CarboMet workshop on glycomaterials

from January 24, 2019 to January 25, 2019

The CarboMet workshop on glycomaterials took place in CERMAV on January 24th and 25th 2019. Its aim was to explore how the interplay between physics, chemistry, biology and material science can generate highly-defined bio-based glycomaterials.
CarboMet – Metrology of Carbohydrates for Enabling European BioIndustries – is a Coordination & Support Action funded by Horizon 2020 FET-OPEN. This action aims to establish cross-disciplinary consortia for research and innovation in the glycosciences within Horizon 2020 and beyond. CarboMet will facilitate engagement between key players and stakeholders of the glycoscience community across Europe to identify the current state of the art and in particular future innovation and technological challenges in carbohydrate metrology.

The CarboMet workshop on glycomaterials gathered 30 European researchers to explore how the interplay between, physics, chemistry, biology and material science can generate highly-defined innovative bio-based glycomaterials in several areas. The workshop consisted of a short opening presentation to 'set the scene', flash presentations and group discussions.

After an introduction by Sabine Flitsch (University of Manchester & CarboMet Project Coordinator), Anne Imberty (CERMAV & GlycoAlps) and Serge Perez (CERMAV & Glycomaterials), Martina Delbianco, (Max Planck Insitute, Colloids and Interfaces), Laurent Heux (CERMAV) and Trinidad Velasco-Torrijos (Maynooth University) talked about materials that mimics biology (bio-inspired materials).

Adriana Carvalho de Souza (DSM Biotechnology Center), Jenny Samphire (University of Bristol) and Matthieu Sollogoub (Sorbonne University) gave presentations about materials that could modulate biological functions.

The use of biology to make material was addressed by Rob Field (John Innes Centre, Norwich), Adelaide Raguin (Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf) and Henrik Stalbrand (Lund University).

Rachel Auzely (CERMAV) and Laura Russo (University of Milano-Bicocca) gave speeches about materials to repair biology (biomedical materials for the repair of tissues and organs.

Aurélie Level (GAEL, UGA) presented her on-going analysis of glycosciences and Damien Evrard (GSCOP) talked about eco-conception and life cycle of materials. Pascal Salvadore, from Ayming, presented some avenues, available within the EU, as sources of funding to maximize collaborative research and innovation.

Sabine Flitsch, Yaroslav Khimyak (University of East Anglia), Yu Ogawa (CERMAV), Bruno Jean (CERMAV), Ed Mitchell (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility). Jakob Wohlert, (KTH/Wallenberg Wood Science Center), Elisa Fadda (Maynooth University) and Serge Perez exchanged about enabling technologies in glycomaterial science (Synchrotron and Neutron facilities, Electron Microscopy, solid state NMR, Simulation). Further implementation and development of these enabling technologies will ensure full exploitation of the opportunities to drive new research and innovation practices in geomaterials and in glycoscience at large.

After these two enriching days, a positioning paper will be produced based on the outputs from the workshop discussions.

Published on January 31, 2019