Due to the current development of the COVID-19 pandemic the symposion will take place online now. We regret that we will not be able to meet you in Tutzing as originally planned, but very much look forward to welcoming you to an interactive virtual event with plenty of space and time for discussion and exchange between the participants.
The online conference programme will be published in April/May. Further information will follow as soon as possible.
This Tutzing Symposion is designed to foster exchange and discussion on the topics of public perception, sustainability, recycling as well as advantages and disadvantages of the use of plastics.
Prof. Dr. Markus Busch, TU Darmstadt/D
Alexander Frey, DECHEMA e.V., Frankfurt am Main/D
Dr. Wolfgang Gerlinger, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen/D
Prof. Dr. Andreas Greiner, Universität Bayreuth/D
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Hungenberg, Birkenau/D
Prof. Dr. Rolf Mülhaupt, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg/D
Dr. Markus Schopf, Bamberg/D
Following speakers have already confirmed their participation and will give a lecture
(subject to change, as of 25 March 2021):
The social and material limits to the circular economy for plastics
A. Mah, University of Warwick/UK
The global plastic crisis: the German perspective
R. Dube, Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare
Sicherheit (BMU), Bonn/D
Polyolefins: saving energy and supporting circularity
M. Gahleiter, Borealis Polyolefine GmbH, Linz/A
Polyproblem – the plastics issue as a chance for collective impact
U. Amrhein, Röchling Stiftung, Mannheim/D
Beyond the litter - rethinking the life cycle of plastic
B. Unmüßig, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V., Berlin/D
Microplastic in the environment
C. Laforsch, Universität Bayreuth/D
Polymers as enabler for light weight solutions in automotive
E. Licht, LyondellBasell, Frankfurt am Main/D
Aspects of a a circular plastics economy
E. Weidner, Fraunhofer UMSICHT, Oberhausen/D
Sustainable and eco design of packaging
U. Tischner, econcept, Pulheim/D
Advancing sustainable and circular solutions for polyolefins
A. Brown, LyondellBasell, Rotterdam/NL
Chemical recycling of mixed plastic wastes
D. Stapf, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen/D
Chemical production with circular raw materials
A. Kicherer, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen/D
Future waste management – principles, problems and solutions
R. Pomberger, Montanuniversity Loeben/A
Pacific Garbage Screening – a holistic approach against floating marine litter
T. Flöhr, everwave GmbH, Aachen/D
Littering and single use products – the perspective of a consumer assaociation
P. Heldt, Verbraucherzentrale NRW, Düsseldorf/D
Potentials of new packaging materials to reduce plastics in the food sector
S. Sängerlaub, Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München & Fraunhofer-Institut für Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung IVV/D
Life cycle assessment as guidance for consumer decision-making of product packaging
M. Lorenz, S. Albrecht, Universität Stuttgart/D
Reduction of plastic packaging: what can food retailers and the textile industries do?
T. Decker, Stadt Straubing/D
Consumer perspectives on plastic packaging
F. Rubik, Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung, Heidelberg/D
Route towards sustainable engineering materials
E. Grolman, DSM Materials Science Center, Geleen/NL (to be confirmed)
Chemical recycling – good for the climate? LCA results
A. Kicherer, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen/D
Journey towards sustainable technologies
J. Roeder, Braskem Netherlands B.V., Rotterdam/NL
Plastics: assessment results and public opinions
C. Plas, denkstatt GmbH, Vienna/A
Polymers have become an integral part of our everyday lives. Whether as high-performance plastics in aviation and the automotive industry, as functional and construction materials for electric devices, or in everyday objects such as packaging and clothing, polymers can be found everywhere in our modern world.
But what are the costs? Plastic waste, maritime pollution and microplastics are now ubiquitous problems that need to be solved. There are efforts by NGOs but also by science and industry to get these problems under control. What is the status quo, what are the approaches for the future and do the benefits of plastic usage outweigh the disadvantages?
The Symposion is designed to foster exchange and discussion on the topics of public perception, sustainability, recycling as well as advantages and disadvantages of the use of plastics. The focus themes are complemented by ethical views and a look at other materials and their recycling strategies as well as open discussions on the issues and sustainable concepts for the future.
The 59th Tutzing Symposion is organized by the Subject Division Polymers of ProcessNet (an initiative of DECHEMA - Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and VDI-GVC – Division Chemical and Process Engineering of the Association of German Engineers. It will again provide a unique platform and ample time to exchange ideas between leading scientists and decision makers.
We are looking forward to meeting you at the virtual venue.