BEPS 2017 24th Annual Meeting

September 20-22, 2017

Albany, CA

Please purchase your registration here

Agricultural Research Service - United States Department of Agriculture

Western Regional Research Center

Bioproducts Research Unit

800 Buchanan Street, Albany, CA, 94710

General Information

The 24th annual meeting of the Bio-Environmental Polymer Society will be held at the Western Regional Research Center located at 800 Buchanan Street, Albany, California on September 20-22, 2017 (Wed-Fri).

Transportation: There are two airports that service the region. The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is located on the San Francisco peninsula and is 24 miles west of the WRRC, about a 45 minutes drive by car depending on the traffic. The Oakland International Airport (OAK) is located 18 miles south of the WRRC, about 30 minutes drive by car depending on the traffic. Both airports are also accessible by public transortation: Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART). For those renting cars or driving their personal cars to the meeting, there is adequate parking space available at the WRRC which is a gated campus. An intercom is located conveniently outside the gate where visitors can contact the receptionist to gain access into the facility.

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Abstracts and Registration

Abstract submissions are now open. Please send your submission as an attachment to Greg Glenn.

ABSTRACTS: Present your research at the premier international conference dedicated to the growth and innovation of biopolymers. Abstracts are solicited for Oral Sessions as well as the Poster Session. Please indicate whether you prefer an oral or poster presentation.

Abstract Format: The text should be single-spaced with 1” margins all around, and should be saved as MS Word or rich text format. Indicate in the top right whether the abstract is for an oral or poster presentation. The title should appear in bold capital letters, centered at the top of the page. The names and affiliations of all authors should be listed below the title, with the name of the presenting author underlined. The abstract should be sufficiently self-contained to be a useful future reference. Abstracts may contain a figure, graph or table but keep length to one page.

  • The deadline for submission of abstracts is July 31, 2017. Please indicate whether you prefer an oral or poster presentation. Oral presentations are 25 minutes followed by a 5 minute question and answer period. All presentations should be provided on a USB drive and loaded during the break periods. Standard PowerPoint software will be available on the presentation laptop. Please inform your session chair in advance if you have AV concerns so that our IT specialist can provide assistance. Poster presentations will be displayed on 4x8 feet poster boards. Please ensure posters fit within these dimensions although it is preferable that the poster length be less than 6 feet.
  • Online registration will close on August 31, 2017; on-site registration will be possible thereafter provided there is still space available. Enrollment will be limited to 100 persons so it is important to register online as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

REGISTRATION: Please register here

Conference fees will cover a book of abstracts and meeting agenda, all break refreshments and lunches. An award luncheon will take place on Thursday, September 21. Awards for outstanding research among students and scientists will be presented. Dinner on Wednesday with attendees is optional ($65). Dinner on Thursday is on your own. However, attendees are encouraged to form small groups and make their own dining choices Thursday evening at any of the more than 60 restaurants located within 2 miles of the WRRC. The Bay Area restaurants include cuisine from more than 15 countries as well as well known food chains and diners for the less adventurous.

MEMBERSHIP: All attendees of the Annual BEPS Conference will automatically receive a full membership for one year (from the start of the conference to December 31st of the following year) as part of the BEPS Annual Conference registration fee. Those who do not attend the Annual BEPS Conference may join/renew their BEPS membership by going to the registration site and selecting the BEPS Membership only option: annual membership fee ($60).

Meeting Topics

  • Commercializing sustainable materials (Industrial session)
  • Fiber-based composites
  • Biodegradability, renewable materials and recycling
  • Novel biobased nanomaterials
  • Torrefaction and carbon fillers
  • Renewable and sustainable polymers
  • Films and coatings

Confirmed invited speakers (alphabetical order)

  • Dane Anderson, CTO, Full Cycle Bioplastics
  • Aseem Das, President and CEO, World Centric
  • Kaj Johnson, Sr. Director, Product Development, Method Products
  • Molly Morse, CEO, Mango Materials
  • Mike Waggoner, Founder, Grow Plastics