July 2016

Bio-plastics from waste cooking oil

Vikas Ecotech Ltd, manufacturer of specialty polymers, compounds and additives, has signed an MoU with Czech Republic based Nafigate Corporation for technology to convert waste cooking oil in to biopolymer PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate). As per the agreement, Nafigate will transfer Hydal technology, which is a process to convert waste cooking oil into PHA biopolymer by means of fermentation and subsequent PHA polymer isolation, to Vikas Ecotech.


Full article: http://www.business-standard.com/vikasecotech

Call for Papers!

Be part of the next special issue of Microbial Biotechnology with the titel: 'From complex waste to valuable plastic'

Submission deadline is the 30th of November 2016

This Special issue aims to present the most innovative advances in the field of waste bioconversion through mini-reviews, research articles, research notes, and opinion pieces.

More information: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1111/%28ISSN%291751-7915/asset/homepages/2015-waste-to-plastic.pdf?v=1&s=515a15169c2007bdb7cc39f091dff754cb31c054

ISBP 2016

15th International Symposium on Biopolymers; 26. September – 29. September; 28045 Madrid (Spain)

CSIC cordially invites you to attend the 2016 International Symposium on Biopolymers (ISBP2016), to be held in Madrid (Spain) from 26- 29, September. Please save these days in your agenda. ISBP is a successful congress series on biopolymers that has been held every two years since the initial meeting in Toronto 1988. ISBP will take place in the Hotel Rafael Atocha, Méndez Álvaro, 30, located in the center of Madrid, at walking distance of the main train station Atocha and directly connected to the airport.

For more information, click here: www.isbp2016/facebookevent.com

Also, the official website: www.isbp2016.com

P4SB 4th General Assembly

28th – 29th of March 2017 in Leipzig

On the 28th to the 29th of March 2017 P4SB will have its 4th General Assembly.
We are already excited!

Click here for the Event: www.P4SB4thGeneralAssembly

Vice-Chancellor’s response to the EU referendum result

Brexit- how does it affect P4SB and it's partners?

""Following the UK electorate’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), I know that people will have a lot of questions, many of which we cannot easily answer today. However, in the short-term there will not be any immediate material change to the immigration status of current and prospective staff and students, nor to the way the UK University sector participates in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus."-Professor G Q Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey

Let´s keep our fingers crossed that the referendum has no serious consequences for our P4SB-project!


Click here for the article: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/

Melissa Hart wins Foundation prize

Congratulations to Melissa Hart, who worked for our close partner SynBio lab at the University of Surrey. She has not only graduated today but also won the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation prize to the best Biochemistry project of this year!

Melissa worked under the supervision of Manuel Salvador and developed a molecular tool for CRISPRi in Pseudomonas putida. Her work was part of Surrey's contribution to P4SB.


Also, have a look on their website: https://surreysynbio.wordpress.com/

How to write a Data Management Plan

As data management is essential in our P4SB project, we encourage our members to participate in the webinar "How to write a Data Management Plan".


More information: https://www.openaire.eu/

17th European Congress on Biotechnology

A European Federation of Biotechnology

Need an interesting way to connect to the world of Biotechnology?
Try the 17th European Congress on Biotechnology Kraków!

The Congress will provide an excellent opportunity for interaction between the scientific community and many segments of the biotechnology industry to provide a platform for exchanging ideas and their applications.

Click here for the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1557775184528262/

Congratulations to Manuel for winning the poster price

We are very proud to announce, that the poster of Manuel from our project partner University of Surrey has been selected as the best poster of the symposium “Bioenergia y Bioproductos” at the BIO.IBEROAMERICA 2016 congres.

Very well done, Manuel and congratulations from the entire consortium!


Need more information? Click here: http://bioiberoamerica2016.com/

Presentation at UK Society for Biomaterials

Thanks to Maria Manoli from our project partner CSIC, who presented a P4SB-related poster at the UK Society for Biomaterials Meeting in London (Westminster). Well done, Maria!


Have a look on the event itself: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405478936425479/