Welsh Government Minister for Skills and Science vists Mona

Julie James AM, Welsh Government Minister for Skills and Science (pictured above with Deputy Director of BEACON, Dr Rob Elias, second right) visited the Mona facility on Anglesey recently to learn more about the innovative work being undertaken into sustainable packaging by on

BEACON Conference 2017


The BEACON Conference 2017 was held on 24th & 25th May at Venue Cymru, Llandudno.

Titled "Developing a Sustainable Bioeconomy for Wales: A Future Roadmap", the conference featured a wide range of presentations under the themes of Strategy, Funding and Incubating Businesses, with on

Vice Chancellor visits BEACON facility


The newly-appointed Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, visited the BEACON facility at Gogerddan today. Accompanied by Professor Iain Donnison, Director of BEACON, she was given a brief introduction to the plot scale projects undertaken by on

Waste stream valorisation: online training for the biotech industry

Waste crab shells

One of the emerging concepts behind sustainability is ‘waste stream’ valorisation. Waste biomass is produced by any industry making a commodity from biomass. Landfill is one fate for such waste material, but clearly this is not only wasteful but also polluting due on

Visit by Baroness Eluned Morgan AM


Baroness Eluned Morgan, Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales, visited IBERS on 2nd March, ahead of her keynote speech on Brexit at Aberystwyth University.

As part of her visit to Gogerddan campus, the Baroness visited the BEACON laboratory, where much of the secondary on

BEACON features in the February issue of Labmate UK & Ireland!


An article featuring BEACON has been published in the February issue of Labmate UK & Ireland 42.1, pp.30-32. It highlights the contribution BEACON makes to the Welsh bioeconomy, and how Welsh companies can benefit from working with BEACON, through access to scientific research, on

At the National Botanic Garden of Wales


Energy crop scientist Dr Elaine Jensen returned to the National Botanic Garden of Wales today to continue working on "The Power of Grasses" display, which will highlight the immportance of a number of species she is working with, including miscanthus. Once completed, the display on

Welsh Soils Discussion Group

The Welsh Soils Discussion Group, which is affiliated to the British Society of Soil Science, held their winter meeting at IBERS on 1st February and BEACON energy crop scientist Dr Elaine Jensen was in attendance. One of the topics discussed was carbon storage in Welsh soils on

Scientific paper on biochar in contaminated groundwater remediation published

BEACON scientists have recently published the results of trials with various feedstocks and pyrolysis process conditions to produce a biochar which can adsorb metals from contaminated groundwater. The paper, published in Bioresource Technology, can be read on

Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales visit

MSc students on the Renewable Energy and the Built Environment (REBE) programme from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Powys, Wales made their annual visit to the BEACON facility at IBERS to learn about the valuable research into renewable energy forms undertaken by on