$100 – $185

Second Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conference

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The H Hotel and Conference Center

111 West Main Street

Midland, MI 48640

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This year’s conference theme is “The circular bioeconomy - a viable path to a sustainable future”. The theme highlights both the circular nature of the bioeconomy and the critically important, low carbon contribution of renewable resources. The conference is designed to inform communities and businesses about the forest bioeconomy, identify challenges for researchers and policy makers and for MiFBI to receive input from sponsors and attendees to guide future actions and activities. In addition to a general session on the forest bioeconomy, the conference will have concurrent sessions addressing key areas: Mass Timber Buildings, wood recycling/circular economy, policy needs, non-timber forest products, wood chemistry/lignin, wood energy, creative design, supply chain, and Bioproduct commercialization for SME's - areas that we believe are exciting and emerging areas of growth potential for Michigan.

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Keynote Speakers

Mary Draves - Global Director of Environmental Remediation and Restoration, The Dow Chemical Company

John Warner - President and CTO, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC; President, Beyond Benign


Plenary Speakers

Alper Kaziltas - Research Scientist, Sustainable Biomaterials and Plastic Research Group, Ford Motor Company
Christian Lenges - Business Development for BioMaterials, DUPONT
Dave Meyer - Senior Business Development Manager, LanzaTech
Jean Hamel - Vice President Industry and Member Relations, FPnnovations (invited)
Pekka Leskinen - Head of Bioeconomy Programme, European Forest Institute
Philippa Steventon - Sustainibility project manager, Ellen MacArther Foundation (invited)
Pia Qvintus - Technology Manager at VTT, program manager for Innovative Bioproducts growth, Business Finland
Sharon Tracy - Principal Researcher – Strategic Materials Development , Steelcase


Session Speakers

Ash Arder - Visiting Professor, University of Rochester
Bahar Aliakbarian - MSU Axia Institute Research Associate Professor
Bill Cook - MSU Forestry Educator
Bill Stough - Sustainable Research Group Chief Executive Officer
Brian Brashaw - USFS - FPL Forest Products Marketing, Program Manager
Brian Craig - FSU, Kendall College Director, Master of Architecture Program
Cézanne J. Charles - Creative Many Director of Creative Industries (invited)
Dalila Kovacs - GVSU Professor of Chemistry (invited)
David DeYoe - MSU Adjunct Assistant Professor (invited)
David Shonnard - MTU Professor of Chemical Engineering
Duane Roskoskey - Michigan DEQ Environmental Quality Specialist
Ezra Bar-Ziv - MTU Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Gary Melow - Michigan Biomass Director
George Berghorn - MSU Assistant Professor Construction Management
Gurminder Minhas - Performance BioFilaments Inc. Managing Director
Jack Schinderle - Michigan DEQ Division Director (invited)
John Hatfield - MSU Axia Institute Director of Marketing and Communications
Kenneth Krayer - Design West Michigan Executive Director (invited)
Kevin Finney - Great Lakes Lifeways Institute Executive Director
Kevin Marshal - Integrated Design Solutions Senior Associate (invited)
Lee Walko - Omnitech Biobased business development director (invited)
Marla Emery - US Forest Service Research Geographer (invited)
Matt VanSweden - Catalyst Partners Integrative Designer
Mojgan Nejad - MSU Assistant Professor, Green Bioproducts
Peter Adriaens - UM & Corymbus Professor and FinTech Entrepeneur
Rich Bowman - The Nature Conservancy Director of Government Affairs
Rick Tabor - Resinate Materials Group Chief Technology Officer (invited)
Sally Erickson Wilson - CCS Chair of MFA Color & Materials Design (Invited)
Scott Herron - FSU Professor Biology Education
Stephen Rapundalo - MichBio Executive Director
Steve Brooks - Verso Director of Corperate Energy (invited)
Tim Towoda - Synsel Chief Executive Officer (invited)
Xinfeng Xie - MTU Assistant Professor, Forest Biomaterials

Who Should Attend - The forest bioeconomy cuts across nearly every sector - from automotive, plastics, recycling, consumer products, construction, textiles, furniture, medical devices and biopharma just to name a few. Engineers, marketers, scientists, managers, economists, those in the creative industries and especially students of every stripe should can attend to learn what a circular bioeconomy can mean for our sustainable future.


FAQ's:

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can send any questions to Mark Rudnicki at institute@mifbi.org.

What is the refund policy?

  1. If cancelled for any reason on or before January 12, 2018 half the Conference Registration Fee will be refunded. Student registrants must send proof of full time enrollment to institute@mifbi.org within 3 days of submitting registration or registration may be cancelled.

  2. If registration is cancelled for any reason on or after January 13, 2019 no refund will be issued – regardless of registration date or type.

  3. In the event that conference hosts cancel the conference, all registration fees paid will be refunded to those registered for the conference.

  4. A written notice of registration cancellation must be sent to the MiFBI Executive Director, Mark Rudnicki, for refund requests on or before January 12, 2019 to be considered. Send notice of cancellation to institute@mifbi.org or to the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute, ATTN: Mark Rudnicki, Executive Director, PO Box 718, Houghton, MI 49931

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Registrations are not transferrable and you must match the name on the registration.

Steering Commitee

  • Mark Rudnicki - MiFBI
  • Charlie Becker - Weyerhaeuser
  • Rich Bowman - The Nature Conservancy
  • Scott Herron - Ferris State University
  • Alper Kaziltas - Ford Motor Company
  • Christian Lenges - Dupont Industrial BioScience
  • Julie Manley - Guiding Green
  • Lori Phalen - Michigan Association of Conservation Districts
  • Akshay Trivedi - Lear Corporation
  • Matt VanSweden - Catalyst Partners
  • Joe Voss - Creative Many


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