biobased battle


The Biobased Battle is a model for an educational development. During the battle Dutch and Brazilian students with different backgrounds work together to solve an issues that comes from a company. At the beginning of the week, the students receive an assignment from the company and throughout the week, students are subjected to some competitive elements. Students will also visit a company and follow lectures via video conference from Dutch and Brazilian lecturers/professors. The battle ensures that students must quickly turn on a complex issue and that they have to work together with students with different backgrounds, like chemical engineering and environmental sciences. This ensures that students learn to recognize each other's field of expertise and use it to achieve a good result at the end of the week. Moreover, the company can use the results. Every year Living Lab Biobased Brazil wants to organize and execute a battle with Brazilian and Dutch partners.


"Biobased Battle is an international contest in the Biobased Economy space aimed at developing novel concepts for real world challenges of a give business segment. We believe that, by decreasing the distance between University-Market, we would be better qualified to understand the challenges, demands and bottlenecks thus calibrating our expectations and helping sharpen our focus. In a intergrated and collaborative work environment, we expect to enhance the relationship with companies augmenting in number and quality our technology transfer agreements".


The Biobased Battle concept is made possible by financial support from the Dutch Embassy in Brazil.

Partners of the Biobased Battle concept

Biobased Battle 2016

After the successful first edition Avans and UFMG organized the second edition of the Biobased Battle. The coffee industry was the appointed industry in this edition. 20 Dutch students and 20 Brazilian students worked together in teams of four people. The students came from different studies, such as Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Law and Economics and Management.


Considering the Brazilian market, the coffee production in the state of Minas Gerais is representative. With more than one million hectares planted, Minas Gerais produces more than 50% of the Brazilian coffee crop. The main export commodity in Minas Gerais agribusines and, coffee is sold to over 60 countries worldwide. Also, all the Brazilian coffee exportation to the Netherlands was from Minas Gerais in 2014. And finally, the Netherlands is the main country in Europe that traded coffee with Minas Gerais (imports and exports) in 2014. 

Furthermore, Brazil accounted for 15% of total coffee’s imports to the Netherlands in 2014, the biggest share when compared with other developing countries. The Netherlands is the eight-largest importer of green coffee in Europe, accounting for nearly 4% of all imports.  In 2014, Dutch imports of green coffee beans amounted to a total volume of 132 thousand tonnes (€328 million). The environmental impact of the industry in both countries is high and therefore interesting to work with.

Business partners Biobased Battle 2016:

Biobased Battle 2015

The dairy industry was appointed industry in the first edition of the Biobased Battle. 20 Dutch students and 20 Brazilian students worked together in teams of four people. The students came from different studies, such as Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Law and Economics and Management.


The dairy industry was appointed, because both the Netherlands and Brazil are major producers of dairy products. The Brazilian Ministry of Labor published that 2,840 dairy manufacturing companies are located in Brazil and 30% of these companies are located in Minas Gerais. The Netherlands produces 8% of Europe's milk production. Moreover, the dairy industry accounts for 30% of the total food industry in the country. Therefore, the impact generated by this industry in both countries is significant. Via Biobased Battle concept Avans University of Applied Sciences and UFMG want to propose solutions to both dairy industries regarding re-use of process water and residues from the production.


Some competitive elements ensured that a 'battle'' was delivered and that all students were keen to come up a good result. During the week professors from Avans and UFMG supervised the teams. At the end of the week, each group pitched their solution in front of an international jury in the Netherlands and Brazil. 

After movie Biobased Battle 2015:

Business partners Biobased Battle 2015: