AgroParisTech's Industrial Agro-Biotechnologies (ABI) R&D unit was strongly involved throughout the 73rd edition of “Foire de Châlons"
Professor Florent Allais, director of the URD ABI, met with the Minister of Agriculture, Didier Guillaume. This was the opportunity to present the research work carried out in the European Center for Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (CEBB) and especially those in partnership with the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne (URCA) and INRA.
A dedicated day around agrosciences, environment, biotechnology and bioeconomy took place on Thursday, September 5th at the “URCA & associated institutions” booth to raise public awareness on the academic research projects developed in Champagne Ardenne around valorisation and plant transformation.
Mathilde Grandchamp, research engineer and head of the Crop Health business unit at URD ABI also participated in a round table on "biocontrol or how to protect your crops sustainably? ". It was an opportunity to meet and discuss with local stakeholders (ARD, Planet A, URCA, IAR cluster) biocontrol and present this new research topic of URD ABI.
On September 6th was held the dedication of IHEDA (gathering University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, AgroParisTech, the CNAM and NEOMA Business School), an insitute dedicated to the High Studies of Agriculture for the youth of the sensitization, the mobilization, the gathering of the professionals In order to answer the expectations of the XXI century we had to assume the role of nurturer to take a process in the process of changing societies, preserving our planet and participating in the fight against global warming
Finally, "Foire de Châlons" was also the opportunity to launch the ADEME-funded METHAGRID collaborative project on the development of a biological hydrogen methanation process resulting from the gasification of biomass. This project is supported by AgroParisTech's URD ABI and coordinated by the start-up TMA Process and in partnership with CentraleSupélec, ARD, Cristal-Union and GRT-GAZ.
August 27, 2019 Gilles Trystram (AgroParisTech CEO), Guillaume Gellé (President of the Champagne-Ardenne University), and Philippe Mauguin (CEO of INRA) signed a framework agreement for scientific cooperation between their three institutions. The event took place in the presence of the president of the Grand Est region, several parliamentarians, and many elected representatives of local authorities and representatives of the academic and professional worlds.
This agreement allows the reinforcement of cooperation between these three institutions in the Reims region, already illustrated by the links they maintain in research and innovation (for AgroParisTech with the URD Agro-Biotechnologies Industrielles within the European Center for Biotechnology and Bioeconomy aka CEBB) as well as in teaching (in particular URCA accreditation for the ABIES doctoral school, collaboration between AgroParisTech and URCA in the BIOCEB European Master who has just been selected for funding by the European Union).
Pr. Florent Allais and Pr. Richard Gross, respectivelyvice-chair and chair, made this very first edition of this GRC a success. It was also the opportunity for Dr. Louis Mouterde to present a poster entitled “From Sawdust to High Value-Added Chemicals: a Sustainable Access to Chiral Lactones” that described the valorization of Levoglucosenone to valuable synthons and end-products developed at the URD ABI.
This event was sponsored by the CEBB, the Grand Reims community, the Grand Est region, the SFR Condorcet, AgroParisTech and ADM to name a few.
Bioceb consists in a dedicated 4-semester MSc joint curriculum, with a core in-depth training in biotechnology encompassing biological resource diversity and optimal use, bioprocess design and upscaling, and biobased products engineering for targeted markets, with complementary focus on soft skills including project management.
In order to promote the development of sustainable and circular bioeconomy systems, the program goes beyond the biomass processing technical issues, by providing knowledge of green chemistry principles, tools for socio-economic and environmental assessment, experience of facing real-life bioeconomy challenges through projects and examples of flexible biorefinery systems adapted to local contexts.
To deliver Bioceb vision, five European Higher Education Institutions pool complementary competences and approaches, all converging on the development of biotechnologies in the context of bioeconomy:
Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences (AgroParisTech) – France, University of Reims-Champagne-Ardenne (URCA) – France, Aalto University – Finland, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) – Estonia, University of Liège (ULiège) – Belgium
Great success for the scientific inter-chairs meeting at the CEBB today! Trainees from URD ABI, Neoma Business School and CentraleSupelec chairs presented their research work. Among the topics covered: Production and purification of products of interest from algal biomass, new method for assessing ethanol production by microscopy, innovative biosourced anti-germinative molecule, etc...
This event ended with a friendly barbecue with all CEBB staff.
The first consortium meeting of the Interreg Project AgriWasteValue took place in Paris (Centre Claude Bernard, AgroParisTech) in June, 28th 2019. AgriWasteValue is coordinated by URD-ABI (AgroParisTech Innovation). The aim of the project is to transform agricultural residues from the European North-West regions into bioactive compounds in order to use them in key industrial sectors such as the cosmetic and nutraceutical sectors and then in a second phase in the energy, chemical and agricultural sectors.
The project will last 42 months with a total budget of 2.25M€.
The Interreg AgriWasteValue project brings together partners from five different countries: Germany with Pruf-und Forschungsinstitut Pirmasens eVCenter (PFI), the Netherlands with Delphy, Switzerland with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Belgium with partners CELABOR and Valbiom and finally France with, alongside AgroParisTech, the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Eurasanté and Cosmetic Valley.