Bio4Energy-Steerging-Group-1114The Bio4Energy core team. From left: Marcus Öhman, Rainer Backman, Leif Jönsson, Magnus Marklund, Stellan Marklund, Jyri-Pekka Mikkola and Sven-Olof Lundqvist. Photo by Anna Strom©.Since 2009, Bio4Energy has gone from being a vision by five partners of collaboration across university boundaries, to being an integrated research environment. In this, researchers in academia, at institutes and commercial companies work together to make biorefinery based on woody feedstock an alternative for the pulp and paper industry, as well as a key plank of the European bioeconomy.

To turn its vision to reality, Bio4Energy has been receiving funding from the Swedish government. This latter has ordered a final evaluation of the first five years of the so-called Strategic Research Environment, a concept created by the previous Swedish right-wing government. However, since this year, Sweden has a new government led by the Social Democrats in cooperation with the Greens. Subsequently, it is in charge of the evaluation.

Whereas scientific excellence will be one measure of Bio4Energy’s performance, tangible proof of its researchers' efforts to collaborate across partner institutions and outreach to industry will be others. Bio4Energy itself is in an intense period of introspection, taking stock of the research and development carried out to date, and laying down operational plans for a possible second mandate. This would span the years 2015 to 2020 and build on the lines of research which have proven the most successful during 2010-2015.

As one leg of this exercise, Bio4Energy at its latest biannual workshop for its researchers, 20-21 November at Skellefteå, Sweden, asked its research platform leaders to outline the Best of 'Bio4Energy 1'—their greatest achievements to date. A slightly different set of research and development platforms have been proposed for 2015-2020. Their presumptive members met on the second day of the workshop to outline specific research goals for 'Bio4Energy 2'. To the extent that presentations have been forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the result of both exercises are attached to this article.

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Download this file (B4E preprocessing Skellefteå_Linda-Pommer.pdf)Best of Bio4Energy: Pretreatment and Fractionation. By Linda Pommer, Nov. 2014[ ]5294 kB
Download this file (Bio4Energy-Catalysis-and-Separation_Jonas-Hedlund_November-2014.pdf)Best of Bio4Energy: Catalysis and Separation Platform. By Jonas Hedlund[ ]1530 kB
Download this file (Bio4Energy-Catalysis-and-Separation_Jyri-Pekka-Mikkola_November-2014.pdf)Best of Bio4Energy: Catalysis and Separation Platform. By J-P Mikkola, Nov. 2014[ ]3862 kB
Download this file (Bio4Energy-Catalysis-and-Separation_Research-Goals_J-P_Mikkola_November-2014.pdf)Research Goals \'Bio4Energy 2\': Catalysis and Separation Platform. By J-P M[ ]630 kB
Download this file (Bio4Energy-Education_Ulrika-Rova_November-2014.pdf)Best of Bio4Energy: Education and Bio4Energy Graduate School. By Ulrika Rova[ ]443 kB
Download this file (Bio4Energy-Environmental-and-Nutrient-Recycling-Research-Goals_Dan-Boström_Novem)Research Goals \'Bio4Energy 2\': Environment and Nutrient Recycling. Dan Bos[ ]533 kB
Download this file (Bio4Energy-Feedstock_Ewa-Mellerowicz_November-2014.pdf)Best of Bio4Energy: Feedstock Platform. By Ewa Mellerowicz, November 2014[ ]1511 kB
Download this file (Bio4Energy-Feedstock_Ewa-Mellerowicz_November-2014_2.pdf)Best of Bio4Energy: Feedstock Platform Part 2. By Ewa Mellerowicz, November 2014[ ]1155 kB
Download this file (Bio4Energy-Feedstock_Research-Goals_Torgny-Näsholm_November-2014.pdf)Research Goals \'Bio4Energy 2\': Feedstock Platform. By Torgny Näsholm, Nove[ ]521 kB
Download this file (Bio4Energy-Pretreatment-and-Fractionation_Torbjörn-Lestander_November-2014.pdf)Best of Bio4Energy: Pretreatment and Fractionation. By Torbjörn Lestander[ ]873 kB
Download this file (Bio4Energy-Process-Integration_Andrea-Toffolo_November-2014.pdf)Best of Bio4Energy: Process Integration Platform. By Andrea Toffolo, Nov. 2014[ ]3076 kB
Download this file (Bio4Energy-System-Analysis-and-Bioeconomy_Robert-Lundmark_November-2014.pdf)Research Goals \'Bio4Energy 2\': System Analysis and Bioeconomy. Robert Lund[ ]91 kB
Download this file (Bio4Energy-Wood-Pre-processing_Research-Goals_Torbjörn-Lestander_November-2014.p)Research Goals \'Bio4Energy 2\': Wood Pre-processing. By Torbjörn Lestander[ ]334 kB
Download this file (Biochemical platform 2014-11-20_Leif-Jönsson.pdf)Best of Bio4Energy: Biochemical Platform. By Leif Jönsson, November 2014[ ]676 kB
Download this file (Goals B4E P5 2014-11-21 preliminary_LJ.pdf)Research Goals \'Bio4Energy 2\': Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion. By [ ]116 kB
Download this file (Oksman B4E_Skellefteå)Best of Bio4Energy: Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform. By Kristiina Oksman[ ]247 kB
Download this file (Thermochemical platform 20141120_Rikard-Gebart.pdf)Best of Bio4Energy: Thermochemical Platform. By Rikard Gebart, November 2014[ ]4093 kB

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