Plastic recyclability and circular economy

Welcome to an online conference on the subject of plastics in a circular economy hosted by the French Embassy in Stockholm, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra), through the research programme Sustainable Plastics and Transition Pathways (STEPS), and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

The webinar on 4 October will be displayed above (the image turns into a player when it is time). The times are shown in CET. 

Måndag den 4 oktober 2021 13:00 - 17:00

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The French-Nordic conference on the subject of plastics in a circular economy is a chance for researchers and participants to expand their network or/and research scope. Researchers have been invited to briefly present their work on specific topics such as green building blocks for plastics of the future, design of plastics for circular economy and emerging recycling technologies. It’s an opportunity to identify partners, create multidisciplinary teams and be competitive for European projects from the Horizon Europe calls, while strengthening the collaboration between France and the Nordic countries.  

During the first day of the conference, ongoing initiatives like the European Plastic Pact and Horizon Europe calls are being presented, to explore opportunities for further collaborations and research projects. This is followed by scientific sessions, with brief presentations by researchers. Day one is a webinar broadcasted from IVA. 

Register in advance for 4 October on the button above.

5 October - Second Day of the Conference

The second day of the conference is a zoom-conference broadcasted from KTH. The day starts with a scientific session with brief presentations by researchers, followed by a panel discussion on plastic recycling. Register in advance for 5 October here. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar. 


4 October

Venue: IVA, Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm (Speakers only)

13:00 Welcome words by Tuula Teeri, President of IVA, Etienne de Gonneville, French Ambassador to Sweden and Anna Jöborn, CEO of MISTRA
Ulrica Edlund and Jean-Francois Gérard

13:15 European Plastic Pact – the Swedish perspective and roadmap, Åsa Stenmarck, Material flow expert, Swedish EPA

13:30 European Plastic Pact – the French perspective, Dr. Alexandre Le Vernoy, Causa Nova

13:45 Horizon Europe calls, Louise Staffas, Formas

14:00 The plastic industry’s view on a circular and biobased economy, Henrik Oxfall, IKEM

14:15 Polymers and Sustainable Industry, Tero Stjernstoft, Vinnova

14:30 Break
Moderators: Ulrica Edlund and Rajni Hatti Kaul

14:45 Renewable Polyurethanes from Cradle to Cradle, Luc Averous, Professor,
University of Strasbourg, France

15:00 Production of co-polymers in yeast, Merja Penttilä, Research Professor, VTT
Technical Research Center of Finland, Finland

15:15 Polymer design for a circular economy, Karin Odelius, Associate Professor,
KTH, Sweden

15:30 Plastics of yesterday and tomorrow with regard to the circular economy,
Jean-Francois Gérard, Professor, Lyon University, France

15:45 Break
Moderator: Ulrica Edlund and Jean-Francois Gérard

16:00 Plastics – Which fractions goes where? Anders Egede Daugaard,
Professor DTU, Denmark

16:15 Catalysing transition to a sustainable plastic system, Rajni Hatti Kaul,
Professor, Lund University, Sweden

16:30 Gathering French academics to strengthen plastic circular economy:
a shared initiative
, Arnaud Parenty, Associate Lecturer, Lille’s University and
Chair Lavoisier Circular Transition, France

16:45 Effective and resource efficient solutions – an obvious logic! Mattias Lindahl, Professor, Linköping University, Sweden

17:00 Mingle

5 October

Venue: Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Treesearch, Teknikringen 38, Stockholm (Speakers only)

Moderators: Ulrica Edlund and Arnaud Parenty

09:00 Introduction, Ulrica Edlund, Professor, Polymer technology, KTH

09:15 Toulouse Biotechnology Institute: from fundamental research to innovative industrial processes for a circular economy of plastics, Sophie Duquesne, INRAE researcher, Toulouse Biotechnology Institute, INSA – Toulouse

09:30 Enzymatic synthesis and recycling of polymers, Per-Olof Syrén, Associate Professor, Division of coating technology, KTH, Sweden

09:45 FibRe – a Vinnova center trying to make lignocellulose-based thermoplastics recyclable, Anette Larsson, Chalmers University, Fibre, Sweden

10:00 Development for a sustainable use of plastics, Anna Wiktorsson, RISE Borås, Sweden

10:15 Break
Moderator: Ulrica Edlund

10:45 Panel debate on plastics recycling, Participants: Carbios, France. Niklas Jakobsson, Enzymatic recycling, Quantafuel ASA, Norge. Leif Nilsson, Rentus AB, Finspång, Sweden, Board member STEPS programme, IFPEN

12:30 Perspectives and final words


Prof. Luc Avérous, Expert in Biobased and/or Biodegradable Polymers, University of Strasbourg.

Prof. Anders Egede Daugaard, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, DTU Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Sophie Duquesne, INRAE researcher, Toulouse Biotechnology Institute.

Prof. Ulrica Edlund, Director of Mistra TerraClean, Fellow of IVA and Professor, Division of Polymer Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, IVA Fellow.

Prof. Jean-François Gerard, Professor at Lyon University and scientific vice-director at the CNRS Institute of Chemistry.

Prof. Rajni Hatti-Kaul, Programme Director STEPS, Professor in Biotechnology, Lund University.

Ph.D. Niklas Jakobsson, Chemical Engineering, Senior Advisor Quantafuel.

Dr. Alexandre Le Vernoy, coordinator of the national pact for plastic packagings, Causa Nova.

Prof. Anette Larsson, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Technology, Director FibRe.

Prof. Mattias Lindahl, Ecodesign and Product Service Systems, Linköping University.

M.Sc. Leif Nilsson, Rentus AB, Finspång, Sweden, Board member STEPS programme.

Prof. Karin Odelius, Associate Professor, Division of polymer technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Mr. Henrik Oxfall, Head Plastic Converting, IKEM - Innovation and Chemical Industries in Sweden.

Dr. Arnaud Parenty, Associate Lecturer, Lille’s University and Chair at Lavoisier Circular Transition.

Prof. Merja Penttilä, Research Professor, Industrial biotechnology and food solutions, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland.

Ph.D. Louise Staffas, Senior Research Officer, Formas, a Swedish research council for sustainable development.

M.Sc. Åsa Stenmarck, Material flow expert, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Ph.D. Tero Stjernstoft, Manager, Industrial Technologies and Innovation Management Division, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova).

Prof. Per-Olof Syrén, Associate Professor, Division of coating technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Ph.D. Anna Wiktorsson, Research and Business developer, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.


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