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Penn State Biorenewables Symposium 2024

18-19 April, 2024


The biorenewables symposium brings together researchers, industry, and stakeholders interested in developing new opportunities for bioenergy, biomaterials, and related products for the emerging bioeconomy. Join us for a technical tour, keynote presentations, panel discussions, networking and a poster session.

Sponsored by Penn State's Center for Biorenewables (CBR), the Institutes for Energy and the Environment (IEE), and the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science (iSAFES).

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for individuals seeking to explore upcoming opportunities for bioenergy and biorenewables in the emerging bioeconomy, and to network with researchers and project developers in this space. Biomass and bioproducts professionals, project developers, policy makers, researchers, and public sector professionals are all encouraged to attend.


Thursday, April 18

15:00Optional On-Campus Research Tour
  • Biomaterials Characterization (E Toraman)
  • Soft Materials Lab (A Sheikhi)
  • Biofiltration and Fermentation Lab (J Vasco)
18:00Informal Networking Reception

Friday, April 19

8:00Registration Opens

Charlie Anderson, PSU Center for Biorenewables

8:45Keynote Speaker: Biorenewables in the Built Environment

Lola Ben-Alon, Columbia University

9:30Keynote Speaker: Moving Biofuels into the Future

Tim Winters, Western New York Energy

10:15Morning Break
10:45Morning Panel Discussion: Biorenewables Impacts: Upping the Up-side
12:15Poster Session and Lunch Break
13:45Keynote Speaker: Biorenewables from the National Laboratory Perspective

Tom Foust, NREL

14:30Afternoon Panel Discussion: Frontiers in Biomaterials
16:00Closing Remarks


Registration for the event is free of charge, but you must register in advance in order to attend. Please register here.

For more information:

Contact Dan Ciolkosz

Daniel Ciolkosz

Co-Director, Center for Biorenewables; Associate Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering