POLYMER21: Approaches to sustainability

When it comes to sustainability, the why is clear: Sustainability has moved to the core of every company’s mission statement. But how or how not to do it – that is the question. Therefore, we invite you to join us for a day dedicated to new approaches to biobased polymers and recycling of polymer materials.

Denmark boasts a unique approach to green transition, with efficient collaborations between state agencies, universities, RTO’s and companies – combined with the entrepreneurial spirit of thousands of startups focusing on green innovation. As a result of this agile framework which enables the implementation of the latest research and know-how, more and more companies globally look to the north for inspiration, knowledge, and collaboration.

If you are in charge of R&D and innovation or are responsible for sustainable polymers for your production, this conference is for you. Whether you participate online or in Aarhus, we look forward to introducing you to industry leaders and innovative specialists from the Danish Technological Institute, to discuss strategies and approaches to sustainable polymer solutions.

The conference will be conducted in English. The main focus will be case-based learnings and solutions which we hope will inspire you and your company on the continuous journey towards sustainable materials approaches.

The conference will take place both physically in Aarhus, Denmark and online.


Feel free to contact Team Manager Lars Haahr Jepsen, Danish Technological Institute, [email protected], +45 72 20 19 27


09:30 Registration and networking

10:00 Welcome
Lars Haahr Jepsen, Team Manager, Danish Technological Institute

10:10 How to obtain a sustainable future?
Helle Svendsen, Director, Danish Technological Institute

10:25 Challenges and possibilities for future sustainable materials
René Backes, Business Development Specialist, BASF

10:55 Coffee break

11:25 The journey towards sustainable and circular LEGO products
Søren Kristiansen, Sr. Technology Director, LEGO

11:55 Learning from nature: Development of new biopolymers
Simon Frølich, Team Manager, Danish Technological Institute

12:20 Lunch break

13:05 Industrial production of biobased monomers and their application
Esben Taarning, R&D Director Sustainable Chemicals, Haldor Topsøe, and Julie Trads, Project Manager, Danish Technological Institute

13:30 New opportunities by recycling polymers via dissolution
Dr. Andreas Mäurer, Head of Polymer Recycling, Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging, and Sofie Kastbjerg, Project Manager, Danish Technological Institute

14:00 Breakout

14:30 New insights in recycling of thermosets
Anders Lindhardt, Senior Specialist, Danish Technological Institute

14:55 Closing remarks
Lars Haahr Jepsen, Team Manager, Danish Technological Institute

15:00 Conference close

  • Onsdag, 03 november 2021
  • 09:30 - 15:00
  • Kongsvang Alle 29, Aarhus, Danmark
  • 500 DKK / 67 Euro