CarboMet - Metrology of Carbohydrates for Enabling European BioIndustries

Metrology of Carbohydrates for Enabling European BioIndustries


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 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. LEARN MORE

CarboMet has been working closely with the stakeholders in Europe to initiate a pan-European Glycoscience Community to help develop, support, and provide networking opportunities to early career researchers. CarboMet is looking to partner with national glycoscience networks to support this initiative – we are already working with the RSC carbohydrate group and Glyco@Alps to engage and organize a series of glycoscience Webinars. Please email for more information on how to get involved.

COVID-19 UPDATE: A dedicated COVID-19 resource page has been created with the latest research papers on COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2. The database has been curated with the aim of highlighting the importance of glycoscience in developing diagnostics and new therapeutics. The toolbox feature is now fully searchable and can be used to identify carbohydrate research centres in Europe that are working on COVID-19 research.


Groups within the CSA will work in parallel on 3 Enabling Technology Areas:


In addition, 4 BioIndustry Sectors have been identified as of immediate interest for CarboMet where the exploitation of carbohydrates will have huge impact:

Latest Policy and Briefing Papers

Our latest policy and briefing papers are now available to download.

For policy makers and non-technical audience:

Carbohydrate based vaccine to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Glycomics in diagnostics and precision medicine

Gut microbiome and its influence on health

Future of carbohydrates in sustainable materials

Detailed technical reports for industry professionals and academics can be downloaded from the resource section.

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