A bioprocess comprises various steps of obtaining a product involving the its biosynthesis from microorganism, a cell or an enzyme and the recovery in order to achieve suitable purity for its application. It is a research area highly inter- and multidisciplinary, since obtaining the final product requires the integrated work of several professionals of chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, pharmacy, biotechnology, chemical engineering, food engineering, materials engineering, among others.
The purpose of the symposia, The XXII National Bioprocesses Symposium (SINAFERM), in conjunction with the XIII Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Biomass Symposium (SHEB) that focuses on the use of biomasses, are to provide the presentation and discussion of the latest advances in research carried out in universities, research institutes and companies. The events promote interactions between science, technology, and innovation in bioprocesses area, offering different perspectives in addressing problems and describing them in terms of scientific and technological competence.
The first edition of SINAFERM was held in São Paulo in 1964, with the initial denomination of the National Fermentation Symposium. In 1983, the need to discuss alternative technologies for the use of vegetal or microbiological biomass, associated with the interest in biofuels, was the driving force for the emergence of SHEB. The merger of these events occurred in 2013 in the city of Foz do Iguaçu – PR. Consequently, SINAFERM / SHEB have become the largest bioprocessing events in the country.
It should be noted that the 12th edition of SINAFERM was based in Uberlândia, and after 21 years, the Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the Federal University of Uberlândia will again have the honor to organize and welcome the participants of this event, which traditionally has the presence of participants from Brazil and abroad.
The 2017 edition in Aracaju – SE, counted on 505 participants who presented 652 works. The 2015 edition in Fortaleza – CE, counted on 373 participants who presented 589 works, and the 2013 edition, in Foz do Iguaçu – PR, counted on 706 participants, with presentation of 708 works. For the 2019 edition it is expected to reach a number of 500 participants, with the participation of postgraduate students usually representing 50% of the audience in the event.
In addition, in view of the internationalization process in which Higher Education Institutions are located, the SINAFERM / SHEB organization has always been concerned to include international speakers, and the works are published in English to obtain visibility of the scientific production of the Brazilian researchers.