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This year, the first edition of the new student competition: Biobased Innovation Student Challenge Europe (BISC-E), encourages students to explore the emerging biobased workfield while developing a new biobased product or process. The Dutch final will be held on 15 September. Plans for a European competition are being developed.
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At BISC-E student teams develop a biobased innovation (product or process) and present their ideas to a jury of experts from industry and science. The presentations are accompanied by an extensive dossier explaining sustainability, technical feasibility and economic viability of the innovation.

The challenge is open for 4th year students of university of applied sciences (HBO) and university students (BSc and MSc) in the Netherlands. Due to the multidisciplinary character of the challenge it is recommended to embody multiple disciplines in a team. Team members can come from different institutions.

The ideas will be judged by a jury with members from science and industry. Members are Floris Rutjes, Professor in Organic Synthesis at Radboud University Nijmegen, Luuk van der Wielen, Distinguished Professor for Biobased Economy at Delft University of Technology, Marcel Wubbolts, Chief Technology Officer at Corbion. The jury will be chaired by Kees de Gooijer, chairman of the board of TKI-BBE.

BISC-E is an initiative of TKI-BBE. The Dutch Top Sectors Agri&Food, Chemistry and Energy join forces in TKI-BBE to replace fossil resources by biomass. TKI-BBE builds, maintains, and executes the knowledge & innovation agenda over all TRL levels. Next to new knowledge and innovations, fresh talents are needed to come to a transition to a biobased society. BISC-E is one of the means to inspire young talent to work in the emerging biobased sector.

The first teams already registered for the competition. Registration is open until 30 April. More information can be found on Bisc-e.