The first annual Global Biobased Business competition (G-BiB), an initiative of the BioInnovation Growth mega-Cluster (BIG-C), is now open for registration. The competition is for Master and PhD students in Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil. The objective of G-BiB is to stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation producing a biorenewable chemical, material and/or fuel product. Team registration is open until Monday 12 December 2016.
For more information on the competition and registration please visit the G-BiB website!
Industrial and academic partners of Brazil and The Netherlands agreed to join forces in defining the most effective path to produce sustainable advanced biofuels. Read the full press release here.
Since 2012 TU Delft and BE-Basic have an office located in Campinas Brazil. The objective of the Brazil Office is to further intensify and facilitate the cooperation with Brazil, in the fields of research, education and business development. Read our newsletter here!
Subscribe now for the new course Strategic Communication & Policy for a Bioeconomy for Master and PhD students which will be held from 11-15 July 2016 at the Institute of Economics (IE) Unicamp, Campinas, Brazil. This advanced course creates an understanding of the role and nature of public perceptions and policies vital for innovation and technology transfer for a bioeconomy. [link to full news item]
In 2015 the first students enrolled in the Dual degree PhD program with TU Delft and UNICAMP, supported by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Once again the BE-Basic Brazil Office organized a Workshop for candidates interested in the Dual Degree PhD Program at UNICAMP, last April 2016. Besides an introduction to the program by the organizing parties showcases of students already enrolled in the Dual Degree Program were also presented. Read here more about the workshop.
New to the Dual Degree Program is the Dual Degree Fellows Club. The Dual Degree Fellows Club seeks to offer its members more than an informative guide, approximating them through a personal exchange of thoughts and insights concerning their own experiences with the Dual Degree Program. To do so a new website has been launched by the BE-Basic Brazil Office, with the aim to strengthen the Dual Degree (social) network and promote the interaction between the Dual Degree Fellows. Another focus is publishing of news related to the Bioenergy market and the Dual Degree Program, as well as notification of Dual Degree Events that range from invited and organized lectures, videoconference sessions BR-NL, movies and promotion materials, to periodic social meetings and company visits. Look at the website to find out more about our club.
On the 13th of August 2015, in honour of the visit of Minister Jet Bussemaker (Education, Culture and Sciences) to Brazil, a Round Table was organised on human capital development for the biobased economy. Over 30 Brazilian and Dutch industry and academic leaders underlined the importance of joint development of sustainable biobased production of energy, fuels, chemicals and materials and concluded that high level education is the critical next priority. They agreed to extend the Dual Degree PhD program to educate 100 PhDs by 2025. The event was hosted by FIESP (Industry Federation of São Paulo State) in São Paulo and co-organised by BE-Basic Foundation, TU Delft and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. [link to full news item]
On the 24th of June 2015, the Board of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) decided to continue its collaborative academic research and education program with Latin America from its office in Brazil. A budget of approximately 1 mln euro has been allocated from its strategic funds to support further consolidation of the collaboration with an extended program and thereby continue its Brazilian office for another term of three years. Various faculties and BE-Basic Foundation will provide substantial support. [download full news item]
As announced by NWO, 7 research proposals on sustainable urban development have been selected for NWO/ESRC/FAPESP funding, representing in total 5.4 million euros. One of the selected projects was submitted by Tuna Tasan-Kok, of the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, in collaboration with University of the West of England Bristol and University of São Paulo. Within the framework of Sustainable Urban Development, this research will specifically look at contracts that regulate the public-private partnerships and prepare land for re-use. For more information, click here.
On 14 April 2015, the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) launched its report on Bioenergy and Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps. The report is a collective effort with contributions from 137 researchers of 82 institutions in 24 countries. It concludes that land availability is not a limiting factor and that bioenergy can contribute to sustainable energy supplies even with increasing food demands, preservation of forests, protected lands, and rising urbanisation. TU Delft professors Luuk van der Wielen and Patricia Osseweijer (both also BE-Basic Foundation) were co-authors of the report. [link to BE-Basic press release, including link to report]
On April 13, 2015 a group of about 30 students and professors from UNICAMP gathered for a workshop with TU Delft staff to discuss new Dual Degree PhD projects in the field of biobased economy. The workshop was hosted at UNICAMP’s Faculty of Chemical Engineering and organized by the TU Delft Brazil & BE-Basic Brazil office. During the event, one of the unique TU Delft scholarships was awarded to Chemistry student Renato Coelho, who will spend the remainder of 2015 at TU Delft to work on his PhD thesis.
Moderated by prof Patricia Osseweijer, all participants engaged in an interactive discussion on potential research projects and joint supervisors, which led to 11 concrete project ideas. Over the course of the coming months, these ideas will be further elaborated into full proposals, contributing, if approved, to the joint ambition of 25 dual degree PhD’s by 2020. [download full news item]
From 23-27 February 2015, TU Delft and partners offered a one-week advanced course Metabolomics for Microbial Systems Biology at Unicamp, Campinas, Brazil. This course was a joint effort of staff from Delft University of Technology (department Biotechnology), University of São Paulo and State University of Campinas and was supported by the foundations Biotechnology Studies Delft-Leiden (BSDL) and BE-Basic. [link to full news item]
From October to December 2014, TU Delft hosted the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled “Technology for biobased products” on the renowned EdX platform. This MOOC, an initiative of TU Delft and BE-Basic, contains also contributions from State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), DSM and Amyris. It is the first MOOC worldwide on the topic of biobased economy / industrial biotechnology, integrating biotechnology, bioprocess design and assessment of sustainability.
In a joint meeting, TU Delft and UNICAMP look back on a successful collaboration in the production of this MOOC, which had around 8,000 participants from 156 countries. Participants who completed the MOOC rated the overall quality as good/very good. Based on the success of the MOOC’s 2014 edition, a re-run is scheduled for September 2015. [download full news item]
From October 10 to 17, 2014, 4 students from TU Delft participated in the Advanced School on the Present and Future of Bioenergy, in Campinas – Brazil. The course was organized and hosted by UNICAMP, with financial support from FAPESP.
The Advanced School brought together 120 undergraduate and graduate students, of which about half from outside Brazil. TU Delft students Maria del Mar Palmeros Parada, Nantia Bikaki, Robbert Binneveld, and Robin Schumacher were among the selected students to participate in this unique course, with renowned lecturers and technical visits to innovative facilities. From TNW Biotechnology, Robbert Kleerebezem and Ton van Maris were also present in this course, as lecturer on resp. biorefineries from municipal waste and on the state of the art for 2G ethanol. [download full news item]
During a two day visit of a group of Professors from Delft University of Technology (TUD) to Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA), São José dos Campos, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed (on September 29th). Both parties acknowledge the importance of international cooperation. The faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft is one of the world’s largest concentrations of academic researchers and students dedicated to the field of aerospace and space engineering. ITA is the largest and highest ranked educational institute for aerospace engineering in Brazil. The research collaboration will be on topics like lightweight structures and materials, aerodynamics, fleet management, noise, propulsion integration and air transport. TUD and ITA will also collaborate on education. In the meetings and discussions Embraer was also involved. [link to Dutch article]
Early August 2014, FAPESP and BE-Basic announced the approved project proposals of the 2013 joint call, see http://www.fapesp.br/en/8826. Four new projects were approved, with a total volume of about 2.4 million US$. Two of these approved projects are coordinated by TU Delft, by the department Geoscience & Remote Sensing and the department Biotechnology. Furthermore, TU Delft is involved as partner in a third project, which is coordinated by BLGG Research. This excellent result means a further intensification of TU Delft's collaboration with academic Brazilian partners, through joint R&D and exchange of staff / students.
From July 21 to 25, 2014, a new advanced course titled “Communication & Policy for a Biobased Economy” was held at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Campinas, Brazil. The course was jointly organized by UNICAMP’s Institute of Economics and its Dutch partner Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) supported by BE-Basic. The hands-on training proved a great success with students: “awesome experience”, said one of the students.
Graduate and post-graduate students were offered a unique opportunity to learn about the role and nature of public perceptions and policies in innovation for a biobased economy and to experience hands-on what it takes to be actively engaged in (public and stakeholder) communication, regulatory committees and policy making. [Download full news item]
On June 5, 2014 GOL Airlines performed the first of a series of 200 regular green flights ('voando verde') from Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais, Brazil) to Brasilia. BE-Basic, and its partners TU Delft, KLM and SkyNRG were invited to this event as the new members of the Plataforma Mineira de Bioquerosene. The platform stimulates the development of sustainable aviation biofuels.
The new Dutch members of the platform were explicitly welcomed by Luiz Antonio Athayde Vasconcelos, the Secretary of Strategic Development, Ministry of Economic Development, for the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil to the partnership "given their leadership in biorenewables development in general, and aviation biofuels in particular. GOL and Minas Gerais would like to learn from the international experience of SkyNRG, KLM, TU Delft and BE-Basic". [Download full news item]
From 10 to 14 March 2014 TU Delft, UNICAMP and BE-Basic jointly organized the advanced course Multicomponent Mass Transfer, hosted by the School of Chemical Engineering at UNICAMP, Campinas – Brazil. The course was attended by in total 19 Master, PDEng (Professional Doctorate in Engineering) and PhD students from UNICAMP and from TU Delft, creating a very international experience. This course is part of an extensive international course program by BE-Basic, with among others TU Delft and UNICAMP as key partners. For the coming period more courses are (being) planned: Communication & Policy for a Biobased Economy, Biobased Economy Beyond Bioethanol (entrepreneurship), Biothermodynamics, Metabolomics for Microbial Systems Biology, and Biocatalysis. [download full news item]
On 20 and 21 February 2014, TU Delft hosted a workshop with professors from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) to define and initiate new dual degree PhD projects. The workshop brought together in total around 20 people; UNICAMP professors from the new Brazilian BIOENERGY PhD program and TU Delft professors from the departments of Biotechnology and Geotechnology. It resulted in 12 proposals for joint projects, with the first one now going through the review process for approval and start this Spring. This workshop is a follow-up of the recent meeting between the Vice Rector of UNICAMP, Prof. Crosta, and the Rector Magnificus of TU Delft, Prof. Luyben, who agreed to intensify the collaboration in doctorate programs by aiming for 25 Double Degree PhD theses by 2020. [download full news item]
On 25 November 2013, the Vice Rector of the University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil), Prof. Crosta and the Rector Magnificus of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, The Netherlands), Prof. Luyben agreed to intensify their collaboration in doctorate programs by aiming for 25 Double Degree PhD theses by 2020. Download full press release.
During the post-graduate course Biobased-economy Beyond Bioethanol 4 student teams successfully developed a business plan for the production of a biochemical which serves as a sustainable building block for several commonly used chemicals. Lecturers from TU Delft, UNICAMP, Braskem, Corbion Purac and AKZO Nobel provided input for the different aspects of a business plan such as technology, business strategy, sustainability, finance, legislation and communication. The course was offered by the Faculty of Chemical Engineering at UNICAMP (Brazil) and developed jointly with Dutch partners Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and BE-Basic. [download full news item]
TU Delft and BE-Basic presented their joint international activities in Brazil at a Biobased Economy seminar on 10 October 2013, as part of the Netherlands Economic Mission to Brazil, with Minister Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.
In her speech, Minister Ploumen underlined the importance and opportunities of collaboration between the two countries. The “Brazilian-Dutch Biobased Economy Seminar and Networking Event” was hosted by the Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnológicas (IPT) in São Paulo and organised by Ecofys and the Dutch consulate in São Paulo.
In close collaboration, TU Delft, BE-Basic and University of Campinas, offer a new master course which targets to understand the link between science and technology development, and translate this into a business goal and business plan including a realistic understanding of market potential and financial plan. This course will run from August to November 2013 at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering at the University of Campinas.
Biorenewables need to be cost competitive and truly sustainable. This requires integration of chemicals, fuels and energy production with the agro-industries, to have potentially higher added values. Integration requires development in new technology, innovation in design methodology, integral new industries and a strong entrepreneurial mind-set.