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Save the date - 1st BERA Workshop on Bioenergy | November 14th


La bioénergie vous intéresse et vous voulez en savoir plus sur cette forme d'énergie? C'est possible grâce au BERA (Belgian Energy Research Alliance) ce 14 novembre 2018 à Bruxelles! Des conférences variées vous seront proposées afin de répondre à vos interrogations.

BERA or Belgian Energy Research Alliance is an association of all important research partners active in energy research in Belgium.

The company is pleased to invite you to its first workshop on Bioenergy on the 14th November 2018.

The workshop is entitled " From the field to the end-user, current status and future challenges".

Multidisciplinary keynote lectures will cover the current state-of-the-art and the coming challenges of the various bioenergy pathways.

Ongoing works will be discussed during poster sessions.



  • 9.00 Welcome address
P. Vingerhoets (VITO, BERA co-chair) and J. Blondeau (VUB)
  • 9.10 EU policies in the field of bioenergy and biofuels
K. Maniatis (European Commission)
  • 9.50 Challenges and prospects for the production of biofuels with lignocellulosic biomass
J. Thevelein (KUL)
  • 10.30 Coffee break and poster session
  • 11.15 Transition towards a biobased economy: challenges and perspectives
Sofie Dobbelaere (Flanders Biobased Valley)
  • 11.55 Lunch and poster session
  • 13.00 Biofuels: what did you expect?
F. Contino (VUB)
  • 13.40 Challenges of unconventional biomass for thermochemical processes
H. Jeanmart (UCL)
  • 14.20 Coffee break and poster session
  • 15.00 Microalgal-based biorefineries: towards a potential solution for sustainable bioenergy production
A.-L. Hantson (UMons)
  • 15.40 Closing address and poster session



Mandatory registration (free of charge): via this link


Call for posters

PhD students and postdoctoral researchers are invited to present their research results or ongoing works during the poster sessions of the 1st BERA workshop dedicated to Bioenergy, on November 14th, 2018.

Topics of interest cover the whole value chain of bioenergy, from the resources to the final use. The posters should highlight the novelty of the presented works and be prepared for a non-specialist audience.

Proposals for a poster must include an abstract (max 400 words) and must be submitted via this link before October 29th.


Le 14/11/2018
Academy Palace Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels