Biobased Principles and Opportunities
date_range Débute le 24 janvier 2017
event_note Se termine le 23 janvier 2018
list 8 séquences
assignment Niveau : Introductif
chat_bubble_outline Langue : Anglais
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En résumé

Explore how to create a sustainable future by moving away from dependence on fossil resources to biomass resources for the production of food, chemicals and energy-carriers.

We’ll focus on five topics in this course:

1. Introduction to Biobased Sciences
Learn about the products that can be derived from biomass and the processes used to do so, compared to current fossil based products and processes.

2. Production of Biomass
Discover what is being done to improve plants and how the crops and forests can be engineered using breeding methods to serve the food, energy and chemical demands of the future. We’ll also look at the potential of aquatic biomass by addressing cultivation of algae and seaweed.

3. Biorefinery
Explore techniques for extraction of valuable components from biomass, and meeting the challenge of extracting the biomass components in such a manner that they maintain their functionality.

4. Achieving Sustainability
Delve into the true meaning of sustainability and how sustainability issues are linked to human activities. Biobased products are not always as sustainable as it seems on first glance. You’ll learn that an understanding of the degree of sustainability requires a thorough analysis of a variety of factors and constituents.

5. Consumer Behaviour
Understand the challenges of moving to a bio-based economy and gaining consumer acceptance. Do consumers believe the benefits of biobased products outweigh the costs? Do businesses see the costs and benefits in the same way? You’ll learn to align these views for successful adoption of biobased production.

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Le programme

Students will be able to:  

  • Understand the concept and importance of the biobased economy and the value of biobased products.
  • Understand the role of plant breeding in biobased production chains.
  • Understand biorefinery processes and their suitability for extraction of specific biomass components.
  • Assess sustainability issues for a given biobased case.
  • Assess market opportunities from a business and consumer point of view.
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Les intervenants

  • Harry Bitter
  • Maria Barbosa
  • Ellen Slegers
  • Rik Leemans
  • Arnout Fischer
  • Corjan van den Berg
  • Elinor Scott
  • Paul Struik
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Le concepteur

Wageningen University
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La plateforme

EdX est une plateforme d'apprentissage en ligne (dite FLOT ou MOOC). Elle héberge et met gratuitement à disposition des cours en ligne de niveau universitaire à travers le monde entier. Elle mène également des recherches sur l'apprentissage en ligne et la façon dont les utilisateurs utilisent celle-ci. Elle est à but non lucratif et la plateforme utilise un logiciel open source.

EdX a été fondée par le Massachusetts Institute of Technology et par l'université Harvard en mai 2012. En 2014, environ 50 écoles, associations et organisations internationales offrent ou projettent d'offrir des cours sur EdX. En juillet 2014, elle avait plus de 2,5 millions d'utilisateurs suivant plus de 200 cours en ligne.

Les deux universités américaines qui financent la plateforme ont investi 60 millions USD dans son développement. La plateforme France Université Numérique utilise la technologie openedX, supportée par Google.

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