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Advanced Biofuels Symposium

The Advanced Biofuels Symposium (ABS) is now the largest annual biofuels meeting in Canada. The 3-day event showcases BFN innovation, provides a forum for sharing best practices, and offers an opportunity to share information about advances outside BFN. The ABS enables BFN leadership to hold closed-door sessions where new opportunities for collaboration are identified. The ABS is also an important social event that encourages team building and strengthens the biofuels community in Canada. Previous ABS’ have taken place in Montreal (2013, 2015), Ottawa (2014) and the latest in Vancouver (2016).

ABS 2016 Highlights

  • over 250 participants
  • 122 HQP participants
  • 33 industry participants
  • 18 government representatives
  • ~100 speakers
  • 20 sessions
  • 70 scientific posters
  • 80 HQP workshop participants

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ABS 2016: Biofuels in a climate of change

Sustaining the future

Official Hashtag: #GotBiofuels?

There’s no denying our predicament: humanity has no choice but to adapt to climate change and mitigate negative impacts. As our use of fossil fuels is one of the major contributors to climate change, rethinking the energy sector will be a crucial undertaking for generations to come.

Whether solid, liquid or gas, sustainable advanced biofuels are one important part of the solution. More research and development efforts are necessary to bring these promising technologies to the commercial energy sector.

At the Advanced Biofuels Symposium, we will discuss progress towards the development of a thriving advanced biofuels industry and a more sustainable future.

See the Official Symposium Program

About the meeting

From July 6-8, 2016, BioFuelNet hosted its annual Advanced Biofuels Symposium in downtown Vancouver, at the Sheraton Wall Centre. This Symposium brings together multi-disciplinary experts in the energy field, including top researchers, industry leaders and innovators from many sectors, to discuss key issues related to the development of a thriving advanced biofuels industry. This annual event also enhances coordination of research efforts in Canada, and fosters new ideas for research, collaboration and business development, in order to pave a sustainable path toward the commercialization of advanced biofuels.

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With each edition of the ABS comes a higher participating number, a direct indicator of the growing reputation of this event!

  • 350+ expected attendees
  • Target: Top Canadian and international researchers, students, industry members, government and investment stakeholders
  • Sectors: Bioeconomy, Biofuels, Biomass, Energy, Transportation

See a video below for a look at last year’s event:

Presentations, discussions and networking sessions will cover key areas of advanced biofuels development, such as:

  • Integrated biorefineries (thermal & biological)
  • Conversion technologies (pyrolysis, gasification, biological conversion, emerging technologies)
  • The development of low-cost sustainable feedstocks
  • Aviation biofuels
  • Forestry-based biofuels
  • National and international policy
  • Combustion & engine operations
  • Biofuels economics
  • Life-cycle analysis
  • Supply-chain logistics
  • Commercialization / industry

Keynote speaker

Dr. Andre Faaij, Academic Director Energy Academy of Europe at Gröningen University in The Netherlands will be our keynote speaker this year at the Advanced Biofuels Symposium! Among his many accomplishments, he has contributed to IPCC reports, the World and Global Energy Assessments and IEA’s World Energy Outlook. In 2015, he was appointed Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and received The Linneborn Prize. He will be speaking in the opening plenary session on July 7th, 2016.

Social and networking events


Welcome cocktail: On the evening of July 6th, we welcome all our participants with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres at the Sheraton Wall Centre. Expect a great networking opportunity and a festive night! The ABS sessions officially begin the next morning.


ABS Grouse Mountain Dinner: On the evening of July 7th, our guests will dine at Grouse Mountain in the chalet at the top of the mountain! Be careful, you might just spot Grinder and Coola, two resident Grizzly bears. A magical evening and a golden networking opportunity is in store! The dinner includes free entrance to:

  • Transport to and from (charter bus)
  • Peak Chairlift Ride
  • Theatre in the Sky
  • Grizzly Bear Habitat

HQP Workshop 2016: Jobs in the bioeconomy

When? July 6, 2016, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Where? Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver BC

This workshop will help students and recent graduates pinpoint where to find jobs in the bioeconomy, determine which skills are in demand, and learn techniques for applying and for job interviews. BioTalent Canada, Mitacs and the Vancouver TheatreSports League will be leading various portions of the workshop, including improv training for job interviews and networking.

Read more about this year’s workshop here!

See this year’s sponsors!

See this video from last year’s workshop:

See photos from last year’s event.

See photos, conference report and more from the 2015 ABS here.