Metrology of Carbohydrates - International initiatives

Location (hall): 
Start/end time: 
Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 14:10 to 15:00
Speaker reference: 

Sabine Flitsch1

1University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

Carbohydrates constitute the largest source of biomass on Earth and their exploitation will be crucial if we are to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and create a Circular Economy. However, to understand and ultimately exploit carbohydrates, a carbohydrate metrology and measurements ‘toolbox’ is essential for new research and innovation practices in glycoscience.

CarboMet ( is a CSA programme funded by the European Commission to promote the metrology of carbohydrates for enabling european industries. The objectives include 

(i) to establish a european glycoscience user group ; (ii) identify common scientific and technical challenges; (iii)

establish a common vision, Roadmap for 2030 and an associated implementation plan; (iv) through knowledge exchange activities facilitate the formation of a cross- sectorial glycoscience metrology platform; (v) establish parallel initiatives to address key glycoscience challenges.

CarboMet will facilitate engagement between key players and stakeholders of the glycoscience community across Europe to identify the current state of the art and in particular future innovation and technological challenges in carbohydrate metrology.

Carbomet has identified three enabling technologies: measurements and analytical, synthesis of standards and bioinformatics and databases. In addition, four bioindustries sectors have been identified as of immediate interest to carbomet where the exploitation of carbohydrates will have huge impact: biopharmaceuticals, precision medicine, healthy lifestyles and sustainable materials.

Any researchers interested in these activities are encouragesd to visit the website and engage through social media.