European Summer School on Industrial Biotechnology


In 2024, the 6th ESSIB will be hosted by the University of Groningen with the focus on "Applied enzymology" together with the biannual Masterclass on Applied Enzymology organized by the universities of Groningen and Wageningen.

The European Summer School on Industrial Biotechnology (ESSIB) has been started as an annual advanced training course for PhD students and postdocs, preferably (but not exclusively) from European countries with research projects in the fields of biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biochemical engineering, and bioinformatics. ESSIB brings together students from different fields of life sciences and introduces them into the field of industrial biotechnology. Lectures and practical courses present the current challenges in biotech industry, up-to-date methods, and strategies, and discuss about the scientific perspectives of industrial biotechnology and its contribution to sustainable growth. Thus, ESSIB is a complete educational program based on lectures, practical laboratory experience, and contacts with companies active in the field.

Download the ESSIB 2024 programme here

The ESSIB is organized by two academic partners, currently the University of Milano-Bicocca and the University of Stuttgart. Each year, the summer school will be hosted by a different partner of the consortium and will have a different focus. The first ESSIB 2014 was organized by the University of Milano-Bicocca, with the focus on "Stability, folding and misfolding of recombinant proteins". The ESSIB 2015 was organized by the University of Stuttgart, with the title "Design of Biocatalysts: Concepts, Methods, and Applications". The ESSIB 2016 was organized by the Autonomous University of Barcelona with the title "Bioprocess design and optimisation for the production of recombinant proteins - Concepts, tools, methods and current challenges". The ESSIB 2017 was organized by Wageningen University with the title "Food and Biorefinery Enzymology". The ESSIB 2023 was organized by the University of Hamburg with the title "Functional metagenomics: from nature to biochemical functions".