Monday 9 October 2017: Pre-Conference Workshops

The first of our two workshops is now open for booking. It is free to attend when you buy a full conference ticket.

Current status and perceptions of Camelina & crambe oil crops as sources for medium-chain oils for specialty oleochemicals within the COSMOS project

10:00-17:00 on 9 October 2017

The European oleochemical industry currently relies on imported coconut and palm kernel oils and fatty acids and on castor oil as sources for medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA, C10–C14) and medium-chain polymer building blocks. These are needed for the production of plastics, surfactants, detergents, lubricants, plasticisers and other products.

The European research project COSMOS aims at reducing this dependence by turning the currently underutilised domestic oil crops camelina and crambe into profitable, sustainable, multipurpose, non-transgenic European oil crops for the production of oleochemicals. Seed properties will be screened and optimised through genetic techniques aiming at high yield, low resource inputs, optimisation of the value generated from vegetative tissues and fatty acid profiles adapted to industrial needs. Large-scale field trials will be performed at different locations in Europe to assess the potential of the crops in terms of cultivation practices, seed yield, oil content, ease of harvesting, and resource inputs. For more information on the project, please go to

As part of this project, this stakeholder workshop will discuss intermediate research results with stakeholders from the whole spectrum of the value chain. In particular, we will delve into the economic and social implications of the project. 

Speakers include:

Dr Rolf Blaauw, Senior Scientist,  Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, The Netherlands

Dr Rocio A. Diaz-Chavez, Imperial College London, UK

Dr Stephan Piotrowski, Agricultural Economist, nova-Institut GmbH, Hürth, Germany