Italy, Milan

Towards a bio-based economy

when 4 September 2017 - 8 September 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 300

Bio-based economy (Bioeconomy) aims at reducing the dependence from fossil fuels
and finite materials without overexploiting natural resources. According to the definition
of the European Commission “Bioeconomy encompasses those parts of economy
that use renewable biological resources from land and sea to produce food,
biomaterials, bioenergy and bioproducts”. Behind bioeconomy there is much science
related to industrial biotechnology and a deep change in Economics and Politics, as
well as societal issues.
A new cross-sector expertise is therefore required. This summer school aims at providing
a broad overview of the mentioned issues and will be held by national and
international speakers, both from academia and from industry. At least one visit to
a company involved in the production of bio-based compounds will be included in
the school’s schedule. Because of its inter-disciplinarity, the program welcomes participants
with different backgrounds. Participants should be aware that a basic knowledge
about the scientific basis of biotechnology is required and can ask organizers
for advice.
Networking and discussion among students and lecturers will be encouraged and
fostered throughout the duration of the school, with social event and a poster session.

Course leader

Scientific Commitee: Prof. Marina Lotti - Prof. Paola Branduardi - Prof. Danilo Porro -
Prof. Maurizio Bettiga

Target group

Priority will be given to students participants holding a Master degree,
but application by master students is encouraged and will be evaluated on the
basis of the applicant motivation and background.

Course aim

Contents
What’s new: Introduction in the scope, challenges and trends of bioeconomy.
Local vs global: Choice and processing of renewable raw materials; environmental
sustainability of biomass sourcing and processing.
How to do it: Key technologies for the production of bio-based products.
Biorefineries: concepts and application.
National and international strategies for bioeconomy: funding, organization, network.
Innovation in place: visit to a company and case studies of success (or failure) stories.
Economical models and economic sustainability of bio-based business.
Societal requirements for bio-based products and societal awareness about bioeconomy;
social sustainability of the bio-based model.
Changes in training programs: Models and experiences.

Fee info

EUR 300: academic participants
EUR 600: industrial participants.

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