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International Forest Biorefining Conference

From Tuesday 09 May 2017
To Thursday 11 May 2017
Location: Thunder Bay
The Biorefining Research Institute (BRI) at Lakehead University is pleased to announce the first International Forest Biorefining Conference (IFBC) to be held in the heart of the Great Boreal Forest of Northern Ontario. Join us at the Best Western PLUS NorWester Hotel & Conference Center where you can enjoy Thunder Bay’s gracious hospitality, exceptional amenities and breath-taking views while attending the conference. Visit for further information.

IFBC 2017 will provide an update of the latest advances in the field and serve as international forum for all who share the common goal of building the Forest Biorefinery as one of the main drivers for the emerging Low-Carbon Bioresource Economy, including academics, industry leaders, local and federal government officials. IFBC will help form interdisciplinary, research industry and cross-sector alliances that are needed to accelerate innovation and R&D in Forest Biorefining. In addition to networking and exhibiting opportunities, participants will be offered a tour of biomass operation and a sights and city tour to give visitors a sample of what Thunder Bay has to offer. Instructions for abstract preparation and submission can be found here.

Three themes being investigated during this conference include:

The use of forest biomass for biofuels, heat and power generation.

The process of “refining” multiple products from forest biomass, including high-value biochemicals and biomaterials.

Understanding the mechanisms and processes underpinning the economic activities derived from the exploitation of forest biomass, and their impact on the socio-economic fabric of our communities, regions, and nations.


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