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Seminar: Bernhard von Vacano, BASF, “Creating chemistry for a sustainable future in a world of change”


Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 11:30am


LGRT 201


Refreshments available at 11:15


As a leading chemical company, BASF combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. To address pressing global challenges, we believe chemistry will be an enabler, and continued innovation necessary.

In this presentation, I will describe how research topics are identified on that background and show examples how they are aligned in an industrial context between science, business and sustainability. We leverage global research platforms in Advanced Materials and Systems Research, Bioscience Research and Process Research & Chemical Engineering, where researchers all over the world connect between disciplines and with external partners to come up with solutions. As an example of external collaboration, I will describe our successful NORA-Initiative, partnering with UMass Amherst, Harvard and MIT. Centering on the role of a researcher in industry, I will share how we see digital technologies becoming an integral part of R&D, resulting in a better understanding of chemical products and processes and speeding up innovation to match the demand for sustainable solutions in a changing world.

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