- Maximising the Renewable Gas Potential from Small Scale Biogas, Dublin – 3rd October 2017. This briefing seminar at Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre is aimed at farmers, advisors, researchers as well as energy policy and decision makers and will address the challenges related to the economic and environmental sustainability of biogas production and utilisation. See: www.eventbrite.ie/e/maximising-the-renewable-gas-potential-from-small-scale-biogas-tickets-37874535756
- 11th European Wastewater Management Conference & Exhibition, Leeds – 3/4th October 2017. See: http://ewwmconference.com/
- ADBA Northern Ireland Conference, Belfast – 5th October 2017. See: http://adbioresources.org/events/northern-ireland-national-conference/.
- BioProNET 4th annual science meeting, Warwick – 10/11th October 2017. See: http://biopronetuk.org/category/events/
- LBNet sandpit workshop: “UK BioChem 10″, York – 18/19th October 2017. See: https://lb-net.net/save-the-date-next-lbnet-sandpit-workshop-uk-biochem-10-18-19-october-2017/
- HVCfP: Annual Meeting, Manchester – 19th October 2017. See: https://hvcfp.net/events/annual-meeting-2017/
- Biovale Focus on Feedstock, York – 1st November 2017. A half-day workshop to discuss the issues around AD feedstock: how to get your feedstock right and what to do when you get it wrong. Talks, Q&A and ‘ask the expert’. See: www.biovale.org/news-and-events/events/ .
- REA/ORG Event – Understanding PAS110 in Full, Reading – 2nd November 2017. See: www.r-e-a.net/events .
- C1net Conference 3, Nottingham – 5/7th November 2017. This is the third C1net conference, and focuses on chemical production from C1 gases by gas fermentation. See: http://www.c1net.co.uk/Events.html
- INNOVATE UK, NEC, Birmingham – 8/9th November 2017. Innovation event. See: http://www.innovate2017.gov.uk/
- REA Biogas Meeting with policy focus, London – 7th November, 2017. See: http://www.biogas.org.uk/events/rea-biogas-meeting-with-policy-focus
- REA AD Biology Day, Solihull – 14th November 2017. See: www.r-e-a.net/events
- Future of Biogas Europe 2017, London – 15/16th November 2017. See: http://www.wplgroup.com/aci/event/future-biogas-europe/
- European Biosolids & Organic Resources Conference & Exhibition, Leeds – 20/21st November 2017. See: http://european-biosolids.com/
- CBMNet Event: Factories for advanced biomanufacturing, Sheffield – 6/7th December 2017. FREE event on microbial chassis engineering and those interested in improving the robustness of whole-cell biocatalysts. See: http://cbmnetnibb.group.shef.ac.uk/events/ .
- ADBA National Conference, London – 7th December. See: http://adbioresources.org/events/?/events
- REA: Biomethane as a Transport fuel, London – 14th December 2017. See: www.r-e-a.net/events
- BioProNET: Molecular chaperones: structure, function and application in bioprocessing, Kent, 20th December 2017. See: http://biopronetuk.org/category/events/
- C1net Metabolic Modelling Workshop 4, Nottingham, 15/19th January 2018. See: http://www.c1net.co.uk/Events.html
- EBA Conference, Antwerp – 24/26th January 2018. See: http://european-biogas.eu/events/eba-conference/
- Energy Storage & Connected Systems 2018, London – 6/7th February 2018. See: www.energystorageconnectedsystems.com/About/
- Recent breakthroughs and new perspectives of protein aggregation: measuring, predicting and controlling protein aggregation, Manchester -13th February 2017. See: http://biopronetuk.org/category/events/
- CBMNet sponsored : ‘The artificial cell: biology-inspired compartmentalisation of chemical function‘, Buckinghamshire – 26-27th February 2018. See: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2018/02/artificial-cell/
- CBMNet sponsored: Microbial Stress, Ireland – 23/25th April 2018, IRELAND, UK. Event details available at: http://www.efb-central.org/index.php/microbial_stress/.
- The Supergen Bioenergy Hub is consulting on a wide variety of subject areas for the Supergen Bioenergy Hub. For details and registration, see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/supergen-bioenergy-hub-consultation-14937732265
The AD Network still has funding available as follows:
- Joint AD Network/Food Waste Network BIV – £20K match funded – Closing date 9 Oct 17
- Business Interaction Voucher (quarterly) – Closing date 30 Sep 17
- AD Network 4th Proof of Concept call – Closing date 16 Oct 17
Other NIBB Networks still have funding calls open as follows:
- BioCatNet: 5th POC Call – Closes 31 Oct 17
- FoodWasteNet: BIV Call – Closes 15 Oct 17
- HVCfP: BIV Call – Closes 22 Nov 17
- NProNet: BIV Call – Closes 6 Oct 17
- PhycoNet: BIV Call – Closes 15 Dec 17
Further funding opportunities include:
GCRF, see: http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/gcrf/
BBSRC, see: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/
There are a number of innovate opportunities, e.g. Emerging and Enabling round 3 -8th November 2017. See: www.gov.uk/guidance/innovation-apply-for-a-funding-award
- The institution / company will be presented in the Biomethane Map
- Information and invitation to workshops and further events for knowledge transfer
- Information about relevant research funding programmes or calls
- Development of new project concepts
- New contacts and networking opportunities
- Regular research newsletter
The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a £15 million programme, jointly funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS). It supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community. Up to £20K grant and £130 unsecured loan for feasibility and pre-planning is available.
These encourage and support collaboration between academic research groups and industry. IPAs are academic-led, responsive mode grants that have significant industrial involvement and industry partner(s) contributes in cash at least equivalent to 10% of the full project costs. For example with a £550,000 award, industry would contribute £50,000.
Application deadline: 4th Oct 2017
This supports the purchase of research equipment through the 17ALERT call for investigators that seeks to pioneer the use of emerging advanced technology and seek to utilise equipment in novel applications.
The principal investigator must be resident in the UK and an academic employee at the lecturer or equivalent level at an eligible organisation. Instrumentation should be deployed on a multi-project or multi-use basis and must enhance the capability of the UK research base in areas of science in BBSRC remit.
The capital equipment budget is £10 million. Applicants can seek capital funding for equipment over £200,000 including VAT, including limited installation and maintenance costs
Closing Date: 14th Sept 2017.
This call is supported through EPSRC’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) allocation. The aim of this activity is to support an internationally leading programme of research to tackle the energy distribution challenges faced by developing countries.
Expression of Interest deadline: 17th August 2017. Proposal deadline: 21st September 2017.
AD Network, Food Waste Network and IBioIC: Opportunities for Food By-product Valorisation, University of Strathclyde, 6 Sep 17
This event aims to engage and inform industrialists and academics on the opportunities Industrial Biotechnology presents for Scotland and the wider UK. The program should raise awareness of IB generally to those industries who have an interest in the valorisation of food waste and/or innovative uses of anaerobic digestion. See more on the AD Network website.
AD Network Research Colloquium, University of Southampton
The LCEDN annual conference, Durham University, 11/12th September
The UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network aims to deliver a set of capacity development activities to support DFID’s Transforming Energy Access programme. See: www.lcedn.com
Free LBNet workshop (sandpit), York, 18/19th October 2017.
“UK BioChem 10”. Top bio-based chemicals for the UK: Challenges and Opportunities. Apply to attend this free workshop (sandpit) to develop concepts and teams to take on a Grand Challenge in bio-based chemicals for the UK. The aim is to bring together complimentary teams from academia and industry, and pump prime the best ideas for proof of concept studies generated at this event (up to £50,000) to initiate work in this area and prime it for opportunities arising from the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge. For more information visit: www.lb-net.net
Registration deadline: 8th September 2017
BioVale: Value from Unavoidable Food Waste, University of York – 21st September 2017
Breakfast meeting. Join Biovale to discuss the opportunities, barriers and latest technologies for extracting high-value products from unavoidable food waste. Learn about the latest technology to convert your waste into a revenue stream
- hear from companies which have successfully converted their waste to value
- discover funding to support innovation projects
- get updated on the latest policy developments
- make new connections with companies, policy makers makers and academics.
Speakers include: Nina Sweet (WRAP), Joe Bennett (Biorenewables Development Centre), Rob Wilson (Toast Ale). See: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/value-from-unavoidable-food-waste-tickets-33808556302 .
C1net Conference 3 – Chemicals from C1 Gas, Nottingham, 5-7th November 2017
This FREE two-day conference will bring together academic and industrial partners to identify and address key challenges in the study of C1gas organisms able to grow on C1 compounds and commercially exploit them for chemical manufacture.
C1net Metabolic Modelling Workshop 4, Nottingham, 15-19th January 2018
EBA Conference, Antwerp – 24/26th January 2018
“Greening Gas” is the theme of the next EBA Conference, covering the latest developments of biogas, syngas and biomethane production. More than 300 biogas representatives are expected to gather in Antwerp, at the Hilton Hotel and the Kinepolis Event Centre. EBA speakers list includes high level policy makers and representatives from leading biogas and biomethane business. Particular attention will also be paid to the theme of transport, with sessions dedicated to biomethane as a transport fuel and power-to-gas. Speakers will address all issues from a technical, economic, scientific and political perspective.
See: http://biogasconference.eu/ .
Energy Storage and Connected Systems 2018, Olympia Conference Centre, London – 6th Feb 2017
This conference will cover the leap forward in deployment of energy storage and its use including how they integrate into a broader network of connected systems including smart buildings, grids and electric vehicle infrastructure.
A new report from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) states that biofuels should be made from waste and byproducts, not food crops, if their carbon emissions reduction potential is to be realised. See: http://www.raeng.org.uk/news/news-releases/2017/july/biofuels-made-from-waste-are-the-business,-says-ac .