The Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials symposium, for a sustainable development of a Biobased Economy, will be held on 7-10 April 2013 in Wageningen, The Netherlands.

In the symposium on Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials 2013 (BFF2013) the whole biorefinery value chain is considered, from where biomass cultivation is linked with biomass processing steps to the individual applications and recycling of resources to reduce the overall footprint. The symposium also unites stakeholders from agro, food, chemical, fuel and energy sectors with a common interest within the biorefinery chains.

Biobased chemicals, materials, biofuels and energy

Production of non-food components, such as chemicals, materials, biofuels and energy, from biomass is often considered to compete with food production with respect to land, water and scarce resources. Biorefinery is the key technology in the separation of the components of biomass for their own application. From this basis biorefinery offers the potential to use the biomass for both food and non-food production.


Biorefineries advanced the use of biomass, but due to the oversupply of raw materials in our food chains in the past, there was no strong driver to improve the efficiency in using biomass. The increased request in food and non-food applications calls for a change in attitude in the interaction between food and non-food chains.

We invite you – researchers, industries and users – to forward the discussion on the development of biorefineries during the symposium on Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials 2013 (BFF2013). The special challenge for the discussion is how food and non-food applications can further benefit from each other. Two times more products from biomass with two times less impact for the environment is the driver for this discussion.

Registration costs and provision

Full fee Student fee
Before 1 March 2013 575 euro 375 euro
After 1 March 2013 675 euro 475 euro
Excursions 50 euro

The registration fees include

  • access to the conference
  • delegates pack containing the abstracts book
  • lunches and refreshments during the conference
  • social program and the conference dinner
  • use of board rooms for satellite meetings (only after consulting the secretariat)

Grant support is offered to a limited amount of PhD students for part of the conference fee. To apply for this, a letter of motivation can be send to the Secretariat ( PhD students that successfully apply for the grant pay a reduced symposium fee of 250 euros.

Accompanying persons are welcome. Please contact the Secretariat ( to discuss possibilities.


Payment is only possible by Ideal or Credit Card on the registration site.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations should be sent to the Secretariat only in a written form by e-mail to

Until 1 March 2013: No cancellations fees will be applied
From 1 March – 1 April 2013: cancellation fees are 50%
After 1 April: No refund


Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials 2013 (BFF2013) is organised by Wageningen UR in cooperation with INRA, France.

Organizing committee:

Johan Sanders (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Ton van Boxtel (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Marieke Bruins (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Ben Langelaan (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Michael O’Donohue (INRA, France)
Hedy Wessels (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)

Local scientific committee:

Rene Wijffels (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Johan Sanders (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Ton van Boxtel (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Marieke Bruins (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Michael O’Donohue (INRA, France)
Atze-Jan van der Goot (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Anita Linnemann (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Rene van Ree (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
David Strik (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)

International scientific committee:

Hans Reith (ECN, The Netherlands)
Michel Eppink (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Ludo Diels (VITO, Belgium)
Axel Kraft (Frauenhofer, Germany)
Connie Philips (Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Canada)
Michael O’Donohue (INRA, France)
Bruce Dale (Michigan State University, United States)
Maria Barbosa (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
Wim Soetaert (Ghent University, Belgium)
Huug De Vries (IATE/INRA, France)
Lilia Ahrné (SIK, Sweden)
Jean Francois Jenck (AlgoSource Technologies, France)

Venue and Hotel

Hof van Wageningen
Lawickse Allee 9
6701 AN Wageningen


Hotel: Hof van Wageningen has 140 rooms in option for ‘BFF2013’ at the location of the symposium. When you are booking a room in this hotel, please mention ‘BFF2013’ with your booking. Reservations can only be made by e-mail: The price per night for a single room is €75,- a double room is €92,50; including breakfast, tax not included.


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