The GDR SYMBIOSE and the Interreg FLOWER project jointly organise a scientific event in Nantes on 24th, 25th and 26th April 2019.

    The GDR CNRS/INRA SYMBIOSE (SYnthons et Matériaux BIOSourcés - Synthons and Biobased materials) aims at promoting the exchanges between French laboratories working on the biobased materials sector. The approach is to address the questions of raw materials complexity, chemical functionalisation of the biobased molecules, transformation processes and the study of materials functionalities.


    For its part, the FLOWER project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the European cross-border cooperation Programme INTERREG VA France (Channel) England. This French-English partnership is composed of 4 academics and 4 industrials with the objective to develop a new range of flax reinforcements for the biocomposites industry.


Wednesday, 24th April (pm) - SYMBIOSE: Biobased synthons chemistry, Biopolymers fonctionnalisation and characterisation

Thursday, 25th April - Joint Day FLOWER-SYMBIOSE: Diversity and specificities of both biobased polymers and plant fibres for targeted applications

Friday, 26th April - SYMBIOSE: Physico-chemisty and functionnalities of bio-based materials


The organisation of these common days has a twofold aim:

  • On the first hand, the idea is to bring together scientific communities having mutual concerns about cell walls knowledge, relation between structureand performances of these walls and research of application solutions.


  • On the other hand, the respective contribution of these two groups and the exchanges expected should enable the emergence of issues as well as interdisciplinary and extended topics for the attendees.



  • Biomass fractionation
  • Biobased synthons chemistry
  • Biopolymers functionalisation & characterisation
  • Nanobiomaterials
  • Plant biobased materials physico-chemisty /functionalities /mechanical properties
  • Plant fibres for composites applications


There are two possibilities of communication:

  • oral presentation (20 min + 5 min of questions)
  • poster 

Please use the template available here "Abstract Template" and use the conference website to submit your abstract (in English) by March, 5th April, Page « Submit ».

Deadline for abstracts submission is extended to 13th March.

You will be notified of your presentation or poster acceptance by March, 29th 2019.


Organisation Committee

  • Johnny Beaugrand, INRA
  • Alain Bourmaud, UBS
  • Bernard Cathala, INRA
  • Laurence Chevrel, INRA
  • Maxime Gautreau, INRA
  • Sofiane Guessasma, INRA
  • Fabienne Guillon, INRA
  • Chloé Joly, UBS
  • Maryse Owen, INRA
  • Emmanuelle Richely, INRA

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Rachel Auzély, CERMAV, Université Grenoble Alpes
  • Johnny Beaugrand, INRA, Nantes
  • Alain Bourmaud, Université de Bretagne Sud, Lorient
  • Bernard Cathala, INRA, Nantes
  • Hom Dhakal, University of Portsmouth
  • Darshil Shah, University of Cambridge


The registration for the conference is FREE but MANDATORY through the website, Page « Register »

It is possible to attend the symposium without submitting communications.


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