With the first School on “Elastomers” in 2001, the European Polymer Federation (EPF) has undertaken a new task in the educational area, aiming at the creation of a European standard in Polymer Science and Technology teaching. The EPF Schools will supply an updated tutorial approach to the most recent and fast developing areas on which rationalised and comprehensive overviews are not yet available. Moreover, the educational approach will be available to all students and teachers worldwide, through a series of electronic books in English language edited from the lectures of the School. By launching this initiative, EPF fulfils once more its mission to make national achievements available europewide. The 2009 School addresses the revolution that is taking place in bioplastics and related materials by the capability that we are acquiring in controlling their morphology, thermo-mechanical properties and other more specific but also important performances. By bioplastics it is aimed to refer to both polymers and related materials issued from biomass and biodegradable polymers, with the possibility to link these domains to each other. Even though bioplastics can find several applications into the biomedical field, it has to be stressed out that it is not the purpose of this Summer School to discuss that specific domain. Rather, lectures will focus on the positive environment impact of bioplastics owing to their wide range of properties and applications in sectors like packaging, textile, agriculture, automotive, etc. The basic background, the developments up to industrial applications and the perspectives will be examined. The overview will include general introduction to bioplastics but also bio(nano)fillers and bioadditives. Natural polymers (from their extraction to their applications) and synthetic polymers from renewable resources will be presented and discussed. Processing and rheology, industrial issues of bioplastics, biodegradation and environmental fates of related materials, and regulatory and ecological issues will represent another part of the School. The School will be of particular interest to chemists and engineers dealing with materials academic research, industrial R&D, production, processing, applications. The School will also be of interest to Marketing and Technical Assistance sectors as well as to teachers. The residential character of the School in the beautiful environment of Palazzo Feltrinelli on Lake Garda will supply the informal and relaxed atmosphere for a fruitful exchange of ideas among lecturers and attendees all the week long.