Bioeconomy research and innovation certainly are hot topics in Austria. On May 23rd 2018 the official presentation of the SUSFERT project took place at the University and Research Center (UFT) in Tulln, Lower Austria. The place breathes innovation and bio-based research, providing us with the perfect backdrop to present SUSFERT to the public for the first time.
Amongst more than 150 guests and our esteemed speakers were Christian Obinger, Vice Rector for Research and Innovation of the University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Thomas Rosenau (BOKU), an established expert on wood, pulp and fiber chemistry, as well as the representatives of the funding agencies, Marta Campos Iturralde (Bio-Based Industries Joint Untertaking (BBI-JU)), and Ines Haberl from the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG.
After their kind greetings and inspiring introductions coordinator Stephen Webb (RTDS Group) introduced the audience to the new. In an interview with Lower Austria‘s Provincial Minister Petra Bohuslav Webb discussed the chances of bio-based research and innovation as a major factor for creating more jobs for the region Lower Austria.
At the industry podium Agrana‘s Horst Hartl, Rob Beekers (Cargill), Gerold Schneider (Egger), Hedda Weber (Sappi) and Martin Mayer (Timac Agro) discussed how industry and research are collaborating to establish the perfect win-win-situation in bio-based industry projects such as SUSFERT.
Followed by Wolfgang Knoll‘s (AIT) speech, at the science podium Stephen Webb talked to Thomas Rosenau, Angela Sessitsch (AIT), Georg Gübitz (BOKU-IFA) und Erik van Herwijnen (Wood K plus) how regional science clusters are boosted by bio-based research.
The closing words came from Christian Hansmann (Wood K plus), who also lead the lab tour prior to the main event, showing interested guests bio-based research in action.
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