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Hemp Happening

April 6

Where Science Meets Business: Hemp Happening

Are you attending Hemp Happening? The first event in a new series surrounding non-food crops!

Hemp Happening aims to address the issues presented when growing and using Indsutrial Hemp. Hemp fibre and shiv has already established a considerable demand. However, with increasing interest in the use of sustainable fabrics and textiles many are looking for alternatives to support their transition to a lower carbon emission.

The first session of the Hemp Happening event will place a focus on the Hemp supply chain including Agronomy, genetic improvement and regulation. The afternoon session will address the commercialisation of Hemp as a functional fibre in buildings, textiles and plastic composites.

Why should you attend?

The event is intended to connect likeminded individuals from a variety of working backgrounds. The event is aimed at academics and professionals within the fields of science, agriculture and Hemp Industry.


Alex Sparrow: UK Hempcrete.

Alex Sparrow, Founder and MD at UK Hempcrete, is recognized globally as one of the leading experts in the use of hempcrete and other bio-materials in construction. He co-authored The Hempcrete Book (2014), widely acknowledged as the definitive guide to this remarkable building material. Alex sits on the board of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products in the UK, and speaks internationally on hempcrete, as well as providing training and consultancy services with a global reach, to assist others in the use of hempcrete and bio-based construction materials.

Adrian Higson is NNFCC’s Managing Director and Lead Consultant for Bio-based products.

He is a chartered chemist with over 20 years’ research and consulting experience within the chemical and bio-based products industry. Adrian maintains a wide client base, providing consulting and facilitation services for both the public and private sector. He is currently the coordinator of the UK’s six UKRI funded Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB). Adrian holds a PhD from the University of Liverpool and has held research positions at the University of Colorado (USA) and University of Dundee (UK). Prior to joining NNFCC he was a project manager at SAFC Pharma (Sigma Aldrich).


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