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Supergen Bioenergy Hub news and events

IChemE-approved CPD course in practical process engineering, February and March (four days), Aston University

“The course is well-balanced between lecture and practical application. The opportunity to apply learning directly on a live plant is an outstanding innovation!” - Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). The professional short course Practical process engineering – interdisciplinary understanding of a process plant at the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI), Aston University, will be taught by a range of experts in the field, including Supergen Bioenergy Hub Director, Patricia Thornley. Members of the hub are eligible for a 10% discount.

Supergen Bioenergy Hub contributes to CCC report on land use

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its first ever in-depth advice on UK agricultural and land use policies. ‘Land use: Policies for a Net Zero UK’ assesses the way we use our land today and the changes required in how we farm and use land in order to deliver the UK government’s net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050. Our Resources Topic Group Lead, Iain Donnison, contributed to the report via the land use expert advisory group. Download the report and read key findings on the CCC website.

News from our partners

Join the Fuel and Energy Research Forum (TFERF)

The forum brings together all those with interests in fuel and energy research, particularly fossil fuel, biomass and waste, and promotes and integrates these interests in the UK and worldwide. Membership is usually on a group basis, where membership for academia is on the basis of a research group or university department, and membership for industry is on the basis of a particular site or location.

Report: Understanding the impact of domestic wood burning

HETAS is the national organisation working for consumer safety and the wider public interest in safe, efficient and environmentally responsible use of biomass and other solid fuels. Here they summarise the key findings of a recent report into the impact of domestic wood burning.

UKRI public engagement update

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has published its vision for how it will promote world-leading research and innovation that is built on the knowledge and values of society and open to people from all backgrounds. Its four goals are to:

  • Focus on under-represented communities and places
  • Actively involve people in their work
  • Inspire and empower young people
  • Listen to and understand public concerns and aspirations.

These goals will be delivered through funding calls, commissioning research and analysis, and piloting new approaches.

Events from our partners

Industrial Decarbonisation Centre Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) Ideas Factory, 20-21 February, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

The main purpose of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for participants to develop a shared understanding of the current challenges for industrial decarbonisation, with an identification and agreement of the key challenges and requirements needed. The event will encourage attendees to identify research and innovation themes and ideas which the centre should examine and address in the future. Register your interest by 9am on 5 February.

2020 Wood Heat Association and UK Pellet Council Wood Heat Conference, 30 March-1 April, Thinktank Birmingham

The conference will highlight the use of biomass heat in both rural and urban areas and exemplify the situations in which it is the ideal solution for heat decarbonisation, while also making clear how the industry is ensuring that installation and sustainability standards continue to be strengthened.

Supergen Energy Networks Conference 2020, 29-30 April, London

Registration to attend the inaugural Supergen Energy Networks conference is free, and open to everyone working in or associated with the energy sector.

Energy Catalyst Round 8 brokerage visits to sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia in 2020

The Enterprise Europe Network is looking to recruit innovative UK companies active in clean, affordable and secure energy technologies to participate in the Energy Catalyst Round 8. Leading up to this next round of funding and to identify specific needs as well as suitable local project partners, a number of international brokerage visits to sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are being planned between February and July 2020.

EPSRC Review of Support for Doctoral Education Workshops, various dates and locations

The review is considering what outcomes in terms of knowledge, experience and skills should be supported through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) doctoral training investments. The events will be held from 10am to 4pm at the following dates and locations:

  • Cardiff, 12 March
  • Birmingham, 17 March
  • Manchester, 25 March
  • London, 21 April

7th International Symposium on Gasification and its Applications (ISGA), 29 June-3 July, Nancy, France

ISGA-7 will deal with various scientific and technological topics related to:

  • gasification reactors (fixed bed, fluidized bed, entrained flow)
  • upgrading technology (syngas purification and separation, engines / fuel cells, catalytic and biological reactors)
  • gasification processes analysis (environmental, social and economic impacts assessment).

Abstract submissions are invited until 9 March

Funding and opportunities from our partners

Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) Energy 100 Challenge for early career researchers

The Energy 100 Challenge is a problem-solving challenge run by ERA to help PhD students and postdoctoral researchers develop soft skills while tackling a real-life energy-related problem. PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines are invited to offer ideas for how the Midlands can become a low-carbon industrial cluster by 2030. Find more information and book a place here. Members of our SHARE Network for early career researchers are eligible to apply – enter ‘Supergen Bioenergy Hub’ alongside your organisation when making the booking.

Call for ideas for potential Strategic Priorities Fund programmes

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is seeking ideas that could form the basis of future bids to the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF). Ideas are being sought now to allow for early identification and development of programme proposals in anticipation of the potential for future wave(s) of funding through the SPF.

Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Industrial Fellowships

  • Are you an engineer looking for an opportunity to carry out collaborative research?
  • Would you like to strengthen your corporate links and enhance knowledge transfer in engineering with academia?
  • Are you looking for some industrial experience and knowledge of current industry practices to enhance your teaching?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then consider applying for a RAEng Industrial Fellowship. This scheme enables mid-career academics and industrialists to undertake a collaborative research project in either an industrial or academic environment, where one party would host the other. Deadline: 11 February

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Prosperity Partnerships

Prosperity Partnerships support existing, strategic, research-based partnerships between business and universities. They are an opportunity for co-investment in large-scale, long-term, user-inspired basic research programmes at technology readiness level 1-3. These partnerships must clearly address EPSRC's delivery plan priority framework and, in particular, those aligned with delivering economic and social prosperity for the UK. Deadline: 20 February

Nominations open for the Royal Academy of Engineering 2020 prizes and medals

  • Colin Campbell Mitchell Award: For an engineer or small team of engineers who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of any field of UK engineering. The winners will also receive a small cash prize.
  • Rooke Award: For the public promotion of engineering by an individual or small team.
  • RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year: A £3,000 prize for five early career UK engineers, supported by the Worshipful Company of Engineers. The overall winner will also receive the highly acclaimed Sir George Macfarlane medal.
  • Sir Frank Whittle Medal: For outstanding and sustained achievement in any engineering discipline.

The deadline to nominate for these awards is 21 February.

DecarboN8 Network Plus seedcorn funding

Applications are encouraged for activities such as exploratory research studies, secondary data analysis, comparative case study research and interdisciplinary activities such as workshops. Deadline: 27 February

Engineering Professors Council Congress 2020: Hammermen Student Prize

All undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students and KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) associates are invited to submit 100-word abstracts for a conference poster on a specific example of collaboration between business and academia. Deadline: 2 March

IPCC call for expert reviewers

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) invites experts to review the Sixth Assessment Report Climate Change 2021 on mitigation. Deadline: 2 March

Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC)15: Developing the UK’s low-carbon automotive capability

Businesses in the UK can apply for a share of up to £30 million for UK-developed late-stage research and development to support growth in advanced low-carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector. Deadline: 4 March

Biomass Biorefinery Network (BBNet) Business Interaction Vouchers – apply now

BBNet is offering Business Interaction Vouchers to encourage and support collaboration between eligible academics and industrialists. Up to £10k is available for the academic partner and match funding (in kind or in cash) should be offered by the industrial partner. For more information and details of how to apply visit the BBNet site. Deadline: 13 March

UKRI funding call: Enabling Research in Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is inviting proposals under the Enabling Research workstream for projects to establish academic-led research that addresses widely understood problems in relation to plastic packaging. Deadline: 17 March

Apply and nominate now for Mission Innovation Champions

The Mission Innovation Champions scheme celebrates and supports individuals who are accelerating the clean energy revolution. Deadline: 18 March

Horizon 2020 Bioenergy Call - €26m available

UK organisations can bid for a share of the €26m available for bioenergy projects in the final call for proposals from Horizon 2020 Energy. The European Commission is seeking to fund collaborative projects with organisations in the USA, China, Japan and Canada on four low technology readiness level topics.  Find out more about these opportunities and previously funded projects here. Current call deadline: 21 April

European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator (SME Instrument)

The EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument) is part of the EIC pilot that supports innovators, entrepreneurs and small companies with funding opportunities and acceleration services. The main focus of the EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument) is on market-creating innovations that shape new markets and generate jobs, growth and higher standards of living.

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