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Free Online Course on Biobased Processes and Implementation

Wageningen University & Research is offering a free online course on Biobased Processes and Implementation. This course offers you a unique and challenging learning opportunity to combine insights from multiple scientific disciplines.

In this ten-week course, applicants will discover how to use microorganisms and catalysts to create biobased products, and how to market and sell those products in a profitable business model.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 10 weeks
Effort: 8-10 hours pw
Subject: Environmental Studies
Institution: Wageningen University & Research and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $199
Session: Closed

Providers’ Details

Wageningen University and Research centre is dedicated to exploring the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Learn more about WUR.

About This Course

This course may advance your career because it offers you insights into biobased business investment climate, regulations in the biobased economy, bioreactors and conversion paths and strategic niche management principles.

Why Take This Course?

This multi-disciplinary approach allows you to work on improving resource efficiency and the use of land in order to meet the needs of stakeholders, while not forgetting climate, biodiversity, multiple land use, recreation and societal issues.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the potential of microorganisms for the production of biobased products.
  • Explain how catalysis can contribute to a biobased economy.
  • Understand commercial, financial and organizational aspects of running a biobased business.
  • Understand the complexity of logistics of biobased value chains.
  • Identify and qualitatively assess the major economic implications of different kind of regulations for the future of the bioeconomy.


Maria Barbosa
Associate Professor Microalgae Biotechnology
Wageningen University & Research

Harry Bitter
Professor Biobased Chemistry and Technology
Wageningen University & Research

Emiel Wubben
Associate Professor in Strategic Management
Wageningen University & Research

Jacqueline Bloemhof
Full Professor and Chair of the Operations Research and Logistics Group
Wageningen University & Research

Justus Wesseler
Professor, Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group
Wageningen University & Research

Argyris Kanellopoulos
Professor Operations Research and Logistics
Wageningen University and Research

Dmytro Krushynskyi
Teacher Operations Research and Logistics
Wageningen University and Research


BSc in technology, engineering (and applied) sciences. You should have at least BSc level knowledge on courses and topics such as chemistry, mathematics and process engineering.

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