European Summer School on Industrial Biotechnology

The European Summer School on Industrial Biotechnology (ESSIB) has been started as an annual advanced training course for PhD students and postdocs, preferably (but not exclusively) from European countries with research projects in the fields of biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biochemical engineering, and bioinformatics. ESSIB brings together students from different fields of life sciences and introduces them into the field of industrial biotechnology. Lectures and practical courses present the current challenges in biotech industry, up-to-date methods, and strategies, and discuss about the scientific perspectives of industrial biotechnology and its contribution to sustainable growth. Thus, ESSIB is a complete educational program based on lectures, practical laboratory experience, and contacts with companies active in the field.

The ESSIB is organized by a consortium of academic partners, currently the University of Milano-Bicocca, the University of Stuttgart, and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In the future, further academic and industrial partners are invited to join the ESSIB consortium. Each year, the summer school will be hosted by a different partner of the consortium and will have a different focus. The first ESSIB 2014 was organized by the University of Milano-Bicocca, with the focus on "Stability, folding and misfolding of recombinant proteins". The ESSIB 2015 was organized by the University of Stuttgart, with the title "Design of Biocatalysts: Concepts, Methods, and Applications"

In 2016, the 3rd ESSIB will be hosted by the Autonomous University of Barcelona with the focus on "Bioprocess design and optimisation for the production of recombinant proteins - Concepts, tools, methods and current challenges" (5.-9. September, 2016)