Don’t miss – Agriculture and Food Industries Event – 14 Nov, Harper Adams University

The Science Technology and Facilities Council (STFC) is a multidisciplinary research organisation that operates large-scale national laboratories with key experimental and computational capabilities. They are currently running a funding programme that gives companies access to their facilities and expertise called ‘Bridging For Innovators’ or B4I. As part of the programme, they are arranging a series of events, one each month, across different sectors to generate interest. The next event is on November the 14th at Harper Adams University for companies within the agriculture and food industries, where there will be a number of distinguished keynote speakers and representatives from large companies from within the fields.

More information on the event and the funding is here:

BrisSynBio Connect 12th April 2018 – Tickets Now Available!

BrisSynBio Connect finalises the 4-Day MBA programme. This free event is a fantastic opportunity to view synthetic biology entrepreneurs’ pitch their business ideas to a Dragon’s Den panel and live public audience for a share of up to £10,000 worth of prizes. You will have the opportunity to see some fantastic innovative ideas from great scientists and entrepreneurs.

There will be attendees from industry, academia and new start-up/spin-out companies, providing a fantastic opportunity to network and learn about cutting edge synthetic biology products and applications from leading UK industrialists.

Please click on to register for the event.

If you would like any further information, please contact Jenna Helleur at

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 ÂŁ12.5M investment to establish a Biofilms Innovation Knowledge Centre (IKC). The IKC will also be supported by an in-kind contribution of up to ÂŁ1M 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:

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: (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.

Aqua-Enviro European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference, Workshop & Exhibition

This premier event, now in its third decade, will be held in Edinburgh on 15-16 Nov 16. Attendees have the opportunity to hear from high-profile industry experts and hear the latest on legislative changes, new technologies, best practice and site experience. The conference is attended by recognised experts from around the world, both as speakers and delegates. More information and booking on their website.

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

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 ( The deadline for applications is 10 July 16.

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

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