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Predictive and Accelerated Metabolic Engineering Network

Predictive and Accelerated Metabolic Engineering Network

Objective

The world economy is dependent on fossil resources: oil, gas and coal. The fossil resources are finite and their consumption
causes catastrophic environmental changes. Therefore we need to move towards sustainable economy using renewable
resources for energy and chemicals production. Via metabolic engineering approach, novel microbial cells can be created
that can convert biomass and waste into fuels and chemicals. Metabolic engineering however distinguishes itself from other
engineering disciplines by low predictability of the design and long turnover times for the cell factory construction and screening. Therefore there is a need for scientists, who can address these challenges.
European Training Network on Predictable and Accelerated Metabolic Engineering Networks (PAcMEN) will be established
at 5 renowned European universities and 2 SMEs with participation of 5 industrial and 1 academic partner organizations. In this program 16 PhD students (of which 15 funded by EU contribution) will learn to conduct state-of-the-art research on metabolic engineering of microbial cell factories and learn to commercialize innovations. This will be achieved via collaborative research projects under supervision of top scientists from academia and industry, network training, secondments with network partners, training on innovation and entrepreneurship, and individual career coaching. Altogether, PAcMEN training programme will provide young scientists with the ideal combination of scientific, technological, industrial and management skills to prepare them for their role as breakthrough pioneers in the establishment of tomorrow’s biorefineries.
The PAcMEN project will have an overall positive impact by strengthening the research networks in the area of metabolic
engineering, establishing long-term collaborations between the universities and industry, and by creating a framework for
future interdisciplinary training programs.
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Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Address

Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 450 409,40

Participants (6)

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 510 748,56

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

SILICOLIFE LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 476 712,72

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 527 318,64

SESAM-BIOTECH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 530 453,52

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DONG ENERGY THERMAL POWER AS

BORREGAARD AS

EVOLVA AG

TeselaGen

DSM FOOD SPECIALTIES BV

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 722287

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2016

  • End date

    30 September 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 994 075,80

  • EU contribution

    € 3 994 075,80

Coordinated by:

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark