The Course


The Advanced Training Course is focused on “Emerging Biotechnologies for Sustainable Waste Management and Biorefinery Development” and it is addressed to Master graduates, PhD students and PhD. During the course, up to-date lectures will be given with the aim to stimulate interactive discussions among participants and speakers. The Advanced Training Course is sponsored by the EU funded project “BIOASSORT”(n°318931) - "Improvement of technologies and tools, e.g. biosystems and biocatalysts, for waste conversion to develop an assortment of high added value eco-friendly and cost-effective bio-products" ( Both early stage and advanced researchers of BIOASSORT project partners will take part in the course as audience and speakers, respectively.

The course is organized in the following sessions:

BIOASSORT project and BIOASSORT partners' contributions on emerging biotechnologies for sustainable waste management

BIOASSORT is the acronym of the project titled "Improvement of technologies and tools, e.g. biosystems and biocatalysts, for waste conversion to develop an assortment of high added value eco-friendly and cost-effective bio-products", funded by the European Commission under the Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme, within the Seventh European Community Framework Programme. This section will start with a lecture held by the project coordinator on the main results of the BIOASSORT project: improvement of technologies and biological tools for the conversion of Fractions of Municipal Solid Wastes and agro-industrial wastes. Furthermore, some BIOASSORT partners will show the most emerging and latest biotechnological strategies for the wastes upgrading: the utilization of the agro-residual waste for the fuel production and high value added products and the main perspective on mechanical-biological treatment of municipal solid waste will be discussed.

Other emerging biotechnologies for sustainable waste management

Over the past decade, an increasing interest has been recorded about the emerging strategies to improve the solid waste management and toprovide, in the same time, alternative clean energy sources. In this section, the idea of using the municipal wastes as feedstock for biogas production by anaerobic digestion will be shown as a promising solution to environmental conservation, sustainability and supplies of “clean” energy. Moreover, an overview on the dark fermentation and anaerobic digestion processes for the hydrogen production will be proposed.

Involvement of stakeholders for sustainable, circular economy

The environmental impacts and sustainability associated with all the stages of waste management will be examined in order to verify the environmental performances of new technologies, their social acceptance and economic viability. In particular, there will be the description of the methodsadoptedto carry out this analysis by Life-cycle assessment (LCA) in order to assess the potential (environmental) associated aspects. The LCA is a systematic tool consisting of the inventory of relevant inputs and outputs of the process, the evaluation of the potential environmental impacts associated with those inputs and outputs, and the interpretation of the results of the inventory and impact phases in relation to the objectives of the study.

Industrial session

Some companies will show their new technologies, applications and innovative solutions, based on sustainable biomass, complementary to petroleum derived materials and fuels, overcoming the inherent limitations of fossil-based derivatives, and without upsetting the food chain. Furthermore, the biorefinery concept will be described, with the aim of integrating biomass conversion processes and equipment to produce bio-based products (food, feed, chemicals, materials) and bioenergy (biofuels, power, heat) using all the different components of biomass providing solutions for specific environmental problems and reducing the fossil fuel and oil consumption.

European fund raising for sustainable waste management (Open Section)

The course will end with a section - opened to all the interested researchers through previous registration - on European fund raising for sustainable waste management. Horizon 2020 is the biggest European Union Research and Innovation program ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding. In this section, the opportunities of the EU bioeconomy and industrial biotechnology development will be shown, according to priorities in 2016-17 Horizon 2020 work programs (WPs). The Focus will be particularly put on the pillars “Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies-LEITs”, Societal Challenges 2 (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy) and Societal Challenges 5 (Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials). This will include a presentation of the funding opportunities related to the upgrading of wastes in the frame of the area “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials Challenge” in Horizon 2020 for the transition towards a circular economy. Finally, there will be the presentation of the European Centre of the University of Naples Federico II "Europe Direct LUPT”, part of Europe Direct Network of the European Commission with particular reference to its inner section "European Space of Research and European Fund Raising".

A keynote on "Science and societal needs" will end the Advanced Training Course

Today the world is facing urgent problems that have to be solved on a solid scientific basis. To achieve this scientists have to develop both their sciences and their societal competence. Chemists are in a key position given the chemical basis of our existence.