ECCE/ECAB 2011 Meeting Point for European Process Engineers and Biotechnologists

Editor: Marion Henig

From September 25th-29th, 2011, Berlin is the focal point of European process engineering and biotechnology. More than 3,000 participants from Europe and beyond are expected for the 8th European Congress of Chemical Engineering and the 1st European Congress of Applied Biotechnology.

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8. European Congress of Chemical Engineering And 1. European Congress of Applied Biotechnology (Picture: Dechema)
8. European Congress of Chemical Engineering And 1. European Congress of Applied Biotechnology (Picture: Dechema)

Berlin, Germany – About 800 lectures cover the complete range of current topics from simulation to plant design and safety technology and from systems biology to biorefineries. About 1,000 scientific posters, an accompanying industry exhibition and an attractive social program stimulate discussion and offer an opportunity for networking.

Federal Minister of Education and Research Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan welcomed the participants to this important European event for process engineering and biotechnology. The opening speech was held by Prof. Dr. Peter Seeberger, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces.

The choice of a common location and date for both events is not accidental. While renewable resources are gaining in importance for the chemical industry, biotechnologists are working to implement their findings in industrial processes. Cooperation is becoming ever more intensive, and there is a large overlap of contents: Biorefineries, biobased products from fine chemicals to bioplastics, the broad area of separation techniques and bio pocess technology are sessions that address both the chemical engineer and the biotechnologist.

Traditional Chemical Topics

Of course, there is also a broad range of "traditional chemical" topics: Simulation and modelling, fluid dynamics, materials science or process intensification and all other aspects of process engineering are covered. The same applies to "purely biotechnological" issues such as bio process engineering, metabolic engineering or enzymatic catalysis that are discusses in depth.

The accompanying exhibition display practical applications, and the attendees have the chance to make new contacts to companies. This should be of special interest to the participants in the student and Ph.D. student programme: In workshops and lectures, they get first-hand information on job opportunities and career planning and have the opportunity to ask questions to professionals.

Applied engineering and biotechnology can be experienced at two students' competitions on Tuesday: In the 5th ChemCar Competition organized by the "creative young process engineers" (kjVIs) vehicles no larger than a shoe box have to master a defined distance driven by a chemical reaction. The members of the brewing society "Campusperle" have issued an invitation for the 2nd International Brewery Contest where students will demonstrate what one can produce using biotechnology.