Sino-German Symposium on Metabolic Engineering & Advanced Biofuels

June 11-14, 2012, Conference Room 214 (2nd floor in QIBEBT)

Along with the development of society and the improvement of technology, our needs for energy are continuously increasing, and thus the traditional fossil fuels on the earth are quickly consumed and decreased. Over utilization of fossil fuels has also caused severe environmental pollution, especially CO2 emission. Therefore, the exploitation of new energy sources has become an important issue for many countries. As a renewable resource, biological energy shows great potentials in resolving energy crises and improving the environment. In recent years, the development of bioenergy technology in China is rapid, but there are still some gaps compared with developed countries. Many factors may constrain the effective utilization and exploitation of bioenergy, such as limited technologies for selection and cultivation of energy plants, and low bioenergy use efficiency. German bioenergy researchers provide advanced technologies and decades of experience in the areas of solid biomass, biogas and biofuels, supporting the German government’s ambitious goal: a 20 percent increase in both energy efficiency and renewable energies by 2020.

The Chinese government has greatly supported the development of renewable energy technology. At the same time, the German government’s clear support for renewable energy has made it a safe bet for investors. Resolving the problems of the shortage on resources and energy has important strategic significance for improving the two countries’ international competitiveness. In the light of this background, the meeting objectives are:

  • To recognize the key scientific and technical issues in bioenergy areas;
  • To identify several key cooperation directions for both countries in biofuel fields; to determine how metabolic engineering improves biofuel production, and to explore the research directions for improving biofuel productions and yields.

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