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    International Event

    EPSRC UK National Mass Spectrometry Facility 30th Anniversary Symposium

    Monday, 10th July 2017 10:00 - 18:00

    The EPSRFC UK National Mass Spectrometry  Facility, situated within Swansea University Medical School, is holding a one-day symposium celebrating the 30th anniversary of its establishment as one of the EPSRC mid-range facilities.  The event will inclulde speakers from academia, government and industry covering a diverse range of topics across the mass spectromerty, chemical and life science sector.

    Swansea University has long been established as a centre of excellence for mass spectrometry, with the siting of the Royal Society Research Unit in the 1970's followed by the Mass Spectrometry Research Unit and then the SERC/ESPRC Mass Spectrometry Centre in the 1980s.  This Facility is open to all University research groups in the UK, with priority given to EPSRC-funded research, and also has a collaborative research portfolio and limited commercial service capacity.

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    International Event

    High Value Chemicals from Plants event

    Tuesday, 27th June 2017 9:00 - 9:00

    One-day event to be held Tuesday 27th June 2017 at Hospitium, Museum Gardens, York

    Industrial biotechnology processes to develop high-value products from plants: utilising open-access scale-up and biorefining centres

     

    Dr Adam Charlton will be talking about the opportunities offered by BEACON through the BioPilotsUK alliance.

    Dr Mike Morris will showcase some of the work BEACON has undertaken on the extraction of alkaloids from daffodils and xylitol from wheatstraw.

    Click here to see the full programme.

    International Event

    EFIB 2016: The European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy

    Tuesday, 18th October 2016 8:00 - 19:00

    Tuesday 18 – Thursday 20 October 2016, Glasgow, Scotland

    EFIB is the market-leading annual event in Europe for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy.
    This year's event takes place at a vibrant and dynamic time for the industry, and will bring together business and policy on Industrial Biotech and the biobased economy, offering valuable networking opportunities.

    Over 650 delegates will receive insights from over 100 speakers gauging success so far in the bio-based industry and what routes need to be taken to ensure future triumphs.

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    International Event

    IBioIC - Realising the Opportunity

    Thursday, 28th January 2016 9:00 - 17:00

    Thursday 28 - Friday 29 January 2016

    IBioIC's second annual conference aims to attract over two hundred biobased professionals, academics and students from across the UK for this two day conference which is set to showcase and exemplify IBioIC's current and future activities, and provide plentiful networking opportunities in the hope of facilitating further collaborations.

    With keynote presentations and sessions from some of the UK's leading academics and industry experts, other key highlights of the conference will include:

    • Members showcase on the impact and successes of IBioIC funded project collaborations
    • Meet our PhD's and the MSc class of 2015-16
    • Panel sessions from leading technological experts around the topics of: Synthetic Biology; Biotransformations; and Integrated Bioprocessing
    • A look into the challenges and barriers to IB in Scotland
    • We find out how other countries have integrated IB into their economy and gain their perspective on our achievements
    • Civic Reception hosted by the Lord Provost welcoming delegates to the City of Glasgow
    • Networking conference dinner with awards ceremony and guest speakers

     

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    International Event

    Innovation Opportunities from Waste

    Thursday, 14th January 2016 8:30 - 17:00

    KTN with Innovate UK will host a workshop "Innovation Opportunities from Waste" on 14th January 2016 at the Studio in Manchester.

    The aim of this scoping workshop is to identify innovation challenges or opportunities related to the recovery of valuable materials from wastes arising from industrial activity in the UK.  The workshop will explore potential opportunities for valorising waste from key priority sectors, including construction, agri-food, health, chemicals, materials and textiles in the UK.

    The result from the workshop will provide Innovate UK and KTN with robust evidence for any need to address barriers and stimulate opportunities for UK industry to maximise potential value recovery from waste generated.  The discussions will help to inform the scope for potential future Innovate UK competitions in key priority themes.

     

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    International Event

    Day of innovation in sustainable business

    Wednesday, 10th June 2015 10:00 - 15:30

    Felin Uchaf,  Rhoshirwaun, Pwllheli, Gwynedd

    Join us for a relaxing day of innovation in sustainable business at Felin Uchaf on the Llyn Peninsula.

    Learn about sustainable construction, biodiversity and take part in an idea generating workshop with likeminded people. There will also be opportunities to network with other businesses from the region and to experience one of the #ecoamgueddfa sites.
                             
    The day starts at 10am at Felin Uchaf, with lunch and a chance to socialise and share ideas from 12:30 onwards. We’ll aim to finish at 15:30.

    Make your own way to Felin Uchaf or why not  car share through GogWheels, North Wales' famously friendly liftshare group?

    To register your place please reply to this email or visit the event booking page.

    This event is part of the first ever #Ecoamgueddfa Festival.

    International Event

    Webinar- Monitoring Biomass Deconstruction in Real-Time for the Production of Bio-Fuels and Platform

    Tuesday, 14th April 2015 15:00 - 16:00

    This Webinar will be presented by David Bryant, BEACON COo-Investogator based at the Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth University.

    Growing concern over environmental change has led to efforts to reduce petrochemical dependency and mitigate climate change through the development of sustainable bio-based processes for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. Lignocellulosic biomass, the woody material of plants, is an abundant feedstock that offers a source of non-food carbohydrates for bioconversion to liquid fuels (e.g. bioethanol) or platform chemicals (e.g. lactic acid) in addition to the potential of phenolic based products (e.g. bio-polymers) being produced from lignin. However, in order to release the carbohydrates for fermentation, the biomass must first undergo pretreatment to render the biomatrix accessible to hydrolysing enzymes and secondly, undergo hydrolysis by these enzymes. Analytical systems for monitoring this deconstruction process by hydrolytic enzymes (saccharification) are both off-line and time consuming.

    Working in collaboration with Aber Instruments (AI), IBERS have demonstrated the utility of the Aber Biomass Probe to monitor in ‘real-time’ the enzymatic release of carbohydrates from biomass following pre-treatments such as steam explosion. Furthermore, we have shown that the AI biomass probe is capable of following this saccharification process during simultaneous fermentation to lactic acid. Traditionally used for strictly monitoring the accumulation of biomass in industrial scale brewing processes, the application of AI’s biomass probe technology to the breakdown of lignocelluosic biomass demonstrates utility in the growing bio-renewable industrial sectors.

    To Register Click Here

    For More Information Please Contact Eifion Loosley via eifion@aberinstruments.com

    International Event

    IBioIC - The Journey’s Started

    Thursday, 22nd January 2015 9:00 - 17:00

    Thursday 22nd January 2015

    INVOVO Building, 121 George Street, Glasgow

    2014 has been a significant year for the IB sector in Scotland. Having been identified as a key growth area, the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, was launched to promote and facilitate collaboration within industry and academia, to drive innovation, find commercial application for new technology and ideas, and support projects that bring biotechnology closer to industrialisation.

    This conference is set to be our largest event to date and will provide a multidisciplinary forum for industrialists, educators, thought leaders, students and researchers to meet, present and discuss the impact of IBioIC activity over 2013/14 and demonstrate the capabilities and possibilities that exist for Scottish IB!

    With keynote addresses from:

    Jim Philp, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
    Joanna Dupont-Inglis, Director for Industrial Biotechnology, EuropaBio
    Ian Shott, Chairman, IBioIC
    Other conference highlights will include:

    A showcase of our Leading members, featuring case studies and the value add of their IBioIC membership to date
    Industrial upskilling - the launch of the IBioIC collaborative MSc in IB and PhD studentships programme
    Exhibition opportunities
    Poster sessions - from industrialists, academics and our new cohort of PhD students
    Networking opportunities throughout the day
    Discussions on the five themes of IB demonstrating the capabilities of Scottish IB in 1: sustainable feedstocks, 2:biotransformations, 3: synthetic biology, 4: downstream processing, 5: integrated bioprocessing

    Registration and Draft Programme

    International Event

    Biomimetrics - The Abstraction of Good Design from Nature

    Tuesday, 14th October 2014 11:30 - 12:30

    Biomimetrics - The Abstraction of Good Design from Nature

    Tuesday 21 October 2014

    11:00 - 16:00

    Bangor Univeristy, Gwynedd

    Biomimetrics is not about copying nature, but learning from it. Approaching a problem from a biomimetrics persepctive can help us solve problems. Biomimetrics examples are all around us, from the familiar such as cats eyes on roads and velcro, to the not so obvious such as passive ventilation of buildings based on air flow through termite mounds and self-cleaning paints based on water repellency observec on lotus flowers. 

    This workshop will highlight some existing UK biomimetric projects, illustrate how biomimetrics can be used in design and problem solving and then go on to discuss and identify possible projects and project partners for future research proposals.

     

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    International Event

    Funding Seminar

    Thursday, 4th September 2014 10:00 - 12:00

    Industrial Biotechnology and the UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB):


    The current funding landscape and opportunities in industrial biotechnology Guest speaker: Dr Yvonne Armitage, Industrial Biotechnology Sector Lead

    Industrial Biotechnology is a priority area for funding by RCUK and the Technology Strategy Board. TSB supports industry led projects and through connect links to the BBSRC/ EPSRC initiative that include National Networks in Industrial Biotechnology.

    Dr Yvonne Armitage is industrial biotechnology lead at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) of Technology Strategy Board. The KTNs are one of the Technology Strategy Board's key tools for helping the UK's innovation communities to connect with each other, collaborate and find out about new opportunities in key research and technology sectors. She will highlight the current funding landscape and opportunities in industrial biotechnology.

    Refreshments and light lunch will be provided.


    Registration is essential – visit http://bit.ly/beacon-tsb2014

     

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    International Event

    C1 Net: Chemicals from Gas

    Wednesday, 30th July 2014 9:30 - 16:00

    About

    Hosted by C1net, and facilitated by Chemistry Innovation and Biosciences KTN, this FREE two-day, sandpit event will bring together academic and industrial partners to identify and address key challenges in the study of those organisms able to grow on C1 compounds and commercially exploit them as platforms for chemical manufacture.  Its major aim is to initiate new collaborations between industry and academia, leading to development and potential funding of outline feasibility projects from participants.  The programme includes inspirational talks from key academics and industry representatives, project generation and development sessions and plenty of opportunity for networking. This event will include the launch of C1net Proof-of-Concept funds (£200K available annually, £150K of which will be awarded following this sandpit) and Business Interaction Vouchers (£5K awards to Academic members to stimulate collaborations with Industrial members).

    Details

    When: Wed, 30 July, 9.30 – Thu, 31 July, 16:00
    Where: Trent Building, University Park, The University of Nottingham, NG7 2QL
    Accommodation: Ancaster Hall of Residence, The University of Nottingham.

    Application

    Participation and full board are provided free of charge (thanks to BBSRC funding), but, with limitations on funding, attendance will be on successful application only. Travel bursaries for young researchers available on application.

    Programme


    To Register Please contact Jaqueline Minton via email: jacqueline.minton@nottingham.ac.uk

    Application deadline 30 June 2014.

    International Event

    Supercritical Fluids - Applications & Opportunities 2nd UK Conference

    Sunday, 20th July 2014 10:00 - 17:00

    Supercritical Fluids - Applications & Opportunities 2nd UK Conference

    It is now ten years since the first UK conference on supercritical fluids was held at Birmingham University in 2004 and many new applications have been developed since this event. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the BioComposites Centre at Bangor University and we are therefore pleased to announce that we will be hosting a supercritical fluids conference in July 2014.
    This conference will bring together both academic researchers and industry to promote the application of supercritical fluids and to identify new opportunities to replace traditional solvent based processes with cleaner and greener technologies.
    The program will have four themes;

    •  Extraction and fractionation using supercritical fluids
    •  Reactions in supercritical fluids
    •  Particle generation
    •  Technological applications of supercritical fluids including cleaning, dyeing and impregnation
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    Registration is now open.

    http://www.bc.bangor.ac.uk/scf-conference

    International Event

    Functional Food Barley Forum

    Thursday, 5th December 2013 10:30 - 15:30

    •Find out about the WISE Network

    •Hear about Barley improvement at Bangor

    •Try barley food products

    •Tell us your requirements for barley

    •Discuss supply chain development

    RSVP to k.a.steele@bangor.ac.uk 

    Please note any specific dietary requirements
     

    International Event

    Breaking Down Barriers - Building Connections

    Thursday, 28th November 2013 18:00 - 20:00

    CONSTRUCTION-RELATED COMPANIES ONLY

     

    The Wise Network, the Institute for Sustainable Design and the Forum for the Built Environment are hosting an event at the Towers Hotel, Llandarcy.  For further information please click on the link below:

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    International Event

    Agriculture and Climate Change

    Tuesday, 12th November 2013 18:30 - 20:00

    Public Lecture - Climate Change Consortium of Wales - C3W

    Darlith Gyhoeddus - Consortiwm Newid Hinsawdd Cymru

     

    More information/Mwy o wybodaeth

    International Event

    Patent reform - innovation, enforcement and the single European patent

    Tuesday, 30th April 2013 15:15 - 16:15

    Patent reform - innovation, enforcement and the single European patent - Westminster Legal Policy Forum and Westminster Business Forum Keynote Seminar, Morning, Tuesday, 30th April 2013.