01 July 2013

Biochemical engineering body focuses on quality of life

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A new organisation – the European Society of Biochemical Engineering Sciences (EBES) – has set out its vision for the future, including improving the quality of life in Europe driven by advancements in biochemical engineering sciences.

ESBES, which was established in April 2013 and is the successor body to the ESBES section of the European Federation of Biotechnology, met for the first time last month to set out a vision and mission for the fledgling society.

The membership organisation has been established to bring together national chemical and biochemical engineering societies from across Europe, especially in the fields of downstream processing; bioreactor performance; biocatalysis; bioenergy systems; and modeling, monitoring, measurement and control.

ESBES’ president, Guilherme Ferreira, explained: “Our mission is to promote cooperation between industry and academia for the advancement of biochemical engineering sciences. Without strong links and engagement between industries and academia, research can lack direction and breakthrough discoveries are not translated in to applied technologies.

“Our vision is to help solve major societal challenges associated with population changes and limited resources, and to improve the quality of life. The biochemical engineering sciences are key to addressing issues linked to our growing and ageing population, and to developing a more sustainable way of life”.

Ferreira continued: “We believe that biochemical engineering sciences are pivotal to driving technology development for European industry competitiveness. We want to help translate knowledge into processes and products, and advance education for the new bio economy era.

“For bioengineering science to achieve its full potential, we need to ensure that Europe’s regulatory framework, research and development policies support this exciting new industry – ESBES will play its part to make to make this a reality.”

The first working meeting of ESBES was held in Faro, Portugal, and included vice presidents Jarka Glassey and Alois Jungbauer, along with the heads of several of its sections and representatives of its founding member societies, IChemE, Dechema and Société Francaise de Génie des Procédes.

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