2008 Growing the Bioeconomy conference — abstracts due March 22

Abstracts for presentations and posters are currently being accepted for review for the 2008 Biobased Industry Outlook Conference, which will be held September 8-9 at Iowa State University.

The 2008 Biobased Industry Outlook conference is the 6th in the annual bioeconomy conference series held at Iowa State University. The conference is widely recognized as the premier energy and climate stewardship forum in the Midwest. The 2008 conference provides an opportunity for leading scientists, product and process development experts, thought leaders, and leading financial, business development and policy practitioners to discuss the “real” issues for advanced biobased products and climate change adaption/mitigation innovations. Premier organizers and sponsors for the 2008 event are:

  • Iowa State University
  • North Central Bioeconomy Consortium
  • North Central Sun Grant Initiative
  • University of Minnesota Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment

To submit a proposal for a presentation or poster session at the conference, please submit a title and brief abstract (3-5 sentences) on your recent work in the topics listed below:

  • Feedstock Development: fundamental plant science; genomics; plant breeding; agronomics; and harvest, storage and transportation systems to provide desired feedstocks for bioprocessing facilities.
  • Bioprocessing: key focus on thermochemical processing and hybrid thermochemical-biological processing systems.
  • Utilization : key focus on co-product utilization work being done in Midwest states — lignin utilization strategies, enhanced food and food co-products, Federal and State Biopreferred programs, etc.
  • Economics and Policy:
    a. Key features of 2007 Energy Bill and Energy Title of 2008 Farm Bill
    b. Key features of Midwest Governors Association Summit Platform
    c. Availability and cost of biofeedstocks.
  • Human, Social, and Community Development Dimensions of the BioEconomy
  • Climate Change-Bioeconomy Interface : Climate forecasts/factors that will impact biofeedstock production; coupled climate-plant-soil-hydrology systems for biorefinery scenarios.

Speaker Compensation: Speakers will receive a complimentary conference registration and lodging in Ames, if needed. Speakers from outside the state of Iowa will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to $600 (in addition to the local lodging and complimentary registration).

Click here to submit an abstract online. Deadline for submission is Friday, March 22, 2008.