Awarding ceremony and live presentation at the international Congress „BIOPOLYMER - PROCESSING & MOULDING“

June 17th, 2024, Halle (Saale) and on live stream for free


With the BIOPOLYMER Innovation Award, the non-profit association POLYKUM aims to recognize pioneering products and applications made from bio-based, biodegradable plastics and the technologies developed for them. The award ceremony takes place at the international congress "BIOPOLYMER - Processing & Molding", where the award-winning projects are also made accessible to a wide audience. In the past two years, the event was attended by spectators from more than 40 countries on five continents. The aim of the event is to encourage material and product developers, manufacturers, processors and players from a wide range of industries to use and further develop the products and to promote exchange between them.


Conditions of participation

Eligible persons

Companies, research institutions and associations, project groups or individuals from all over the world and all sectors with self-developed products or applications made of bioplastics or pioneering technologies for their production, processing and utilization can apply for the award. Applications can be submitted by the originators of the innovations themselves or by external third parties.

Participation criteria

Developments and inventions from the following areas can be submitted for the competition: 

  • Pioneering products or applications made from bio-based and biodegradable plastics. Intrinsic biodegradability and environmental compatibility of the submitted plastic products and/or materials are required. Intrinsic biodegradability means that the materials used can be metabolized by microorganisms and enzymes at the end of their useful life and thus become part of the natural cycle. Certified biodegradability is not necessarily a prerequisite.
  • Only if objective technical reasons rule out biodegradability (e.g. due to safety regulations or physical conditions) can particularly innovative bio-based but non-biodegradable materials and products also take part in the competition.
  • Innovative technologies that significantly simplify, make more effective or raise the production, processing or utilization (e.g. recycling, composting) of biopolymers to a new level of quality.

The innovations should have passed the basic research stage and have a realistic chance of entering the market or have already been successfully placed on the market.

Application deadline

Applications can be submitted until April 11, 2025.


For further details, please refer to the complete invitation to tender.


Bio-based and biodegradable plastics are key materials for eco-efficient material cycles, an environment free of microplastics and minimizing the use of fossil raw materials. However, research and development activities in this area are still in their infancy. Plastics and products with these quality characteristics are still little known and widespread. Against this background, the non-profit association POLYKUM 2024 is presenting the international BIOPOLYMER Innovation Award in order to raise awareness of pioneering innovations in the field of bioplastics, promote their dissemination and support cross-industry cooperation between experts.



Awards & prizes

Award Ceremony

The official award ceremony will take place during the international congress “BIOPOLYMER - Processing & Moulding”, which will be held on June 17, 2025 in Halle (Saale) and as an online event.


In addition to the main prize, which is endowed with prize money of 2,000 euros, a second and a third prize (both not endowed) will also be awarded. All prize winners will also be given the opportunity to present their innovation in a lecture at the “BIOPOLYMER - Processing & Molding 2024” congress. POLYKUM will also support the award winners with press and public relations work.

1st place

Cell2Green GmbH

Bad Doberan (Germany)

Innovation: Biodegradable and recyclable cellulose packaging film

2nd place

TH Rosenheim

Rosenheim (Germany)

Innovation: Mikrowellen-unterstützte Technologie zur Herstellung von Bernsteinsäure

3rd place

GreenFoilNature GmbH

Schwerte (Germany)

Innovation: Algae-based decomposition regulator for bioplastics

3rd place


Diespeck (Germany)

Innovation: CroPro© Biopolymer wildlife browsing protection for conifers

Jury & selection process

The winners are selected from all the entries by the jury appointed by Polykum, which includes the following experts from business, science and the media: (Naming in alphabetical order)

  • Dr. Martin Bussmann, Expert Renewable Polymers and Chemicals
  • Simone Fischer, editor of the specialist magazine “Plastverarbeiter”, Hüthig GmbH, Heidelberg.
  • Dr. Patrick Hirsch, expert for bioplastics at the Fraunhofer Institute for Materials and Systems (IMWS) Halle (Saale) and at the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center (PAZ) Schkopau.
  • Peter Putsch, Chairman of POLYKUM e. V. - Fördergemeinschaft für Polymerentwicklung und Kunststofftechnik in Mitteldeutschland, Merseburg.
  • Michael Walter, Business Development Manager, Hexpol TPE GmbH, Lichtenfels

The award winners are nominated on the basis of the award's published application criteria. All jury members have the same number and weighting of votes. Each member decides independently and autonomously on the allocation of their votes following joint consultation and assessment of the entries. Legal recourse is excluded.

Initiator and sponsor

Detailed information about POLYKUM e. V. can be found on the website


Find out more about the BIOPOLYMER Congress 2024.

To the congress



Fördergemeinschaft für Polymerentwicklung und Kunststofftechnik
Peter Putsch
Brandisstraße 4
06217 Merseburg


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