Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut visited INDEPENDENT’s project site

Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Turkey Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut visited the İstanbul Microalgae Biotechnologies Research and Development Center (İMBİYOTAB) located on Boğaziçi University's Sarıtepe Campus.

Assistant Professor Berat Haznedaroğlu, Project Coordinator of Integrated Biorefinery Concept for Bioeconomy Driven Development (INDEPENDENT) Project, informed Mr. Meyer-Landrut and the accompanying delegation about the facility, which is Europe’s first carbon-negative biorefinery. 

During the visit, Assistant Professor Berat Haznedaroğlu presented samples of 11 different algae-based biotechnological products -mainly biofuel, functional food, and biofertilizer- for food, agriculture, livestock, and environmental sectors, particularly for energy and health sectors.


Covering an area of 1 million square meters, Boğaziçi University’s Sarıtepe Campus in Kilyos has become self-sustaining with the “Green Campus” works following the “sustainable campus” decision made in 2010. It was stated that within the project, consultancy services are provided for SMEs operating in many different fields where algae-based products such as petrochemicals, cosmetics, textiles are used, especially in target sectors, to increase R&D capacity and develop technology. Assistant Professor Berat Haznedaroğlu gave Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Turkey, a tour of the site and informed him on the ongoing projects.


Project INDEPENDENT is carried out in partnership of BÜN Technopark Inc. and Boğaziçi University, as part of the Competitive Sectors Programme co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey, and implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Technology.

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