BEPS 2019 26th Meeting

The 26th annual meeting of the Bio-Environmental Polymer Society (BEPS) will be held June 5-7, 2019 (Wed-Fri) at the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research on the campus of Clemson University in South Carolina, 4 Research Drive, Greenville, SC, 29607. The conference includes three days of presentations and posters highlighting current research in biopolymers and bioproducts that may help the environment and create a more sustainable future. Please mark the conference date on your calendar for 2019!

Please register here.

Plenary Speakers

Richard Gross Richard Gross
Rensselaer Polytechnic University
Amar Mohanty Amar Mohanty
University of Guelph
Meisha-Shofner.png Meisha Shofner
Georgia Tech
Chuanbing Tang Chuanbing Tang
University of South Carolina
Gregg Beckham Gregg Beckham
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Location Information

Clemson International Center for Automotive Research is a 250-acre automotive and motorsports research center located in Greenville, South Carolina, where academia, industry, and government institutions come together to shape the future of the automotive industry. With over $250 million investment in public and private funding, CU-ICAR focuses on 7 strategic research areas and offers the only graduate degree program in automative engineering in the US. Located between Atlanta and Charlotte, CU-ICAR is strategially positioned with nearly 150 automotive-related companies in the area. In recent years, Greenville has seen growth in industry and community.

The Shops at Greenridge are conveniently located across the street from the Drury Inn hotel with several dining choices like P.F. Chang’s, Saffron Indian Cuisine, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, and even a Ruth’s Chris steakhouse.

Things to do in the area include the Roper Mountain Science Center and Hooper Planetarium, the Minor League Fluor Field Ballpark, and the Paris Mountain State Park, among others. For more information about CU-ICAR’s amazing hometown, please visit: or

Travel Information


Please register by May 4, 2019 to enjoy group rate discounts!

Click photo to access the hotel’s web portal with BEPS 2019 group discount already applied!

Drury Inn & Suites Greenville, 10 Carolina Point Parkway, Greenville, SC, 29607

Drury Inn & Suites Greenville

Registration Fees

Please register here

  • Early Bird: $495 USD (before March 15th 2019)

  • Regular Attendee: $595 USD

  • Student or Post-Doctoral Fellow: $150 USD

Note: The registration cost does not cover the Symposium Dinner which can be registered for separately if desired. ($35)


Please email your nominations for Awards to the Chair of the Awards Committee (Dr. Richard Gross). Please visit the Awards page for specific details. Nominations for this year are due by April 15.

Stay Tuned For The Following:

  • Additional speakers
  • Program Details
  • And more…

If You Are Interested In Presenting:

ABSTRACTS: Present your research at the premier international conference dedicated to the growth and innovation of biopolymers. Papers are solicited for Oral Sessions as well as the Poster Session.

Abstract Format: The text should be single-spaced with 1” margins all around, and should be saved as MS Word or rich text format. 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.

Please email submissions along with your affiliation to:

Srikanth Pilla, PhD
Robert Patrick Jenkins Endowed Professor
Dean’s Faculty Fellow of Automotive Engineering
Founding Director, Clemson Composites Center
Director, Automotive Engineering Certificate Program
Clemson University
International Center for Automotive Research, Greenville, SC
Phone: (864) 283-7216
Fax: (864) 283-7225

Last updated: 17 DEC 2018