Biotech for a sustainable future 2023



20th of April the Dutch agri-, food, and industrial biotech community will gather in the KAS in Woerden for inspirational keynotes and ample networking opportunities


13:30 Doors open

14:00 start program

  • Interactive session by Tirsa With
  • Keynote by Hidde Boersma
  • Keynote by Lori Goff
  • Interactive session by Tirsa With

16:30 Drinks and vegetarian snacks

17: 30 Closure

Tirsa With

Tirsa With – photo by Miriam Guttmann

Tirsa With is a presenter, actor and moderator. She hosts the 2nd most watched Dutch youth show: Het Klokhuis (NTR). She is also the presenter and editor of Omroep ZWART’s daily news & history show: Once Upon A Timeline. She records audio books and regularly moderates events in the cultural industry.

Tirsa was born in Suriname and raised in the Netherlands. She graduated cum laude in literary studies in Amsterdam and New York. During her studies she regularly appeared on stage as a spoken word artist. After that she continued to develop her artistry: her writing in the fellowship of the Dutch Literary Fund: the Slow Writing Lab, her directing in the Oorzaken Academy of the NPO Fund for narrative podcast makers, and her acting in the Meervaart Studio, DOX Studio and production house degasten.

Hidde Boersma

Hidde Boersma – photo by Karsten de Vreugd

Hidde Boersma, PhD is a publicist and writes for de Volkskrant, de Groene Amsterdammer and Vrij Nederland, among others. As a filmmaker at Sugar Rush Film, he made documentaries such as Well Fed (2017) about genetic modification and The Future of Food (2022) about the options for agriculture. His documentary Paved Paradise about land use, will be released in cinemas in April. Furthermore, he is (co-)author of Ecomodernism (2017) and More (2020). He gave 4 TEDx talks and recently founded the techno-optimistic NGO RePlanet. He is a co-initiator of the Stop The Foodfight platform.

Lori Goff | Founder & CEO of Outlander Materials

Lori Goff – photo by Josje Deekens

Feeling responsible to build a more sustainable world, Lori founded Outlander Materials to address resource & material waste. She studied biotechnology at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the United States. She’s worked with transforming waste streams into biofuels, advised SMEs with biotech, fermentation, and processes design with systems thinking. While brewing beer at home she hit upon the idea of UnPlastic [a functional, fully compostable, and completely non-plastic alternative for thin-film plastic] and since then has been on a quest to create better and non-plastic alternatives to single-use packaging.  Awarded Inspiring Fifty Benelux Top 50 Women in Deep tech and Outlander recently named Hello Tomorrow’s Deep Tech Pioneers, Lori is working to bridge the Communication & Funding gap in biotech & material science and funding access.

Lori has also been featured in international media including PBS Documentary “The Plastic Problem”, articles including Het Financieele Dagblad, QUOTE, Tech Trends, ASNBanks GoedGeld, Verpakkings Management, Kind Earth Tech keynote speaker, and Business For Good Podcast with Paul Shapiro.  Lori is an active supporter of female leadership and development in tech as a member of Female Ventures Rotterdam and CleanTech Female Founders and a sponsor of The Climate Tech Foundation.


This event is open for biotech companies of all sizes, from startups to corporates. If you are not a HollandBIO member, nor a biotech company, please contact HollandBIO to hear about your possibilities to attend the event.

Entrance is free of charge, but you will have to register here.


Kas, de Bleek 13, 3447 GV Woerden.

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