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A round-up of news and events from Supergen Bioenergy Hub and partners

Supergen Bioenergy Hub news and events

New networks to help prepare UK transport for a low-carbon future

Supergen Bioenergy Hub researchers will play a key role in a new research network looking at decarbonisation of the aviation industry as part of a wider programme focused on tackling sustainability challenges faced by the UK’s transport system. Read the press release.

Royal Society report: Sustainable synthetic carbon based fuels for transport

Members of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub have contributed research and expertise to a new report from the Royal Society on the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable synthetic carbon-based fuels, in this case electro fuels (efuels) and synthetic biofuels, for transport requirements. Read the full report.

Hub Director takes up key role for Energy Research Accelerator

The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) draws on the expertise and world-class facilities of many of the Midlands Innovation group of universities – Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick, as well as the British Geological Survey. Supergen Bioenergy Hub Director Patricia Thornley has now become a commissioner for the new ERA Policy Commission on Energy from Waste and the Circular Economy in the Midlands. The kick-off meeting was held on 5 September in London and chaired by Lord Robin Teverson.

EERA SP5 meeting held at Aston University

The Hub recently hosted a meeting of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) bioenergy sub-programme (SP5) on sustainability, techno-economic analysis and public acceptance within the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University. Find out more about the EERA joint programmes.

Last chance to register for our biofuels conference in Gothenburg

Registration closes on 1 October for our conference 'Building a sustainable European biofuel industry' taking place in Gothenburg from 4 to 6 November. Organised jointly with Renewable Transportation Fuels and Systems in Sweden and Bio4Fuels in Norway, this conference provides an opportunity to connect with leaders from policy, industry and academia to discuss this important topic. 

News from partners and collaborators

STEPPING UP final report: What will it take to accelerate a step-change in sustainability for water, energy and food?

Current systems of water, energy and food provision are unsustainable and the decisions made in each sector, though often arising independently, have implications for sustainability in each of the others. Faced with challenges that include changing climates and increasingly urgent greenhouse gas mitigation targets, rising resource scarcity and growing societal inequalities, there is need for a step-change that puts the UK on a pathway towards sustainable water-energy-food management. Read the report.

IEA Bioenergy Work Programme 2019-2021 Triennium

This recent publication describes the scheduled activities of the 11 tasks of International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy for the triennium 2019-2021, as well as the special projects. It includes the objective and work programme of each individual task, with its expected results.

Events from partners and collaborators

Innovations in sustainable bioenergy feedstocks: Expert workshop on assessment of innovation options, 3 October, London

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has commissioned a feasibility study on increasing sustainable bioenergy feedstocks. This assesses the potential for technical and biological innovations to reduce the costs and greenhouse gas emissions associated with producing bioenergy feedstocks. Based on the assessment, the study will outline appropriate areas of focus for a potential future innovation competition in this area and will assess the capability of UK industry to deliver the identified innovations. Register for this workshop to discuss potential innovations in the supply chain for energy crops (short rotation coppice and miscanthus), forestry and crop residues.

Join UKRI-GCRF's virtual conference, 15 October

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)-Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) virtual conference is designed to demonstrate the breadth and depth of GCRF funding both in the UK and around the world. On 15 October there will be a series of virtual presentations, keynote speeches, online discussions and Q&A sessions to showcase some of the achievements of UKRI-GCRF research and discuss the next generation of the global challenges. The event is open to everyone. Register now.

Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators workshop, 16 October, London

The Natural Environment Research Council is inviting applications to attend a workshop for the Strategic Priorities Fund Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators programme (see funding news below) in London on Wednesday 16 October. This programme will assess sustainable routes for large-scale greenhouse gas removal from the atmosphere.

Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub Annual Assembly, 6 November, Glasgow

Join Supergen ORE to: explore and debate cutting-edge research within offshore wind, wave and tidal energy; find out about the latest opportunities and challenges in offshore renewable energy technologies; and have the opportunity to network with the offshore renewable community, including academics and industry professionals.

Save the date: IBioIC 2020, 5-6 February 2020, Glasgow

Registration for the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) conference 2020 will open in October.

Young Energy Researchers Conference, 4-5 March 2020, Wels, Austria

The Young Energy Researchers Conference will be held on 4 and 5 March 2020 in Wels, Austria in the context of the international conference, World Sustainable Energy Days. The conference will present the work and achievements of young researchers (born after 1984) in the fields of biomass and energy efficiency. Bursaries are available to cover the costs of accommodation, meals, participation and local transport for up to 60 selected participants. Deadline for papers: 10 October

Funding from partners and collaborators

Call for Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Industrial Decarbonisation Champion

UK Research and Innovation has launched a call for the first stage to fund a £20 million Research and Innovation Centre as part of the ISCF Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge. Deadline: 22 October

Call for Strategic Priority Fund Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators

This programme will support sustainable routes for large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, allowing the UK to take a major step towards achieving net-zero emissions, and placing the UK in a leading position to benefit from the £400 billion future global market in greenhouse gas removal (GGR). The call will support up to five individual GGR demonstrators. Deadline: 19 November

Call for Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators Directorate Hub

Up to £6.1 million (at 80% FEC) is available for the Directorate Hub of the Strategic Priorities Fund Wave 2 Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators programme. The Directorate Hub will provide an overarching coordination role across the suite of interdisciplinary programme activities, with specific focus on environmental, economic, social, cultural, ethical, legal and governance issues. The hub will have a strong research function, working with the demonstrators to provide underpinning research, as well as capacity building and coordination across the programme. Deadline: 19 November

Calls for Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres and Coordinator

A call for outlines for up to five Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres is now open. Centres must conduct interdisciplinary research that accelerates understanding and solutions to enable circularity of a resource flow (materials, material systems, products and/or services), including consideration of (multi-) sector contexts. Deadline: 5 December

The Coordinator will receive up to £150,000 (at 80% FEC) for up to 11 months to engage with the full spectrum of interdisciplinary research and stakeholder communities and design a proposal for an Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Hub, with up to £3.3m available at the second stage for the Coordinator to lead the integration hub. Deadline: 19 November

New round now open for Future Leaders Fellowships

Future Leaders Fellowships will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure a vibrant environment for research and innovation in the UK. The scheme is open to researchers and innovators from across business, universities and other organisations. Deadline: 8 October

Engineering Engagement Champions (Pilot)

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has up to £1.5 million available through the Engineering Theme to provide bespoke support to EPSRC researchers to undertake public engagement activities in order to inspire and interact with the public as well as attract them to engineering and physical sciences. £1.5m is available to support up to 10 champions through this call. Applicants must have been named on an EPSRC grant within the last five years. Applications are invited from all career stages. Deadline: 7 November

Pre-announcement: Landscape Decisions Fellowships

This call aims to support the development of a new landscape decisions community from a diverse research base, facilitate multidisciplinary research synthesis across the Landscape Decisions Programme work packages, translate solutions and innovations in landscape decision support tools into the policy context, and/or engage a diverse cross-section of local communities in the thinking about future landscape decisions.

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