Bioeconomy Research and Innovation Forum

  • 24 Oct 2016
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Holiday Inn, 601 Scottsdale Drive

About the day:

  •  Learn about bioeconomy research and innovation in Ontario
  • Discuss accelerating Ontario's bioeconomy capacity while meeting future challenges 
  • Connect with researchers, industry and government to discuss cutting-edge research and how it feeds Ontario's bioeconomy sector
  • Explore opportunities through networking and share strategic ideas on building Ontario's research and innovation strengths, opportunities and alliances
  • Be inspired by up and coming researchers and innovators in Ontario

Draft Agenda




If you are interested in sharing, collaborating, networking, or learning about bioeconomy research and growing Ontario's bioeconomy - register today!  Registration is free, but space is limited so sign up early! This event will also be available via webinar.

To register: 
Register online or e-mail ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca or call 1-877-424-1300. The registration deadline is October 20, 2016 although we may have reached capacity for attending in-person before then.

Please indicate whether you will be attending in person or via webinar (WebEx), and whether we can share your name and email contact information in participants list.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Holiday Inn at 601 Scottsdale Drive in Guelph on October 24, 2016!  Registration and parking is free.
For more information contact:
Elin Gwyn at 
elin.gwyn@ontario.ca or Rebecca Moore at rmoore10@uoguelph.ca .

Call for Posters:

Graduate students are invited to apply to the Poster Contest 



    • Poster abstracts with a maximum of 200 words should be e-mailed to Rebecca Moore at kttadmin@uoguelph.ca  
    • Deadline: Monday, September 19th, 2016 by 4:00 p.m.

Abstracts must include: 

    1. project title
    2. name of student
    3. a brief explanation of the project
    4. why the project is important
    5. what the specific benefit of the project has been/ could be
    6. who has benefited or is expected to benefit from this research
  • Deadline: 4:00 pm on September 19th, 2016 by (Late submissions will not be considered).


  • A review committee will select abstracts for poster display and notification of acceptance with poster guidelines will occur by e-mail by September 28, 2016.


  • Posters must address research related to OMAFRA's bioeconomy research theme
  • This theme encompasses the use of agriculturally-derived biomass to produce some type of bioproduct. Three major product categories considered are: 
  • Biomaterials includes materials such as:
      • bioplastics,
      • natural fibre composites,
      • biobased blends and rigid components (such as panels, beams, tiles)


      • energy feedstocks (such as ethanol, biodiesel, bio-oil, biogas)
      • end products (e.g. electricity, thermal energy)


      • industrial chemicals (such as cleaners, lubricants)
      • intermediate biochemicals (e.g. ethylene)
      • chemical inputs and or feedstocks for production of other products (such as phenols) or biotech products where at least part of the product is a biological organism or component (such as molecular probes)
      • biopharmaceuticals and cosmetics are included but functional foods and nutraceuticals are considered by the Food for Health Research Theme.
      • Additional information available at [http://www.uoguelph.ca/omafra_partnership/research/en/applicationreporting/resources/2015-2016-Consolidated-Research-Priorities.pdf]
  • Poster template link 
  • Plain language training will be held on October 3. To RSVP or more information, contact Rebecca at kttadmin@uoguelph.ca.
  • Posters are due to kttadmin@uoguelph.ca on or before October 18, 2016 in PDF and Powerpoint formats.

Students - There will be prizes for the best student posters:

1st place - $250, 2nd place - $150, 3rd place - $100



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