Events Roundup – Sep 18 – AD Network


NEPIC International Bioresources Conference 2018, Durham, 20th September 2018

The NEPIC International Bioresources Conference brings together a large gathering of senior industrialists, business leaders, scientists, academics and agriculturalists from across global markets to hear some of the latest developments in the circular economy and bioresources sector.



KTN/INNOVATE: Food security, sustainable agriculture, blue growth and the bioeconomy: Horizon 2020 Information & Brokerage Event, London, 26th September 2018

Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network are hosting the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 (food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy) event which is aimed at supporting collaboration across the UK and Europe.





The Big Green Expo (Southampton) 2018: Environmental & Facilities Management Support, Southampton, 2nd October 2018

The aim of the Expo is to improve efficiencies, drive down the cost of running a business facility and its environmental impact – and to meet the expectations of customers and staff.



IBBK: Progress in the treatment and application of manure and digestate products, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, 16/18th October 2018

International conference with trade exhibition and excursion



Microbiology Society: Focused Meeting 2018: Microbiomes Underpinning Agriculture, Cork, Ireland, 1/2nd October 2018



STFC B4I Chemical Event, Redcar, 17 October 2018

Bridging for Innovators (b4i) funding now available to support UK industry. Bridging for Innovators (B4I) is a programme run by STFC to support UK industry to overcome challenging product, manufacturing or process performance. Accessing our unique laboratories and engaging with world class researchers, you will develop projects that address your specific challenge and help you make a step-change to your business.



EBRI: Value from Waste Masterclass, West Bromwich, 17-18th October 2018

EBRI’s series of Master Class Courses provides exclusive content for entrepreneurs and business leaders covering the technical and commercial fundamentals of bioenergy. Companies looking to develop new products and services can benefit from attending this event, as can those who are simply looking for a better understanding of the bioenergy market. FREE to SME businesses located within specified West Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas.



NPRONET Community Meeting 2018, Midland Hotel, Manchester, 29-30th October 2018

At the event we will hear from some of our industrial and academic members about what the network has done for them over last 5 years, how industrial biotechnology has changed during this period and what challenges lie ahead. The programme will also include updates on recent research progress in the field as well as a session discussing the network moving forward.

Registration is free, including accommodation and dinner on the evening of the 29th October in Manchester.



Introductory Course in Algaculture for Biotechnology, Oban, 30-31st October 2018

The course is delivered by leading algal scientists in the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) associated with the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa. Free to PHYCONET members.



Bioscience Careers Day, Manchester, 27th October 2018

The Royal Society of Biology flagship event for biosciences students. See:



KTN: Women in Innovation: Building Success

Cardiff 5th November 2018; Glasgow 28th November 2018; Belfast 5th March 2019

Take the opportunity to network with like-minded women, learn from experts and hear from successful female entrepreneurs.



Future of Biogas Europe, London, 7th-8th November 2018



Synthetic Biology UK 2018, Bristol, 19/20th November 2018



British Council Researcher Links Event: UK-Russia Workshop – Scientific and Technical Grounds of Future Low-Carbon Propulsion, Northumbria University, 19 – 22nd November 2018

The workshop will be organized with the following sessions: Bioresources and advanced biofuels for low-carbon propulsion; Electrification in transport; Waste energy recovery systems; Mathematical modeling of low-carbon propulsion systems. Application deadline: 1st August 2018



PHYCONET Annual Conference, Wesley Hotel, London, 8 – 9th November 2018




Third Agri-Food Study Group, Nottingham, 29 April 2019

Express your interest to attend this unique event. This three-day Study Group held at Nottingham University (29th April – 1st May) will bring mathematical science researchers from across the UK to work on a number of industry problems over three intensive workshop days to come up with solutions to industry problems from areas as diverse as agriculture, food production and biotechnology. At this stage, the call is for companies to send problems to us: registration details for participants will be available soon.


AD Network Event and Training Roundup – Jan 18

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 Events


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.


NIBB Events

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.


Overseas Events

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


AD Network’s December 2017 Event and training roundup

There are a vast number of great events on offer over the next few months. The AD Network has our “Valorisation of Animal By-Products” event for both researchers and industry who are interested in ways of creating value from such products. The event is at Longleat Forest, Warminster, Wiltshire on 7 Mar 18 and will be followed by an optional visit to Malaby Biogas where they put animal by-products through anaerobic digestion. Register here.


EMBL COURSE: Microbial Communities: Modelling Meets Experiment,  Heidelberg, Germany 3 – 7th December 2018. See: .

Free on-line courses are gaining in popularity and a great way to get a taster of a related field. Why not check out Futurelearn? Courses include Biochemistry: the Molecules of Life; Energy, the Environment and Our Future; Elements of Renewable Energy; Climate Change: The Science…See:

AD Network Events Roundup – Oct 17

The 2nd Annual Food and Drink Engineering & Processing Summit, Coventry -7th November 2017. Food and Drink Business Europe has over 20 years’ experience in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. See: .

BIOSURF/Bin2Grid EU projects Final Conference, Brussels – 24th November 2017

These EU Horizon 2020 projects have been running for 3 years and their joint (free) final conference is in November. Further details at:  and . For more information, please contact the EBA secretariat at .

World Biogas Association/EESC: Making Carbon Count: pricing in externalities to drive the Circular Economy, Brussels – 11th December 2017. See: .

BioCatNet/RSC Biotechnology Group: BIOTRANSFORMATIONS: From science to industrial application, London – 19th December 2017. See: .

3rd International IET/SynbiCITE Engineering Biology Conference 2017, London – 12/13th December 2017.  See: .

Water Innovation Network: Bioresources – Getting the most out of sludge, Peterborough – 24th January 2018. This event is your chance to collaborate with Anglian Water to improve the anaerobic digestion methods and processes to produce more energy, and to make further suggestions on how to get the best return from sludge. See: .

European Biogas Association 2018, Antwerp, 24-26th January 2018. The theme to this bi-annual conference will be ‘Greening gas’. See: .

REA Event – UK Biomethane Day 2018, Birmingham – 2nd May 2018. A fantastic networking opportunity, where developers and operators can meet financiers, feedstock providers, waste hauliers, government officials and suppliers. See: .

IBioIC Annual Conference, Glasgow, 25-26th January 2018. See: .

RWM Exhibition, NEC Birmingham,11-13th September 2018. RWM is the leading community for the Waste, Energy, Recycling and Water sectors to network, learn and trade. With over 450 exhibitors and 11,000 visitors you can join them 11-13th September 2018   NEC Birmingham. See: .

Biogas Science 2018, Torino, Italy, 16-19th September 2018. The deadline for Abstracts for this conference is 30th November 2017. We still have a number of ECR Conference Travel bursaries available – contact us for details. See:!/sez_11 .

AD Network Event Roundup – Sep 17




Interested in AD or IB? AD Network Event Roundup

AD Network, Food Waste Network and IBioIC: Opportunities for Food By-product Valorisation, University of Strathclyde, 6 Sep 17

This event aims to engage and inform industrialists and academics on the opportunities Industrial Biotechnology presents for Scotland and the wider UK. The program should raise awareness of IB generally to those industries who have an interest in the valorisation of food waste and/or innovative uses of anaerobic digestion. See more on the AD Network website.

AD Network Research Colloquium, University of Southampton

The LCEDN annual conference, Durham University, 11/12th September

The UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network aims to deliver a set of capacity development activities to support DFID’s Transforming Energy Access programme. See:

Free LBNet workshop (sandpit), York, 18/19th October 2017.

“UK BioChem 10”. Top bio-based chemicals for the UK: Challenges and Opportunities. Apply to attend this free workshop (sandpit) to develop concepts and teams to take on a Grand Challenge in bio-based chemicals for the UK. The aim is to bring together complimentary teams from academia and industry, and pump prime the best ideas for proof of concept studies generated at this event (up to £50,000) to initiate work in this area and prime it for opportunities arising from the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge. For more information visit:

Registration deadline: 8th September 2017

BioVale: Value from Unavoidable Food Waste, University of York – 21st September 2017

Breakfast meeting. Join Biovale to discuss the opportunities, barriers and latest technologies for extracting high-value products from unavoidable food waste. Learn about the latest technology to convert your waste into a revenue stream

  • hear from companies which have successfully converted their waste to value
  • discover funding to support innovation projects
  • get updated on the latest policy developments
  • make new connections with companies, policy makers makers and academics.

Speakers include: Nina Sweet (WRAP), Joe Bennett (Biorenewables Development Centre), Rob Wilson (Toast Ale). See: .

C1net Conference 3 – 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 C1gas organisms able to grow on C1 compounds and commercially exploit them for chemical manufacture.


C1net Metabolic Modelling Workshop 4, Nottingham, 15-19th January 2018

See: .

EBA Conference, Antwerp – 24/26th January 2018

“Greening Gas” is the theme of the next EBA Conference, covering the latest developments of biogas, syngas and biomethane production. More than 300 biogas representatives are expected to gather in Antwerp, at the Hilton Hotel and the Kinepolis Event Centre. EBA speakers list includes high level policy makers and representatives from leading biogas and biomethane business. Particular attention will also be paid to the theme of transport, with sessions dedicated to biomethane as a transport fuel and power-to-gas. Speakers will address all issues from a technical, economic, scientific and political perspective.

See: .

Energy Storage and Connected Systems 2018, Olympia Conference Centre, London – 6th Feb 2017

This conference will cover the leap forward in deployment of energy storage and its use including how they integrate into a broader network of connected systems including smart buildings, grids and electric vehicle infrastructure.

See: .

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, 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, Registration for bursary applications will close at midnight on the 06/06/2016.


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: 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.







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!


Metals, Synthetic Biology & C1 Gas Scoping Workshop – 12-13 Nov 15 – Canterbury

The cellular ‘circuitry’ that supplies metals to enzymes is a target for Synthetic Biology. Nearly a half of the enzymes in the protein databank contain metals at their active sites.  Most of these enzymes will bind wrong metals more tightly than the ones needed for activity.  Cell have ‘circuits’ (metallochaperones, metal-importers, -exporters, -sensors, storage proteins, cofactor-assembly pathways) to assist enzyme metalation. There is opportunity to manipulate these circuits to optimise the activities of enzymes in industrial biotechnology and to design novel bio-metallic cofactors. Key enzymes required for the utilisation of C1-gases have especially diverse (exotic) metal demands: The Ni-containing tetrapyrrole F430 in methyl CoM reductase, Cu or Fe in different methane monoxygenases, Co in vitamin B12 associated with various methyl donors enzymes, Fe and Ni hydrogenases, as just a few exemplars. This joint event has been organised by the Metals in Biology and C1net BBSRC NIBB to explore synergy and the scope for joint research.

Registration If you would like to attend this event please get in touch with Charlotte Harrison (email below) ASAP as there are a limited number of places which includes overnight accommodation:

Further information is on the on this flyer: Synthetic Biology Event

This is a joint event between Metals in Biology and C1 Net.