As of this month, Bio4Energy has a new leader. Marianne Sommarin, A change of leadership for the Bio4Energy Board. From left: Marianne Sommarin, Ulf Edlund, Stellan Marklund; all of Umeå University. Right: Kristina Elg Christoffersson, Domsjö Fabriker. Photo by Bio4Energy.
deputy vice chancellor of Umeå University in northern Sweden, will be taking over the chairmanship of the B4E Board when its reunites 25 October.
Today she went to meet 40 B4E researchers gathered at a biannual Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, given at Skellefteå, Sweden.
Sommarin, who is also a professor of plant biochemistry, and a part of the Umeå University management group, is the second person to hold the chairmanship of the B4E Board. She succeeds Ulf Edlund, an Umeå University professor in Organic Chemistry who retired this year. Edlund headed up the Board from the start of the Bio4Energy strategic research environment in 2010, until its latest meeting in May 2012.
In addition to the Board's core task of overseeing and directing Bio4Energy budgetary allocations, Sommarin will take over a shared responsibility for updating and extending the programme's research and development (R&D) strategy, one leg of which will cover the last two years of the first five-year programme period.
Secondly, R&D plans for a five-to-ten-year period beyond 2014 will be outlined, for the purpose of signalling to political decision-makers and further stakeholders that Bio4Energy stands ready to continue delivering state-of-the-art research in the areas of biorefinery and bioenergy, as well as consolidating and extending the research environment nationally and internationally.
The two strands should make up Bio4Energy's operational plans from next year until 2020. A senior consultant who specialises in leading groups in devising strategic plans for business, with close ties to the Bio4Energy strategic partner Processum Biorefinery Initiative, has been called in to shepherd the process. The "strategy and business management" consultant Peter Blomqvist of AB Anderblom Handel visited Umeå and the Bio4Energy executive leadership earlier this month.