Pitch Event: Chemistry and industrial biotechnology for a circular bioeconomy, 14:00, 21st September, University of York

The Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network and BioVale are working together to deliver an opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors to gain insight and form new business relationships in sustainable technologies for a circular bio-economy. Entrepreneurs can benefit from funded training and live pitching to a panel of investors. More information is here.

Training Roundup – Looking for Anaerobic Digestion or Industrial Biotechnology Training?

PhD summer course: Host-microbe symbioses: from functional to ecological perspectives, Oeiras, Portugal, 9-21st July 2017. At only 300 Euros, this 2-week summer training course will fill up fast. Deadline for applications is 20th March. See: http://pages.igc.gulbenkian.pt/symbioses2017/ .

HVCfP: “Utilising genetic resources in R&D” training event, York, 13th July 2017. Did you know there that the use of some genetic resources in R&D is now covered by EU Regulations and UK law? The ‘Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity’ is an international agreement designed to provide a legal framework to ensure that  benefits arising from the use of genetic resources are shared fairly. It establishes a legal framework governing access to genetic resources and the traditional knowledge associated with them. This free training event is open to all NIBB members. See: https://hvcfp.net/events/utilising-genetic-resources-in-rd/ .

Innovation Biocamp York, UK – 23-28th July 2017. The University of York and BioVale are organising an “innovation biocamp”, a one-week business skills training event for start-ups and new companies in the bioeconomy. The training event is aimed at technology-oriented start-ups and SMEs who are based in North West Europe and work in the bioeconomy (biomass treatment and valorisation, industrial biotechnology, downstream processing, etc). More details can be found on the website https://www.biovale.org/event/innovation-biocamp/

Bioprocessing STARS Skills School, National Biologics Manufcturing Centre, Darlington,  11-15th September 2017. Do you want to find out how your career might develop working for industry, the differences between industrial- and academic-driven research and how the industrial environment matches your career ambitions?  Here’s your opportunity to answer these questions and find out much more about your ability to work in teams and how the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit drives research translation. At our week-long, intensive residential training programme, designed around the insights and advice of senior industrialists, you will take part in group-based activities and work with real-life industrial case studies. The programme is designed to engage with the process of entrepreneurship, focus on the development of the ability to promote research ideas and their value to audiences and the key importance of the societal impact of industrial biotechnology. Registration and more details https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/skillsschool

Aqua Enviro “Odour management: An introduction to odour regulation, assessment and control”, Aqua Enviro Training Suite, Wakefield, 6th December 2017. See: http://www.aquaenviro.co.uk/courses/introduction-to-odour-modelling-for-the-management-and-control-of-odours-at-wastewater-treatment-plants/ .

Aqua Enviro “Phosphorus Removal and Tertiary Treatment Processes”, Aqua Enviro Training Suite, Wakefield – 7th December 2017. See: http://www.aquaenviro.co.uk/courses/phosphorus-removal-and-tertiary-treatment-processes/ .


Evolution of enzymes under anthropogenic selection pressure and their application in environmental bioremediation, University of Sheffield, 20 Jul 17, 11:00-14:00 hrs

Dr Colin Scott will be at The University of Sheffield on Thursday July 20th 2017 to discuss his ongoing research and develop potential new collaborations. Registration can be found here.

Dr Scott was born in 1975 in Scotland. He obtained a BSc (hon) in Genetics from the University of Wales (UK) in 1996 and a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from Sheffield University (UK) in 2000. He moved to CSIRO Entomology in Canberra in 2004 as a post-doctoral fellow, and now leads the Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology Group in CSIRO. The EIB Group contains three teams: Biocatalysis, Metabolomics and Bioprocess Technologies & Environmental Engineering. Colin also leads a number of projects in biocatalysis and synthetic biology.

Dr Scott has a strong interest in understanding the enormous diversity of biochemistry and metabolism that has evolved in nature, with on-going research in:

  • enzyme structure/function relationships
  • evolution of new enzyme function (for example, pesticide catabolism)
  • developing enzyme technologies for bioremediation of pesticides
  • developing biocatalysts for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals and plastics/polymers
  • ABC transporter engineering.

Nature has produced organisms that can perform some truly amazing chemistry at a level of sophistication that human chemists simply can’t match. Some of these biochemical innovations date back to the origins of life itself, where the ‘chemical language’ of biology developed. However, new enzymatic functions still arise in response to changes in the chemical environment that organisms find themselves in, including the novel chemical challenges that post-industrial humanity provides.

Anthropogenic chemicals, such as pesticides, often didn’t exist in nature before they were introduced by humans. New enzymes to deal with such chemicals evolve over a remarkably short span of time – and when we’re very lucky we can catch them in the act, finding model systems for studying the molecular mechanisms that drive (and constrain) evolution.

While evolutionary studies of enzymes provide deep insights into the way that biology works at a chemical level, there is also a broad range of practical applications for enzyme technologies. For example, the use of enzymes and microbes to drive chemical transformations (i.e. biocatalysis) is rapidly becoming the preferred technology in chemical manufacture.

Dr Scott’s work focuses on bioprospecting for novel enzymes for biotechnological applications, studying the processes by which new enzyme activities can evolve, improving their function in the laboratory and developing new processes that can reduce the cost and environmental footprint of chemical synthesis.

AquaEnviro: The BIG Phosphorus Conference and Exhibition – Removal & Recovery, Manchester – 4/5th July 2017

This two-day conference and exhibition explores the balance between reducing phosphorus consumption within catchments, and effective means for recovering phosphorus as a nutrient.  The findings from the UKWIR low-P trials to evaluate source control technologies will also be presented.

This event will bring together experts in the field of phosphorus, technology suppliers and operators.  It is the must attend event for anyone considering Phosphorus removal and/or recovery.  Cost: £550+VAT.

See: http://www.aquaenviro.co.uk/events/conferences/big-phosphorus-conference/

The Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products XI 2-Day Graduate and Early Career Symposium, University of Warwick – 29/30th June 2017

This symposium is open to everyone working in the field of natural products, from microbial genetics to synthetic chemistry, and we particularly encourage PhD students and postdocs to present their work with talks and posters.

NPRONET and BIOCATNET are sponsoring this event. Registration is FREE and it includes two lunches, a wine reception/dinner and prizes for best talks and posters.

See: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wcibb/meetings/chemistryandbiologysymposium

BrisSynBio Connect event, Bristol – 27th April 2017 2-9pm

BrisSynBio is a multi-disciplinary research centre that focuses on the biomolecular design and engineering aspects of synthetic biology. See: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/brissynbio/ .

This event is the climax of BrisSynBio’s 4-Day More Business Acumen course. You will have the opportunity to see future synthetic biology entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to real biotech investors.

They will be showcasing the most exciting translational research from BrisSynBio and you can learn about cutting edge synthetic biology products and applications from leading UK industrialists.

Register (free) soon as places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

https://brissynbioconnect.eventbrite.co.uk .

Biofilms Innovation Knowledge Centre Launch – 11 Nov 16 – Register now

BBSRC and Innovate UK would like to announce the launch of the second phase of the UK Biofilms Programme. This will be an approximate £12.5M investment to establish a Biofilms Innovation Knowledge Centre (IKC). The IKC will also be supported by an in-kind contribution of up to £1M worth of High Performance Computing facilities access over five years from the Science and technology Facilities Council (STFC) within the Hartree Centre. For further information see: www.bbsrc.ac.uk/biofilms

The launch event and workshop will take place in London at Amba Hotel Marble Arch on Friday 11 November 2016 from 10.00am to 4pm.

The event will include a series of presentations from Innovate UK and the Research Councils which will provide an overview of the UK Biofilms Programme to date, and specific details on the IKC call opportunity. Importantly, the event will also have dedicated sessions where potential applicants can cover specific questions in detail with the Research Councils and Innovate UK. The Knowledge Transfer Network will also host a workshop session where delegates will get a chance to inform future strategy and plans for the UK Biofilms Programme.

To register for the workshop please use the following link: https://app.keysurvey.co.uk/f/1078805/4d60/ (an agenda and further details will be sent to registered delegates in the very near future).

Social and political challenges for the bioeconomy, 8-9 Dec 16, Sheffield

CBM Network is holding this two day event at Sheffield. The event will address the challenges facing the bioeconomy related to rapid scientific, technological and social change. It will bring together UK industrial biotechnology leaders and academics to discuss grand challenges and then hopes to forge new collaborations between delegates, who will go on to apply for funding to begin to solve these problems.

The agenda is here.

Registration for the event is here.

Register for On-site Bioenergy: How can farmers benefit, 3 Nov 16, Aspatria Rugby Union Club, Wigton

A unique opportunity to visit one of Britain’s most advanced on-site Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants at First Milk’s Aspatria creamery and to explore how bio-energy technologies can be deployed more widely in the farming and food processing sectors across the North West.

Anaerobic Digestion of farm manures, food processing wastes and residues extracts bio-energy to form biogas which could be deployed more widely in the UK to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and help cut GHG emissions.  Biogas, along with other on-farm renewable energy technologies, reduces farm energy costs and offers an attractive diversification for livestock farmers.

This event, designed for farmers, food processors and others thinking of investing in smaller scale AD, demonstrates how the agri-food sector can increase bio-energy output, turn waste into energy, and upgrade biogas into vehicle fuel.  Join us to explore the opportunities for farms to become energy suppliers.

FREE to attend —Lunch Provided. Register here.

C1 Network Metabolic Modelling Workshop 3 – Nottingham 23-27 Jan 17

Redirecting an organism’s metabolism towards novel products raises a number of design issues. What is the impact of the new pathway on the cell’s energy and redox metabolism? Can the precursor and coenzyme requirements be satisfied? Should some parts of the metabolic network be blocked off to ensure the most efficient routes to the product are favoured? Answering these questions needs tools that can compute and compare feasible routes through the cell’s metabolic network, as well as methods for defining and representing the metabolic network in a way the tools can use. This is the domain of structural analysis of metabolism, and techniques such as elementary modes analysis and flux balance analysis. This combined theoretical and practical course will explain the theory behind these techniques and give hands-on experience of building metabolic network models and calculating feasible and optimal routes through them. It will be presented by David Fell and his colleagues in the Cell Systems Modelling Group of Oxford Brookes University. It covers the same area as the previous C1net Modelling Workshop 1, but is complementary to Workshop 2 on kinetic models.



Free participation, accommodation (for non-local delegates) and meals for members of C1NET or another NIBB network.  Participants are required to bring their own laptop (not netbook or tablet).  Software will be provided.
When: Monday 23 January 2017, 13.30 – Friday 27 January 2017 13:30
Where: St James Hotel, 1 Rutland Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 6FL

For a registration form, visit http://www.c1net.co.uk/Events-workshop-3.html