This promises to be great event suitable for anyone interested in the organics sector in general and anaerobic digestion in particular. Registration and programme avaiable here.
The BBSRC Follow on Fund currently has an Industrial Biotechnology highlight for the upcoming round.
The webpage with all the call details can be found here: https://bbsrc.ukri.org/funding/filter/follow-on/ and the application deadline is 10th October 2018.
Registration is here.
The 7th LCEDN conference is intended to harness involvement of the LCEDN with the UK government Department for International Development’s Transforming Energy Access (TEA) programme by opening the research theme up to the low carbon transition/energy access community. The focus of this conference will be to examine what is meant and intended by the word ‘transformation’, used in the widest sense – all transformative aspects of energy for development are open to consideration.
The conference will be run in collaboration with the TEA Research Partnership Development Consortium (RPDC) with the intention of showcasing and feeding into the consultations with RPDC partners from across the world; it therefore represents a fantastic opportunity for LCEDN members to better understand the TEA programme and contribute to it.
The daily programme will begin with two plenary sessions on Transforming Energy Access (Wednesday 30th) and Innovation and Technology Development (Thursday 31st) and the Friday (1st) will begin with an Under the Grid plenary which we will be combining with an online webinar run by our colleagues at Smart Villages.
There will also be a series of break-out sessions on themes integral to energy transformation, such as Waste; Planning and Energy Access; Community Resilience (ecology, migration etc.); Value Chains (local manufacturing, mineral extraction, assembly etc.); Innovative Finance; Transdisciplinarity in energy research (publishing, working practices, career development etc.) and Energy Justice Revisited (taking forward some of the debates from the last conference).
In addition there will be an Energy Catalyst Companies Showcase and a session on Innovative Businesses and Community Projects From the Global South and we are particularly interested in getting entrepreneurs and commercial actors (from large, medium or small businesses) to attend the whole conference to interact with the research/NGO/policy community to better inform us of their research needs. The LCEDN is particularly anxious to attract entrepreneurs from the Global South to explain their projects, products and needs.
Lastly, there will as usual be plenty of opportunity to discuss the future direction of the LCEDN and since we expect a good blend of people from the NGO, commercial and policy sector (especially our colleagues in DfID) this conference will be a fantastic opportunity to network discuss your current and future involvement in low carbon energy transitions in a friendly and exciting environment.
HVCfP: Workshop – Application of IB to to identification and recovery of high value products from plant waste, Colworth Park, Bedfordshire. 10th April 2018. See: https://hvcfp.net/ .
Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2018, Birmingham. 10/13th April 2018. See: https://microbiologysociety.org/event/annual-conference/annual-conference-2018.html
6th International Conference on Industrial Biotechnology, Venezia, Italy. 15/18th April, 2018 See: http://www.aidic.it/ibic2018/index.php
40th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Clearwater Beach, USA. 29th April – 2nd May 2018. See: http://www.simbhq.org/sbfc/general-information/about-sbfc/ .
REA Event – UK Biomethane Day 2018, Birmingham. 2nd May 2018. See: www.r-e-a.net/events/rea-event-uk-biomethane-day-2018 .
5th International Conference on Renewable Energy Gas Technology, REGATEC 2018, Toulouse, France. 3-4th May 2018. REGATEC has a technical and industrial focus and is directed towards bio-, electro-, and thermochemical conversion of biomass/waste to biomethane, biomass gasification for CHP production and industrial use as well as cryogenic upgrading/liquefaction. See: http://regatec.org/ .
The Business Of Science Conference, Liverpool. 17th May 2018. See: http://businessofscience.co.uk .
EUBCE 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark. 14/17th May 2018. See: http://www.eubce.com/ .
CO2 Reuse Summit, Zurich, Switzerland. 16/17th May 2018. See: https://reuseco2.com/ .
3rd LBNet International Conference: “Challenges and Opportunities in Lignocellulosic Biorefining: Feedstock, Technology and Products”. Shrigley Hall, Cheshire. 16/18th May 2018. There will be invited speakers from the UK and abroad and session speakers will be chosen from poster abstracts submitted by those attending the meeting. For registration see: https://lb-net.net/events/ .
14th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries, Ghent, Belgium. 30th May-1st June 2018. See: http://www.rrbconference.com/venue .
Biovale: Innovation Biocamp, Hawkhills, Yorkshire. 3-8th June 2018. Start-up, bio-based businesses can benefit from fully funded, intensive business training for successful innovation. The BioBase4SME project is now providing start-up companies working in the bioeconomy with €7,000 worth of specialist training, fully funded by the project. Deadline for applications: 20th April 2018. See: www.biovale.org/event/innovation-biocamp/ .
Industrial Biotechnology Pitch Event, London. 12th June 2018. This Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy Showcase and Pitch Event is an opportunity for entrepreneurs with start-up, early stage and growth businesses to increase their profile in front of a national audience of investors. The pitching competition is organised jointly by CBMNet, BIOCATNET & the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and is a unique opportunity for both entrepreneurs and investors to gain valuable insight. See: http://cbmnetnibb.group.shef.ac.uk/events/industrial-biotechnology-showcase-and-pitch-event/ .
NIBB ‘Beyond the lab: developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career’, University of York 18 – 19 July 2018. See: See: http://www.c1net.co.uk/ .
The 3rd International Conference on Recent Advances in Pollution Control and Resource Recovery for the Livestock Farming Industry (Livestock Waste 2018), Xiamen, China. 26-28th July 2018. This conference aims to seek solutions for the environmental issues associated with the management of animal manure and wastewater. Deadline for abstracts: 1st March 2018. See: http://rapcp.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/70010 .
NIBB: The Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products Symposium XII, University of Warwick. 28/29th June 2018. Free to attend for members of NPRONET or BIOCATNET. Last deadline for registration: 15th June. See: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wcibb/meetings/chemistryandbiologysymposium
CBMNet: Biochemical Society Training Event: Experimental techniques for studying proteins and lipids in biological membranes, Aston University. 31st July–1st August 2018. This two-day training event for early career researchers comprise lectures, case study exercises and laboratory-based practical sessions. See: http://cbmnetnibb.group.shef.ac.uk/events/ .
CBMNet: Biochemical Society Focused Meeting: Structure and mechanism of membrane proteins, Aston University. 2/3rd August 2018. See: http://cbmnetnibb.group.shef.ac.uk/events/ .
Biogas Science, Torino, Italy. 17-19th September 2018. Abstract deadlines: 19th January/27th April 2018. See: http://www.biogas-science2018.it .
New Scientist Live, ExCeL Centre, London 20-23 September 2018. See: https://live.newscientist.com/info/about-us .
The International Biomass Congress & Expo & the International Biogas Congress & Expo, Berlin, 10/11th October 2018. See: https://biofuels-news.com/conference/ .
IBBK: Progress in the treatment and application of manure and digestate products. International conference with trade exhibition and excursion, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany 16/18th October 2018. The conference will address the latest international scientific state and successful examples of implementation. The main topics include the current state of the art, advances in bioeconomy and sustainability, as well as prospects for promising innovations and new research approaches. See: http://ibbk-biogas.de/en-gb/konf-okt2018-science-meets-praxis .
13th International Congress on Biofuels and Bioenergy, Ottawa, Canada 18/20th October 2018. See: https://biofuels-bioenergy.conferenceseries.com/ .
European Biosolids & Organic Resources Conference & Exhibition, Royal Armouries, Leeds. 13/14th November 2018. See: www.european-biosolids.com
C1net Final Conference, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham 21-23 January 2019. See: http://www.c1net.co.uk/ .
Events to Note
Unavoidable food waste in Yorkshire: opportunities to add value. 27 Feb 18, Holiday Inn York, Tadcaster Road YO24 1QF, 10.00-13.00 hrs. Free of charge.
EPSRC: Systems Change Thinking – Creating Value from Unavoidable Food Supply Chain Wastes, Sutton Bonnington, University of Nottingham. 16th January 2018
REA Event – UK Biomethane Day 2018, Birmingham. 2nd May 2018
KTN: Innovation Funding for Ambitious Businesses in the Midlands Engine, Coventry, Tue, 30 Jan.
KTN: How to win funds and influence people, Various venues. Wales. Various dates, March 2018. Half day workshops across Wales to explore what a good grant application looks like…and some of the pitfalls to avoid.
KTN: North West Innovation 2018: Unlock Your Business Growth and Productivity, Daresbury. 8th February 2018.
HVCfP: Workshop – Plant cell cultures: production of high value chemicals, Macdonald Hotel Holyrood, Edinburgh. 28th February 2018.
HVCfP: Workshop – Application of IB to to identification and recovery of high value products from plant waste, Colworth Park, Bedfordshire. 10th April 2018.
CBMNet: Biochemical Society Focused Meeting: Structure and mechanism of membrane proteins, Aston University. 2/3rd August 2018.
CBMNet: Biochemical Society Training Event: Experimental techniques for studying proteins and lipids in biological membranes, Aston University. 31st July–1st August 2018. This two-day training event for early career researchers comprise lectures, case study exercises and laboratory-based practical sessions.
C1net Final Conference, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham 21-23 January 2019.
IMPACT of the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in industrial biotechnology – towards a sustainable economy, Ghent. 19th February 2018.
The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) National Conference – Bioenergy Future Ireland 2018, Dublin. 21st February 2018
5th International Conference on Renewable Energy Gas Technology, REGATEC 2018, Toulouse, France. 3-4th May 2018. REGATEC has a technical and industrial focus and is directed towards bio-, electro-, and thermochemical conversion of biomass/waste to biomethane, biomass gasification for CHP production and industrial use as well as cryogenic upgrading/liquefaction.
The 3rd International Conference on Recent Advances in Pollution Control and Resource Recovery for the Livestock Farming Industry” (Livestock Waste 2018), Xiamen, China. 26-28th July 2018. This conference aims to seek solutions for the environmental issues associated with the management of animal manure and wastewater. Deadline for abstracts: 1st March 2018.
Biogas Science, Torino, Italy. 17/19th September 2018. Abstract deadlines: 19th January/27th April 2018.
The International Biomass Congress & Expo & the International Biogas Congress & Expo, Berlin, 10/11th October 2018.
Other Events and Courses
3rd N8 Biophysical and Biochemical Symposium, “Dynamics, Kinetics and Thermodynamics“, Manchester. 12th January 2018. The focus of the symposium will be the use of biophysical techniques to determine dynamics, kinetics and thermodynamics of biological processes.
Bio-resources – Getting the most out of sludge, Peterborough. 24th January 2018
Masters & PhD Study Fairs 2018 (Birmingham; Bristol; Sheffield; Liverpool; Edinburgh). Meet representatives from top universities both in the UK and abroad and get Masters & PhD application advice. University of Birmingham – 24 January; Sheffield – 14 February; University of Liverpool – 15 February; University of Edinburgh – 21 February.
Biogas HANDS ON UK, Cambridge. 5th-8th February 2018. IBBK Biogas will run a 4-day Engineering & Operating Course including a biogas plant visit.
Energy Storage and Connected Systems 2018, Olympia Conference Centre, London. 6/7th February 2018
2nd International Conference on Marine Biomass as Renewable Energy, Glasgow. 5/6th March 2018
The Business Of Science Conference, Liverpool. 17th May 2018
Biovale: Innovation Biocamp, Hawkhills, Yorkshire. 3-8th June 2018. Start-up, bio-based businesses can benefit from fully funded, intensive business training for successful innovation. The BioBase4SME project is now providing start-up companies working in the bioeconomy with €7,000 worth of specialist training, fully funded by the project. Deadline for applications: 20th April 2018.
New Scientist Live, ExCeL Centre, London 20-23 September 2018
SME? You still have a year to access the services of SuperBIO (H2020 funded) and BioBase4SME (Interreg funded). Services offered include market research, techno-economic assessment, feedstock analysis, business plan development, LCA, regulatory appraisal and process scale-up testing (both on chemical processes and IB processes, including high throughput strain engineering and process optimisation).
Through those two programs, SMEs in Europe can access services up to a value of:
- € 100,000 (with a SME cofunding share in cash of max. 50% from the SME) via BioBase4SME
- € 60,000 (with a SME cofunding share in cash of max. 25% from the SME) via SuperBIO
Proposals are invited for research-related activities which support the Supergen Bioenergy hub’s core objectives.
The Supergen Bioenergy hub invites proposals for its “flexible funding” programme. A total of £100,000 is available to support up to 4 projects at institutes eligible to receive RCUK funding. We are pleased to also be able to offer additional funding of up to £75,000 for projects which target priorities of the low carbon fuels strategy of the Department for Transport. The priority areas eligible for this enhanced funding are specified below.
Applications for research funding should support the hub’s objectives and submissions should specify which of the priority areas they are addressing.
The funding can be used to support bioenergy research and research-related activities, including exchanges and visits to develop new research collaborations, preparatory work for large strategic bids, feasibility studies, work with industrial partners to advance implementation, work with other stakeholders to support bioenergy policy development, secondments to improve research impact etc.
NB: It is a condition of funding that successful applicants engage with the Supergen Bioenergy hub in relation to the funded activity. Full details and application form available from the website.
The AD Network has applied for additional funds from the BBSRC Seeding Catalyst Award. If successful, they must be spent by the end of February 2018 and they are payable at 100% of direct costs. Do you have any projects which could use assistance for upscaling from research to commercial reality? If the project you have in mind can be completed, reported and invoiced within this timescale please keep abreast of developments in this area. Any Call, from this or other NIBBs, will necessarily be short notice.
University of Cork and Gas Networks Ireland – 2 PhD Studentships on Green Renewable Gas
Supervisor: Prof J. Murphy. Deadline: 11 Aug 17
Fully Funded. Further details here.
From: Find a PhD
Development of an Online Decision Support Tool for Hydrogen Storage in Community Renewable Energy Systems – National University of Ireland, Galway D
Supervisor: Dr R Monaghan. Deadline: 30 Jul 17
Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
Tailored biopolymer production from waste streams: low-cost value added bioprocessing – University of Birmingham
Supervisor: Dr T Overton; Dr M Jenkins. Deadline: all year round
Self-Funded PhD Students Only
Development of advanced adsorbents for gas separation processes – Aberdeen University
Supervisor:Dr C Fernandez-Martin / Prof J Anderson Application. Deadline Applications accepted all year round
Self-Funded PhD Students Only
A framework for the development and validation of mathematical models of upstream unit operations as part of an integrated whole bioprocess modelling platform – University College London
Supervisor: Dr A Kiparissides. Deadline 28 Aug 17
Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network delivers a number of capacity development activities to support DFID’s Transforming Energy Access Programme. They host a number of events throughout the year and their annual event will be held at Durham University on 11-12 September. Abstracts are open and more information can be found here.