ABIN Conference, January 9 - 11, 2011

Background

The Agricultural Biorefinery Innovation Network for Green Energy, Fuels and Chemicals (ABIN) is a national initiative, funded by the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Agricultural Bioproducts Innovation Program (ABIP).  ABIN involves roughly 45 researchers from Canadian government, industry and academia collaborating in 6 key theme areas to design and optimize processes converting renewable biomass into value-added, bio-based products. It is a multi-disciplinary initiative that aims to make a visible difference for Canadians today and tomorrow, stimulating local economic growth while pushing Canada towards meeting its climate change commitments.

Conference Information
A special conference is being held from January 9 (evening) through 11, 2011 at The University of Western Ontario affiliated Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre in London, Ontario.  ABIN is nearing the end of its first term of funding.  ABIN experts have made excellent progress in their research initiatives, and together with members of their research teams, will present their findings to each other and to you, special invited government and industry representatives.  There are three key conference goals:

- to showcase ABIN accomplishments to date
- to encourage meaningful collaborations, across the biorefinery industry, among business specialists, engineers, scientists, policy makers that will accelerate knowledge development
- to seek input from government and industry, helping ABIN to define our next steps: how do we effectively make use of the research to date and on going research, how do we apply the knowledge and move it from bench-top to industry.

Given the size of the venue, which is comfortable to allow significant networking opportunities, registration is limited.  We will, however, try to accommodate as many people as possible. 

The general format of the conference is as follows (tentative):
January 9, 2011
 
Starting at 4:00 pm         Check-In to Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm         Conference Registration
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm         Welcome Reception & Dinner
                                      Introductory Remarks & Guest Speaker
 
January 10, 2011
 
7:15 am – 8:15 am         Breakfast (for guests staying at Spencer Leadership Centre Only)
8:30 am – 10:00 am       Presentations
10:00 am – 10:30 am     Break
10:30 am – noon            Presentations
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm       Lunch & Posters (all participants invited)
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm         Presentations
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm         Break
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm         Panel Discussions
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm         Dinner (all participants invited) & Guest Speakers
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm       Posters & Networking
 
January 11, 2011
 
7:15 am – 8:15 am         Breakfast (for guests staying at Spencer Leadership  Centre Only) & Network Management Meeting
8:30 am – 10:00 am       Presentations
10:00 am – 10:30 am      Break
10:30 am – noon            Presentations
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm       Lunch (all participants invited)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm         General Sessions, Wrap Up, Networking, Possible Tour of ICFAR (Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources) http://www.icfar.ca/
 

 Information for Guests

 Guest Registration Form

The conference fee, which covers the meals above, attendance at presentations, discussions and networking sessions, as well as a book of abstracts, is only $200.

 If you are interested in attending, please book early to reserve your spot.  Registration deadline is December 20, 2010. Enrolment is limited due to facility capacity size.  Attached to this email is a registration form an invitation.  You are welcome to invite colleagues. NOTE: Your registration fee does NOT include accommodation costs.  However, there is some accommodation available directly at Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre for this conference, should you wish to stay on-site.  Please indicate on your registration form that you would like accommodation and we will book it on your behalf.  You will be asked to provide payment when you arrive.  Otherwise, London has a number of other excellent hotels, including the lovely Windermere Manor, just 1.6 km from the conference site. 

 

 
 

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