Bioceb

European Master in Biological and Chemical Engineering for a Sustainable Bioeconomy

Bioceb Induction week August 23rd – 27th 2021

One year after the online launching of the programme, Bioceb welcomed its second intake in Reims, in the presence of staffs from URCA, AgroParisTech, ULiège and TalTech. Aalto’s representatives, as well as a few students who could not be present in-person, took part to the event online, so that the whole consortium and the 24 students could be brought together.

The key position of the Bioceb EMJMD in the context of Bioeconomy and in the scientific strategy of their respective Institutions was underlined by Prof. Gilles Trystram (AgroParisTech General Director) and Prof. Essaid Ait-Barka (Vice-President of International Affairs at URCA) during their opening talks. The backgrounds of the students (chemical engineering, biology and biotechnology, food, environmental and material sciences) and the diversity of their geographical origin (no less than 17 nationalities) confirmed the relevancy of a multidisciplinary and intercultural programme in this field.

Before leaving the floor for a presentation of each Institution, Prof. Stéphanie Baumberger (Bioceb coordinator) reminded the main lines of the Programme and emphasized the activities related to personal development (interculturality and language courses, theater workshops, visits of cultural sites and sports).

In a session dedicated to the Green Line Project (GLP), the students discovered the six topics proposed this year to the cohort in relation with the different tracks: Lignin engineering and Cell factory projects (Track 1); Biofuel production (Track 2); Valorisation of cellulose in ionic liquids (Track 3); Bioconversion of a cellulose-based intermediate (Track 4); Bio-based polyesters (Track 5). They had the opportunity to exchange online with the 1st cohort about the challenges raised by GLP.

As the first 2020 edition, the 2021 Induction week included time of exchange between students (speed meetings and buddy parties), theater workshops with AgroParisTech staff, as well as online Bioeconomy lectures given by associated partners (N. Béfort, Néoma Business school; M. Delcourt, Global Bioenergies). All the participants could visit the European Center of Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (CEBB) where Prof. Florent Allais presented the activity of the AgroParisTech URD AgroBiotechnologies Industrielles. One GLP was proposed by the URD this year.

Cultural activities were not lacking, with the famous online “Champagne quizz”, but also the discovery of Reims by night and the visit of the Champagne vineyards and cellars, implemented for the first time for Bioceb students!

Many thanks to the URCA team for organizing this warm and stimulating event and welcome to Bioceb’s second intake!

- Updated September 2021 -