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Prerequisites

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.

About this course

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Explore how to create a sustainable future by moving away from dependence on fossil to biomass resources for the production of food, chemicals, and energy-carriers. The key is using microorganisms and catalysts to create biobased products. In this course, you will focus on the end of the supply chain - - how to market and sell those products within a profitable business model.

Join this course if you want to advance your career and get the latest academic knowledge on creating a more sustainable biobased future.

After this course, you will have an improved understanding of other relevant disciplines, and be able to better communicate outside of your own field of expertise in chemistry or technology. You will get a solid foundation of relevant concepts in the biobased economy and biobased products such as:

  • An introduction to biobased sciences
  • Achieving sustainability
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Business
  • Logistics and supply chains
  • Economics and regulations

This course is part of the MicroMasters Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability: a series of 3 courses and a final capstone project designed to help you join opportunities and embrace the transition from a fossil-based economy to a biobased economy. It's especially valuable to have (or ambition to have) a career in industries such as: (bio)chemical industry, agrifood water companies, energy producers, logistics, and related (non-)governmental organizations.

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What you'll learn

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  • Understand the concept and importance of the biobased economy and the value of biobased products;
  • Assess sustainability issues for a given biobased case;
  • Decide how to implement a consumer point of view during the development of a biobased product;
  • 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 biobased economy.

Meet your instructors

Arnout Fischer
Associate Professor in Consumer Behaviour
Wageningen University & Research
Emiel Wubben
Associate Professor in Strategic Management
Wageningen University & Research
Justus Wesseler
Professor, Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group
Wageningen University & Research
Jacqueline Bloemhof
Full Professor and Chair of the Operations Research and Logistics Group
Wageningen University & Research

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Learner testimonials

" Courses about the biobased economy and biorefinery at Wageningen University triggered me to specialise in this field, where I now also work. Truly a life-changing experience! "
-- Wageningen University & Research Alumni

Frequently asked questions

Is this the same course as 'Biobased Principles and Opportunities'?
No, but it does contain materials from that course, especially modules 3 and 5. The course 'Biobased Principles and Opportunities will not be available in the future anymore.

Is this the same course as 'Biobased Processes and Implementation'?
No, but it does contain materials from that course, espcially modules 3, 4 and 5.The course 'Biobased Processes & Implementation will not be available in the future anymore.

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