After a successful first run of its Biorefinery Pilot Research course in 2013, Bio4Energy has decided to give PhD students outside the B4E cluster the possibility to enroll in it when it is given again this year.
The course is one of several in the Bio4Energy Graduate School, launched in November 2012, to fill a void in Sweden's higher learning system. It is designed to give student researchers—previously only those affiliated to B4E—the opportunity to learn about and engage in the work at some of Sweden’s most high-technological biorefinery pilot and demonstration units.
“There is no other course in Sweden that takes a close look at operations at these pilot units. This is why we have chosen to open [the 2014 application] to external students. [In the Bio4Energy Graduate School] we offer two unique courses which mirror the Bio4Energy research environment. Apart from the focus on techniques for biorefinery production there is a course in system analysis, Systems Perspectives on Bioresources, said Rova, professor at the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) in northern Sweden.
“Bio4Energy has a responsibility which extends to the national arena to contribute technology for the production of liquid fuels… Opening the graduate school to external students is a strategic decision. We will embrace the rest of the country in a first step which extends to the national level. It will be a step towards building a graduate school which may become an international one”, Sterte said.
“It will widen the PhD students’ contact networks. Everybody wins. The PhD students find out what niche areas of research are available at other universities. The universities themselves take inspiration from each other. Every graduate school I have seen so far has brought an added value… precisely on the PhD level".
“We are in a position to encourage increased cooperation [between academy and industry] by giving new people the possibility to enter into academic positions. With this in mind we must be open minded and give those who have the desire the possibility to be part. At the same time we make the [B4E member] universities cooperate on an equal footing. As a result we are in a position to offer better education while keeping costs down”, UmU professor Marklund said.
A press release concerning this news item has been sent to Sweden-based press and media, in cooperation with Umeå University and the Luleå University of Technology.