At mid of June, representatives of TUM, UQ and UNESP will meet in Freising and Straubing (Germany) to conduct a joint symposium on „Natural Products: Analytics, Biodiversity and Biochemistry“. This is another outstanding possiblity to further strengthening the Global Bioeconomy Alliance.
Please find the symposium`s program here.
2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and it is not only celebrated in Munich and Bavaria, but on international level as well: On this occasion, numerous friends, alumni and cooperation partners of TUM attended the festive reception at the residence of the German Consul General on 23rd of March, 2018 in São Paulo. Some alumni even traveled more than six hours by car to celebrate the strengthening of their alma mater’s cooperation ties with Brazil.
The workshop “Renewable Resources” on 9th of March, 2018 in Campinas, Brazil dealt with biocatalytic, fermentative, chemo- and electro-catalytic processes for a sustainable production of chemicals as well as with possibilities of cooperation between Brazil and Germany. Speakers were from CTBE, CNPEM, Embrapii, FAPESP, UNESP, UNICAMP, Fibria, Nitro Quimica, TUM, Fraunhofer IGB, Fraunhofer IVV, DFG and DAAD.
On 5th of March, 2018 representatives of TUM and UNESP discussed at UNESP (São Paulo, Brazil) the further procedure regarding the establishment of the Global Bioeconomy Alliance. Topics were – among others – the possibilities of cooperation and financing. Participants of the conversation included:
Prof. Dr. Volker Sieber (TUM, Rector of Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability), Prof. Dr. Michael Rychlik (TUM, Faculty of Chemistry), Prof. Dr. José Celso Freire Jr. (UNESP, Head of International Office), Prof. Dr. Carlos Vergani (UNESP, Deputy Head of International Office) and Prof. Dr. Carlos Graeff (UNESP, Prorector Research).
International academics, researchers, and government representatives met from 4th to 6th of October, 2017 at UQ (Brisbane, Australia) to explore the role of biotechnology on future economies. Organised by UQ in collaboration with TUM, the symposium reflected growing global interest in achieving a sustainable bioeconomy, and explored measures and challenges identified by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Commission. The symposium expanded upon existing research initiatives, identified new opportunities for joint projects, and supported broad academic collaboration between UQ and TUM, especially in the fields of healthy and safe foods, renewable resources, and bioprocesses engineering. Tripartite collaboration with Brazil – a bioproduct powerhouse – was also strengthened.
On 4th of July, 2017 a delegation from the Australian UQ came to TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability, Germany to initiate an international cooperation in teaching regarding the new course „Chemical Biotechnology“. One of the topics is to allow students to study also at the partner university – in short: Straubing students are allowed to study in Brisbane for a certain period of time and vice versa.
Researchers from UQ recently returned from Germany, where they explored the future of biotechnology with some of Europe’s leading scientists. Hosted by TUM, the ‘Research Symposium on Biotechnology for Food and Chemicals’ (19th to 21st of June, 2017) provided a platform to discuss advances in the biological sciences, and how Australia and Germany could progress into a cleaner, greener, and healthier future.
The event program is available online.
The aim of the symposium, held on 11th to 12th of June, 2015 at TUM (Munich, Germany) was to bring together scientists and students from UQ and TUM, who are engaged in identifying solutions to significant global challenges such as sustainable production of food, chemicals, materials and energy in the light of dwindling resources. The symposium served as a platform to strengthen an extensive network of cooperations in the field of engineering, chemistry, biotechnology and agriculture for a sustainable bioeconomy.
Furthermore, the opportunity was used by the presidents of both universities – Prof. Wolfgang Herrmann (TUM) and Prof. Peter Hoj (UQ) – to reaffirm the close cooperation by signing a corresponding cooperation contract.
The event program is available online.