Innovation and sustainability, from production to reuse
Bio-economy experiences in Italy and Switzerland
Memox – Europaallee, Zürich
15 November 2023, 14:00 – 18:00
Materials of biological origin, such as proteins and bio-polymers, are increasingly important in reducing the carbon and energy footprint of food and industrial production in contemporary society. They are used in food and, in both primary and derived forms, can be the basis for other innovative biodegradable or compostable materials easier to reuse, or for highly sustainable technologies such as water purification or low-emission energy production.
We can think of a cycle of these bio-materials, from production to complete reuse, with minimal product waste, reduced environmental impact and low energy footprint.
This workshop aims at bringing together and present some experiences of research, innovation and entrepreneurship between Italy and Switzerland, starting from the point of view of materials: from sustainable production (in the broadest sense), to the conscious use for animal and human nutrition, to the use of waste for the realisation of other products up to the reuse and (eventual) disposal of residues.
This workshops brings together examples of scientific and technological research, of innovative products and production techniques with the involvement of entrepreneurial realities, of the use of products seen as resources, ‘building blocks’ of new materials, of the reduction (or elimination) of unproductive waste, in an ideal cycle of reuse of materials (with the use of non-fossil fuel energy sources).
The workshop will be held in English and it is open to researchers from various sectors, innovative companies and investors, and, in a broader sense, to the general public interested in sustainably produced and used bio-materials.
We are honoured by the participation of the Italian Ambassador to Switzerland H.E. Gian Lorenzo Cornado.
The event is organised by the office of the Scientific Attaché in Switzerland.
14:00 Welcome address, Consul General Gabriele Altana, General Consulate in Zürich
14:10 Session 1: Proteins as Materials, Francesco Stellacci, EPFL
14:30 Re-use of food industry leftovers in animal feed, Marco Tretola, Agroscope
14:45 Insects for animal feed: basic concepts, recent issues, and future challenges, Matteo Ottoboni, University of Milan
15:00 From university research to start-up: industrial applications of the black soldier fly for the valorization of food by-products through circular economy, Gabriele Baldo, Protein Italy
15:15 Eat like an astronaut– Facts, myths and science about space food, Sara Rocci Denis, EAT Freedom
16:15 FruitHydroSinni, Hydroponic agriculture opens new horizon on the world of food intolerances and allergies such as nickel and histamine, Anna and Francesca Cirigliano, FruitHydroSinni
16:30 Session 2: Rethinking Food Protein Waste, Raffaele Mezzenga, ETH Zürich
16:50 Design as a Strategic Approach to the Circular Economy: Case Studies, Maria Elisabetta Ripamonti & Alex Terzariol, MM Design
17:05 Vérabuccia®: new bio-based materials from fruit peel, Francesca Nori, Fabrizio Moiani e Massimiliano Banini, Vérabuccia®
17:20 General discussion
17:50 Conclusions, Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado, Embassy of Italy in Switzerland
18:00 End of the workshop
At the end of the workshop
- 19:00 – 21:00 Space Food Experience with EAT Freedom: The excellence of Italian cuisine flies on the international space station
Dr. Sara Rocci Denis presents the new concept of Space Food, from the cubes & tubes era to gourmet space food. Chef Stefano Polato gives a live demonstration on how space recipes are designed and prepared.
Can you attend the Space Food Experience only? Leave a remark in the registration form.
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