The Chair of Biotechnology invites you to the free CrossBEE Massive Open Online Course on Biobased Products

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The Chair of Biotechnology invites you to the first CrossBEE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on biobased products for a sustainable bioeconomy.

What is a MOOC?

A Massive Open Online Course is an online educational course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the internet. This means, you can access the course and content without limitations and without charge.

But MOOCs are much more than simple online lectures: they allow you to interact with other MOOC participants from all over the world in solving sophisticated problem sets and interactive assignments. You will also be provided with forums that allow you to directly discuss the course content with our course staff.

Our MOOC called “Biobased Products for a Sustainable (Bio)economy” can be found on the edX platform. Your MOOC teaching staff consists of acclaimed academic and industrial experts in the field of biobased products from Belgium, Netherlands and Germany.

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About the course

Have you ever asked what “biobased” means or wondered about the key aspects in developing and commercializing biobased products? This course will answer those questions and more; highlighting the opportunities, hurdles, and driving forces of the bioeconomy.

Today’s industries face enormous global challenges when it comes to the fossil-based economy. Fossil resources are no longer a desirable feedstock for many products and governments’ climate goals put various limitations to its usage. Moreover, consumer perception has become an increasingly important factor. With biobased products as an alternative to the fossil-based economy, the bioeconomy can provide viable solutions to these challenges.

The course describes the different types of biomass, the methods of refinery and typical conversion technologies used for biobased products. You'll also engage in a study of the practical and real-life examples emerging in the market: biopolymers, bioenergy, bioflavours, and biosurfactants.

The course has been developed by a team of experts from seven different institutions and universities in three different countries, all sharing their personal perspectives on the opportunities and challenges faced by the biobased industry.

What you'll learn

  • How to judge the opportunities for biobased resources as alternative feedstocks compared to fossil resources
  • The challenges and opportunities of the bioeconomy and the basic elements of the value chain
  • Real life examples of biobased products of the bioeconomy, such as biosurfactants, bioflavours, bioenergy, and biopolymers
  • How biobased products are produced
  • The key issues that must be overcome for the commercialization of such products

Did we make you curious?

Then please register for free and please provide us for 5 to 6 hours maximum of your time per week from 16th of January to 6th of March 2019 to show you how we can create sustainable and biobased products from renewable resources to replace fossil fuels for good.

Please feel free to enroll for the MOOC at

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