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16/11/2021 Pollination Days 2021. Sustainability in the rigid packaging industry
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06/10/2021

Plastics are Future

AIMPLAS, Plastics Technological Institute in Valencia, has organized the third edition of its international seminar Plastics are Future. The event will celebrate its next edition on October 6 and 7, with a hybrid format. This will allow attendees to access the sessions both in person, or from any other place via streaming.


The event will be developed through four differentiated blocks. In the first two, will take place during the first day, it is planned to discuss how plastic materials can respond to environmental challenges in sectors such as mobility or construction. Also, how polymers can help us fight against super resistant viruses or bacteria, as well as against diseases such as cancer. During the second day, innovative solutions for agricultural production and to guarantee food safety through packaging will be presented. The last of the blocks will be dedicated to the new concept of Industry 5.0.

In total, there are about twenty presentations that will be given by experts from research centers. This is the case with Fraunhofer; Cidetec; the UPV; TNO; Imdea; Public Health of the Generalitat Valenciana; AEBAM; the University of Warwick; Faith; Cajamar; the Inta and AIMPLAS. Professionals from companies such as Biofabrik, Lis Data and Finboot Tech will also take part.

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28/09/2021

Knowledge is power

Dr. Jasmina Nikodinvic Runic presented BioICEP project and solutions for packaging circularity, in the TV show “Knowledge is power” (Radio Television of Serbia, Serbian public broadcaster).

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24/09/2021

BIOICEP in European Researchers' Night 2021

The European Researchers' Night is a Europe-wide public event, which displays the diversity of science and its impact on citizens' daily lives in fun, inspiring ways! The 2021 edition takes place on 24 September in 29 countries. 

 

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26/07/2021

Biotrans 2021

The Biotrans 2021 symposium provides the unique chance to bring the recent advances in biocatalysis research to every location in the world. Download the IMGGE abstract: "Towards novel PET-ases: Whole-cell biotransformation of PET-related substrates"

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08/07/2021

ISBP 2021

Due to the pandemic situation, ISBP2020/2021 and ESBP2021, the two major symposiums on biopolymers, are transformed into a weekly online international seminar series. To this end, group leaders, PhD students, company members working in the biopolymer field can present their results in a ≈ 30 min keynote lecture or in form of 10 min short lectures (two in a row per webinar).

Our friend Dr. Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic, presented her work on mcl-PHA films for biomedical applications.

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01/07/2021

Its an honour to announce that our friend Nikolaivits et al. has been awared with the 2nd price award for the poster entitled “Discovery of a novel PETase-like enzyme for the degradation of plastic waste” on behalf of the 8th International Conference on S

The THESSALONIKI 2021 Conference aims to stimulate the interest of scientic community, competent authorities of public and private sector and inform them about the latest developments and achievements in the feld of solid waste management with special emphasis on municipal solid waste. Waste prevention, separation at source & recycling, biological Treatment (composting & anaerobic digestion), the treatment at central facilities constitute priority subjects of the conference agenda.

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29/06/2021

Clean the beach action!

Net Beach Action. Shandong University Qingdai campus is located on the beautiful Yellow Sea coast, every evening nearby residents and tourists often go to the seaside Binhai Park to play, and usually they will find garbage on the beach. This garbage not only affects the mood of viewing, but also causes pollution to the marine environment. Volunteers from the MBMR team came to Marina Park on the afternoon of May 23rd. Teachers and students were divided in 3 groups: science group, sampling group and the net beach group. The science group gave residents and tourists advice on preventing plastic pollution and urged them not to throw away garbage. The sampling group went deep into the sea and sampled the sea water, sediment and plastic garbage. Last group searched for garbage along the coastline. Garbage mostly included food bags, beverage bottles and paper towels.
Tourists even joined our volunteers and participants in this noble act and helped with cleaning!

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28/06/2021

BioICEP Consortium Meeting

On June 24-25, took place the BioICEP Consortium Meeting, where were reviewed the project key achievements to date and the progress towards expected each work package.

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28/06/2021

The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Catalysis Sciences—A Celebration of Catalysts 10th Anniversary

Our friend Dr. Evangelos Topakas, from Biotechnology Laboratory, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, will be in sessions Biocatalysis Session in the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Catalysis Sciences in 2021 (ECCS 2021), that will be hosted online at https://eccs2021.sciforum.net/.

10th Anniversary of Catalysts

The year 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of Catalysts, a peer-reviewed open access journal of catalysts and catalyzed reactions published monthly online by MDPI. Catalysts has published more than 4000 papers in the form of reviews, research papers, and communications. More than 700 of these papers have received over 10 citations. To celebrate this 10th anniversary, we are arranging a series comprising special content and events. We hope you will join us in celebrating this milestone of our journal and enjoy the collections below.

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28/06/2021

State Key Laboratory of Microbiology Technology 2021

Clean the beach action!
Our partners from Shandong University in China, led by Professor Qi Qingsheng, vice president of Microbial Technology Research Institute, organized all teachers and students of the Microbial Synthesis and Metabolic Regulation Task group to carry out a public event in order to raise environmental protection awareness and cultivate public interest in plastic degradation research and social responsibility.
MBMR volunteers participated in the State Key Laboratory of Microbiology Technology 2021 “Qi Meng Wei Lai” public open day activities. Participants had a chance to learn about plastic pollution problems and possible ways of intervention. Using their own research, scientists talked about important topics, such as:


→ Properties, advantages and disadvantages of different plastics and their degradation process,
→ Environmental problems caused by petroleum-based plastics and serious consequences as a result of no intervention,
→ Environment friendly bio-based plastic introduction and importance.

Children also learned about the dangers of plastic pollution and developed a love for biology and research. This popular science activity was intended to make everyone involved to get a better perspective on plastic pollution problem.

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20/05/2021

EFB2021 virtual conference

PhD students involved in BioICEP project have presented their work at EFB2021 virtual conference. EFB2021 is the major scientific conference organised by the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB) with 81 speaker and 206 poster presentations. EFB is Europe’s non-profit federation of National Biotechnology Associations, Learned Societies, Universities, Scientific Institutes, Biotech Companies and individual biotechnologists working to promote biotechnology throughout Europe and beyond. As the independent “Voice of Biotechnology in Europe”, EFB promotes the safe, sustainable and beneficial use of fundamental research and innovation in life sciences, while providing a forum for interdisciplinary and international cooperation.

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18/05/2021

Shannon Region Postgraduate Research Conference (SRPRC)

Hosted by leading postgraduate researchers who are studying across Limerick Institute of Technology, Mary Immaculate College, University Limerick and Athlone Institute of Technology, is a space where postgraduate students across all disciplines can share their research journey. It aims to support postgraduate researchers' intellectual and career development most notably through postgraduates' presentation seminars, poster pitches, well-being, research skills workshops, and moments outlining their experiences about life as a researcher. 

The Shannon Region Postgraduate Research Conference (SRPRC), hosted by leading postgraduate researchers who are studying across Limerick Institute of Technology, Mary Immaculate College, University Limerick and Athlone Institute of Technology, is a space where postgraduate students across all disciplines can share their research journey. It aims to support postgraduate researchers' intellectual and career development most notably through postgraduates' presentation seminars, poster pitches, well-being, research skills workshops, and moments outlining their experiences about life as a researcher. This year, SRPRC was held online on the 18th and 19th of May with 300 participants. Diana Garza, PhD researcher from Athlone Institute of Technology took a part in this conference and presented her work on BioICEP project winning award for the best use of graphics in poster section. Her poster was titled 'Microbes with the appetite for plastic: Exploring the enzymatic potential of the contaminated sites.

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10/05/2021

Pint of Science invites scientists to your favourite local pubs and cafes to share their research with you. This year, we are going virtual and bringing the best researchers Ireland has to offer to your living room.

Dr. Margaret Brennan Fournet (Material Research Institute, Athlone Institute of Technology) present at The Quest for Zero Polluting High Performance Plastics.

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28/04/2021

AIT Department receives major investment for future technology projects

Dr. Margaret Brennan Fournet presented BioICEP on the online radio of Shannonside Radio live, which launched in 1989 together with its twin-station Northern Sound. She's been speaking to MaryClaire Grealy about the work of the Department and how they are working on making plastics such as packaging for our meat more sustainable.

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21/04/2021

Dr. Margaret Fournet presented BioInnovative solutions for packaging circularity, at Strategic Research Needs for the European Plastics and Composites Industry 2021

ECP4, The European Composites, Plastics and Polymer Processing Platform (https://www.ecp4.eu/) is pleased to announce that the Bi-Annual Conference "Strategic Research Needs for the European Plastics and Composites Industry" will take place on the 21st of April 2021 as a virtual event.

Building upon the success of previous years and after the publication in December 2020 of the “Sustainable Plastic Strategy”, ECP4 is happy to invite you to this conference that focuses on trends and solutions for the circularity challenges of many plastic industrial sectors.

 

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29/03/2021

HORIZON EUROPE. Success Stories from Horizon 2020

Our collegue Dr. Margaret Brennan Fournet, Materials Research Centre, Athlone Institute of Technology, represented at the Irish Horizon Europe Launch event the success story of our project BioICEP.
Running from 2021-2027, Horizon Europe will be the most ambitious Research and Innovation programme in the world with a budget of €95 billion. 
Building on the achievements of Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe offers a broad range of opportunities for Irish researchers, innovators and Irish companies of all sizes in the pursuit of new discoveries, scientific and technological advancement and innovation.
This event provided an overview of the Horizon Europe program and offered practical advice for researchers and innovators on how to submit competitive applications on Horizon Europe.







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15/03/2021

BioICEP is on the networks!!! Please join us.

 

https://twitter.com/BioICEP_H2020

https://www.instagram.com/bioicep/

 

BioICEP (@bioicep) • Instagram photos and videos

140 Followers, 51 Following, 2 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from BioICEP (@bioicep)

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10/03/2021

BIOICEP 1 year

BioICEP celebrate 1 year of live. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT DURING THIS FISR YEAR.

 

We have asked some of the partners involved in the Project.

Pablo Ferrero from AIMPLAS:

  • How would you rate this first year at a technical level with BioICEP? This first year has been a difficult year due to the pandemic situation, with a lot of laboratories and facilities closed because of COVID-19. But, in my opinion, everybody in the project has done a very high effort in order to overcome this circumstances, and at technical level we have increased our knowledge about the plastic biodegradation and plastic pretreatment, so this year has been a good point to start the project.
  • What would you highlight from this first year? I would like to highlight the hard work of every partner to overcome the difficulties that we have found during this year with the pandemic situation. At technical level I would like to highlight the identification of new plastic degrader strains, the development of new pretreatment methods to increase biodegradation and the identification of strains to produce new valuable bioproducts.
  • What are you looking forward to next year? For next year we will keep working in the pretreatment of plastic materials to increase and facilitate the biodegradation, so we hope to enhance the microbial degradation of different plastics material through these pretreatments.
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14/12/2020

BioICEP was presented successfully on the 1st International Electronic Conference on Catalysis Sciences in 2020 (ECCS 2020, 10–30 November 2020).

This was the first e-conference on Catalysis Science, which was very successful with 70 papers and presentations presented at https://sciforum.net/conference/ECCS2020

All presented papers can be accessed at https://sciforum.net/conference/ECCS2020/submissions/view. The conference proceedings papers will be published in the journal Chemistry Proceedings.

 

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27/11/2020

BioICEP was presented at European Researcher's Night 2020 is annual event supported by EC

BioICEP was presented at European Researcher's Night 2020 is annual event supported by EC:

https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/events/european-researchers-night-2020_en

As a part of Serbia's participation (https://www.nocistrazivaca.rs/), IMGEE presented the BioICEP project in the 'EU Corner' section.

 

 

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25/11/2020

Marija Mojicevic, from Athlone Institute of Technology will present BioICEP at Biocatalysis Open Day 2020 .

Marija Mojicevic, from Athlone Institute of Technology will present BioICEP at Biocatalysis Open Day 2020.

Biocatalysis Open Day 2020 is an online event organised by The Biocatalysis Division of the European Federation of Biotechnology.

http://www.efbiotechnology.org/biocatalysis

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13/11/2020

Marija Mojicevic (@MarijaMojicevic) from AIT, won the Presentation Prize at the the FEMS Online Conference on Microbiology 2020, sponsored by the FEMS journals.

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https://fems-microbiology.org/about_fems/network-and-activities/awards/poster-oral-presentation-prizes/fems-presentation-prize-marija-mojicevic/?fbclid=IwAR2WLYrN3yeHctTMM-UDTRLgpxJOE-KT-rhLxWDnk81ZvB3-j4MuXz78qvc

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12/11/2020

AIMPLAS and Cicloplast organize the V edition of their conference ‘Plastics and circular economy’ with an innovative 3D virtual reality format

AIMPLAS and Cicloplast have organized on November 12, the fifth edition of their plastics and circular economy, sustainability and recycling debate conference. During the event, a pioneer in its theme, the bioicep project was presented.  

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06/11/2020

Our collegue Marija Mojicevic has been awarded an ‘Oral presentation prize for early career scientists’ on FEMS (Federation of European Microbiological Societies).

Dr Marija Mojicevic has been awarded an ‘Oral presentation prize for early career scientists’ on FEMS (Federation of European Microbiological Societies) Conference on Microbiology for presentation of the latest BioInnovation of a Circular Economy for Plastics (BioICEP) results. The Presentation titled Plastic saga - The microbes strike back, gave an insight in global problem concerning plastic waste, but also presented microorganisms as a potentially useful solution.  Presented Results focused on isolation and identification of strains with the ability to produce enzymes relevant for plastic degradation. FEMS Conference on Microbiology In association with the Serbian Society for Microbiology (SSM) for the safety and welfare of attendees organized online, from 28 – 31 October 2020. FEMS is a pan-European scientific body dedicated to highlight the importance of science – and in particular microbiology within Europe. This high profile conference offers European, regional and local scientists, and in particular Early Career Scientists the opportunity to participate and avail of a wide range of networking opportunities and knowledge exchange experiences.

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02/11/2020

Congratulations to the Winners of the BioICEP Best Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Posters presented at the BioICEP General Assembly Meeting October 22nd & 23rd, 2020.

Winner : BioICEP ‘Postdoctoral Poster’ Dr Catherine Collins, Limerick Institute of Technology [LIT] Ireland:

Dr Catherine Collins is a Research Scientist at Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre in Limerick Institute of Technology. Her work focuses on exploring the role of fungi in the bioremediation of plastics as part of the Horizon 2020 BioICEP project https://www.bioicep.eu/. Catherine has a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Fungal Biotechnology. She had worked on a number of fungal projects both in Ireland and the U.K. prior to joining Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre. While working at Shannon ABC, she has established her own research group which focuses on investigating mushrooms and fungi as functional foods and as sources of enzymes and other bioactives.

Winner : BioICEP ‘Postgraduate Poster’ Naiara Farias, Athlone Institute of Technology [AIT] Ireland:

Naiara has a Bachelor’s Hons Degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro- UERJ (2017) and a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ / COPPE (2019), focusing on synthesis and kinetic modelling of cationic polymerization of polyolefins.  Following her Master of Science studies, she worked in a huge Brazilian petrochemical company, Braskem, as a researcher trainee under the technology and innovation department, being part of projects to develop new products and processes. Currently, she is undertaking a Ph.D. in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) focusing on the development of sustainable flexible packaging solutions using novel biodegradable and compostable polymer blends.

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28/10/2020

Our friend Jasmina presented BioICEP at FEMS Conference.

More info: https://fems2020belgrade.com/

 

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19/10/2020

BIOICEP Posters

The BioICEP consortium will present at its next meeting the selected posters of postgraduates and researchers from each of the partner institutes and organizations to present how their current research work is in line with or conforms to BioICEP's ambitions and objectives. The BioICEP Consortium fully supports collaboration, knowledge sharing and listening to the future talents of researchers to help in our mission to drive innovation and excellence for the BioICEP project.
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13/10/2020

Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic, from Laboratory for Microbial Molecular Genetics and Ecology Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering; the University of Belgrade will present BioICEP at FEMS ONLINE CONFERENCE ON MICROBIOLOGY 2020

We live in the Age of Plastics. Synthetic plastics made our modern life possible being durable, lightweight, and processable. Nevertheless, the growing accumulation of plastic wastes has become a severe environmental and social issue. Recently, the improvement of plastic design and production to facilitate its re-use, repair, and recycling is a major concern, as noted in the Paris agreement on Climate Change, to decouple plastics production from fossil resources and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Achieving circularity and up-cycling of the existing plastics is a major challenge and EU-China flagship project BioICEP is tackling that challenge. Reports on biodegradation of synthetic plastics by microorganisms or enzymes have sprung up, and these offer a possibility to develop biological treatment technology for plastic wastes.

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13/10/2020

Marija Mojicevic, from  ATHLONE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, will present BioICEP at FEMS ONLINE CONFERENCE ON MICROBIOLOGY 2020 

The search for an effective way of managing plastic waste has been the focus of scientific research for the past couple of decades. One of the most promising approaches is the enzymatic degradation of plastic and the retrieval of monomers or their upcycling. A large number of potential plastic-degrading enzymes have been identified in microorganisms, however, most of these enzymes are not nearly efficient enough to completely degrade plastic.

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25/09/2020

Call for Posters

The BioICEP consortium wish to extend a call for posters to the postgraduate and research community within each of the partner Institutes and organisations to propose how their current research work is in line or fits with the ambitions and goals of BioICEP. The Consortium of BioICEP fully support collaboration, knowledge sharing and listening to the up and coming talent pipeline of researchers to assist in our mission to drive innovation and excellence for the BioICEP project.

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16/09/2020

BioICEP Consortium Meeting

On September 15, took place the BioICEP Consortium Meeting, where were reviewed the project key achievements to date and the progress towards expected each work package.

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09/09/2020

BioICEP was present at the MIX-UP Six Month Meeting. The main idea of MIX-UP (MIXed plastics biodegradation and UPcycling using microbial communities) is to showcase a novel approach to the circularity of the plastic life cycle and therefore addresses

More info at http://www.mix-up.eu

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30/07/2020

1st International Electronic Conference on Catalysis Sciences

Our friend Dr. Evangelos Topakas, from Biotechnology Laboratory, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, will be in sessions Charis. in the 1st International Electronic Conference on Catalysis Sciences in 2020 (ECCS 2020) that is hosted online by: https://eccs2020.sciforum.net.

An often-quoted statistic is that catalysts are used in 90% of all chemical products, a reflection of the importance of catalysis in powering a modern society. This includes the role that catalysis plays in the production of fuels, chemical manufacture, fertilizer production, environmental protection and cleanup, pharmaceutical manufacture, sustainable energy, biomass conversion, polymer chemistry, and electrochemistry. ECCS 2020 will present the latest research on the use of catalysts in these critical areas. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

The BioiCEP project will be presented by AIMPLAS. The PowerPoint will be displayed directly on the website using Sciforum's patented slide viewer.

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19/06/2020

New Plastic Recycling Technologies

AIMPLAS organized a series of free webinars under the slogan ‘Plastic reinvents itself’. With the aim of bringing together topics of interest to the plastics industry. Pablo Ferrero presented BioICEP.

Wacht the webinar here.https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4147191146544437250

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12/02/2020

BioICEP at OpenEARTH Conference on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Our friend Christos Argirusis from TU Clausthal participated in OpenEARTH Conference on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. The conference was organized by the BalkanROAD project “Towards farms with zero carbon-, waste- and water-footprint. Roadmap for sustainable management strategies for Balkan agricultural sector”, financed by the European Union and National Funds of the participating countries, within the framework of the “Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020 Programme”.

https://balkanroad.eu/conference/

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12/02/2020

BioICEP at OpenEARTH Conference on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Our friend Christos Argirusis from TU Clausthal participated in OpenEARTH Conference on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. The conference was organized by the BalkanROAD project “Towards farms with zero carbon-, waste- and water-footprint. Roadmap for sustainable management strategies for Balkan agricultural sector”, financed by the European Union and National Funds of the participating countries, within the framework of the “Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020 Programme”.

More info: https://balkanroad.eu/conference/

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10/02/2020

Dr. Jasmina Nikodinovic in the conference "From plastic waste to bioplastics with the help of microorganisms"

Link to the conference "From plastic waste to bioplastics with the help of microorganisms"

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23/01/2020

Dr. Margaret Brennan Fournet of the Materials Research Institute at Athlone interview

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05/05/1920

Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran Supports Launch of AIT Recycling Initiative

Athlone Institute of Technology launched a brand new eco-initiative earlier this week with the intention of educating students, staff and the wider community about the circular economy and responsible consumption of plastic.

 

https://www.ait.ie/news-and-events/news/minister-kevin-boxer-moran-launches-ait-green-team-initiative

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Dr. Jasmina Nikodinovic interview

Link to the Jasmina Nikodinovic interview

 

 

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Kick Off meeting

Dates: 10th & 11th Feb 2020
Venue: Athlone Institute of Technology and Radison Blu Hotel Athlone

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870292.