C1NET Conference – 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 those organisms able to grow on C1 compounds and commercially exploit them as platforms for chemical manufacture. The programme will include talks from invited speakers from academia and industry, as well as from selected submitted abstracts and will showcase presentations from C1net POC grant winners. See: http://www.c1net.co.uk/Events.html .

Jobs Opportunities – Severn Wye Energy Agency Ltd – Biogas and more

There are currently two positions available at the Severn Wye Energy Agency. The first is for a project manager in the biogas team, based within reasonable travelling distance of Llandrindod Wells – details are here: Advert PM_biogas. The second is for a Project Worker based in Gloucestershire, details here: Project Worker Advert 2017. Closing date for both jobs is 15 Jun 17.

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/

High Value Chemicals from Plants Workshop ‘Utilising genetic resources in R&D’, York, 13 Jul 17

This half day training event on 13th July 2017 in York is an opportunity to gain an overview of the Nagoya Protocol and associated EU Regulations which have significant implications for the way R&D using certain plant and microbial materials should be conducted. This informal, participatory event will include a variety of interactive learning approaches. See further details and book your place at https://hvcfp.net/events/utilising-genetic-resources-in-rd/

9th European Symposium on Biopolymers: ESBP 2017, Toulouse, 5-7 Jul 17

ESBP 2017 aims to bring together leading experts from both academia and industry to share knowledge and insight into the challenges and opportunities surrounding biopolymers production from microbes. ESBP 2017 will focus on recent developments in the area of biopolymers production, characterization and processing but also on the numerous applications of biopolymeric materials in a variety of fields, including medicine and medical devices, smart materials, coatings, personal care products, structural materials, agro food and agriculture, and many other areas. The main spotlight of ESBP will be on Biopolymers like polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), cellulose, alginates, cyanophicin, poly phosphate, rubber (polyisoprene), etc.

See: https://esbp2017.sciencesconf.org .

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

Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C)

The F4C was launched on the 27 April 2017 by the Department for Transport (DfT) to promote the development of an advanced low carbon fuels industry within the UK, including supplier capabilities and skills in relevant technologies, while maximising value for money for the taxpayer.

There is a prospective bidders’ event – 24th May, London. Register for a place at the event by 19th May 2017.

See:  http://ee.ricardo.com/en/transport/case-studies/f4c for more information.

Getting from greenhouse gas to microbial biomass

Science can now turn thin air into biomass – or, more specifically, turn greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) which are emitted as waste products of current energy production activities into biomass. This paper describes a process that captures methane from natural gas and biogas and uses photosynthesis to convert it into biomass feedstock. The energy-rich carbon is not dispersed into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, but converted to useful products. Read more here.