Summer schools in FranceChristelle2023-08-24T12:19:19+02:00
A biochemistry summer school in France’s student centre
This biochemistry summer school gives students the chance to accelerate their understanding of biochemistry and its real-world applications. Based in Toulouse, the school takes advantage of the longstanding importance of the city as a force in biotechnology research as well as being France’s premier student town.
The biochemistry summer course is delivered by a world-class teaching faculty, who possess not only a wealth of experience in education, but also in practical research and real-world application of biosciences. The biotechnology summer school runs throughout the summer months, with each course lasting for one week.
BioEco is an internationally-renowned biotechnology school, and as such is able to deliver a range of learning across the fields of biochemistry, bioeconomy and more – all with a focus on sustainability and developing the forward-thinking innovators of tomorrow.
To provide summer school students with the best opportunity to further their knowledge, BioEco offers to biotech summer courses to allow for specific skills to be addressed.
Students can choose between either “Life Cycle Assessment: from theory to practical application” (the LCA) or “From biomass and waste to Bio-H2 and bio-methane” (BioHYMaPS) depending on their interests, current studies, or career ambitions.
Biotechnology cannot be looked at in isolation. This course combines multiple disciplines such as biochemistry and biology – as well as a wider understanding of its biotech’s place in the modern world.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a worldwide-used methodology for the compilation and evaluation of the inputs, outputs and the potential environmental impacts associated with products, processes, or services.
Open to those with no prior knowledge of LCA, this hands-on biotechnology summer course is designed to convey a significant amount of knowledge in a short time. As well as lectures and practical classes, the course consists of group exercises and a “business game” to better understand LCA’s real-world use.
Students leave with a strong understanding of the subject, ready to apply it to a wide range of use cases related to sustainability.
This course is tailored to those interested in sustainability and reducing waste in the energy system.
Reducing waste, improving efficiency, and adoption of renewables are generally considered the key pillars to improving an energy system.
This summer school will be focused on two renewable energy carriers (H2 and CH4) obtained from renewable feedstocks (biomass and waste).
Students have the chance to heighten their knowledge and understanding of this process and will learn to transform raw materials into H₂ and CH₄ and to set up biochemical and thermochemical processes – taking advantage of BioEco’s access to state-of-the-art research facilities and labs.
Summer school, climate change: A time for innovation
It’s undeniable that at this summer school, climate change is a key focus. With the climate crisis continuing to escalate, it has never been more important to develop the problem-solvers of tomorrow.
Both biochemistry summer courses are forward-thinking and aim to provide students with a better understanding of how various scientific and bioeconomic processes can address environmental concerns.
Focusing on the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) course, this is a truly holistic offering. Not just a course in biotech, the week-long study period serves as a genuine bioeconomy summer school. Lasting for just a five days, this is a fast-paced and dynamic course suitable for students in the second year of a master’s degree (M2) as well as doctoral students and professionals.
Teaching is highly interactive and includes the following types of three-hour long sessions:
Theoretical courses in PowerPoint formatting and presentation, taught by specialists
Case studies exemplifying real-world examples
Interactive exercises carried out individually or in groups
Practical demonstrations in the laboratory
Training in tools such as SimaPro software or Excel
Group discussions at the end of each course to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration
Exam (MCQ) at the end of the course to reinforce learning
By ending the course with an exam, students are able to obtain a highly-regarded training certification. The final grade consists of 50% for the MCQ, 20% based on attendance, and 30% for participation.
The course represents 4 ECTS credits and entrance costs 400 euros (excluding VAT).
Note: since this course is taught entirely in English, students are able to access up to 30 hours of language lessons in the Toulouse hub of the INP-ENSIACET to support their progression.
Summer school biotechnology: Accelerate your studies
While both courses can be considered a summer school in biotechnology, “From biomass and waste to Bio-H2 and bio-methane” (BioHYMaPS) is specific in its biotech focus.
This five-day course is suitable for master’s or doctoral students, as well as professionals, looking to acquire the skills necessary for the production of H₂ and CH₄, through the use of biochemical and thermochemical processes – and therefore be able to transform waste and biomass into biomethane and bio-H2.
Summer school in sustainable development: Forward-thinking learning
Students looking for a summer school in sustainable development will find the LCA course particularly applicable to them. Unlike other international summer schools on sustainable development, the BioEco LCA summer course is more than simply a theoretical introduction to key concepts around sustainability and the application of biotechnology.
Thanks to the extensive facilities available, the quality of teaching, and the careful crafting of the course curriculum, this summer school provides students with a detailed understanding of LCA. From start to finish, the entire LCA process is broken down and analysed through both practical and theoretical sessions.
BioEco pride themselves in only working with teachers and researchers of the highest standard. Leveraging their practical experience, both in the classroom and in industry, they ensure that students complete the course with a clear understanding of the LCA process.
With this new, or heightened, knowledge, students can return to their studies or career with the ability to evaluate and refine the environmental impacts of a system and become genuinely impactful in the fight against climate change.
If you’re looking for a summer school in biochemistry, Europe offers a number of options, with Toulouse’s BioEco institute among the foremost. Get in touch for more information.