Meeting in Royal Fashion

October 29, 2014

MultiBioPro Second Annual Meeting in Windsor, UK

On October 23rd and 24th, 2014, the MultiBioPro consortium gathered for the second time to discuss the project’s scientific progress and further collaboration. The conference was hosted by Paul Fraser, Royal Holloway and Bedford new College and took place at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, UK. Cumberland Lodge, as an educational charity, is a unique conference centre which aims at “the betterment of society” and which can call The Queen herself its Patron. Certainly the right location for a consortium that has the goal to deliver insights into important biological processes, multipurpose biomass and to improve the utilization of renewable biosources; thus, having a real-life impact on matters like fossil-fuel based energy consumption and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The first day of the meeting was dedicated to young scientists who were able to present their research to the consortium and in return attend the large-range multidisciplinary conference and exchange views with senior scientists and practitioners. Also, the Scientific Advisory Board as well as the partnering project MultiHemp presented their work. Topics covered on day one ranged from the engineering of plant cell walls to tilling processes, bio-industrialization and biofuels in aviation.

On day two, the consortium came together for the internal MultiBioPro meeting in order to present and discuss the scientific progress of the project. The Scientific Advisory Board, i.e. Stefano Amaducci from the partner project MultiHemp, Wolfgang Schuch from Fraunhofer Chile Research as well as the Scientific Officer of the European Commission were present for this part of the meeting.

The next meeting will presumably take place at ETH Zurich in fall 2015.