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“1st Tour de France of innovation in industrial territories” – Visit of the Bazancourt-Pomacle biorefinery

As part of the first Tour de France of innovation in industrial territories, organised by InnovENT-E (, a network in which the University of Reims is a partner, workshops and debates are proposed on the issue of innovation in the development of the economic activity of SMEs and SMIs, integrating the specific context of industrial territories and in particular the place of innovation and international development in the current activity of SMEs and SMIs in these territories, their expectations in terms of skills, any opportunities and obstacles encountered, synergies between companies, their territories and universities and higher education schools. In particular, they will make it possible to identify proposals to enable concrete responses to develop the attractiveness and recruitment of talent.

A stopover will take place on September 27 at the Bazancourt-Pomacle biorefinery.

Located north of Reims, in the municipalities of Pomacle-Bazancourt, this biorefinery is one of the leading agro-industrial research platforms in France.

This platform works on the food and non-food valorization of plants and more broadly on green chemistry. This chemistry allows the extraction of the different components of the plant for production of:
– bio-fuels
– bio-molecules used in cosmetics, hygiene and pharmaceuticals
– bio-materials for the construction, packaging, automotive and aeronautics sectors

From a sustainable development perspective, it offers new and considerable opportunities in terms of activity, employment and innovation. In order to meet its development ambition, skills and professions are nowadays necessary.

The speakers will include Olivier de Bohan, President of the Jacques de Bohan Foundation, who will introduce this workshop and Jean-Christophe Duval, Chief Executive Officer of ARD, who will talk about the role of innovation within his company. See an invitation below (in French):

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Event host: Université de Reims / InnovENT-E
Event venue: CEBB – 3, Rue des Rouges terres – 51110 Pomacle

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