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BE-Basic newsletter -  September 2015 

We hope you all enjoyed the sunny summer days and that you are ready for new exciting events, such as the start of the new MOOC 'Industrial Biotechnology', EFIB in Brussels and the ECO-BIO Conference 2016 in Rotterdam. Please make sure to save the date for the ECO-BIO: 6-9 March 2016!

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ECO-BIO 6-9 March 2016
Register now and submit your abstract
 

BE-Basic organises the ECO-BIO in collaboration with Elsevier on 6-9 March 2016. The conference connects industry, science, NGO’s and governments to discuss the possibilties of a biobased economy from an academic, environmental and societal point of view. It is time to cooperate and turn biobased solutions into real practical innovations.

Click here to view the ECO-BIO programme. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations can be submitted until 23 October 2015. For more information, please visit www.ecobioconference.com. 

MOOC 'Industrial Biotechnology' starts 30th of September


Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands), BE-Basic Foundation and the University of Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil) have joined forces in offering online education in biotechnology! In September, they will start the course ‘Industrial Biotechnology’ on the edX platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s). The course is free of costs and available for everyone. The first edition of the MOOC in 2014 attracted more than 8.000 participants worldwide. Click here for more information or to subscribe for the MOOC Industrial Biotechnology.

Round Table with Minister Bussemaker: 100 Brazilian-Dutch dual PhD degrees


Delft University of Technology, BE-Basic Foundation and key players from Brazilian and Dutch academia and industries agreed during a conference on 13 August 2015 in São Paulo in the presence of Minister Bussemaker on 100 Brazilian-Dutch dual PhD degrees for the Biobased Economy by 2025. Bussemaker: “Students of today grow up in a global economy with major global societal challenges. The programs of BE-Basic and their Brazilian partners uniquely provide the skills and knowledge that are needed to face these challenges of the future”.
Full press release

10 notable BE-Basic R&D results in the spotlight


BE-Basic's R&D programmes include over 80 research projects, which are coordinated in 12 flagships. We decided to highlight 10 notable technological developments: click here for an overview of 10 BE-Basic results. In case of questions, feel free to contact us!

Holland Biotech Pavilion in Montreal very successful


This year, BE-Basic Foundation coordinated the Holland Biotech Pavilion during the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology congress (WCIB) in Montreal12 Dutch organisations were represented in the eye-catching booth, which attracted a great deal of attention. The congress was well attended with more than 1.200 visitors from roughly 725 organisations from all over the world present. Click here for the full article and photos.
Dirk Carrez (Executive Director, Biobased Industries Consortium) was the lucky winner of the Bike Raffle, sponsored by Rabobank and presented by Rochus Pronk (Deputy Head of Mission, Dutch Embassy in Canada).  

Update SCOPE report: follow up initiatives    


The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) report 'Bridging the gaps' was published on 14 April 2015 in São Paulo and states that bioenergy can globally alleviate climate change and improve socio-economic development. The research was a collective effort with contributions from 137 researchers from 24 countries with different cultural backgrounds. Meanwhile, several follow up initiatives have been organised: two major symposia in Brazil and one symposium at the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels. On 28 October 2015, the World Bank hosts a Bioenergy & Sustainability Symposium at Washington DC, to feature a debate on the key findings of the SCOPE report. Click here for more information or to download the SCOPE report

Radix Botanicals wins 1st prize at BE-BIC Action Lab 


On 18 September 2015, the Radix Botanicals team received the first prize during the awards ceremony of the Action Lab competition, organised by the BE-Basic Business and Innovation Centre (BE-BIC). The winning team presented a business pitch about their new technology for the discovery of plant enzymes that can be used to produce natural flavours by fermentation, and received a prize of €20.000,- to help promote the further development of their ideas. Two other teams, MicroLife Solutions and DAB (Delft Advanced Renewables) won an Incentive Prize of €10.000,-. Click here for the full article about the Action Lab winners.

    Important dates

  • 30 Sept 2015  Start MOOC Industrial Biotechnology
  • 23 Oct 2015  Deadline Abstract Submission ECO-BIO   
  • 27-29 Oct 2015  EFIB conference in Brussels
  • 6-9 March 2016  ECO-BIO in Rotterdam
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