The inaugural 2018 Symposium Workshop on Solid Waste & Biomass: Thermo-chemical conversion showcased FLEXI-PYROCAT research. The symposium was held at Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China 7 – 8 April 2018. It was attended by more than 40 delegates including FLEXI-PYROCAT partners from EU Universities, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield and Pannonia and Chinese partners Universities, Xi’an Jiaotong, Hebei University of Technology, Huazhong University of Science & Technology. Other delegates from the UK, Japan and China attended from University and industrial companies. The latest developments in the processing of wastes and biomass to produce higher value products were presented by University and Industry experts over the 2 days.