1st International Conference on Bioresource Technology for Bioenergy, Bioproducts & Environmental Sustainability


The 2nd International Conference on Bioresource Technology for Bioenergy, Bioproducts & Environmental Sustainability (BIORESTEC) will build upon the successful 1st BIORESTEC conference held in October 2016. We will once again convene, bringing together researchers in academia and industry, as well as policymakers, to discuss the progress made during the intervening two years and the latest trends in biotechnology, bioenergy, and biobased products.

The programme will be curated by a committee of world class academic leaders in their respective fields with key topic areas including:

  • Pretreatment and de-construction of biomass/bioresources
  • Bioresources (including waste) recovery and recycling, including microbial electrochemical systems
  • Bioresources for biofuels (liquid and gaseous)
  • Bioresources for biobased chemicals & products, including gas fermentation and in situ product recovery
  • Thermochemical conversion of bioresources
  • Biorefineries and white biotechnology
  • Systems approach: bioresource systems analysis, life cycle assessment (LCA), carbon accounting, nutrient-energy-water (NEW) nexus
  • Industrial applications and up-scaling
  • Bioresource policy & economics


Conference Chairs

Ashok Pandey

CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India

Professor Ashok Pandey is currently Distinguished Scientist at CSIR-Indian Institute for Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India and Honorary Executive Director at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability- India. He also holds the positions of Guest Professor in Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China; Adjunct Professor at VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu; Adjunct Professor at MACFAST, Thiruvalla, Kerala and Adjunct Professor at Kalaslingam University, Krishnan Koil, Tamil Nadu.

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Deepak Pant

VITO, Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Belgium

Dr. Deepak Pant is a Senior Scientist at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium. His research focuses on bioenergy, specifically, the design and optimization of bio-electrochemical systems for energy recovery from wastewater and microbial electrosynthesis for production of value-added chemicals through electrochemically driven bio-processes.

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Committee Members

Birgitte Ahring

Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA

Dr. Birgitte Ahring (Battelle Distinguished Professor) brings extensive experience managing and directing complex renewable energy and applied biotechnology projects worldwide.

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Irini Angelidaki

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Lyngby, Denmark

Irini Angelidaki is Professor at the Technical University of Denmark, Dpt of Environmental Engineering. Her area is in development of biotechnological processes for conversion of organic matter to bioenergy, biofuels and biochemicals.

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Yujie Feng

Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Prof Yujie Feng got her Ph.D from Harbin Institute of Technology and Bachelor Degree from Tianjing University, China. She has been working in Harbin Institute of Technology since 1994, as a Lecture (1994-1998), Associate Professor (1998-2002) and Professor (Since 2002-).

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Samir Kumar Khanal

Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA

Dr. Samir Kumar Khanal is an Associate Professor of Biological Engineering at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  Dr. Khanal’s research focuses on anaerobic digestion, waste-to-resources, aquaponics, sulfur-mediated biological process for waste(water) remediation and bioenergy. Dr. Khanal, to date, has published over 80 refereed papers in high quality international journals. He also delivered over 90 keynote/invited presentation internationally.

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Christian Larroche

Université Clermont Auvergne, Aubiere, France

Prof Christian Larroche is Director of Polytech Clermont-Ferrand, a graduate school of engineering of University Clermont-Auvergne, France. He is also member of the research laboratory Institut Pascal and of the laboratory of excellence ImobS3 at the same university.

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Duu Jong Lee

National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Professor Duu-Jong Lee is currently Life-Time University Professor of Chemical Engineering at the National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. His areas of specialization are environmental biological processes with special reference to aerobic and anaerobic treatment of wastewaters and solid wastes and their conversion to materials and energy.

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Ganti S. Murthy

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA

Dr. Murthy’s research is broadly focused on development and evaluation of biofuels and bioproduct production technologies with a strong focus on all aspects of sustainability. For any proposed technology or policy, they seek to answer the question: “Is this approach technically feasible, economic viable, resource sustainable and has lower environmental impacts compared to alternatives? If not, how can we make it so.

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Huu Hao Ngo

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Dr Huu Hao NGO is currently Professor of Environmental Engineering and serving as Deputy Director of Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney.

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Angeles Sanroman

University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain

Professor M. Angeles Sanroman is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (1987). She completed her PhD degree in Biotechnology (1991), focusing on the development of bioreactor and cell immobilization techniques. She joined the staff at the University of Vigo in the Department of Chemical Engineering. She is the head of the Bioengineering & Sustainable Processes Group at the University of Vigo.

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Reeta Rani Singhania

Indian Oil R&D Centre, Faridabad, India

Dr Reeta Rani Singhania is a DBT- Bioscience Energy Overseas Fellow working at the Center for Advanced Bioenergy Research, IOCL R&D, Faridabad, India.

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Mohammad Taherzadeh

University of Borås, Borås, Sweden

Mohammad J. Taherzadeh is professor in Bioprocess technology since 2004 at University of Borås in Sweden and director of Research School at Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery. Prof. Taherzadeh has PhD in Bioscience from Sweden, and MSc and BSc in Chemical Engineering from Iran.

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Patricia Thornley

University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

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Conference deadlines

Extended abstract submission deadline - 1 June 2018

Extended early registration deadline - 6 July 2018

Accommodation booking deadline - 13 July 2018

Author registration discount deadline - 6 July 2018