The annual European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) conference will be an online only affair this June due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, organizer nova-Institute GmbH has announced.
“The fast-growing hemp and cannabis sectors need exchange and discussion now more than ever,” said Michael Carus, Managing Director at nova. “We don’t see any reason why the current crisis should slow down development of the potential for industrial hemp.”
More than 30 expert speakers are confirmed to make presentations during the June 16-17 conference; they will explore the latest developments in fibers, shives, seeds, oil and CBD. Applications include textiles, construction materials, bio-composites for packaging and automotive, food & food supplements, feed and pharmaceuticals.
The EIHA gathering, in its 17th year, is the longest continuous running hemp industry event in the world, annually attracting thought leaders, major industry players and investors.
‘Product of the Year’
This year’s event will again feature the “Hemp Product of the Year” competition. A jury of representatives from nova-Institute and conference sponsors of the conference will nominate six finalists, with conference participants voting to name the winners.
Carus said nova-Institute, which conducts research and organizes a series of conferences around bio-materials and the bio-economy, has staged two successful online conferences in the last two months, and early indications are that as many as 500 participants from 50 countries will sign up for this year’s hemp-centric online version of the conference. Last year, 415 participants from 49 countries attended the EIHA conference in Cologne.
The registration fee for the two-day online event is €250.