The FABE Laboratory has already established strong ties with the Agricultural and Food Industry in the region of Thessaly and in Greece in general as well as with certain regional professional associations while there is a good networking and cooperation with academic institutes worldwide.
Within the Laboratory they are active three research groups :
- The membrane technology research group
- The nanotechnology applications group
- The aromatic /pharmaceutical plants and essential oil research group
In parallel the Laboratory potential is enforced by three research associates with high academic qualifications, PhD level, serving the Biosystems Engineering sector on order to provide integrated service to the local society.
In the Laboratory structure there is a very active participation of the undergraduate students of the Biosystems Engineering Dept who participate in research projects developing research skills in novel and advanced technologies fulfilling the same time their obligations for practicals and diploma dissertations.
The Lab policy is to strengthen its contacts and trust developed with Greek Agricultural and Food Industry in order to increase its involvement in research projects taken directly by the industry or by EU. Furthermore, by organizing an International Congress on Food and Biosystems Engineering and by issuing of an International Journal related to the same subject it is anticipated further improvement of its international networking.
In conclusion, the most important dimensions of the expected social footprint of the Lab in the region is potential facilitation of advanced technology transfer in order to be incorporated in their production chain and provision of assistance to them in solving practical industrial problems in a interactive and cost effective way.
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