CHASSY coordinator, John Morrissey, participated in the Cork Science Festival’s ‘Science for Sustainability’ event. An exhibition on scientific advances contributing to environmental and economic sustainability ran in St Peter’s, Cork from the 10th -19th November 2017. Dr Morrissey’s talk, ‘Fermenting the Future’ outlined the contribution that yeast biotechnology can make to sustainability (11th November @ 18:30).
The CHASSY consortium met in Straubing, Germany, for its first annual meeting in early October 2017. This 2 day meeting included scientific updates and planning, meetings of the various project bodies and work packages, a tour of Clariant’s wheat straw to ethanol demonstration plant, a poster session displaying the researchers’ work, and an enjoyable group dinner. The meeting was a great opportunity to form and strengthen collaborations, to plan the work for year 2 of the project, to learn about some concrete applications of yeast research and biotechnology in the bio-based economy, and to get to know the people working on the project. Thanks to Clariant for organising. The photo album is available here. We look forward to meeting again in 2018!
CHASSY PI, Jens Nielsen, was awarded the prestigious ‘Energy Frontiers Award’ by the Italian oil company, ENI. He was presented with the award in a ceremony attended by the Italian president. The ENI award is known as the ‘Nobel Prize for Energy’ by the scientific community. Professor Nielsen was given the award in recognition of his work on producing hydrocarbons in yeast. Read the full press release here.
Two CHASSY PIs, Jens Nielsen and Eckhard Boles were invited to present their work in a session entitled ‘New Biotechnologies’ at the 28th International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Microbial Biology in Prague, Czech Republic. Prof. Nielsen’s talk focussed on metabolic engineering of yeast using systems biology, and Prof. Boles’ talk looked at artificial and re-engineered enzyme complexes for biotechnology.
The 33rd International Specialised Symposium on Yeasts (ISSY33) was held at University College, Cork on the 26th – 29th June 2017. Overall, the conference was an inspiring and fascinating selection of scientific research, and a great mix of industry and academic researchers from all over the world and at all stages of their careers…more
On 28th June, the CHASSY project management team put on an exhibition and lecture to engage the general public in the past, present, and future of yeast biotechnology. John Morrissey gave a highly engaging lecture on the history of brewing yeast and current developments in yeast research. Noemi Montini discussed the bio-based economy and yeast in biofuels with attendees, and researchers from UCC, INRA, Evolva, and other institutions presented their research and produce to the people of Cork, Ireland…more