Special Preview: ABLC 2018 announced, agenda, speakers for 5 conferences, 13 events

October 26, 2017 |

In Florida, The Digest announced that the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC 2018) will be held February 28-March 2 at the Mayflower Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, and outlined the agenda, themes and announced a first wave of event speakers.

More about ABLC

The event website, agenda and conference details including registration and the 2 for 1 special offer – for all that, start here.

5 Conferences in 1 — and 13 events in all

ABLC Next will feature five distinct conference experiences:

1. The Advanced Biofuels Summit
2. The Renewable Chemicals & Biomaterials Summit
3. The ABLC Crops & Feedstocks Summit
4. The Sustainable Aviation Fuels Summit
5. The Development & Deployment Showcase

In all, there will be 12 events, including the 5 conferences, plus:

  • The Investor & Finance Workshop on capital trends (March 1)
  • The Industry Horizons Forum (March 1 and March 2)
  • The Due Diligence Wolfpack returns to uncover and devour hype and real opportunity in ABLC360. (March 2)
  • Live announcement of the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy (the Hot 50) (March 1)
  • The annual Hot Party celebrating industry innovation and achievement (March 1)
  • The Global Leadership Award presentation (March 1)
  • The Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement presentation (March 1)
  • The annual State of the Industry address and Networking event (February 28)

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Through December 15th, we have a special “2 for 1” offer in place — you can save 50% off the super-low Early Bird rate – so, prices start as low as $497 per person if you take the 2 for 1. It’s double savings and is the best way to boost you conference ROI. And, access our special room rates at the Mayflower Marriott to maximize savings and for a seamless stay in Washington, DC.

Announcing the first 16 Committed Speakers

We’ll be announcing more than 120 speakers over the next 13 weeks, here are the first 16.

Harry Baumes, Director, Energy Policy, USDA
Jacques Beaudry-Losique, CBO, Algenol
Matt Carr, Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization
Pramod Chaudhari, CEO, Praj Industries
Kevin Chen, CEO, Crop Enhancement
Arunas Chesonis, CEO, Sweetwater Energy
Brent Erickson, EVP, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Steve Fabijanski, CEO, Agrisoma

Howard Field, CEO, Greenfield Global
Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech
Mark Kirby, CEO, S2G Biochem
Marcel Lubben, CEO, Reverdia
Gerard Ostheimer, Bioenergy Lead, Sustainable Energy 4All
Anna Rath, CEO, NexSteppe
James Stephens, CEO, Blue Marble Biomaterials


The Key Data points

Live Attendance: 500+ delegates, 120+ Speakers, 250+ organizations- primarily high-level, director and above. ABLC 2017 had 530 delegates.

Global audience: 10,000 fviewers ollow the conference live and on-demand via BioChannell.TV

6 Themes the Industry is Thinking About

The theme for ABLC Next 2017 is “Network Like Crazy” and across the two and a half days of the event, we’ll be looking closely at partnership development, supply chain construction, securing offtake, finance, people, technology, and winning locations.

We’ll look in depth at 6 themes.

Deploying at Scale: First commercial projects and technologies ready for deployment at scale.

Gaining Speed: new strategies for increasing speed to market; development in parallel; accessing opportunities in emerging markets and making them work.

Defining the Ask: What carbon policies will accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy; what are the rewards for countries, states and communities that move forward on carbon policy, and what’s the outlook for both current and new policies around the globe.

Attracting Capital: accessing strategic relationships; leveraging existing resources; new products and strategies that extend value for existing projects; what role carbon pricing plays, and how much and where and when.

Early Movement: Designing platforms and breakthrough first products that reduce cash burn and create brand visibility; monetizing through new and existing channels.

Sustainable Feedstock: Identifying real resources, timelines to scale, aggregation that works, sustainability metrics, and residues vs novel energy crops.

5 Industry Segments that Matter

Fuels: In the Advanced Biofuels Summit, ABLC will be focusing on demonstrated cellulosic biofuels, expansion opportunities in biomass-based diesel, progress in aviation fuels; Low Carbon Fuel Standards and their impact, progress in emerging alternatives to gasoline and diesel including DME, butanol and more, upgrade and expansion technologies for first-gen plants and thermochemical technologies that are on the rise.

Chemicals and Biomaterials: In the Renewable Chemicals & Biomaterials Summit, the event will focus on new demand for renewable chemical Intermediates, expansion in biobased plastics & packaging, the rise of fragrances & flavors, strategic interest and intent in organic acids and novel-performance chemicals.

Crops & Feedstocks: In the ABLC Crops & feedstocks Summit ABLC will focus in on yield improvement, sustainable crop protection, novel feedstocks, supply chain development, the rise of protein production for animal and human nutrition, opportunities for vegan technologies, and trends in advanced R&D including two major case studies on industry consortia aimed at developing new feedstock platforms.

Sustainable Aviation Fuels: In the Sustainable Aviation Summit, the event will highlight success stories and emerging technologies for aviation fuels for commercial and military application, including a look at consortia aimed at deployment, and the emerging policy and airline industry puchasing trends.

Location, location, location: In the Development & Deployment Showcase, we will look at communities, states and countries and their business cases for new projects, incentives & policies, supply chains and biobased clusters in development.

More about ABLC

The event website, agenda and conference details including registration and the 2 for 1 special offer – for all that, start here.

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