Today 250 students in grade eight met a host of scientific researchers who investigate different aspects of energy "from the sun". Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences hosted the event to kick off an Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting (UREM), which is in fact an annual conference which brings speakers from across the world to northern Sweden and, this year, some 200 registered participants.

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Apart from listening to popular science lectures, one of which by Bio4Energy’s outgoing programme manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.entitled 'The Forest Is Not Only Trees', the students interacted with the researchers by discussing renewable raw materials and carrying out simple scientific experiments.

The focus of the two conference days of UREM 2016, 24-25 February, will be a mixture of photosynthesis and biorefinery-related talks. From Bio4Energy associate professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will outline a project in which actors in Africa and Sweden collaborate to invent technology for the thermal conversion of biomass and facilities for medium-scale electricity production in the Kenyan countryside. Moreover, his colleague scientist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will describe recent research results on a new pre-treatment approach for the production of second-generation ethanol from cassava stems.

Umeå University published a press release in Swedish to announce UREM 2016.

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