Modeling biological processes is a critical practice in many biotechnological applications. Among them, photosynthetic processes are increasingly gaining attention from the environmental engineering community. The use of purple phototrophic bacteria for solving environmental biotechnology problems is an emerging field of knowledge inspired by classical biotechnological methods like activated sludge or microalgae processes. Still, it is intrinsically complex due to the high metabolic versatility of purple phototrophic bacteria and its relationship with light. Therefore, developing valuable and universal models that can help control and simulate purple phototrophic bacteria-based process is challenging and suppose a trend of knowledge still under development by the scientific community. The main challenge is to simultaneously address biochemistry, mass balance, metabolism, and biophysics, which is unique in classical biological models in environmental engineering.
This Training School focuses on learning the theoretical basis and practical applications of kinetic modeling of biotechnological processes using purple photosynthetic bacteria. The Training School addresses the problem from a triple perspective, involving biochemistry (kinetics and thermodynamics), metabolism (genomics), and biophysics (photon-electron interaction). Experts will impart the three-day summer school from a diverse portfolio of disciplines from all over Europe, under the frame of the Cost Action CA21146 – Fundamentals and applications of purple bacteria biotechnology for resource recovery from waste (PURPLEGAIN).
The Training School is held under the “Purple Week in Madrid” (3-7 July 2023), which includes this Summer School (3-5 July), a Workshop (6th of July), and a Meeting of the Management Committee of the Cost Action (7th of July). The Summer School is entirely given in English, and registration is free.
The teachers will be accommodated at the Hotel NH Collection Palacio de Aranjuez
. Students on the course will need to book their own accommodation. We strongly recommend students to book the hotel in advance due to the high demand during that period.
To participate in this activity, there are two procedures:
Lunch and coffee breaks are included in the course.