Grand Challenges in Biotechnology


Friday 1 September 2017
Delft | the Netherlands

Program of the symposium

Addressing the Grand Challenges
Renowned researchers from across the globe will be presenting their research and perspective on the Grand Challenges in biotechnology symposium. The symposium will be held in the Kronigzaal (building 58) and a preliminary program is now available.


Preliminary program

TIME SPEAKER AFFILIATION TOPIC
8:45 REGISTRATION & COFFEE
9:00 Rector Magnificus – Karel Luyben TU Delft Welcome by Rector Magnificus – Karel Luyben "Technology for Life" – Vision and ambition TU Delft
9:15 Isabel Arends TU Delft Welcome by Chair – Presentation of Department and its achievements
9:30 Adrie Straathof TU Delft Presentation draft version paper
9:50 Marcel Wubbolts Corbion "Industrial challenges in Biotechnology"
10:20 BREAK
10:50 Edwin Zondervan Bremen Univ. Shifting frontiers in bio-process systems engineering
11:10 Elena Torfs Laval Univ. (Quebec) Towards a circular economy from a system engineering point of view
11:30 Sergi-Astals Garcia Univ. of Queensland (AU) The role of anaerobic digestion and fermentation in the circular economy
11:50 Peter Mooij TU Delft The role of phototrophs in a biobased society
12:10 Cees Haringa DSM Taking the microbial perspective: hydrodynamic-metabolic simulations for bioprocesses design, operation and optimization
12:30 LUNCH & NETWORKING
13:30 Kirsten Benjamin Amyris Expanding the range of products from industrial & synthetic biotechnology: challenges & progress
14:00 TBA From screening to production - challenges in evaluating and predicting microbial process performance
14:20 Nick Wierckx Aachen Univ. Microbial biotechnology: from gene to process
14:40 Xavier Casadevall ETH Zurich Microtechnology for Biomimetic and High-Throughput Screens
15:00 SHORT BREAK with COFFEE
15:15 Filip Meysman Free Univ. Brussels How bacteria discovered electricity way before Allesandro Volta: the potential of “electrical microbes” for biotechnology
15:35 Charilaos Xiros Bern Univ. of AS. Novel biorefinery approach using microbial compartmentation
15:55 Michael Fink Harvard Univ. Engineering the stability and resilience of mixed bacterial cultures
16:15 Mark Bisschops TU Delft Engineering yeast’s cell biology for industry and human health
16:35 SHORT BREAK with DRINKS
16:50 Discussion on vision paper
17:30 CLOSURE