The 30th anniversary of the Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF) deserved a year full of celebrations. All the initiatives promoted in this context aimed to celebrate and reinforce the importance of this Research Centre of the Faculty of Biotechnology of Católica in Porto, nationally and internationally recognized.
Gunter Pauli, author of the book “Blue Economy” and considered the "father" of Circular Economy, was the guest speaker at the Closing Conference of the 30th anniversary celebrations, which took place on October 28, at the Carvalho Guerra Auditorium of Católica in Porto, and had also online transmission.
Isabel Braga da Cruz, president of Católica in Porto, began by "thanking all those who for 30 years believed in the potential of CBQF and contributed to its national and international recognition." The president also recalled that "the classification of excellence, the highest distinction awarded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, attests to this quality and recognizes a community committed to innovation and excellence. The entire Católica in Porto community is proud of CBQF."
This was followed by a presentation by Manuela Pintado, director of the CBQF, on what has been the research centre's journey. Manuela Pintado recalled that the CBQF is "internationally recognized in the areas of biotechnology, food, environment and health", that it "is an active player in the definition of research policies and priorities" and that "creates value with impact for the circular economy".
"Enabling science to create high value through circular solutions" was the title of the central presentation of this conference, delivered by Gunter Pauli, who began by congratulating "the work of the CBQF and its entire team", as well as all "the work they still have ahead of them".
Gunter Pauli inspired the CBQF mission, stating that "truth", "honesty", "transparency", and "capacity for forgiveness" are the essential ingredients "that must be translated into initiatives capable of changing the world".
The closing session also included the intervention of João Rocha, Coordinator of the Executive Committee of the Council of Associated Laboratories.
With this conference, the Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry closed the cycle of celebrations that began on November 24 2020, the World Science Day and the National Day of Scientific Culture. The symbolic choice of this date sought to mark the beginning of a new cycle for the Research Centre and Associated Laboratory.
The cycle of celebrations comes to an end, but the will and commitment to the mission of producing innovative and relevant knowledge in biotechnology continues! The CBQF will remain focused on being a national and international reference research centre specialized in creating knowledge transferable to industry and society, fulfilling circular bioeconomy objectives.
4 de Novembro de 2021