EPNOE Research Roadmap
The EPNOE Research Roadmap 2040 is a joint effort of more than 20 high-level scientists from 13 European countries with a common goal to build a unique vision of experts for the future of polysaccharide research and education in Europe.
The Research Roadmap covers five strategic areas:
- Materials and engineering;
- Food and nutrition;
- Biomedical applications;
- Basic sciences (chemistry, biology, and physics);
With this Research Roadmap we want to address the most relevant scientific questions around sustainable solutions of biomass and polysaccharides.
Polysaccharides are essential to life and for a sustainable future of our planet. The advances in polysaccharide science and technology will contribute to the achievement of the five goals of the EU Bioeconomy strategy and climate neutrality by 2050.
Polysaccharides will be at the central point of the world of tomorrow as a transition to sustainable technologies is crucial for the future of humanity.
Proper utilisation of polysaccharide resources has the potential to increase biodiversity, enhance food safety and sustainability, and decrease CO2 emissions and pollution.
Three main drivers strongly push the use of polysaccharides:
1) The emergence of a bio economy that increases the contribution of bio-based products;
2) They are polymers with exceptional properties, opening routes for novel applications in all sectors of human activities like materials science, nutrition, health, personal care, and energy;
3) The renewable character of polysaccharides, making them the primary CO2 neutral candidates for the global transformation to a more sustainable world.
The EPNOE Research Roadmap 2040 was launched on 31 January 2023.
More information about the launch event can be found here.
Chairs of the EPNOE Research Roadmap
Karin Stana Kleinschek
EPNOE VP Research
TU Graz, Austria
KU Leuven, Belgium
Chemistry, Biology and Physics - Chair and Co-Chairs
TU Graz, Austria
French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRAE), France
Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany
Aalto University, Finland
Materials Science & Engineering - Chair and Co-Chairs
Armines – Mines Paristech, France
Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Spain
Mid-Sweden University, Sweden
Food & Nutrition - Chair and Co-Chairs
Stichting Wageningen Research, Netherlands
Biomedical Applications - Chair and Co-Chairs
University of Aveiro,
University of Rome
“La Sapienza”, Italy
University of Iceland,
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany