09.01.2013CLIB-Graduate Cluster funding extended
In 2009, the University of Bielefeld, TU-Dortmund University, Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf and the Forschungszentrum Jülich launched the CLIB-Graduate Cluster Industrial Biotechnology (CLIB-GC). We are delighted to announce that the CLIB-GC will be further financed for another three years by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MIWF) as well as by the participating universities.

Dr. Thomas Schwarz, Cluster Manager of CLIB2021: "A close connection of our Graduate Cluster with research and industry partners from CLIB2021 has already proven successful during the first three years. In addition to the basic work, for the next three years it will be important to keep the alumni, who are now increasingly entering research and industry, actively engaged with our cluster."

The CLIB-GC is one of the largest structured doctoral programs in Europe and a unique interdisciplinary training at the interface between academic and industrial research in biotechnology with a total funding of 12 million Euros for over 120 doctoral students. A special focus in the second period will lie on the role of biotechnology as a central and pioneering research area of the bioeconomy. The linkage with the international network "CLIB2021 - Cluster Industrial Biotechnology" provides excellent cooperation with enterprises of industrial biotechnology and offers graduates a strong and early connection to applied research in industry.

CLIB2021 will continue the central coordination of the Graduate Cluster and will involve these young and interdisciplinary graduates in its network. Some of them will give talks at the upcoming CLIB conference in April. It is particularly encouraging to see that a plenty of cooperation between the graduates and industrial companies from the CLIB membership has already been carried out. We see excellent opportunities for our region to recruit highly trained young scientists with interdisciplinary backgrounds in the bioeconomy in the future.


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