Practice-oriented research plays a role in the material and energy transition that should not be underestimated. This not only relates to the knowledge that is gained in research projects, but especially also to the place where that knowledge ends up; at the students. Every year, no fewer than 80 students participate in the most intensive form of CoE BBE, namely an internship. For 20 weeks, the students fully participate in a research project as a graduate or in an internship. Each and every one of them ambassadors in the aforementioned transition.
There is a healthy tension in the ‘Biobased Inspiration and Meetings’ (or BIO) neighborhood at Avans University of Applied Sciences. The semester is coming to an end and today is the day that the students deliver their poster presentations. Today they show each other, colleagues and knowledge circle members what they have been able to do in their project over the past period.
Multidisciplinary and diverse
We can certainly call the group of students diverse. 3 continents, 6 nationalities, 10 educational institutions with 3 educational levels are represented this semester. Chemical technologists, environmentalists and construction engineers, but also economists and business developers carry out their research together. This is reflected in the subjects of the posters. Take, for example, ‘Development and optimization of the separation of the isolated dyes from seaweed for use as natural dyes for textiles’ or ‘Theoretical techno-economic analysis of membrane technologies for side streams valorisation’. They work side by side with ‘Energy transition learning environment & student journey’ and ‘BAC partnership with HAS’.
At CoE BBE, all students participate in an overarching internship program. The great added value of this is that the students are taken out of their own field of research at a number of moments and experience what other students and colleagues are working on. Students get to know fellow students who work in other projects, and sometimes in completely different disciplines, broadening their own horizons. As a result, they learn that a challenge or research question has many different aspects and can therefore be approached in different ways.
And now? Now our students are flying out. A number of them go back to training for a follow-up in modules or minors, a number are awarded a well-deserved diploma and start a professional career or further study, a few even work as colleagues at CoE BBE.
Below you will find the posters around the research topics of the students of the current semester. Interested in a specific topic? Feel free to contact the student or supervisor to find out more. In January 2023, the next day with poster presentations, again with more than 40 ambassadors of the material and energy transition. Follow us digitally to be there!
Also commissioned by the Smart Energy research group, a large number of students have again worked on a number of beautiful research projects in the 2021/2022 academic year. Became curious? Then quickly read the results in this magazine https://publicaties.avans.nl/results-studentprojecten-smart-energy