First consortium meeting in EGGSHELL project
Finally it was allowed to have physical meetings again. Our department participated in a two days consortium meeting in Iceland together with colleagues from Estonia, Latvia and Iceland in the EEA NORWAY GRANT project EGGSHELL
The EGGSHELL consortium
Our scientists are working together in the EEA funded project: «Waste-to-Resource: Eggshells as a Source for Next-Generation Biomaterials for Bone Regeneration». Millions of chicken eggshells are thrown into the garbage every year, which could be a valuable raw material for the production of next-generation biomaterials. New solutions that will allow eggshells to be recycled into biomaterials for bone regeneration are within reach, due to the collaboration of scientists from Riga Technical University (RTU), University of Oslo, Reykjavik University, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech). The project is led by Dagnija Loča, Head of RTU Rudolfs Cimdins Riga Biomaterials Innovation and Development Centre.
Prof. Ólafur Eysteinn Sigurjónsson invited 12 members from the EGGSHELL consortium for academic discussion on how to fully process chicken eggshells into high value-added products, both from inorganic calcium phosphates but also from organic proteins with high bioactive content. The meeting last two days and was very successful even though some participants found the weather less optimal. Qianli Ma present his in vitro work on behalf of UiO.
We did experience the famous four seasons in half an hour. Typical weather in Iceland in March, snow, rain, wind, and sun, almost simultaneously. There all activities were done indoors for the two days meeting
"Long time no see" After a long period of COVID and no physical meeting was possible. Håvard Haugen, Jānis Ločs and Ólafur Eysteinn Sigurjónsson enjoyed the possibility to discuss science in real-time and not across a computer screen.
About the project
«Waste-to-Resource: Eggshells as a Source for Next-Generation Biomaterials for Bone Regeneration» (Nr. EEA-RESEARCH-85) is one of the projects of Baltic Research programme, which is funded by the European Economic Area and Norway grants. The project will be implemented until 2024.