11th International Akademie Fresenius Conference "Detergents and Cleaning Products"

28 Apr - 29 Apr 2020, Atrium Hotel Mainz/Germany

11th International Akademie Fresenius Conference "Detergents and Cleaning Products"

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Every two years, over 150 experts from all over Europe representing companies that manufacture and supply detergents and cleaning products convene at this event. This conference is typically attended by experts from the R&D, analytics and quality assurance sectors. Find out first-hand about the most important issues within the trade.

The finalised programme will be published in just a few weeks' time. I would be happy to send you a copy shortly – free of charge and without further obligation. Simply click on the "Request updates" button on the right.

Please find below an overview with all the latest information. A wide range of presentations awaits you. Here are just some of the topics that we will be covering:


Efficiency testing

  • Latest test results from Stiftung Warentest and Testfakta Sweden
  • Claim support studies: Consumer expectations and testing strategies
  • Market trends and test methodologies for enzymes in hand dishwashing liquids 

Trends and innovation

  • Data from European retail: shopper trends, product launches and drivers
  • From a brand owner´s perspective: How does P&G communicate their sustainability efforts?
  • Understanding consumer`s needs in product developing processes at McBride
  • Developments in packaging, selected raw materials and ingredients

Regulatory and safety aspects

  • Environmental risk assessment for disinfectant cleaning products 
  • PEF vs. ISO: Approaches and methods for the ecological assessment of detergents and cleaning agents

What do our participants particularly value about this conference?

The combination of specialist presentations from a broad range of different perspectives, the chance to discuss the topics with the experts, our numerous networking opportunities as well as our joint evening event which is going to be held at a vineyard. 

Who do you meet?

Groups that should take part:

Managers and Scientists in the fields of

  • Research & Development
  • Application Technology
  • Product Management & Marketing
  • Quality Testing & Quality Assurance

Sectors that should take part:

  • Consumer Product Manufacturers
  • Raw Material Producers and Suppliers
  • Household Appliance and Hardware Manufacturers
  • Testing Laboratories and Lab Equipment Suppliers

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We have already received confirmations from the following speakers - with more expected shortly.



Florian Antony

Oeko-Institut, Germany

Florian Antony works at the Oeko-Institut as an expert in life cycle assessment, corporate carbon footprinting and product carbon footprinting. Since 2013 he manages the topic area “Methods” within Oeko-Institut’s Sustainable Products and Material Flows division. As part of his work at Oeko-Institut, he assessed the potential applicability of PEF results in the context of ecolabelling detergents. He has a dedicated focus on various kinds of sustainability metrics (including Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Environmental Footprinting, Product Sustainability Assessment (PROSA) - with regard to both methodology development and application. Prior to his work at the Oeko-Institut’s, Mr. Antony studied Biology und History at the University of Freiburg.


Paula Barreleiro

Werner & Mertz, Germany

Paula Barreleiro is responsible for product development (home & personal care and professional cleaning) at Werner & Mertz. She has more than 18 years of experience in the consumer goods industry including fabric care, surface cleaners, dish and personal care. She holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry and is Board member of the division "Chemistry of Laundering" in the German Chemical Society.


Katharina Baumgarten

Procter & Gamble, Belgium

Dr. Katharina Baumgarten is responsible for global innovation of laundry detergents at Procter & Gamble in Belgium. She has broad experiences in R&D across fabric care, surface cleaners, dish care and food & beverages.


Dirk Bockmühl

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany,

Dirk Bockmühl obtained his PhD in Microbiology on the molecular pathogenicity of Candida albicans. Until 2010 he worked in the consumer goods industry, where he was responsible for numerous microbiological projects for cosmetics and the laundry and home care sector. Afterwards he changed to the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Kleve, Germany, as a professor for hygiene and microbiology. His research interest is in domestic hygiene, especially in the development of consumer-related test methods for laundry and cleaning, and in the research on microbial communities in the domestic setting. Professor Bockmühl is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Sepawa and a board member of the division "Chemistry of Laundering" in the German Chemical Society (GDCh).


Peter Buttner

RAL Environment

Peter Buttner has been working for RAL in Germany since 2009. RAL is the awarding body for the German Blue Angel and the European Ecolabel. He is responsible for the award criteria of the product groups paints and varnishes, detergents and cleaning products, printer and further product groups.


Monica Campestrini

The Nielsen Company, Germany

Enda Carey

DuPont Industrial Biosciences, The Netherlands

Enda Carey is an Application Scientist in Home & Personal Care at DuPont Nutrition & Bioscience, the Netherlands. He has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and has worked for 5 years in formulating surfactant matrices for various industrial markets.


Stuart Green

Lonza, UK


Leo Gros

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Leo Gros retired as a Professor at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in 2016 after 35 years of service. From 1997 until 2013 he was the Vice-President for the Department of Chemistry & Biology as well as for International Relations (University and Practice Cooperation). He is now a member of the University Advisory Board and Special Delegate to the University Executive Committee.


Carlos Hanisch

SGS Institut Fresenius, Germany

Carlos Hanisch, toxicologist and biochemist, is working as an Innovation Product Manager for SGS Institut Fresenius. He is specialised in in vitro alternative methods for detergents and cosmetics and focused on performance tests for customised claim-support. He has more than 6 years of experience in in vitro techniques and toxicological, scientific issues.


Helen Herd

McBride, UK

Helen Herd is R&D Director for McBride and leads a team of scientists covering formulation and packaging development along with product innovation and regulatory affairs. McBride manufactures a broad range of homecare powder and liquid products to the top 50 Retailers in Europe. She has worked at McBride for over 20 years in mainly homecare product research & development but also European category marketing, technical services and customer logistics. She is a graduate chemist and has a MBA.


Jörg Kinnius


Magnus Larsson

Testfakta, Sweden

Magnus Larsson is Head of Sales & Business Development at Testfakta Biobased Europe in Stockholm. He has a background from The Swedish Trade and Investment Council where he assisted Swedish companies, mainly within retail and environmental technology, with their international expansion. Magnus deepened his knowledge within the area of certification schemes in connection with his previous experience from working at a well-known Swedish hair care brand.


Zena Malocho

SGS Institut Fresenius, Germany

Anne-Laure Scelo

Staphyt Regulatory, France

Anne-Laure Scelo is an agronomist with a PhD in environmental toxicology. Since 2018, she works as a regulatory expert for Staphyt responsible for environmental risk assessment (including QSAR screening and higher tier modelling). Before, she has worked as an ecotoxicologist at the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety in the field of biocides and REACh regulations.


Björn Sievers

Procter & Gamble, Germany

Sascha Skorupka

Hochschule Fulda University of Applied Science, Germany

Sascha Skorupka is Professor of physics and technology in the department for Nutritional, Food and Consumer Science at the Hochschule Fulda University of Applied Sciences. His work focuses on household technology and its domestic application under the aspects of sustainability and usability.


Horst-Dieter Speckmann

Henkel, Germany

Horst-Dieter Speckmann works at Henkel where he is responsible for the LHC products marketed in Germany from a technical and a regulatory point of view. He holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry and is active in several associations and societies like IKW, GDCh and SEPAWA including the stakeholder dialogue Forum Waschen.


Steve Teasdale

InnuScience, Canada


Bengt Vernberg

Testfakta, Sweden

Bengt Vernberg is responsible for Business Development at Testfakta Research Nordic in Sweden, which is an independent test and research company specialising in laboratory testing and evaluation of products for consumers and professional users. He has a background in international finance and has worked in leading positions for companies in the telecom, IT and electronics sector prior to launching Testfakta in 2001.


Sara Wagner-Leifhelm

Stiftung Warentest, Germany

Sara Wagner-Leifhelm holds a PhD in analytical chemistry. She is currently working as a project manager for Stiftung Warentest and is engaged in the testing of washing and cleaning agents among others. She has several years of experience in analytical and product development in an industrial environment.



Atrium Hotel Mainz
Flugplatzstr. 44
55126 Mainz
Phone: +49 6131 491-0
E-Mail: infoatrium-mainz.de

We have reserved a limited number of rooms for our participants at reduced rates at the hotel. These rooms can be booked up to 6 weeks prior to the start of the event. Please book early and directly through the hotel quoting „Akademie Fresenius“ as reference.

Prices & Services

Participation Fee: € 1,895.00 plus VAT.

The registration fee includes the following benefits:

  • conference participation
  • conference documentation
  • lunch
  • coffee breaks and conference beverages
  • the evening event on 28 April 2020

Representatives of an authority or a public university are therefore eligible for a reduced fee of € 795.00 plus VAT per person (please provide evidence). The reduced fee cannot be combined with other rebates.

Group reductions

For joint bookings received from one company we grant a 15 % discount from the third participant onwards (it doesn’t apply for representatives of an authority or a public university)

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Event Documentation

Would you like to attend but cannot spare the time?

Although we cannot substitute an intensive exchange with your fellow colleagues, we can provide you with a complete set of event documentation. The event documentation package includes all the presentations on the event agenda (subject to the approval of our speakers). It will be sent out around two weeks after the event once we have received your payment (free of shipping costs). We will also provide you with details on how to access the restricted download section on our website. This section contains all the latest versions of the presentations in colour and in digital form.

Price: € 295.00 plus VAT

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Ilka Müller

Your Contact

Ilka Müller
Programme and conceptual design

+49 231 75896-75

Ilka Müller

Your Contact

Ilka Müller
Programme and conceptual design

+49 231 75896-75

Analisa Mills

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Analisa Mills
Organisation and participant management

+49 231 75896-77

Analisa Mills

Your Contact

Analisa Mills
Organisation and participant management

+49 231 75896-77

How to become an exhibitor

Our event offers you the opportunity of presenting your company in a special exhibition.

You can personally present your products and services directly to your specific target group. We would be happy to provide you with further information on all the available options from a simple product information display to a complete exhibition stand.

We would be pleased to assist you personally:

Dominique Bischoff

Dominique Bischoff
Phone: +49 231 75896-64

Press contact

We offer journalists and editors a platform where they can get in touch with the experts.

If you are the editor of a specialist publication and interested in a press pass or media partnership, please contact us well in advance. We would be pleased to send you our press bulletin as well as photographic materials where available as soon as the event is over.

Please contact us:

Rebecca Keuters

Rebecca Keuters
Phone: +49 231 75896-76

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