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Interactive webinar: From plastics to policy

It’s our pleasure to invite you to our 2-session webinar event:

Day 1: 

Tuesday 5 May 2020 | 10:00 - 12:00 CEST

Day 2: 

Thursday 7 May 2020  | 14:00 - 16:00 CEST
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Now online:

This two-session interactive webinar will replace the in-person event planned in Brussels. Inspirational talks by our keynote speakers will bring you new insights on the food waste and how we can harness innovative sustainable materials to tackle this global challenge.

During the breakout sessions, hosted by our project partners, you will have the opportunity to discuss and brainstorm with fellow attendees.

What you will hear about:

  • How REFUCOAT's innovative materials, coatings and sustainable packaging structures contribute  to a circular bioeconomy and tackling the food waste challenge
  • Learnings and best practices for working with bio-based packaging materials
  • Bio-based food packaging as a sustainable alternative to current packaging
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Day 1: Environmental and regulatory challenges related to bio-plastics

Tuesday 5 May 2020 | 10:00 - 12:00 CEST

·Keynote and Q&A by Tristram Stuart, author and food waste campaigner 
·Highlights of REFUCOAT key outcomes (part 1)

Breakout session 1. Recycling of complex packaging structures
Breakout session 2. Environmental impact and life-cycle analysis
Breakout session 3. Regulatory challenges for active packaging

Day 2: The technology behind bio-plastics

Thursday 7 May 2020  | 14:00 - 17:00 CEST

·Keynote and Q&A by Dr Andrew Dent, Executive Vice President, Research (Material ConneXion) 
·Highlights of REFUCOAT key outcomes (part 2)

Breakout session 1. Materials: Renewable sources for biobased packaging materials
Breakout session 2. Coatings: Bio-based hybrid and active coatings for packaging films
Breakout session 3. Packaging structures: Design, fabrication and characterisation
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Keynote speakers

Tristram Stuart
Author and food waste campaigner
Tristram Stuart is an international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food. His books have been described as "a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas” (The Times). The environmental organisation he founded, Feedback (, works to regenerate nature by transforming our food system. He is also the founder of Toast Ale ( which upcycles unsold fre+d other aligned charities worldwide. After 3 years of operations, Toast saved more than 1 million slices of bread from going to waste. Tristram is an official UN Champion of SDG 12.3 to halve food waste by 2030. He won the international environmental award in 2011, The Sophie Prize. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Read more.
Andrew Dent, PhD
Executive Vice President, Material Research at Material ConneXion

For 20 years Dr. Dent has helped hundreds of clients launch or improve existing products by identifying new sustainable solutions. He has worked in both academia and industry at: Cambridge University, Rolls Royce, the U.S. Navy, NASA, and the British Ministry of Defense. Dr. Dent is also a frequent speaker on sustainable and innovative material strategies, having given talks at TEDxGrandRapids and TEDNYC. He is the co-author of the Material Innovation book series. Read more.
Lorena Rodríguez
Technical project coordinator REFUCOAT, AIMPLAS

Project coordinator, Lorena Rodriguez Garrido, has 15-year of experience in the packaging industry. At AIMPLAS, she is involved in the printing and coating department focussing on creating sustainable coatings, reducing packaging structures and improving barrier properties. 

Register now as places are limited. 

See you soon!

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If you require further information or have any questions, please contact
Nina McGrath (
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