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Business & Innovation

Translating research ideas into added-value goods and services
16 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 15:30-17:30


The main idea driving this initiative is approaching current Ph.D. students to innovation and the opportunities to drive research into the market.
Ph.D. students too often see their doctoral research as just publishing scientific papers, produce a doctoral dissertation, and start an academic career, if possible. Innovation and marketing research are mostly perceived as something only possible later, in the framework of consolidated research groups.
First, MeCCE is committed to provide guidelines for Ph.D. students on innovation, on how to transform their research into a marketable solution, and the opportunities to actually introduce this solution into the market. Next, MeCCE will offer the opportunity to selected participants to test their innovation competence in the MeCCE Business Contest.

A dedicated panel will assess the submitted proposals in regard of their innovation and business potential, and selected candidates will be invited to contend for the MeCCE-14 innovation award (1000€), sponsored by Eurecat, at a face-to-face session during the industrial exhibition EXPOQUIMIA (14-17 Sep. 2021).

Selected candidates defending their proposal at the face-to-face B&I forum will get a certificate, and the winner will receive an innovation award (1000€). A final round table will be programmed with experienced innovators, panel members and the young candidates.

All MeCCE delegates will be able to attend the contest and the debate in September within the framework of EXPOQUIMIA.

Important dates:

  • September 7th - Last day for presenting candidatures to the Business Award.
  • September 9th - Accepted candidates to the Business Award are announced.


The selection of the most innovative (business-oriented) solution will be based on degree to which it:

  • is creative and unexpected (“Why no one ever think of this it before?”)
  • challenges conventional ways of doing things (business as usual)
  • brings a qualitative differentiation rather than just an efficiency increase
  • allows creating and/or addressing new markets or category segments
  • fulfils ignored or unnoticed social needs and demands
  • moves towards meeting sustainable development goals (H2030)

Each presentation will take 10 minutes.


All accepted contributions will be eligible to be selected by the panel for the Business & Innovation Program. The online application form is open until September 7th. Do not miss this opportunity to participate in the Business & Innovation Program!
In order to participate please notice that authors of accepted contributions must be registered before August 27th through the online registration form.


15:30-15:40 Chair Welcome of the MeCCE Committee      
Moisès Graells   
Business Award Welcome
Ricard García Valls
  • Speaker Presentations of the candidates:                               

    Effect of mechano-catalytic pretreatment on poly (3-hydroxybutyrate) production using sulfuric acid impregnated rice-husk
    Vaibhav Andalkar
    University Rovira i Virgili
  • Cancer treatment based on cell inaniation
    Yaride Pérez
    Universitat Rovira i Virgili
  • Automated Retrieval of Process Data and Knowledge from Academic Databases with IRenE
    Fabian Lechtenberg
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Membrane micro reactors for process intensification at high temperatures  
    Sara Claramunt
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Usage of the polar soft-SAFT EoS to assess drop-in replacement evaluations based on low-GWP refrigerants and blends
    Carlos Albà GarrigaIQS
    Universitat Ramon Llull
  • AlgiGrape: Alginate based macrocapsules as an oral delivery system of grape seed polyphenols 
    Belén Reig
    University Rovira i Virgili
16:50-17:20  Keynote
Nuria Amigó
CEO & co-founder.
Biosfer Teslab
17:20-17:35  Chair Announcement and closure
Moisès Graells

Important dates

  • Virtual Event:
    November 16th - 20th, 2020
    September 3rd, 2021
  • Face-to-face Event:
    September 16th, 2021: Business&Innovatoin Award
    September 14th - 17th, 2021: Expoquimia
  • Early bird registration deadline
    July 30th, 2021
  • Business & Innovation Award: submission deadline
    September 7th, 2021
  • Authors’ registration deadline
    August 27th, 2021

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