AD Network Training Roundup – Oct 17

Odour management: An introduction to odour regulation, assessment and control. 6th December 2017, Aqua Enviro Event Suite, Wakefield

Phosphorus Removal and Tertiary Treatment Processes. 7th December 2017, Aqua Enviro Training Suite, Wakefield

Design of Activated Sludge Systems. 20th February 2018, Aqua Enviro Training Suite, Wakefield

Operation & Control of Activated Sludge Plants. 21st February 2018, Aqua Enviro Event Suite, Wakefield

Microscopic Examination for the Operation & Control of Wastewater Treatment Plants. 22nd February 2018, Aqua Enviro Training Suite, Wakefield

Digester operation and making the most of the digestate. 24/25th April 2018 Wakefield

Advanced Training Partnerships, January 2018.

  • Online Training for Biotech Industries via Industrial Biotechnology Distance Learning.

Next modules start January 2018. See: .

~Biorenewable Feedstocks

~Biorefining Technologies

~Carbon Footprinting and Life Cycle Assessment

~Drivers of the Bio-economy

~Waste Stream Valorisation

~Genetics and Genomics

~Biobased Product Development

~Climate Change

  • On- Farm Anaerobic Digestion (AD), May 2018

This 12 week module will explore the role of anaerobic digestion (AD) as an important technology to improve the sustainability of the food production system. See: .

  • The Biovale Special Interest Group are running a learning event  “Focus on Feedstock” on 1 Nov 17 in York


AD Network Roundup of AD-related training opportunities

REA Event – Understanding and applying HACCP to anaerobic digestion, Bristol – 22nd Sept 2017

REA is running a one day course focused on HACCP planning for AD operators and developers, with focus on digestate safety and quality. This event is open to both members and non-members.

See: .

REA/ORG Event – Understanding PAS100 in Full, Reading – 1st November 2017

The Organics Recycling Group is running a one day course focused on the PAS 100 and REAL Compost Certification Scheme. The course is targeted at the composter’s personnel who are involved in the establishment implementaion, maintenance and improvement of the PAS 100 quality management system. See: .

International Intensive Biogas Training – Practical Digester Biology, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland22/24th November 2017

For the second time the Centre for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technologies (CREST) and the International Biogas and Bioenergy Center of Competence (IBBK Fachgruppe Biogas) will be running a 3-day in-depth Biogas HANDS ON Operators & Planners Course at the South West College in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The course will be delivered by biogas experts from Germany and UK with many years of practical experience in the biogas sector.

See: .

Aqua Enviro Event: Odour management: An introduction to odour regulation, assessment and control, Aqua Enviro Training Suite, Wakefield6th Dec 2017,

This course provides delegates with a thorough understanding of how environmental odours are assessed, managed and regulated.

See: .

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: .

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: .

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

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

Aqua Enviro “Odour management: An introduction to odour regulation, assessment and control”, Aqua Enviro Training Suite, Wakefield, 6th December 2017. See: .

Aqua Enviro “Phosphorus Removal and Tertiary Treatment Processes”, Aqua Enviro Training Suite, Wakefield – 7th December 2017. See: .


Course on Conducting a Life Cycle Assessment: From theory to practical application

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a rapidly evolving tool used to determine impacts of products or systems over a range of environmental and resource issues. Applying this method of assessment is complex and difficult and translating the theory into a credible, transparent and applicable practice can be very challenging.

This short course, developed in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, consists of two parts. You can book both parts together, or choose to do part 1 or 2 only.

In Part 1 (two days), you’ll develop a solid understanding of the process, data requirements and how to make use of the results. You’ll then get the chance to apply this knowledge to real-life case studies.

In Part 2 (two days), you’ll learn how to apply systems thinking and LCA to assess environmental dimension of circular economy and how LCA can help track performance and prioritize actions relating circular economy programmes in organisations.

For more information, please visit the website.

AD and Biotechnology Training Courses

Here are a list of courses on anaerobic digestion and biotechnology.

Listed below are a number of courses relevant to our AD Network members

As part of the BBSRC-funded Advanced Training Partnership (ATP), Aberystwyth University (IBERS) in conjunction with Bangor University and NIAB offer a 12 week training program in AD. ATPs offer postgraduate level training to employees working in UK agri-food industries. Bursaries are available for 20-80% of the cost on a first-come-first-served basis and more information can be found here

On- Farm Anaerobic Digestion (AD) – next start date is May 2017.

This 12 week module will explore the role of anaerobic digestion (AD) as an important technology to improve the sustainability of the food production system. AD can be used to produce renewable energy, while the remaining digestates can act as a bio-fertilizer. The focus of the module is on the use of farm-scale AD to treat wastes, manures and crops. The module covers technical aspects of AD, but focusses on environmental and economic sustainability of different AD deployment options, including: choice of feedstock, alternative uses of biomethane and digestate, and indirect consequences of AD on food production, waste management and energy generation. Pertinent policies, regulations, and planning issues driving and constraining AD are considered. The application of AD in industrialised and industrialising countries will be explored. See: .

University College London run a series of modules of interest to Industrialists and Scientists. The MBI® courses are UCL-accredited short courses in bioprocessing, designed specifically for industrialists, that can be taken as stand-alone modules or can be combined for Certificate, Diploma or Masters qualifications. Examples include: Design of Experiments for Bioprocess Optimisation, Industrial Biotechnology: Biocatalysis through to Synthetic Biology, Analytical Data Analysis for the Bioprocessing Industry etc.  Take a look at what is on offer at: .

The University of Cranfield runs a course aimed at operators – Anaerobic Digestion of Waste. See: .

FERA run a number of courses, some of which may be relevant to our members (e.g. courses on Advanced Chemical Residues, Traditional Microbiology etc.) See: for details.

AquaEnviro run a number of courses directly relevant to AD practitioners. See: for details.

Abertay University has run a course on Intensive Biogas Training in the past and offers bespoke training courses if you are interested in commissioning something specialist. See:

Remember to look at our Secondment funds (see website) if you are thinking of brushing up your skills. We might be able to assist, so do contact us!