19 November 2015

Dublin set to welcome top biochemical engineers

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Contributions are being sought for one of the world’s leading biochemical engineering events, which is coming to Dublin, Ireland next year.

The European Symposium of Biochemical Engineering Sciences (ESBES) takes place from 11-14 September 2016, and will bring together leading industrialists and academics in the field.

Confirmed plenary speakers include Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, chief executive officer, Steve Bagshaw and Professor Massimo Morbidelli from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Bagshaw will be discussing the increasing importance of biochemical engineering in industry. Morbidelli will be highlighting efficiency gains and cost savings in the biopharmaceutical sector.

Conference chair, Newcastle University’s Professor Jarka Glassey, says that the event offers an important opportunity for the sharing of ideas in a rapidly-developing sector: “ESBES will provide an important conduit between industry and academia, fostering cooperation between bioengineers from all over the world.

"The meeting offers an ideal opportunity to connect some of the really talented young researchers in the field of biochemical engineering with industry employers," adds Glassey.

Around 350 delegates and speakers are expected to attend and abstracts are still being accepted for the conference. Key themes include bioenergy and biofuels, cell and tissue engineering, marine biotechnology and engineering, nanobiotechnology and the bio-based economy. The abstract submission deadline is 14 January 2016.

First held in 1996, ESBES 2016 will be hosted by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). The conference takes place at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) in Dublin, a city with strong ties to the biochemical engineering community.

IChemE Chief Executive, Dr David Brown, says that the event will be used to further explore the benefits biological and biochemical engineering have to offer: “The potential of biochemical engineering is yet to be fully recognised and could make a huge impact in manufacturing, sustainable fuels and healthcare."

“This event will forge new partnerships that will help scale up existing projects and turn ideas into reality.”

To submit an abstract or find out more about the conference visit: http://www.esbes2016.org/callforpapers. The full programme of events will be announced in March.

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