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Use of IB in Biosurfactants
3 September 2014, Berlin, Germany
The BIO-TIC project has organised this workshop with the aim to identify technological, non-technological and market hurdles for the uptake of industrial biotechnology in bio-surfactants and develop recommendations and solutions to overcome the identified hurdles. Input from market, policy and technological experts is crucial to help us develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry and further build on the roadmaps being developed as part of this project.
Biobased surfactants can be produced either from oils and fats via oleochemical production or from sugars, e.g. molasses by fermentation. Biobased surfactants can be used for a wide range of applications, the largest of which are currently detergents, followed by personal care products and industrial and institutional cleaners. The BIO-TIC project estimates that in 2030 the biobased surfactants market in Europe could have a market value of between 0.8 MEUR and 1.8 BEUR. The market value could be greater than this if the various hurdles to biosurfactants are addressed.
Workshop on Interoperability and Open-Source Solutions for the Internet of Things
18 September 2014, Split, Croatia
The Internet of Things (IoT) can be seen as the next evolutionary step in the Internet life-cycle, with already more than 10 billion connected devices in 2013. We are witnessing the emergence of open-source solutions targeting the IoT and cloud integration which can further drive innovation and provision of utility-driven IoT services.
This workshop aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners from industry, academia, and standardisation bodies, to showcase their practical work, exchange ideas and experiences, discuss novel solutions and future development. Workshop participants will also find common ground for collaboration in the area of interoperability for the Internet of Things.
Chemical Building Blocks – building sustainable foundations for biobased chemicals
1 October 2014, Reims, France
This workshop aims to identify workable solutions to the major hurdles and concerns hampering the development of the biobased chemicals sector in the EU. We are especially interested in views on 3HPA, succinic acid, PDO, furfural, and isoprene as we consider these chemical building blocks to have the highest potential for deployment in the EU.Input from market, policy and technological experts within the area of chemical building blocks is crucial to allow us to develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry.
Chemical building blocks provide routes to a wide range of different products and chemicals and, in turn, an astonishing range of different downstream uses. Industrial biotechnology offers the potential for developing biobased chemical building blocks that can have new or improved functionalities compared to those which can be produced from fossil fuels or traditional chemical routes. Despite this potential, significant hurdles to the production of biobased chemical building blocks using IB processes exist in the EU.
Bio-based Plastics – How do we Grow the EU Industry?
1 December 2014, Brussels
This workshop aims to identify workable solutions to the major hurdles hampering the development of the bio-based plastics sector in the EU. We are especially interested in PLA and PHA as we consider these bio-based plastics as having the highest potential for deployment in the EU. Input from market, policy and technological experts within the area of bioplastics is crucial to allow us to develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry.
Today, bio-based plastics have an established market, demonstrating rapid growth both in Europe and globally. While Europe is currently the largest producer and user of bio-based plastics, this situation is expected to change in the future with production increasingly being based in countries where feedstocks are cheaper and where production costs are lower. Even with increasing fossil fuel prices expected to make bio-based plastics more competitive compared to fossil-derived plastics, ensuring the cost-competitiveness of EU bio-based plastics production compared to other regions globally is expected to become an increasingly difficult challenge.
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7th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring
8-11 July 2014, Nantes (France)
EWSHM 2014 (European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring) invites original contributions on all topics related to Structural Health Monitoring, including, but not limited to: Physical monitoring principles in general (visual, mechanical, acoustic, electrical, thermal, etc.) Signal processing (FFT, wavelet, PCA, feature extraction, pattern recognition, etc.) Structural simulation (stress & strain, modal, acoustics, electromagnetics, thermal, neural networks, etc.) Sensors and sensor systems (network, wireless and smart sensors piezoelectric, fibre optic, electromagnetic, MEMS, nano agents, etc.) Principles of SHM-based structural monitoring, design, and maintenance SHM applications (aerospace, marine, railway, automotive, pipelines, civil engineering, power plants, energy generation and distribution, production, etc.)
Euroscience Open Forum - ESOF 2014
21-26 June 2014, Copenhagen
ESOF2014 offers a platform where researchers, journalists, policy makers, students and organisations can meet and debate European research and global challenges.
The 2014 meeting is entitled “Science Building Bridges”. The aim of this event is to raise awareness of science in the public and to strengthen the effective “bridges” between science and society.
The scientific programme, covering 8 themes, consists of keynote lectures, seminars, workshops and engaging formats for debating the latest research.
International Conference on Localization and GNSS
24-26 June 2014, Helsinki, Finland
This conference is jointly organized by European, American and Asian professionals. It aims at inspiring the development of new design, implementation, test and evaluation methodologies for wireless positioning platforms. The conference will also have a track dedicated to MULTI-POS Marie Curie ITN.
7th Conference of the International Marangoni Association (IMA7)
23-26 June 2014, Vienna, Austria
The 7th Conference of the International Marangoni Association (IMA7) brings together scientists and engineers in the field of interfacial fluid dynamics and processes and provides a forum for discussion of current problems and recent advances in the field.
The 7th Conference of the International Marangoni Association (IMA7) will take place at the Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria between 23rd and 26th of June, 2014. The topics covered by the conference are: Marangoni effects Interfacial instabilities thermo- and solutocapillary flows boiling and evaporation heat pipes thin films droplet spreading contact-angle and contact-line dynamics binary mixtures and surfactants coating surface waves microfluids liquid bridges applications in materials processing applications in bio-fluid systems.
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