Relocation of the pyrolysis rig

Thursday, 17th August 2017


Summer 2017 saw the relocation of the pyrolysis rig from its original site by the seed bank at IBERS, Gogerddan, to a new site to make way for construction of the new Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus (AIEC).  The three main sections of the rig were on

MP for Aberconwy visits BEACON

Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Guto Bebb, Member of Parliament for Aberconwy, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office, visited IBERS today to see the cutting-edge research undertaken by BEACON scientists. Dr Joe Gallagher, Head of Industrial Biotechnology and Director of Knowledge on

Welsh Government Minister for Skills and Science vists Mona

Wednesday, 19th July 2017

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

Thursday, 25th May 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

Thursday, 20th April 2017


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

Wednesday, 19th April 2017

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

Thursday, 02nd March 2017


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!

Wednesday, 01st March 2017


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

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017


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

Thursday, 02nd February 2017

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