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Advanced Biofuels Symposium 2015

The 2015 Advanced Biofuels Symposium (ABS 2015) was held in Montreal, Quebec, at the Omni Hotel Mont-Royal, on July 22-24, 2015.

A big thank you to all the participants! We thank all our speakers, chairs, volunteers and all the dedicated efforts from all the participant who traveled from afar to be with us, and for making this event a big success. See our ABS photo album and HQP workshop photos!

Here’s our ABS 2015 conference report:


We had a record number of attendees this year at over 300 participants! Here are some highlights:

  • 40 international participants from 10 countries
  • 130 HQP/students
  • Over 100 speakers
  • 40 industry participants; over 25 government representatives
  • 200 participants at the Symposium Dinner
  • Over 230 participants at the opening cocktail
  • 90 participants for the HQP workshop
  • 100% carbon neutral event certified by Planetair


See the official ABS 2015 Program here



See long-form agenda

About the meeting

In July 2015, BioFuelNet hosts its annual Advanced Biofuels Symposium (ABS) just after the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Montreal, which is the world’s largest industrial biotechnology event. The ABS takes place right in downtown Montreal at the beautiful Omni Hotel.

The theme of the Symposium this year is: Advanced biofuels in a shifting energy landscape

The Advanced Biofuels Symposium brings together multi-disciplinary experts in the energy field, including stakeholders in academia, industry and government, to discuss key issues related to the development of the advanced biofuels industry.

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

This Symposium 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.

Keynote speaker

Jim Lane, Editor & Publisher of Biofuels Digest, Biobased Digest, BioPower Digest, 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy (etc.) and CEO of Ascension Publishing, will be our keynote speaker this year! His keynote address will take place on the morning of July 23rd, and he will then participate in a panel discussing international perspectives in a changing energy landscape.

Symposium Dinner 2015

The highlight of the ABS in previous years has been the Symposium Dinner! This year, the dinner will take place on the evening of Thursday, July 23rd, 2015. Participants will be dining in the old port of Montreal in a private garden terrace, where there will be entertainment and a seated dinner. The dinner includes a 4-course meal and your choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages. A magical evening and a golden networking opportunity is in store!

Opening cocktail reception and poster session

The opening cocktail reception and the main poster session will take place at the Omni Hotel at 6 pm on July 22nd, 2015.

See poster abstracts

HQP Workshop 2015: IMPROV-ing Science Communication

Date: 22 July 2015, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec

In this workshop, we will tackle ways to better communicate science and research findings in writing, orally and using social media. Participants will also engage in fun and interactive improvisational exercises to learn to discuss their scientific research more spontaneously and directly with a general audience. The goal is also for the scientists to pay dynamic attention to their listeners and to connect personally with their audience.

More information here

Get involved!

Get your voice heard & use the hashtag #Shift2Biofuels15 and Twitter handle @BioFuelNet to live tweet, ask questions and comment on discussions during the Symposium.

 ABS 2014

See information about last year’s ABS 2014 here.  Our ABS photo album and HQP workshop photos are available for viewing on our Facebook page.