Vienna, 6.10. - 7.10.2021

EFIB 2021

LISAvienna and LISA are happy to host Europe's leading event on industrial biotechnology and the bioeconomy in Vienna

Covid safe

NEW: The EFIB conference will require the following access criteria for the event: A 2.5G protocol will be followed for all entries by delegates, as follows:

  • Vaccinated/recovered delegates will show valid certificates
  • Non-vaccinated delegates must show a valid PCR Covid test (less than 48h) at each time of conference entry

All delegates will be asked for their vaccination/recovery certificate and PCR tests (where required) when they enter the conference centre, so please allow extra time to enter the event.

Delegates are now required by law in Austria to wear an FFP2 mask within the conference centre, with the exception of when they are eating/drinking or making conference presentations. 

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Are you ready to join #EFIB2021? Registration is open.

Don’t miss one of the first in-person conferences for the bio-based community in 2021 and join now! Registration is open for the 14th edition of EuropaBio’s annual EFIB conference taking place in Vienna, one of Europe’s hot spots for life science innovation.

EFIB 2021 theme: Delivering the EU Green Deal: Industrial biotechnology into business

EFIB is the market leading annual event in Europe for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy. This year, the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy (EFIB) focuses on:

  • Circularity & Sustainability: In order to achieve food security, meet climate and renewable energy targets and accelerate progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a holistic and cross-sectoral approach to foster bio-based solutions is needed. This strategy is of even greater importance now in the midst of the largest health crisis the world has ever faced. Developing green, circular and sustainable solutions for the industry will be key in this process and help push forward the transition into a sustainable bioeconomy. EFIB provides a platform to discuss different approaches, novel technologies, challenges and opportunities.
  • Fashion & Textiles: Sustainability is a rising challenge in the textile industry with environmental, economic and social factors being considered, evaluated and implemented throughout the supply chain like never before. When it comes to innovation, a growing number of stakeholders is working on novel technologies to provide a more sustainable way of producing materials, to use new bio-based resources and offer more circular approaches for stakeholders in the fashion value chain. EFIB provides a platform to discuss those business challenges and opportunities.
  • Materials & Packaging: In trade and industry, a variety of different materials is required for the manufacture of products. In the future, the production of and with materials – from that of a water bottle, an automobile or a skyscraper – will become a massive challenge. Fossil-based materials are increasingly replaced by those made from biological resources or renewable materials. Many stakeholders in industry and science are developing novel strategies to design bio-based materials and set up resource-efficient manufacturing processes for sustainable packaging. Particularly, biopolymers and the better usage of waste streams as a starting point for novel materials are in the focus of interest. However, the creation of new manufacturing processes and supply chains are major challenges faced by material and packaging innovators. In addition, each industrial application area – be it architecture, automotive industry or fashion, be it food or cosmetics packaging– requires its own functionalities and certification procedures for market access. EFIB provides a platform to discuss current trends, technologies and market challenges.
  • Food, Feed & Nutrition: Sustainability is beginning to transform the food industry with environmental, economic and social factors being considered, evaluated and implemented throughout the supply chain like never before. When it comes to innovation, a growing number of stakeholders is working on different technologies to provide a more sustainable way of producing food and feed for humans and animals. Be it insects, algaes or plants as a new resource for food or feed, be it synthetic biology or other cell-based strategies – the different routes require adapted regulatory and policy frameworks and market access strategies. EFIB provides a platform to discuss those business challenges and opportunities.
  • Financing & Investing: The transformation to a more sustainable economy requires enormous investments. The financial sector, as an intersection for capital allocation, is to play a major role in promoting sustainability and sustainable management. A growing number investors today are incorporating environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) standards into their capital allocation and stewardship criteria. This shift toward sustainable finance—which has evolved beyond socially responsible investing to include asset management and ownership—has profound implications for investors and companies alike. At the same time, the management of ecological and social risk factors becomes increasingly a prerequisite for a resilient company and, therefore, a factor of utmost importance for the financial system as a whole. However, traditional investment criteria may not adequately cover these risks because of the long-term character of the environment, resources or climate change impacts. EFIB provides a platform to shed light on the role of bio-based innovation within the sustainable finance debate and to showcase funds and investors engaged in the field.
  • Bioprocesses & Technologies: Bioeconomy is a major driving force towards more sustainable industrial processes. Advancing EU Green Deal objectives as well as UN Sustainability Goals will lead to further demand of bio-based innovation in different industry sectors and application areas. Biotechnology provides tools for adapting and modifying the biological organisms, products, processes and systems found in nature to develop processes that are eco-efficient and products that are not only more profitable but also more environment-friendly. It is also providing an increasing range of tools for industry to continue improving cost and environmental performance beyond what could normally be achieved using conventional chemical technologies. Many stakeholders in science and industry are developing novel technologies in the field of industrial biotechnology to help establish bio-based processes and biorefineries. Those lay the ground for a circular bioeconomy and resource-efficient alternatives to a fossil-based industry. EFIB provides a platform to discuss latest trends and technologies as well as challenges and future prospects.   
  • Sustainable Cities: Urban environments directly impact our health and quality of life and a healthy future must be accessible to all through integral city planning. Novel approaches in architecture, bio-based building materials and urban agriculture are major drivers for this development. EFIB will provide insights on how the latest technologies are creating smart cities and healthy citizens and how biotechnology improves urban living.   

What you can expect:

  • 70+ speakers in 10+ plenary sessions, parallel tracks & roundtables
  • Welcome reception in the exhibition area & organized local tour on the pre-conference day
  • 1:1 partnering online + onsite
  • 20 founders in the Start-up Village
  • Evening reception in Vienna's Palais

Super early bird rate until 10 June 2021 and special LISA discount for Austrian companies

Discount code: SPO2021-LISA

Startup Village

  • The Start-up Village is a central meeting point in the exhibition area, bringing together innovative young businesses with investors as well as industrial corporations. It offers around 20 young founders who are active in industrial biotechnology and bioeconomy strong visibility among the international EFIB attendees, representing sector stakeholders from companies, academics, SMEs, investors, policy makers, NGOs and media.
  • Apply by June 30:

Innovation Campus

  • The Innovation Campus will showcase the most innovative scientific approaches in the area of industrial biotechnology and bioeconomy in a dedicated poster presentation in the exhibition.
  • Scientists from SMEs and academic institutions are invited to submit an abstract for the onsite poster presentation by June 30:

Meet LISAvienna at EFIB 2021

Contact us to arrange a meeting. We are happy to update you on the regional life sciences community, funding opportunities, lab space and potential partners.

Are you interested in accessing regional expertise? Read this article featuring some key companies, research institutions and selected start-ups from Austria and join us at EFIB in Vienna!

6.10. - 7.10.2021

Austria Centre Vienna
Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1
1220 Vienna

EFIB Website