From January 16-18, the SCS organized the first edition of the SCS Seminars in the Au Parc Hotel in Fribourg. 32 participants, mostly PhD students but complemented with some junior scientists from industry, joined the course and discussed about relevant issues in process chemistry. The SCS seminars are a three-days educational event with a focus on topics relevant for the Swiss chemical and pharmaceutical industry but that are not necessarily part of the academic curricula. So, the experts from Givaudan, HEIA-FR, Lonza, Nestlé, Novartis, Siegfried and Syngenta coached the participants on the following topics. 

  • Production costs
  • Efficiency and yield
  • Energy consumption and power efficiency
  • Time to market
  • Safety issues
  • Waste handling
  • Regulations standards and patents

With an overall rating of 8.4 out of 10 the event was very successful and the format with expert lectures, a visit of a test plant at the HEIA-FR, a poster session, three workshops and a session with short presentations seems to fulfill the expectations.

SCS likes to thank Prof. Christian Bochet for the organization of the event and the SCNAT and the SCS Foundation for the financial support. We als appreciate very much the support of our industrial experts, Dr. Michael Bersier, Dr. Tomas Smejkal, Dr. Fabrice Gallou, Prof. Roger Marti and his team, Dr. Elena Schaller, Dr. Heiko Oertling and Dr. Felix Flachsmann. 

Photos of the SCS Seminar 2017/1

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David Spichiger, SCS