inFARMING®

5. Agriculture under extreme conditions (desert, ice, outer space) and in combination with solar energy

6. Gene editing – CRISPR/Cas9 and more

7. Alternative protein sources – insects, bacteria, artificial meat and CO2 utilization

  • Leen Bastiaens, Vlemish Institute for Technological Research - VITO (BE), Prof. Dr. Ir. Leen Van Campenhout, KU Leuven (BE): Insect Rearing and Processing for Food, Feed and Bio-based Chemicals
  • Jason Drew, AgriProtein (ZA): AgriProtein, Creating a Sustainable Future Through Insect-based Technologies

8. Future of organic and smallholder farming

  • Dr. Gero Leson, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps (USA): Regenerative Agriculture: Reconstruction of the Soil with Humus, CO2-inclusion, Higher Yields - Both for Field and Forest Fruits

9. Mariculture or marine farming, algae and aquaculture

10. Wood-based biorefineries for chemicals, materials and fibres


Members of the Advisory Board

  •  Dr. Alok Adholeya, TERI Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre (IN)
  •  Thomas Arnold, European Commission, DG RTD (BE)
  •  Prof. Dr. Ludo Diels, VITO (BE)
  •  Dr. René Klein Lankhorst, WUR (NL)
  •  Christophe Luguel, Pôle Industries & Agro-Ressources (IAR) (FR)
  •  Dr. Ole Johan Marvik, Innovation Norway (NO)
  •  Dr. Rina Singh, Industrial and Environmental Section - BIO (USA)
  •  Dr. Marie Tranier, Toulouse White Biotechnology (FR)
  •  Marit Valseth, Innovation Norway (NO)


Background of the REFAB Conference

All information are online here.

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