ECO-BIO 2018

Company tours

Company visits

Wednesday 7 March 2018

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All registered ECO-BIO participants are invited to explore the Irish biobased sector and join us for a visit behind the scenes at one of the following sites:

  1. National Institute of Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT)
  2. UCD Earth Institute
  3. Bioeconomy Research Centre (BEACON)

Date:                          Wednesday 7 March 2018
Time:                         14.00pm – 17.00pm
Departure:                Royal Dublin Society, Serpentine Hall, Dublin
Return:                      Royal Dublin Society, Serpentine Hall, Dublin
€ 15,- per person
Booking deadline:   18 February 2018

Participants will be picked up by bus at the Royal Dublin Society at 14.00pm.

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Please note: the number of participants for the company tours is limited, so we encourage participants to book well in advance. Participation will be in order of registration.


1. National Institute of Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT)
NIBRT is a world-class institute that provides training and research solutions for the bioprocessing industry. Their mission is to support the bioprocessing industry by providing a unique learning experience for trainees in an environment that replicates the most modern industrial bioprocessing facility. In parallel, they also undertake leading edge research in key areas of bioprocessing in collaboration with industry.

The tour will provide an overview of the biopharma manufacturing process with a tour of upstream, downstream, fill finish and single use areas. The visit will take about 90 minutes. Participants should wear flat shoes with minimal makeup and jewellery (as they will be in a clean room environment).

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2. UCD Earth Institute

UCD Earth Institute is Ireland’s largest and most influential centre of excellence focusing on the earth and environmental sciences. UCD Earth Institute research helps identify, clarify, and find solutions to the most pressing environmental problems facing us today. The Institute was created to provide evidence-based research that would contribute to a greater understanding of climate and environmental challenges facing the global community, and in doing so, to help inform and influence the development of technology and policy-based solutions to these problems. The Institute represents a vital opportunity to lead Ireland’s research responses to these global challenges and to influence public debate and government policy on related issues.

The tour will include a guided visit to the Earth Institute's state of the art facilities for interdisciplinary environmental research in the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science on the Belfield Campus and an explanation of the Earth Institute's objectives and activities.

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3. Bioeconomy Research Centre (BEACON)

Bioeconomy Research Centre (BEACON) is one of the Research Centres of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). The Beacon Research Centre aims to transform residual fossil fuel components, used in industry sectors such as agri-food and the marine, into new higher value products using biocatalysis and metabolic engineering.  This science creates a bio-economy that increases resource efficiency, adds value and dramatically reduces non-sustainable waste.

BEACON will develop sustainable novel processes and products using biobased resources, creating clusters for new industry partnerships and delivering the expertise and trained workforce to translate new technologies into new sustainable products, processes, markets and industries.

The tour will include a guided visit to BEACON's state of the art facilities co-located with the EARTH Institute on the 4th floor of the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science on the Belfield Campus and an explanation of BEACON’s objectives and activities.

Disclaimer: Every effort is made to provide accurate information, however, BE-Basic Foundation and Elsevier reserve the right at our discretion to make changes to the company visit’s terms and conditions at any time without notice.