Bio-Based Material of the Year 2020 – Application Call

The established innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year” award will once again be granted to novel, innovative and trendsetting bio-based materials and products.

The target of the award is to bring new developments, launched in 2019 or to be launched in 2020, into the spotlight.. Deadline for submission: 15 March 2020

The innovation award will be carried out within the framework of the “13th International Conference on Bio-based Materials” in Cologne, 12-13 May 2020.

The Bio-based Material Conference is a well-established meeting point for companies working in the field of bio-based chemicals and materials.

Among the applicants, six candidates will be nominated for the award by an independent expert jury, who will then get the opportunity to hold a ten-minute presentation at the conference.

The participants of the conference will elect the final winner of the innovation award ”Bio-based Material of the Year 2020’’.

Applying to the award is free of charge and each nominated ”Top 6” candidate will receive one free 2-day ticket to attend the conference.

This is a unique opportunity to promote new bio-based materials and products. nova-Institute will issue a worldwide press release and use all communication channels to publish the award-winning material or product.

Click the link to find out more about the innovation award and complete the online application form.

More than 300 participants, mainly from the industry, are expected at the conference.

If you need any other information regarding the application, we are glad to assist you. We look forward to seeing you at the at the International Conference on Bio-based Material, 12 – 13 May 2020 in Cologne.

More info on Submission

First stage: From now until 15 March 2020

Producers and inventors of innovative products and technologies are invited to hand in a completed application form (please see below) and a leaflet or a two-page PDF about the product in English including printable digital pictures (300 dpi), which are free of use in our subsequent media publicity.

The documents should explain the particular aspects of the innovation and when it was launched on the market.

It is also necessary to submit a sample of the product (or a small material sample if the product is too unhandy).

Delivery address: nova-Institut GmbH, Dr. Seena Koyadan, Chemiepark Knapsack, Gebaeude 0611, Industriestraße 300, 50354 Huerth, Germany

Second stage: Mid of March

A jury consisting of representatives of the nova-Institute, the advisory board and sponsors of the conference will nominate the outstanding “Top 6” applicants prior to the conference.

After the jury has selected the “Top 6” candidates among the applicants, their application documents will be made available for download from the conference website to provide our audience and other interested individuals a first glimpse of these innovations.

Third stage: At the conference (12 May 2020)

In a short 10-minute presentation, each of the six companies will introduce their innovation on the first day of the conference (12 May).

Following the presentations, the audience will choose the three winners, who will be presented with their awards at the Innovation Award Ceremony (likewise on 12 May), in the evening.

The “Top 6” will present their innovations in a shared exhibition space provided by the nova-Institute.

Additionally, there is the option to book your own exhibition space (All information on the exhibition booking.).

All winners and their innovations will be highlighted in the subsequent media coverage.

Please note that it is obligatory for the chosen “Top 6” candidates to be physically present on 12 May at the event in Cologne in order to present their product to our audience.

Each “Top 6” candidate will get one free 2-day ticket and further tickets at a discount rate.

online application form.



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