Welcome to the Bioprocess Engineering Course, BEC 2016

The 2016 Brac Bioprocess Engineering Course will again be held on the on the Island of Brac, Croatia in the Adriatic Sea. The last, held in 2014, was the 25th anniversary of this long-running, highly successful series of courses and the next one will take place from 16th to 22nd September 2016 in Bol, the most beautiful and famous place on the Island.

It is organised under the auspices of Working Group on Bioreactor Performance of European Society of Biochemical Engineering Sciences (ESBES), in collaboration with other Working Groups (Working Group on Modelling, Monitoring, Measurement & Control and Working Group on Downstream Processing and Recovery of Bioproducts). 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.

European Bologna Studies System recognizes 5 Credits to the Certificates of Bioprocess Engineering Course


The full cost for participants is 1800 EUR. It includes a Course fee 1000 EUR which covers lectures, exercises, computer workshop and course literature, social events and full board single use accommodation amounting to 800 EUR from September 16th to the morning September 22nd.

The reduced fee for students is 1500 EUR. It includes a Course fee which covers lectures, exercises, computer workshop and course literature, social events and full board double use accommodation from September 16th to the morning September 22nd.  If not specified otherwise, you will be assigned a partner in the room by the Organizers. Single room accommodation is available at extra cost on request.

To obtain the reduced rate, doctoral/post doctoral students must submit written University Confirmation of their status with or immediately after registration.

The Fee for Accompanying Person is 900 EUR. It includes full accommodation and all social events of the Course.

The payment must be made at the latest by July 1st.  After that date a ‘late-bird fee’ of 150 Euro will be charged. The payment in Euros should be made by bank transfer to:

Globtour Event d.o.o.
Trg N.Š.Zrinskog 1| 10000 Zagreb | Croatia
Phone number: +385 1 4881 100
FAX: +385 1 4881 119
E-mail: BEC2016@globtour.hr

Bank account:
Sberbank d.d., Varšavska 9, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
IBAN: HR60 25030071100080204
Swift address: VBCRHR22

(With payment designation ‘for BEC2016’)

Transfers: Please note that the transfer charges must be paid by the sender!
Since the total number of participants is limited, the participant list will be formed according to the date of payment. Early registration and early payment (not later than July 1st) are the best way to assure attendance on this very popular course.


Prof. Dr. Alvin W. Nienow, University of Birmingham, UK (Chairman)
Prof. Dr. Chris J. Hewitt, Aston, UK
Prof. Dr. Henk J. Noorman, DSM Biotechnology Center, The Netherlands.
Dr. Marco Jenzsch, Roche Pharma Biotech, Penzberg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Marin Berovic, University of Ljubljana


Prof. Dr. Marin Berovic, University of Ljubljana, InoVine, Slovenia (Chairman)
Doc. Dr. Sašo Gyergyek, Institute Jozef Stefan, InoVine, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Prof. Dr. Vesna Zechner-Krpan, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Prof. Dr. Anita Slavica, University of Zagreb, Croatia


Prof. Dr. Marin Berovic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Prof. Dr. Jochen Büchs, Aachen University, Germany
Prof. Dr. Chris Hewitt, Aston University, UK
Prof. Dr Jakob Huusom, Technical University of Denmark
Dr. Marco Jenzsch, Roche Pharma Biotech, Penzberg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Sten Bay Jörgensen, Technical University of Denmark
Prof. Dr. Joseph Lengeler, Universität Osnabrück, Germany
Prof. Dr. Andreas Lübbert, M.Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Prof. Dr. David Mitchell, Universidade Federal do Parana, Brasil
Prof. Dr. Alvin Nienow, University of Birmingham, UK
Prof. Dr. Henk Noorman, DSM Biotechnology Centre, The Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Matthias Reuss, Stuttgart University, Germany
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Sonnleitner, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Dr. Stuart Stocks, Novozymes, Denmark
Prof. Dr. John Villadsen, Technical University of Denmark
Prof. Dr. Luuk A.M van der Wielen, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Prof. Dr. John Woodley, Technical University of Denmark
Prof. Dr. Vesna Zechner-Krpan, University of Zagreb, Croatia


Prof. Dr. Marin Berovic
Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
University of Ljubljana, Vecna pot 113, 1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: + 386 1 4798573
E-mail: marin.berovic@fkkt.uni-lj.si