Smithers Rapra’s 8th Annual Biopolymers Symposium returns to Chicago

Abstracts requested for June 11-12, 2013 conference

FALMOUTH, Maine--()--Smithers Rapra is pleased to announce the 8th annual Biopolymers Symposium 2013, scheduled for June 11-12 in Chicago, IL. This market leading event will bring together the key innovators and decision makers in the bioplastics industry to examine new technologies and materials, market trends, and developments in applications, guidelines and waste strategies for the biopolymers industry.

“I am very excited about moving Biopolymers 2013 back to Chicago, with so much of the industry and many key players nearby,” said Barbara Fowler, conference director for Smithers Rapra. “This year’s agenda will bring together many new faces that you haven’t seen before at previous editions of the Biopolymers Symposium, with fresh innovative and developing topics to discuss. We are also introducing more opportunities for collaboration and debate with your industry colleagues and will be holding events at some exciting Chicago venues. We’ll be announcing more in coming weeks!”

Abstracts are requested specifically on the following topics:

  • Sustainable feedstocks;
  • Rigid and Flexible Biopolymer packaging and single use applications;
  • Innovation in materials;
  • New technologies and case studies in semi-durable and durable biopolymer applications;
  • Alternative end of life solutions for zero landfill;
  • Strategic partnerships to commercialize new products; and
  • New players in the industry.

To submit an abstract, please send your name, title, organization, presentation summary and biography to Barbara Fowler at no later than Wednesday, January 9th.

Members of the 2013 advisory board and conference chairs include Dr. Ramani Narayan, Michigan State University; Erin Simon, WWF; Gavin McIntyre, Ecovative; Dr. Paul Fowler, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point; Carsten Sinkel, BASF; Melissa Hockstad, The Bioplastics Council, a special interest group of SPI: the Plastics Industry Trade Association; Keith Edwards, BASF; Maureen Gorsen, Alston & Bird; Dick Lilly, Seattle Public Utilities Solid Waste Division; Kate Lewis, USDA; and Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

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About Smithers Rapra

Smithers Rapra is the global leader in rubber, plastics, polymer and composites testing, consulting and information products and events, with key focuses including the tire, industrial, transportation, consumer and medical industries. For more information, visit


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Release Summary

Smithers Rapra is pleased to announce the 8th annual Biopolymers Symposium 2013, scheduled for June 11-12 in Chicago, IL. Abstracts are currently being accepted.


Smithers Rapra
Danielle Marks, +1 207 781 9637