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6th Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association May 27th-28th 2009

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
Background of the conference The EIHA Conference established itself as the biggest expert meeting on industrial hemp in Europe and also world-wide. Experts from all over the world will meet each other in order to exchange information about the latest developments concerning hemp and other natural fibres and moreover about applications of fibres, shives and seeds/oil. The spectrum of participants will range from cultivation consultants, primary and further processors, traders, mechanical engineers and investors to numerous small and medium-sized enterprises and to globally operating automotive enterprises and suppliers. They all share common interest in the utilisation of hemp fibres, shives and seeds. The conference language will be English. We expect 200 international participants because of a large number of EIHA members and because of the context of the International Year of Natural Fibres 2009 ( www. naturalfibres2009. org) .

Preliminary programme of the Conference:

Hemp fibre products - composites and more

· Stephan Piotrowski (nova-Institut GmbH, Germany): Status and Outlook on Natural Fibres in the International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF)

· Michael Carus (nova-Institut GmbH, Germany): Hemp Fibres for industrial applications

· R. Pecenka (Institut für Agrartechnik (ATB), Germany): An alternative processing route for hemp and other natural fibres for economical viable products

· Jason Finnis (Naturally Advanced Technologies, Canada): The Crailar Action Plan: Bringing Technology to Market

· Gerhard Spengler (R+S Technik GmbH, Germany): Natural Longfiber Multipurpose Forming Technology

· Graupner, Nina & Prof. Dr. Müssig, Jörg (University of Applied Sciences Dept. for BIOMIMETICS / Biological Materials, Germany): Press moulded hemp fibre reinforced PLA Composites - influence of fibre mixture and processing technique

Hemp straw and fibre processing

· Phil Warner (Ecofibre Industries Limited, Australia): New approach to hemp processing and handling technologies

· Dr. Holger Fischer (Faserinstitut Bremen - FIBRE, Germany): Optimisation of Bast Fibres for use in Industrial Production

Agriculture: Cultivation and Harvesting

· François Desanlis (experienced hemp farmer, France): Hemp projects, the bottlenecks and some solutions

· Melanie Ruppe (TEBECO spol. s r. o., Czech Republic): New innovative harvesting technology

· J. Paulitz; G. Rascher; H.-J. Gusovius (Leibniz Institut ATB, Germany): High effective harvesting and straw handling technologies to improve competitive situation of bast fibre production

Hemp for Food

· Kelley C. Fitzpatric (Canada): The Health Properties of Hemp Support its use in the European Food and Supplement Markets

· Anndrea Hermann (Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, Canada): Update of the Canadian Hemp Industry

Workshops plenary & exhibition: In addition to the Plenary meeting we offer this year several workshops whose participants number are limited to approx. 20 persons. Please make your registration for one or serveral workshops by writing an email to Mr. Dominik Vogt: dominik.vogt@nova-institut.de . We suggest the following workshop topics, but we are open for other proposals:

· Hemp seeds/oil as food

· Hemp fibre for composite material (press moulding/injection moulding)

· Cultivation & Harvesting

· Hemp shives - lime for construction

You would like to present your innovative industrial hemp products? Book a table and a bulletin board for only 150 EUR (plus 19% VAT) now: Mr. Dominik Vogt, Phone +49 (0)2233-4814-49, email: dominik.vogt@nova-institut.de

Call for Papers : We would like to invite you as a speaker to this conference. Please send us as soon as possible the title and the abstract of your presentation. Please keep in mind that all participants are experts. We are primarily interested in new and sophisticated topics concerning hemp, natural fibres, technologies and applications. The time for presentations will be about 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. Please send your proposal to Dominik Vogt ( dominik.vogt@nova-institut.de ).

Further information: The participant fee is 330 EUR plus 19% VAT and for EIHA members we have a special offer: The participant fee for EIHA members will be 165 EUR (including lunches, snacks and the dinner buffet)! For further information and registration just have a look at: www. eiha. org/conf6th

We are most grateful for the support of our sponsor Hempro International ( www. hempro. com ) and our partner of the conference Giesel Verlag GmbH ( www. giesel. de/composite/composite. php ), the IYNF 2009 (www. naturalfibres2009. org ) and the News Portal about Renewable Resources ( www. renewable-resources. de )

Don't miss the biggest event on industrial hemp in 2009 - world wide! Looking forward to seeing you in Wesseling!

Best regards,

Michael Carus and Dominik Vogt nova-Institut GmbH
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