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New scoping report assesses the capability of UK bioenergy models

The latest report published by the Supergen Bioenergy Hub, commissioned by the UK Government Department for Transport, examines the current scope and capability of existing UK bioenergy models. It focuses on their ability to assess current and future supply of sustainable biomass resource available to the UK, evaluate the levels of competition between sectors for this finite biomass resource, and how they evaluate sustainability issues such as the potential impacts and benefits to people, natural systems, development and the climate.

The UK Biomass Availability Modelling Scoping Report makes recommendations around the incorporation of natural capital thinking, representation of human actors, improving understanding of dynamic competition and demands, and policy influences on biomass resource availability.

Exploring temporal aspects of climate change effects due to bioenergy

Hub researchers Sam Cooper (University of Bath), Andrew Welfle (University of Manchester), Mirjam Röder (Aston University), Marcelle McManus (University of Bath) and Rowan Green (University of Bath) have co-authored the paper ‘Exploring temporal aspects of climate-change effects due to bioenergy’ with Laura Hattam (University of Bath), published in the Special Issue of the journal Biomass and Bioenergy, titled “Building a sustainable biofuels industry”.

Greenhouse gas emissions associated with bioenergy are often temporally dispersed and can be a mixture of long-term forcers (such as carbon dioxide) and short-term forcers (such as methane). These factors affect the timing and magnitude of climate-change impacts associated with bioenergy in ways that cannot be clearly communicated with a single metric. This paper explores these issues further, presents a spreadsheet tool to facilitate quick assessment of these temporal effects and examines alternative ways to consider “carbon dioxide equivalence”. The paper is free to access in full until November 24, 2020.

Supergen Bioenergy Hub events

Supergen Bioenergy Hub Annual Assembly 2020

The Supergen Bioenergy Hub Annual Assembly will showcase the exciting work going on at the Hub, this year being hosted virtually, on the 16-17 of November. Over the course of the two days we will see presentations from Hub Topic Groups, including chance for panel discussions, activities, poster sessions and networking opportunities. Registration is free and open now.

Funding and opportunities from Supergen Bioenergy Hub

Research Fellow in Sustainable Bioenergy, applications close 15 Nov 2020

A unique opportunity has opened up at the Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute at Aston University for a post-doctoral research fellow, working (in part) with the Hub on our work in the systems topic group, carrying out socio-economic and sustainability assessments. Applicants with a background in social science or economics are particularly encouraged and applications close on 15 November 2020.

Supergen Bioenergy Hub flexible funding call for proposals, applications close 30 Nov 2020

Proposals are invited for up to two flexible funding projects worth £100,000 to investigate the potential for co-production of bioenergy and bioproducts from UK resources to deliver sustainable environmental benefits, in the areas of algae and marine feedstocks, biological pathways to biomass derived gases and global land use. The closing date for proposals is 30 November 2020 and information on how to apply can be found on the Hub website.

Supergen Bioenergy Hub Fellowships, applications close 18 Dec 2020

Proposals are invited for up to two Supergen Fellowships worth £100,000 and applications close on 18 December 2020 at 16:00 GMT. A webinar was held on 14 October 2020 which outlined the requirements of the fellowship and informed potential applicants of the details of the call. Please email supergen-bioenergy@aston.ac.uk if you were unable to attend the session and would like to submit an application.

News and updates from our partners

The 2021 European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) is now open for papers

EUBCE brings together the greatest minds and latest innovations in biomass, with the aim of advancing research and market uptake. The scientific programme is coordinated by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. EUBCE 2021 is looking for new scientific- and industry-oriented work that has not been presented in another conference, in the areas of sustainable resources, biomass conversion, sustainable biofuels and bio-based products, bioeconomy impacts and policies, and bioenergy integration. The submission deadline is 20 November 2021.

Events from our partners

Introduction to EPSRC's Engineering Programme Webinar, 12 Nov 2020, online

The Engineering and Physical Science Research Council is holding a webinar on 12 November at 15:00–16:30 GMT and registration is now open. The Engineering Head of Programme, Andrew Lawrence, will give a 30-minute talk, which will be followed by up to an hour of Q&A with members of the Engineering team. The talk will cover peer review processes and funding opportunities, including responses to COVID-19. It will also cover current strategic priorities and context within both EPSRC and UKRI more widely. All are welcome to attend; however, attendance of early career researchers is particularly encouraged.

IChemE Catalysis for Production of Clean Energy Webinar, 23 Nov 2020, online

Hub Director Patricia Thornley will be delivering the keynote speech at the upcoming IChemE webinar on ‘Catalysis for Production of Clean Energy’ taking place on 23 November 2020 at 10:00 GMT. The webinar is aimed at those with an interest in the area of catalysis and clean energy, including PhD students, early career researchers and academics.

UK Catalysis Hub Conference, 7-8 December 2020, online

Registration is now open for the next UK Catalysis Hub conference, taking place online this year, and features a growing line-up of speakers, a poster session, and a prize up for grabs for the best poster submission.

Funding and opportunities from our partners

IBioIC Open Funding Call deadline extension to 9 Nov 2020

The open funding call for projects from IBioIC includes fifteen fully funded Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council studentships and up to three 50% IBioIC funded studentships, all available via application from Higher Education Institutions across the UK. All projects require at least one industrial partner at application stage, and the deadline for applications has been extended to 9 November 2020.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Knowledge Exchange Fellowships

The NERC knowledge exchange (KE) fellowships are intended to enable the sharing and flow of knowledge and expertise between NERC funded researchers and their stakeholders, partners and user communities with the aim of generating impact from NERC funded research in the priority areas detailed in the NERC delivery plan. KE fellows can work anywhere between 20% and 100% of their time on a work plan of their own choosing. The deadline for applications is 2 December 2020 at 16:00 GMT.

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