On Thursday 3 February, Jappe de Best delivered his lecture “Don’t WASTE the future: residual streams as a source for raw materials and energy” and was welcomed in an official ceremony as lecturer in Biobased Resources & Energy in the circle of lecturers at Avans University of Applied Sciences. Jacomine Ravensbergen of the Executive Board confirmed this once again by hanging Jappe on his lecturer necklace, which is made by students and consists entirely of the biobased plastics PLA and PHA.
“It’s not easy being green” is a well-known statement by Kermit the Frog from the Muppetshow. Loosely translated, it means that it is not easy to lead a sustainable life. According to Jappe, this reflects the situation in which society finds itself and in which the professorship conducts its research. That research should therefore not only provide new knowledge, but also analyze the impact of new applications in the product life cycle and what the right choices are to make.
In his lecture, Jappe explains on which themes expertise is being developed within the lectorate and emphasizes that the lectorate is not alone in this. We can only make the necessary impact in collaboration with other research groups within and outside Avans, but certainly also with students and with the professional field in the region.
“For this special occasion, we have created an online magazine about the activities of the Biobased Resources & Energy research group. In this magazine we show you why it is so important to (re)use residual flows as part of the energy and materials transition and why it is our and my passion to contribute to this.”