From Belgian fries to your personal fork – Biological Transformation in Practice

Have you ever wondered what happens to the oil being used to fry the notorious Belgian fries twice – as the recipe demands? What if the old oil helped you to eat your next fries?

The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK in Berlin, Germany, and its partners have been working on how technical systems can learn from nature and interact with it. The goal is not just to create a sustainable, biodegradable product but to integrate biological principles in the whole lifecycle – from design to manufacturing and use phase up to recycling: biological transformation in Industry 4.0.

The researchers of Fraunhofer IPK will demonstrate one example of how to implement these principles: turning food waste into biodegradable synthetic material. Through 3D printing technologies, the resulting material can be used for almost any product shape and simply composted after usage.

How does it work? Join us and our keynote speaker Peter Dröll, Director Prosperity, Directorate-General Research and Innovation EU Commission, to discuss cutting-edge technology and the meaning of biological transformation for our future. Test it for yourself and witness the process of turning old cooking oil into your personalized fork. Experience today the solutions of tomorrow!

Wednesday, 21 September 2022 – 12:30 to 15:00 CEST
5th floor, Philanthropy House, Rue Royale 94, 1000 Brussels

Registration instructions: registration will be possible via the event website.