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News and notices

Supergen research hubs launch latest phase of sustainable energy programme

Yesterday saw the parliamentary launch of the latest phase of the Supergen Programme, organised jointly by the four Supergen research hubs: Bioenergy, Offshore Renewable Energy, Energy Networks and Super Solar. We welcomed members of parliament, policy makers and industry representatives to the meeting at Portcullis House, to look at the challenges associated with reducing the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels and implementing a sustainable energy system. Read our press release.

Three new SHARE Chairs appointed

We’re pleased to announce that we have three new Chairs of our SHARE network for early career researchers. Responsibilities will be shared by Samira Garcia Freites from the University of Manchester, Abdelrahman Zaky from the University of Edinburgh and Scott Banks from Aston University. The three chairs are at different stages in their careers and have had different levels of engagement with the network previously, so will bring a real range of expertise to the role. Sign up to the new SHARE LinkedIn group, and look out for further updates in the coming weeks.

Technical workshop on the interfaces between biomass production, pre-treatment and conversion

Friday 14 June saw our first inter-topic group technical workshop, with the Resources and Pre-treatment and Conversion topic group leads and representatives being joined by members of the SHARE network to address questions such as: ‘Should feedstocks be modified to match technology needs or should conversion processes be modified to match feed characteristics?’; ‘What are the priorities in developing integrated bioenergy systems as far as feed and conversion are concerned?’; and ‘How can feedstock-technology interfacing challenges be addressed?’.

Outputs from the workshop will be shared, and a further meeting will be arranged for September with representatives from industry. If you’re interested in taking part, please contact

Call for reviewers – apply by 3 July

We are looking to recruit a pool of peer reviewers covering all hub disciplinary areas to assess our flexible funding calls. Please apply by Monday 3 July in time for review of the current call which closes on 10 July. It is essential that proposals are reviewed independently by other researchers. Being a reviewer will give you an enriched perspective in your discipline and will help you to write good proposals of your own. Please email your CV with keywords of your areas of expertise to Emma Wylde and Patricia Thornley by 3 July.

REA Bioenergy Strategy Phase 2: Bioenergy in the UK - A Vision to 2032 and Beyond

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has now published the second instalment of the industry-led Bioenergy Strategy, supported by contributions from Supergen Bioenergy Hub. It looks towards what bioenergy can deliver out to 2032 and beyond, making a significant contribution to the decarbonisations of the heat, transport and power sectors. The report finds that the sustainable use of bioenergy is core to the UK meeting its legally binding fifth Carbon Budget.

Funding and opportunities

Interim deadline for rapid response funding: 21 June

If you’re planning to apply for the rapid response flexible funding call, please submit your application by this Friday, 21 June if you wish your proposal to be considered at the next Core Management Group meeting at the start of July. Please note, however, that this is an ongoing call, so if you can’t get your proposal ready by then, there will be another meeting in September where we will look at any proposals submitted in the meantime. Further information and the application form can be found on our website.

Flexible funding call closes 10 July

Our flexible funding call for research proposals to investigate the potential for co-production of bioenergy and bio-products from UK resources to deliver sustainable environmental benefits closes on Wednesday 10 July. Further details and the application form can be found on our website.

Apply now for a prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship at EBRI, Aston University

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships enable eligible applicants to come to EBRI for a period of 12-24 months to undertake world-class research, develop their careers and transfer knowledge. Fellowships are available in a wide variety of areas. Find out more on the EBRI website. Apply by Monday 15 July.

Register for free ABC-Salt Consortium summer school at Aston University

EU Horizon 2020 ABC-Salt Research Consortium is organising a summer school on advanced thermochemical biomass conversion technologies, from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 August at Aston University. Postgraduate students (Master and PhD), postdoctoral and young professional scientists interested in advanced thermochemical conversion technologies in non-conventional media are invited to register for a free place.

Call for tender - IEA Bioenergy - delivery of communication services

IEA Bioenergy is seeking to engage the services of a consultant to deliver its communication activities over a six-month period (with the possibility of two one-year extensions dependent upon satisfactory performance in the initial six-month contract). The closing date for submission of tenders is Monday 1 July.  Visit the IEA Bioenergy website for more information. Please circulate this to any groups you feel may be suitable. 


Plant power: bioenergy as a renewable resource, 27 June

On Thursday 27 June, the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, in collaboration with the University of Leeds, is hosting an interdisciplinary workshop with presentations from energy projects in Uganda, Tanzania, Congo-Brazzaville, Indonesia and India. Key topics will include biogas from invasive water hyacinth and bioenergy in mini-grids.

The workshop brings together international expertise to develop ideas and collaboration to a theme that is fundamental for sustainable development, poverty alleviation, biodiversity conservation and mitigating climate change. Find out more and register via Eventbrite.

6th International Conference on Materials Science and Smart Materials, 24-26 July

The deadline for abstract submissions for the 6th International Conference on Materials Science and Smart Materials, hosted at Aston University, has been extended until Thursday 20 June. Please email your abstracts to and find out more about the conference.

Register now for ‘Building a Sustainable European Biofuel Industry’ (4-6 November), and submit your abstract

Registration is now open for ‘Building a Sustainable European Biofuel Industry’, a joint conference organised by Supergen Bioenergy Hub (UK), Bio4Fuels (Norway) and Renewable Transportation and Fuels (Sweden), taking place from 4 to 6 November in Gothenburg, Sweden.

We welcome submission of abstracts for poster and oral presentations at the conference from academic, industrial and policy organisations. Topics include sustainable biomass resources, conversion technologies from biomass to biofuels, biochemical and biomaterial by-products, environmental and social impacts. Email for more information.

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