01 March 2016

New processes for a bio-based economy

Lisbeth Olsson

Professor Lisbeth Olsson, from the department of Biology and Biological Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has been confirmed as the latest keynote speaker for the European Symposium of Biochemical Engineering Sciences (ESBES).

ESSBES 2016 opens in Dublin, Ireland on 11 September 2016. The conference brings together leading industrialists and academics in biochemical engineering.

Lisbeth will examine current challenges and opportunities associated with designing new processes for a bio-based economy. New biochemical processes, including robust cell factories, are required to deliver step change in the production of biofuels from waste streams such as wood and forestry products. Originally trained as a chemical engineer, Lisbeth is passionate about biochemical engineering, and is co-director for the Chalmers Area of Energy Advance.

Speaking about the importance of ESBES to the biochemical engineering community, Lisbeth said: "ESBES brings together researchers that work within different aspects of bioengineering, and provides them with a forum to showcase how it has had an impact on different areas of industry. I'm so looking forward to meeting colleagues old and new, to discuss progress in the bioeconomy."

Lisbeth completes the impressive list of conference keynote speakers, which also includes Steve Bagshaw, CEO of Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies. Steve will be looking at the role industrialists play in working towards a global bioenconomy.

Steve added “This is a key time for the bio-engineering industries as more attention is being paid to the opportunities and challenges of a growing bio-economy. ESBES brings together key players from the functions and disciplines needed to make successful solutions happen. I'm delighted to be both speaking and taking part in this conference and look forward to it furthering the important contribution that ESBES is making in this critical area.”

Also on the programme is Professor Massimo Morbidelli from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Massimo will discuss new developments in bio pharmaceutical production.

Registrations are now open for the conference, with early bird discounts available until 31 May 2016. The conference is expected to attract more than 350 delegates from around the world.

Those wishing to attend should visit: http://www.esbes2016.org/. The full programme will be announced at the end of March.

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