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Bio-based andbiodegredable plastics

change the world. They make it possible to rethink products and their life cycles from the ground up. Because bio-based plastics are made from renewable raw materials instead of petroleum. If the materials are also biodegradable, they can - for example through composting - become part of natural cycles again at the end of their useful life, instead of breaking down into harmful microplastics over years and decades.

The international congress “BIOPOLYMER - Processing & Molding” on June 11, 2024 will focus on bio-based and biodegradable plastics. The latest materials, technologies and trends in this field are presented by practitioners for practitioners. Conference participants will have the opportunity to exchange their ideas and questions with the speakers.



    BIOPOLYMER – Processing & Moulding

    With up to 700 registered participants from more than 40 countries the congress, organized by the non-profit association POLYKUM in Merseburg (Germany), evolved into one of the largest events of its kind worldwide over the past two years. The event combines top-class presentations in front of an invited expert audience in the Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Hall in Halle (Saale) with a live stream that is accessible free of charge to all interested parties and experts. This year's partner country is Australia.

    Since its premiere in 2018, the BIOPOLYMER Processing and Moulding congress has brought together processors and applicators, manufacturers, suppliers and researchers of biobased, biodegredable plastics. In 2021 the conference was organized as an online event for the first time due to the corona pandemic. India was the first partner country to present itself. As in previous years, all lectures in 2024 can be followed live from any PC, tablet or cell phone worldwide via web browser. The language of the conference is English. The online tickets can now be booked free of charge.


    BIOPOLYMER Innovation Award

    Who will get the coveted trophies for outstanding innovations in the field of biodegredable plastics in 2O23? The secret will be revealed during the awards ceremony in the final session of the congress. The winners will present their prize-decorated projects in special lessons of the BIOPOLYMER – Processing & Moulding congress and and be available for questions after their talks. Applications for the BIOPOLYMER Innovation Awards 2O23 can be admitted until 23 April.

    The handmade trophies will be awarded for the fourth time since 2019 by the non-profit Association POLYKUM (Merseburg, Germany). Previous winners came from Italy, Finland, Belgium, Brazil and Germany. Their projects, awarded by the interdisciplinary jury, show pioneering ways for packaging, gardening, construction, medicine and engineering, based on biodegredable plastics. The call for entries and the application form can be downloaded on the website www.polykum.de/en/biopolymer-award

Programme preview

Tuesday, June 11th, 2024





All Lectures in English.

The program is being prepared.




The following sessions are planned:

Impulse lecture

Session 1: Biopolymers and Additives

Session 2: Processing and Applikations

Session 3: Recycling and Biodegradation


Three lectures are planned per session.

Please also note our call for papers!



Session 4:Preisverleihung der BIOPOLYMER Innovation Awards

The threee winners present their innovations.

Please note our "call for tender"!



Awarding Ceremony



Get-together in George Frederic Handel Hall
for attendees in Halle (Saale)


Ticket  & Login

The congress will be streamed worldwide live

George-Frederick-Handel-Hall in Halle (Saale).

For organizational reasons, the on-site event is reserved
for speakers, award winners and invited guests.


Tickets for online participants

can be booked without of charge here (as long as stock lasts). 
Online participants from all over the world can, as in previous years,
follow all lectures live and ask questions to the speakers in the chat.


Book your Online-Ticket now!

(Clicking the button you will be directed to our Booking- and streaming page https://biopolymer-polykum.de.)



Partner country 2024: Australia

Prof. Justin Cooper-White, dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT) at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and Peter Putsch, board member of the POLYKUM funding association in Merseburg (Germany), agreed on a strategic collaboration between their institutions in June 2023. The common goal of the partners is to strengthen the transfer of knowledge and technology in the field of bioplastics between companies and research institutions in both countries. The University of Queensland is one of Australia's leading centers of bioplastics research. The latest technological developments from “Down Under” will therefore be the focus of the BIOPOLYMER – Processing & Molding 2024 congress, as will exclusive insights into the situation in the Australian bioplastics industry.


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Explore the talks of last year's congress on the official Youtube channel of POLYKUM e.V.:

"BIOPOLYMER Processing & Moulding 2023"