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9 February 2016

Free online introductory course on bio-based economy

The Canvas Network – a platform where teachers, students and institutions worldwide can connect – is offering an introductory course on bio-based economy, starting on 15 February. The eight-week online course will provide an overview of the economy surrounding biotechnology. Participants will learn more about biorefineries, nutrients, biopolymers, bioenergy, and the cycle that takes products from biomass to world markets.

The instructors of the course are Michiel Michels and Nathalie Marquez, both of them senior lecturers and researchers at Avans University of Applied Sciences. Michels has a special focus on bio-based chemistry, and Marquez has been involved in bio-based research projects with a focus in techno-economic evaluation of biorefinery schemes and the upscaling of biorefinery processes.

The topics of the course are: bio-based economy (bio-based production chain, dedicated crops and biomass residuals); bio-based energy (biomass input, processing, conversion, and different units of energy); biorefinery (features and classification); biopolymers (types and biosources, properties for product development, and biocomposites), natural compounds (metabolism, metabolic pathways, and compound classes); nutrients (macro and micro nutrients, and organic fertilisers); algae (production and production system), and sustainability and economics (climate, sustainability and forecast).

For more information, visit the Canvas Network website.