CBM Network Event: Social and Political Challenges for the Bioeconomy, 8-9 Dec 16, Sheffield

The above event explores the challenges facing the bioeconomy related to rapid scientific, technological and social change. It brings 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. Further details and registration can be found here.

Brazil Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop – Water, Sanitation, Energy Nexus – 13-16 Sep 16

Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, University College London and the Instituto Federal de Goias will be holding a workshop on the Water, Sanitation and Energy Nexus Research Initiative in Goiania, Brazil from 13 to 16 September 2016.The workshop aims to promote decentralized closed-loop water and wastewater systems to reduce waste and recover energy and nutrients. The scheme is open to Early Career Researcher.

More information can be found here or by contacting Dr Luiza Campos (l.campos@ucl.ac.uk). The deadline for applications is 10 July 16.

Using Digestate on Farmland – 17th June 2016, Driffield

AD digestate can be used as a low-cost, sustainable source of crop fertiliser and organic matter. This half-day workshop will explore the issues and latest developments around using digestate on farmland, followed by a networking lunch and optional tour of the GWE Biogas facility. The event is organised by the Biovale Cluster AD Special Interest Group, which is open to members from across the sector focusing on plant operation and efficiency. Please find the programme details and tickets on Eventbrite.

Registraton open: Value Chain of Waste & Bio-resources, Manchester 30 Jun-1 Jul

The BBSRC Integrated Biorefining Research and Technology club (IBTI) and Networks in Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB), including ADNet, FoodWasteNet, LBNet and P2P, are hosting a FREE event focussed on addressing issues with the value chain of waste and bio-resources as feedstocks, at the Portland Hotel, Manchester on 30th June-1st July 2016. We will be discussing topics underpinning the value chain of waste feedstocks, particularly aiming to assess the value chain from all perspectives; from the feedstock to the end-product end of the value chain, as well as capturing novel technologies for the future and the challenges with respect to policy and regulation in the utilisation of waste feedstocks. This event will provide a brilliant opportunity to identify and highlight the major roadblocks in utilising waste and bioresource feedstocks and allow for right communities to combine their thoughts and efforts in order to tackle these issues.


This event has a maximum capacity and therefore a limited number of spaces are available. Should the number of applicant registrations exceed the maximum attendance, the registrations will be assessed in order to ensure that the most suitable audience is invited to attend.


Registration is available via the following link, https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WVKVD3V. Registration will close at midnight on the 06/06/2016 and attendance will be confirmed by 10/06/2016.


Posters and flash presentations


All applicants are welcomed and encouraged to apply for one of our flash and/or poster presentation spaces. All details regarding these are included in the registration link above.


Bursary placements


Please inform colleagues who may be interested in the following.


The bursary placement scheme aims to allow academics who are not members of IBTI to attend a Dissemination Event and covers cost of attendance at the event (excluding travel).  This is available to individuals who can benefit from interaction with the IBTI community and who also have a contribution to make.  We would in particular like to invite academics who have engaged or attempted to engage with the community.  Recipients will present a poster of relevant research and present a 2 minute poster flash to introduce themselves and their interests.


To apply for an IBTI bursary placement please use the following link, in addition to the event registration above, https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WC36NMS. Registration for bursary applications will close at midnight on the 06/06/2016.


ATBEST Conference, Linkoping, Sweden – 7/8 September 2016

ATBEST – Advanced Technologies for Biogas Efficiency, Sustainability and Transport is hosting an international conference at Linköping Concert and Congress to explore how we can maximise the efficiency and sustainability of the Biogas supply chain.

The conference will comprise presentations from leading academics and industry experts on the following topics:

  • Feedstocks and digestion
  • Process monitoring
  • Upgrading and supply
  • Optimum biogas utilisation

The 2 day programme will also include delegate presentations, networking opportunities and an industry led workshop focusing on the biogas market for the future.

Those interested in presenting will be invited to submit their abstracts in early 2016.  Deadline for submissions will be 30 April 2016.

For further information please register your interest with the ATBEST team atbest@qub.ac.uk

Funded by the European Union, the ATBEST Marie Curie ITN is a collaboration between eight partners located in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Sweden.  The project tackles several key research challenges along the biogas supply chain, improving its competitiveness with respect to fossil derived fuels and increasing the sustainability of the biogas industry in Europe.

Learn more about the ATBEST project at www.atbest.eu

SINAL Bio-Industrial Event, Chalons-en-Champagne, 24-25 May 16

The UK Trade and Industry team in Lyon is happy to partner with ABE events and bring you to the 8th edition of the SIÑAL EXHIBITION which will be held 24 & 25 May 2016 in Châlons-en-Champagne: www.sinal-exhibition.eu A special delegate package is on offer – see details here.

Every year, thanks to an effective business meeting system, SIÑAL EXHIBITION brings together professionals, academics and researchers around topics such as BIOBASED MATERIALS, PLANT-BASED CHEMISTRY AND BIOENERGY

  • 300 participants gathered over 2 days
  • More than 2,000 pre-planned business meetings arranged to identify commercial and technological opportunities
  • 18 conferences and roundtables to get informed on the latest trends and news
  • Innovative companies awarded by two innovation prizes

Conferences last 25 minutes, with 10 minutes for Q&A. There are a wide variety of proposed conference themes, but those that might interest AD Network members include:

  • What strategies and approaches for launching biosourced products
  • The R&D route to industialisation : opportunities and leverage, restraints and costs
  • Construction and biosourced materials : the market and perspectives
  • Bio refineries : state of the art and industrial deployment in Europe
  • Bio refineries: what are the perspectives for today and tomorrow
  • Public/private relationships : what are the partnership possibilities for funding collaborative European projects ?
  • The bio-energy sectors : what perspectives ?
  • Lignins and their potential in the short, middle and long term

How does it work? :

  1. Take a few minutes to fill out the registration form online with a description of your skills, fields of application; OR your needs and the knowledge you are looking for.
  2. Three weeks before the event, you access to the online catalogue with the profiles of all participants. You identify and request meetings with relevant contacts.
  3. Our team sets-up your individual schedule in accordance with your selection and availability. You can consult it online and thus prepare for your meetings before the event.







Free analysis – Anaerobic Digestion Science meets Industry, 10 May 16, University of Warwick

This FREE event will bring together AD users and scientists. Come and enjoy interesting talks, hear from experts on the AD process, participate in an open discussion session and hear how you can take part in our initiative to monitor AD microbiomes!

There will be talks from the following acadmics and industry people:

Prof Charles Banks – University of Southampton

Prof Tom Curtis – University of Newcastle

Prof Angus Buckling – University of Exeter

Dr Phil Hobbs – Anaerobic Analytics

Angus Browne – G’s Fresh

Bring a sample from your digester to the meeting and we will analyse it’s microbial profile for FREE!

If you are a member of the Anaerobic Digestion Network and need help with travel costs, we can provide funding of up to £100 to attend.

To REGISTER, visit http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/go/adevent


ECR – IB Skills Workshop – 18 and 19 May 16 – Register NOW

C1Net and a number of other BBSRC NIBBs are planning to fund a joint 2 day conference for young scientists working in IBB.

The event will be organized by Cogent, and is supported by the BBSRC and the IBLF skills group.

When 18th & 19th May, 2016Start: ~10.00am On 18th MayFinish: ~4.00pm on 19th May
Where Manchester MacDonald Hotel, London Road, Manchester M1 2PG.
What Free participation and Full boardThe event has 5 main objectives:1.       To make scientists aware of the many non-laboratory career options within Industrial Biotechnology

2.       To do some training on soft skills, such as communications, project management, IP, finance etc.

3.       To explain what it is like to work in industry in companies of different sizes

4.       How to write different proposals for getting money

5.       To be able to meet practising people from different disciplines such as patents, marketing, quality & regulations etc and to meet representatives from companies who during 2016 will be looking for extra staff

C1net will be able to offer ~10 free places at this event, which will be awarded to successful applicants.
More details and an application process will follow.

To register you interest please email jacqueline.minton@nottingham.ac.uk ASAP

Set 4 Britain 2016 – Now Open for Applications from PhDs and PostDocs – Closes 21 Dec 15

The SET for BRITAIN 2016 poster competition for early career researchers which will be held at the House of Commons on the afternoon of Monday 7th of March 2016.


This annual event is run by the House of Commons Parliamentary and Scientific Committee (PSC) and the ‘Engineering’ session is supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering.


The competition provides an opportunity for 60 early-career researchers (PhDs and postdocs) to present their posters and the winners receive Gold (£3,000), Silver (£2,000) or Bronze (£1,000) Awards.


The overall aim is to encourage, support and promote Britain’s early career researchers –  for further information see: http://www.setforbritain.org.uk/index.asp


Applications are now being accepted for the competition and the closing date for entries is Monday, the 21st of December 2015 at 17:00. To enter, simply fill out the online application form, an abstract of your work, and provide a reference.


Details on eligibility and how to apply can be found on the webpage: http://www.setforbritain.org.uk/2016event.asp

Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors for Wastewater Treatment and Energy Recovery – 14 Jan 16, University of Southampton

There is quite a bit of activity going on in the University of Southampton Labs on both flat sheet and hollow fibre Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors. Take a look at this video on the University of Southampton Environmental Lab Facebook page.

This is just a sample of some of the international research which will be showcased at the above event.

Register to attend now! http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com/events.