Call for presenters for Joint International Conference & Symposium on Bio-Economy is now open!

March 7, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead University’s Biorefining Research Institute (BRI) is delighted to announce that it is now accepting submissions from industry and academia for its prestigious International Forest Biorefining Conference (IFBC) and 4th International Symposium on Lignocellulosic Materials (ISLM). 

IFBC and ISLM are the world’s foremost gatherings for the unveiling, discussion and exploration of the latest research and advancements in Biomass and Biorefining. Its delegates and presenters comprise globally respected scientists, researchers and businesses who are shaping the development of the growing Bioeconomy.

The selected submissions will be integrated with Academic, Government and Industry presentations within specific themes throughout the two conferences. The aim is to bring together individuals and organizations from diverse disciplines and sectors who are involved in ground-breaking research, policy, practice and business.

Lakehead University’s Biorefining Research Institute (BRI) looks forward to receiving academic and industry contributions that address new and growing aspects of Biomass; Biorefining; Biofuels; Bioproducts; and Bio-economy.All submissions are peer-reviewed by a panel of professional experts.

“We look forward to receiving many exciting and significant papers which will inform a global biobased economy that is built upon the principles of energy, environmental and economic sustainability,” says Dr. Lew Christopher, Conference Chair and Director of the BRI.

“We are delighted to see an increased focus for 2019 on industry linkages and market developments that support new opportunities in this field.”

The deadline for submissions is March 25, 2019. Entries can be submitted at


IFBC History

In 2017, Lakehead University's Biorefining Research Institute (BRI) hosted the first ever International Forest Biorefining Conference (IFBC). The conference welcomed approximately 150 delegates from around the world to share the latest advances in Forest Biorefining. It was attended by academics, industry leaders, local and federal government officials who share the common goal of building Forest Biorefinery as one of the main drivers for the emerging Low-Carbon Bioresource Economy.

The conference successfully created interdisciplinary research, industry and cross-sector alliances that continue to be essential in accelerating innovation and R&D in Forest Biorefining. In addition to networking and exhibiting opportunities, participants were provided with a tour of biomass operations in the area.


About the host of IFBC & ISLM 2019

The Biorefining Research Institute (BRI) is a multidisciplinary and research-intensive institute that brings together the knowledge and expertise of a vibrant research team of faculty, researchers and students from several academic units at Lakehead University.  Established in 2008, the BRI works to develop transformative, cost-effective, and environmentally sound technologies and products from renewable resources that can replace oil-based fuels and petrochemicals and create new opportunities for the Bioeconomy.



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