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Plastic recyclability and circular economy

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. 


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 roadmapÅsa Stenmarck, Material flow expert, Swedish EPA

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

13:45 Horizon Europe callsLouise Staffas, Formas

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

14:15 Polymers and Sustainable IndustryTero Stjernstoft, Vinnova

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

14:45 Renewable Polyurethanes from Cradle to CradleLuc 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 economyKarin 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 systemRajni 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 IntroductionUlrica Edlund, Professor, Polymer technology, KTH

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

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

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

10:00 Development for a sustainable use of plasticsAnna 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 (tbc)

12:30 Perspectives and final words