Nova Session: ‘Potential of Gene Editing and CRISPR/Cas9 for the Biobased Economy’
March 2018

Registernow1What do modern biotechnology and especially gene editing via CRISPR/Cas9 and similar technologies mean for the bio-based economy? What do these new concepts mean in terms of technology, politics and public perception?

These are some of the questions that this Nova Session will answer. Taking place in the Cologne/Bonn Airport on 6th March 2018, CHASSY coordinator Dr John Morrissey will present a talk entitled ‘Technological Advances and Potential Applications for Genome Editing Yeasts for Industrial Biotechnology‘. This is a unique opportunity to learn from, meet, and establish collaborations with some of the leading minds using genetics for industrial biotechnology and the biobased economy. To keep yourself at the forefront of scientific developments relevant to industry, register on the event wepage.


CHASSY at the Cork Science Festival
November 2017

Presentation1CHASSY 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). To attend, register for free here.

CHASSY Annual Meeting in Straubing, Germany
October 2017

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. We look forward to meeting again in 2018!

CHASSY PI receives prestigious award
October 2017

Jens awardCHASSY 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.


June 2017

ISSY33-1The 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



Yeast Biotechnology Outreach in Cork, Ireland
June 2017

Beer Bread Biotech LogoOn 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