Practical information

Practical information

Industrial Sites Visits

Sites visits registration is now closed.

The congress participants are invited to visit of one of the major French industrial sites or laboratory on Thursday, June 15.
The visits are free of charge once you have booked your conference pass, however, to participate in this activity you will have to choose and register for your visit.
Please note places are limited and registrations will be considered only if you have already booked your conference pass.


Rodenhuizekaai at North Sea Port

Departure by bus from Lille Grand Palais at 8:00 / Departure by bus from BBEPP at 13:00

  • Company description:
Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP) is an independent, state-of-the-art and unique pilot facility that operates from a laboratory level to a multi-ton scale. BBEPP is a service provider for process development, scale-up and custom manufacturing of biobased products and processes and enables the conversion of renewable feedstocks into biochemicals, biomaterials, biofuels and other bioproducts by using technologies such as biomass pretreatment, biocatalysis, (gas)fermentation, green chemistry and product recovery and purification. A wide and flexible spectrum of modular unit operations combined with the experience of our highly competent engineers and technicians translates your biobased lab protocol into a viable industrial process.

Since its establishment in 2008, the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant has grown into a mature organisation employing 170+ dynamic and engaged staff members, successfully conducted more than 550 bilateral (private) projects with over 200 different small, medium and large sized companies. Along with private, bilateral projects, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is currently involved in many consortium-based projects.

  • Description of the visit:
9.15 am: Welcome with coffee
9.30 am: Company presentation incl. an insight on the 21M€ of new investments currently being constructed/installed
10.15am: Preparation for the guided site visit
10.30am: Guided tour around the five main process halls and the new investments construction sites
11.30am: Q&A and discussion
12.00pm: Lunch & Networking
1.00pm: Departure to Lille Grand Palais
2.00pm: Arrival at Lille Grand Palais


Parc technologique des rives de l'Oise

Departure by bus from Lille Grand Palais at 7:00 / Departure by bus from Pivert SAS at 11:00.

  • Company description:
PIVERT is a French SME specialised in the development and the scaling-up of processes. Our goal is to optimize the chances of success in the transfer from the proof of concept obtained in the laboratory to industrialization. We offer the possibility for our clients to convert their innovative projects into industrial processes by optimisation of the technical steps and the reduction of operating costs. Hence, we are positioned as an accelerator of industrialisation to reduce the time-to-market of biobased products. Our specificity relies on our high level and equal competences in technical fields: biotechnology, chemistry, and process development.
We provide the possibility to work from laboratory scale to industrial preproduction, both in fermentation and chemical processes. To illustrate our capabilities, we produce from the gram to the ton scale. Moreover, we can carry out nearly all the transformation steps from the pre-treatment of raw material to the final purification of the product of interest.
One other typical example is our integrated approach to perform fermentation followed by down-stream processes including chemical extraction with green solvents and purification. Processes can be developed either in batch, fedbatch or continuous way to optimise productivity.
Next to our services offer to develop green processes, we offer the opportunity to young companies to be hosted in our 10,000 square meters technical hall.
We also benefit from a strong networking and created the Alliance with IMPROVE and ITERG to provide a unique service to customers by pooling the skills and technological platforms of our 3 organisations.


Lesaffre Campus

Departure by bus from Lille Grand Palais at 9:00 / Departure by bus from Lesaffre at 11:30.

  • Company description:
A key global player in fermentation for more than a century, Lesaffre, with a €2.7 billion turnover, and established on all continents, counts 11,000 employees and 96 nationalities. On the strength of this experience and diversity, we work with customers, partners, and researchers to find ever more relevant answers to the needs of food, health, naturalness and respect for our environment. Thus, every day, we explore and reveal the infinite potential of microorganisms. To nourish 9 billion people, in a healthy way, in 2050 by making the most of our planet’s resources is a major and unprecedented issue. We believe that fermentation is one of the most promising answers to this challenge.

  • Summary of the site visit:
The visit will focus on the Forum, the new building of the Lesaffre Campus, inaugurated in 2022, and which allows the Group’s 700 employees in the Lille metropolitan area to work together on the same 19-hectare site.

  • Description of the visit:
The Forum is an open area with large, transparent bay windows. It revolves around a central 193m long x 8.5 m wide street linking offices and laboratories. 60% of the space is devoted to research, development and innovation(RD&I). The visit will include: - The History Wall - Louis Lesaffre Avenue - The RD&I and presentation of the Knowledge Centre and of our center of excellence in BioEngineering, DownStream Process Design, Baking Science & Nutrition, MicrooOrganismS, Analytical Science & Discovery, Fermentation Process Design, Nutrition and Microbiota & Health.