3rd Edition of Euro-Global Conference on Biotechnology and Bioengineering

June 14-15 | Online Event

June 14-15, 2023 | Online Event
ECBB 2023

Carole Molina Jouve

Carole Molina Jouve, Speaker at Bioengineering Conferences
Institut National des Sciences Appliquees de Toulouse, France
Title: Biotechnology for Biobased Economy: a new International graduate School structuring trans- disciplinary component as a source of disruptive innovation in education and research


As mentioned in the recent European Commission report, bio based economy or “bioeconomy covers all sectors and systems that rely on biological resources (animals, plants, micro-organisms and derived biomass, organic waste), their functions and principles (). The European Bioeconomy Strategy adopted in 2012, and updated in 2018, reaffirmed the five original objectives: (i) ensure food and nutrition security, (ii) manage natural resources sustainably, (iii) reduce dependence on non-renewable, unsustainable resources, (iv) mitigate and adapt to climate change and (v) strengthen European competitiveness and create jobs”.
Bioeconomy is therefore based on a paradigm that allows us to rethink our economic and societal model to achieve the transition from the use of fossil resources to renewable resources in order to move towards a sustainable industry. Biotechnology plays a major role over the last 50 years, not only in scientific and technological terms but also in terms of economic, environmental and societal performances. New industrial sectors have been opened up which, on a European scale, currently represent 500,000 direct jobs and four times as many indirect jobs, increasing up to 900,000 to 1,500,000 direct jobs in 2030 with a contribution of €57.5 to 99.5 billion.
These formidable challenges require a break in our current mode of training, research and innovation, in order to integrate all components of the value chain, from agricultural resources, their management and conversion, to environmental, economic, societal and ethical impacts. To this end, new training and research activities have been set up with the creation in 2020 of the Graduate School "Biotechnology for a bio-based economy" (BioEco) within the Université de Toulouse. BioEco associates 5 higher education establishments and 2 national research centers, with a budget of 37M€. Embedded in an international network of partners, it benefits from a unique synergy of inter-disciplinary skills in Life Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences and Economics, working towards a position among the best international players. It combines training activities with collaborative research concerning the sustainable biocatalytic conversion of renewable biomass into industrial products for energy, chemistry, food and health. It includes (1) a 5-year English-language curriculum - M1, M2, PhD - with courses in life sciences, bio-process engineering, economic and environmental assessments, eco-design, management, ethics and regulations, (2) an international scientific competition, (3) summer schools and (4) lifelong education. This Graduate School BioEco as a structuring trans-disciplinary component is a source of disruptive innovation, creating links at the interfaces between established disciplinary fields and launching a holistic and systemic vision leading to innovation, sustainability and development of society


Carole Molina-Jouve is a Professor in the Department of Biochemical Engineering at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, an Engineering School in Toulouse, and, since 2016, head of the Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Systèmes Biologiques et Procédés involving 320 persons. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse in 1991. She investigated mass transfer in multi-phase systems with chemical and biological reactions and since 1999, her works focus on the investigation of the intensification of the bioprocess performances dedicated to the biofuel production. Since2005, she is involved in 21 projects in bioenergy supported by national agencies, industrial partners and European Union. She is member in Energy from Biomass Group in the Alliance Nationale de Coordination de la Recherche pour l’Energie (French National Alliance for Energy Research Coordination). She then contributes to pinpoint scientific and technological barriers and identify R&D programs