The 2018 Brac Bioprocess Engineering Course will again be held on the on the Island of Brac, Croatia in the Adriatic Sea. The last, held in 2016, was the 27th anniversary of this long-running, highly successful series of courses and the next one will take place from 23rd to 29th September 2018 in Bol, the most beautiful and famous place on the Island. It is organised under the auspices of the Working Group on Bioreactor Performance of the European Society of Biochemical Engineering Sciences (ESBES), and all of the lectures will be given by internationally distinguished university teachers or by leading experts from multinational companies.

This up-dated course covers the full spectrum of bioprocess engineering, from genetic concepts for micro-organisms used to produce pharmaceutical and other products via microbial physiology, bioreaction kinetics. bioreactor design and scale-up.  The organisms considered range from simple bacteria to highly specialised animal cell cultures, recombinant organisms and stem cells.  There is also a strong coverage of measurement, control and optimisation and how they interact with each other and with the specific bioreaction of interest.  Finally, there is a broad-brush coverage of downstream processing.  The lectures are supplemented by computer-based exercises, discussions and a Design Case Study. Participants are also encouraged to bring posters of their work with selected candidates being invited to make short oral presentations (of approximately 5 minutes duration), at a ‘Speakers’ Corner’. Finally, there is a strong social programme, which also ensure that there are many opportunities to discuss the course with the lecturers.

The course is directed specifically at Ph.D. students and experienced bioprocess engineers and biotechnologists from research institutes, universities and industry. Participants are expected to have a background in chemical/biochemical engineering, biotechnology, a biological science or a related discipline. The lecturers are all acknowledged specialists in their fields, so that the course also provides a forum for highlighting recent research in relevant areas.

During the Course, the accommodation and meals will be provided at the Bluesun Hotels located within 10 minutes walking distance of the small town of Bol. From Split to Bol, there is a catamaran (passengers only) once a day, every day at 4.30 PM. There are also frequent ferry-boats from Split harbour to Supetar and transfers between Supetar harbour and the Bluesun Hotels, Bol will be available. Brac also has its own small airport, directly accessible from a few airports in the region.

Although Croatia has no visa requirements for many countries the participants are advised to check whether or not they require a visa for entering Croatia.