14.02.2012Review CLIB Forum Internationalization
The first CLIB-Forum in 2012 dealt with the topic „Internationalization“. Besides Manfred Kircher, who also moderated the event, Achim Raschka of nova-Institute, Professor Rolf D. Schmid of Bio4Business as wellas Professor Joachim Zang of the Federal Institute of Goiás IFG in Brazil provided insights into their international projects. As a new CLIB member, Ludo Diels presented the Flemish Institute for Technological Research, VITO.

As an introduction to the subject, Manfred Kircher described why establishing the bioeconomy needs global cooperation. Besides the challenges of a shift of the economic raw material base, he also highlighted the chances for CLIB in the frame of the bioeconomy. Achim Raschka dealt with the topic internationalization in terms of international research collaborations. In the FP7 framework he exemplary described the Biomile project with our canadian partners in Drayton Valley. A study was done to analyze the potential of a material use of synthesisgas from biomass, in which both economical and technical aspects were considered. In his presentation Professor Schmid illustrated the possibilities for cooperation with Japan & China, and enlarged upon the countries‘ respective characteristics. For example highly innovative and quality products are demanded in Japan. While in China it is especially crucial to ensure municipal support, without which access to the local markets is extremely diffcult to obtain.
Ludo Diels introduced the new CLIB member Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO). This autonomous public research company has an annual budget of EUR 100 million and currently employs 670 people. He presented research projects in the areas “Process Intensification“ and “Biomass as Resource“, e.g. post-modification of membranes for affinity separation or immobilization of enzymes to produce biocatalytic membranes.
With Professor Zang we could realize the first live feed of a presenter from overseas in a CLIB forum. Connected via Skype he explained the possibilities to produce ethanol and energy from sugar cane residues. He elaborated on a german-brazilian research project, in which - besides further partners - the working group of Professor Zang at IFG Goiás and the CLIB members Schaumann, Evonik and Bielefeld University are participating. Goal of the project will be to utilize biogas for energy, as well as a fuel and platform chemical, after purification to biomethane.

After the presentations again numerous participants used the opportunity to get to know each other or to deepen existing contacts while enjoying a glass of wine and some snacks, so that the last guests left the forum at around 8pm.
The presentations of the forum are available inside the member area.