10/04/2011 | Editor: Dominik Stephan
Last week's 8th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE) in Berlin, in combination with the 1st European Congress of Applied Biotechnology, has been finished after four days of lively professional exchange. Exhibitors, organiser and speakers come to a positive conclusion.
Berlin/Germany – This year's 8th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE) in Berlin, in combination with the 1st European Congress of Applied Biotechnology, finished with a very positive conclusion by the host organisation Dechema, the German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Four four days, some 3.000 experts and scientist from research institutes and industry facilities discussed trends and problems from research and application. This year was the first time that the ECCE was combined with a biotechnology congress. Discussions and presentations of biotechnology products, but also of energy storage, downstream processing and future thinking in innovation and process intensification were received with great interest.
The layout of this event's venue, the ICC in Berlin, with its combination of big lecture halls and exhibition floors, was nevertheless, regarded as confusing and unclear by some participants: Exhibitions and presentations were held on three floors and 19 halls and saloons.
"Biotechnologists and process engineers have come together and discussed until the rooms burst at the seams", said Dr. Andreas Foerster, Managing Director of ProcessNet, who cooperated with the Dechema on the event. The merger of biotechnology and chemical engineering but also the topic of a bio based economy and alternatives for fossil fuels were discussed with great interest by both speakers and the audience. All participants agreed that the combination of chemical engineering and biotechnology topics makes sense: "This is a tremendous success," Foerster added.
The trend towards a bio economy was lively discussed in brains trusts and speeches but also during informal meetings and exchanges on the venue's hallways. Especially emerging country's like Brazil are optimistic about the perspectives that biotechnology offers. Prof. Carlos Albertos Aragao de Carvalho Filho, President of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, expressed his confidence that Brazil could become a major player in this field, due to its tremendous output of agricultural products and the close cooperation of institutes and industries. "It is a must in this country to haven an interaction with the industry," Prof. Aragao expressed at a special session on bio economy.
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