Conference postponed to next year

Due to the global spreading of the COVID-19 virus, our conference committee has just decided to postpone the GreenCarbon2020 symposium to 9-12th March 2021 (tentative dates). It's been a very hard decision but we do need to give top priority to everyone's security-health.

We hope that all the people that have submitted an Abstract will confirm their will to participate to the event.


Welcome Message

We are inviting you for the GreenCarbon 2020 International Symposium, which will be held from 9 to 12th March at the Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain.

The primary aim of GreenCarbon 2020 is to increase dissemination of the research activities conducted within the GreenCarbon European Training Network (project H2020-MSCA-ITN-721991). For this purpose, the fourteen early-stage researchers involved in the GreenCarbon project will present the most important findings from their PhD projects. The research programme of the network covers all aspects from precursors (the nature of biomass) to processing (thermochemical conversion, porosity development, chemical functionalization) and application (e.g., CO2 capture, heterogeneous catalysis and chemicals from biomass) enabling a unique design of engineered sustainable biomass-derived carbon materials.

GreenCarbon 2020 is also open for the global research community as well as policy makers and representatives from the industrial sector. The event will include the participation of renowned keynote speakers. Contributions in the form of oral presentations and posters are greatly appreciated and welcomed. The topics covered during the symposium include, but are not limited to:

             Production and characterization of biomass-derived carbons through thermochemical processes.

          Synthesis of biomass-derived porous carbons (and composites) and their application in adsorption, catalysis and electrochemical energy storage.

             Biomass-derived carbons for soil conditioning (biochar) and related environmental benefits.

             Other emerging applications of biomass-derived carbons (e.g., in direct carbon fuel cells, as reductants in metallurgical industry, in cementitious composites, etc.).

There will be no parallel sessions to allow all participants to be exposed and contribute to all presentations. Networking time will be encouraged through social events, including the gala dinner. Registration fees are reasonably low with special rates for students.

Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information.

Looking forward to welcoming you in Zaragoza!



Joan J. Manyà, PhD


The detailed programme will be available soon.
Dates Events
Day 1
9th March 2021 
Opening session
Keynote Speeches
Oral presentations
Poster Sessions
Day 2
10th March 2021
Keynote Speeches
Oral presentations
Poster Sessions
Day 3
11th March 2021 
Keynote Speeches
Oral presentations
Poster Sessions
Social event
Conference dinner
Day 4
12th March 2021 
Keynote Speeches
Oral presentations
Poster Sessions
Closing session




Scientific Committee

  • Frederik Ronsse, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Tony Bridgwater, Aston University, UK
  • Andrea Kruse, University of Hohenheim, Germany
  • Ondrej Masek, The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Maria Magdalena Titirici, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Niklas Hedin, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Franco Berruti, Western University, Canada
  • Nicolaus Dahmen, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Rafael Bilbao, University of Zaragoza, Spain
  • Jesús Arauzo, University of Zaragoza, Spain



Interested participants are welcomed to submit one-page abstract (using the standard template) for Oral or Poster Presentations via our online Registration and Abstract Submission system.

Deadline of abstract submission: 26 October.

The abstract template can be downloaded here

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided above.

There will be a price for the Best Student Poster and for the Best Oral Presentation. Selected abstracts will be invited to submit a journal paper to a special issue at Sustainability.



This former upper-level school existing in Zaragoza since the 12th century, created and financed by the local church, a modest study of arts which taught grammar and philosophy and granted the diploma of “bachiller” was raised to the category of "universitas magistrorum", in the style of the University of Paris, at the request of the Prince Fernando el Catolico, at that time King of Sicily, by the authority of Pope Sixtus IV on December 13th 1474, being ratified by the same Pope on December 1st, 1476 and by King Juan II of Aragon on January 25th, 1477. The ecclesiastical council of Zaragoza and the elders of the city were the promoters of this General School authorised to grant the degrees of “bachiller”, “licenciado” and master in arts.


Although the University of Zaragoza has campuses in the three provinces of the Autonomous Community of Aragon, the main ones are in the city of Zaragoza. Zaragoza is located at an altitude of 240 metres above sea level, on the right bank of the river in the Middle Ebro Valley, where in addition two other rivers, the Gallego and the Huerva, and the Imperial Canal of Aragon flow together. The 2001 census placed its population at 614,905 inhabitants, making it the fifth largest city in Spain. Zaragoza is the capital and political and administrative centre of the Autonomous Community of Aragon, one of the 17 Autonomous Communities comprising the Spanish state. It is an incomparable city, its Iberian, Roman, Moslem and Christian past have each contributed their part to making it the beautiful and surprising city it is today.



1. ZARAGOZA AIRPORT is located 10 km outside the city. Zaragoza Airport is connected to the city centre by buses which run every half an hour (every hour on Sundays) from 6,15 am to 23,15 pm. The journey takes between 20 and 30 minutes and you will be charged 1,85 euros for a single ticket.

For further information:

You can also take a taxi. The fare is around 25€. Taxis stop just in front of the arrivals terminal.

Reservation by phone: 976 751 515, 976 383 838 and 976 424 242.

The main carriers with flights to Zaragoza:

Ryanair (with flights from Paris (Beauvais), Brussels (Charleroi), Milan (Bergamo), London (Stansted)) Air Horizon (with flights from Munich, Roma, Alicante, Sevilla)

Wizzair (with flights from Bucarest, Napona)

Volotea (with flights from Mahon, Ibiza, Mallorca)


2. Other nearby airports As most flights to Zaragoza only run once a day, it is sometimes more convenient to fly to Madrid or Barcelona airports, from where you can reach Zaragoza in less than 3 hours.

i. From Madrid, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport: go to Atocha RENFE train station either by taxi (30 minutes, around €30) or by metro (45 minutes, around €4,5) or by train (Signed posted as "Cercanias" leaving from T4 and takes around 40 mins) and then take the high speed train AVE to Zaragoza (1h30, around €50). A cheaper but not so comfortable alternative is taking a coach from company ALSA that runs between Barajas terminal T4 and Zaragoza every 2-3 hours (3h45 trip, single/return: €15/€26). If you are in terminals T1 T2 or T3, take the free airport bus shuttle to terminal T4. The bus to Zaragoza stops in the same place as the airport shuttle. Yes, there are no ticket counters, information posts, or timetables, but place yourself with your back towards the T4 terminal exit, look at your right and you will see the ticket vending machine of ALSA.

ii. From Barcelona El Prat Airport The easiest way is to take the half-hourly RENFE C-10 suburban train from T2(if you arrive at T1 there is an airport bus which takes you to T2 station) to Barcelona Sants (20 minutes, around €4.50), and then take the high speed train AVE to Zaragoza (1h45, around €60). NOTE: If you already have your AVE train ticket, you can get the suburban train ticket ("Cercanias") for free in the automatic vending machines, by typing the code for !CombinadoCercanías” that appears on your AVE ticket.


If you have to travel to or from Zaragoza to any other place by train or by bus, there is a central station connected to the city centre and the airport by a bus line.

For further information: or

You can download here the application form for a discount for train tickets for participants attending the Greencarbon2020.

Address: Estación Zaragoza Delicias, Avda de Navarra, 80. Tel: 976 700 599 (bus information) and 902 320 320 (Renfe).

Once at Zaragoza Delicias Station take a taxi to get to the Paraninfo building or your hotel. The cost to the center of Zaragoza is usually around 12€.

Alternatively take the number 21, 22, 33 or 38 bus to the Paraninfo builiding.

For further details of Zaragoza's bus routes please see


From Barcelona to Zaragoza by Car The 300km drive from Barcelona to Zaragoza takes about 3h. You will spend most of the journey on the AP-2. Remember that AP roads are toll roads. From Madrid to Zaragoza by Car The 320km journey from Madrid to Zaragoza takes about 3h30, traveling mainly on the A-2.


Participant Before 30/11/2020 After 30/11/2020
General 450€ 550€
Students 300€ 350€
Accompanying person* 250€ 300€

* Accompanying persons: Registered accompanying persons are entitled to attend the poster session, coffee breaks, social event and conference dinner but they are not allowed to attend scientific sessions.

These fees include registration, all meals and gala dinner on Thursday.


Register HERE




26 October 2020

Deadline for submission of one-page abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

Authors notification: 15 November 2020

30 November 2020

Early bird registration deadline.

30 January 2021

Registration deadline.




GREENCARBON 2020 represents an event which covers research, innovation and business in the field of biomass-derived carbons. Through GREENCARBON exhibition, open innovation and within the conference, there will be a relevant way to increase brand recognition for your company and build industry or academic relationships. 




There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available, so please contact Belén González on +34 (0)9 74 23 93 13 or email via for more information.