2nd Annual Retreat of the CLIB-Graduate Cluster Industrial Biotechnology

On 07 - 08 April, right after the 2nd CLIB International Conference in Düsseldorf, the fellows and faculty of the Graduate Cluster headed to the CJD in Bonn for their 2nd Annual Retreat. Attendance was high, as 115 of the currently 140 members of the CLIB-Graduate Cluster followed presentations and discussed the latest results and data of the fellow’s PhD theses. 18 doctoral students gave oral presentations about their diverse topics in the fields of polyomics, biocatalysis, expression, and downstream processing. Their challenge was to present their thesis not only to experts in their own field, but to the diverse network of scientists in the Graduate Cluster. The animated discussions after each talk clearly indicated that they were successful in their efforts. During the poster sessions, more than 80 projects were presented. Even the fellows who had started only recently participated and presented their theses projects. This enabled everyone to get an overview of the research undertaken within the cluster and to network with students and scientists from the other universities.

The invited speaker, Prof. Dr. Andreas Liese from the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), who is also a member of the CLIB-GC advisory board, gave an excellent talk on "Enabling efficient chemoenzymatic synthesis by reaction engineering".

Particularly positive was the vivid exchange among the doctoral students, even beyond the official retreat sessions. The social get-togethers lasted until late into the evenings. After two, or rather four intensive days, counting the CLIB International Conference, full of scientific input and presentations, a very successful retreat came to an end.

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Graduate cluster at second retreat in Bonn

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