Seminar with guest speaker Jack Saddler, UBC: The potential of biofuels and the need for a biorefinery approach - A forest products perspective, Umeå, Sweden, Bio4energy cmyk28 November 2013

Time and place: 15:15 p.m. at lecture hall KB3B1, KBC Building, Umeå University

Guest speaker: Professor Jack Saddler, Forest Products Biotechnology/Bioenergy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada & IEA Bioenergy Task 39 - Commercialising Liquid Biofuels

Bio4Energy host is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and contact point is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All welcome.

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PhD thesis defence: Cost-effective cultivation of lodge pole pine for biorefinery applications, Umeå, slu logo rgb webSweden, 22 November 2013

Time and place: 1 p.m. at P.O. Backstrom's Auditorium, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Details: SLU researcher Ingegerd Backlund will be defending her PhD thesis. Opponent is Dr Duncan Macquarrie, Chemistry Department, Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, University of York, U.K.

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All welcome.

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PhD Thesis Defence: Significance of hydrolytic enzymes expressed during xylem cell death, Umeå, Sweden, 8 November 2013

Time and place: 10 a.m. at lecture hall F, Humanist Building, Umeå UniversityBio4energy cmyk

Details: Benjamin Bollhörner of the Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform will be defending his thesis on the Significance of hydrolytic enzymes expressed during xylem cell death. Faculty examiner will be Dr Moritz Nowack of the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology at Ghent University, Belgium. Student supervisor has been Hannele Tuominen of the Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform and the Umeå Plant Science Centre.
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Bio4Energy Graduate School: Close of the 2013 Biorefinery Pilot Research course, Piteå, Sweden, 7 November 2013Bio4energy cmyk

This course is open to Bio4Energy researchers at the PhD and postdoctoral level. The Biorefinery Pilot Research course is being run by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. A 'grand finale' with student presentations and a joint dinner with stakeholders has been announced. This last leg of the course will be hosted by the B4E partner Energy Technology Centre at Piteå.

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Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, Luleå, Sweden, 15 October 2013

Bio4energy cmykThis meeting will discuss plans and future organisational strategy for Bio4Energy, should it gain a second operational mandate beyond 2015. The theme for research presentations will be strategic collaborative research and development projects in Bio4Energy. An invitation and a meeting programme have been issued to Bio4Energy researchers. Contact point for this meeting is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Bio4Energy Communications.

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Inauguration of Torrefaction Pilot Facilities, Umeå, Sweden, 9 October 2013

Fornax BTX Facility Bio4Energy contacts are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the B4E Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform. The inauguration will start at 6:15 p.m. at the site of the Fornax BTX Facility. This is located at a combined heat and power installation adjacent to the Umeå University main campus. BioEndev, Umeå Energi and the Processum Biorefinery Initiative are some of the partners to this event.

Illustration (right) by courtesy of Anders Nordin.

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Processum Biorefinery Initiative Ten-year Anniversary, Umeå, Sweden, 9 October 201logotype processum

The SP Processum has invited special guests to celebrate its first ten years in the biorefinery business with an event at Umeå University. The event will start at 4:30 p.m.. Processum contact isThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Seminar: Biofuels Programme and the Potential of Bioenergy in Africa, Umeå, Sweden, 8 October 2013UmU Logo

This seminar hosted by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Bio4Energy will meet from 3:15 p.m. at lecture hall 450 of the Umeå University Natural Sciences' Building.  

Guest speaker will be Emile van Zyl, Senior Chair of Energy Research in Biofuels, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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Seminar: The New Pathway for Formation of PCDD/F in Thermal ProcessesUmU Logo, Umeå, Sweden, 4 October 2013

The seminar is hosted by Stellan Marklund and will meet from 1:30 p.m. at the "Small Lecture Hall" (Lilla hörsalen) KB3A9 at the Umeå University KBC Building (Chemistry and Biology complex).

Guest lecturer will be Bogdan Dlugogorski from the Priority Research Centre for Energy, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment of the University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia.

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Forest Chemistry Industry-academy Discussion Platform Meeting, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, 26 August 2013

Called 'Upscaling of biotechnical routes to green chemicals', this seminar which is open to the public will focus on biochemical conversion of forest-sourced biomass to fuels and "green" chemicals and on taking products made in a research laboratory to the demonstration stage. Contact person is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Where: Premises of Processum Biorefinery Initiative and the Domsjö Fabriker biorefinery, both at Örnsköldsvik.

Preliminary programme:

Invited speaker from European or U.S. demonstration site, TBC

  • Presentation of Biorefinery Demo Plant and SP-Processum pilot facilities at Örnsköldsvik including tour

  • Challenges and opportunities in scale up of biorefinery production

  • Financing opportunities

  • Group discussions

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Inauguration of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Forest Biomaterials and Technology Department, Umeå, Sweden, 22 August 2013

When : 09:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) at Umeå and SLU BTC pilot plant at Röbäcksdalen

Address: BTC, Skogsmarksgränd & Verkstadsgatan 22

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SLU, phone: +46 90 786 8497

Programme:

09:30 Coffee in Åteln, SLU 5th floor

10:00 Information about the new department - P-O Bäckströms sal/Large auditorium, 6th fl.

  • Head of department Michael Finell on R&D on plans for R&D at the new department

  • Håkan Örberg on the pilot plant BTC and the biomass dryer 

  • Scientists from the department on ongoing research projects

12:00 Workshop and lunch (Åteln 5th fl.) with roundtable discussions

14:15 Bus leaves for Röbäcksdalen from entrance at 4th fl.

14:30 Visit of BTC pilot plant and inauguration of new biomass dryer. Coffee will be served.

15:15 Bus ride back to Campus Umeå

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10th Congress on Catalysis Applied to Fine Chemicals, Turku/Åbo, Finland, cafclogo J-PM 121212 16-19 June 2013

Bio4Energy contact is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the B4E Catalysis and Separation Platform. 

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Swedish Centre for Biomass Gasification Summer School, Gothenburg and Piteå, Sweden, 12 - 16 AugustSFC logotype 2013

Topic: System safety in large scale biorefinery processes

Objective: To give the participants an overview of system safety and methods for risk assessment, and to train students in the so-called HAZOP method. 

Registration: Please register here by 28 June 2013

Credits: 7.5 ECTS for PhD students at universities connected to the Swedish Centre for Biomass Gasification (SFC).

Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , phone:  +46 920 49 12 21

Fee: Members of the SFC (students or employees): 2 000 kr  

A programme outline is available under this link: pdf  SFC_Summer_School_2013_on_Risk_Assessment

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Spring Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 15-16 May 2013Bio4Energy cmyk

This meeting is open to all Bio4Energy researchers and will partly coincide with the first course of the Bio4Energy Graduate School. Registration is open until 29 April.

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Bio4Energy Graduate School First Course: Biorefinery Pilot Research, Umeå. Sweden, 14-16 May 2013Bio4energy cmyk

Registration is open to PhD students in Bio4Energy until 15 April 2013. Post-doctoral student may also submit an expression of interest in attending the course. To register, please send an e-mail to the Bio4Energy graduate school coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Luleå University of Technology. The Biorefinery Pilot Research course will be run by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.   

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Seminar by industry-academy Forest Chemistry project, Stockholm, Sweden, 11 April 2013  

Fee: Free of charge
Where: Innventia main office, Drottning Kristina väg 61 B, Stockholm 
Registration to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Processum Biorefinery Initiative  
Contacts: Lars Josefsson, +46 70 558 7673; Leif Jönsson, +46 90 786 6811; Carl Johan Franzen, +46 31 772 3808 

13:00-13:05       Welcome, Lars Josefsson, INEOS Sweden Ltd. 
13:05-13:30       The Forest Chemistry VINNOVA project, Clas Engström, Processum Biorefinery Initiative
13:30-14:30       Advanced biofuel solutions: INEOS Bios technology, Graham Rice, INEOS Bio Ltd.
14:30-15:00       An overview of pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis: status and challenges, Leif Jönsson, Umeå University
15:00-15:30       Coffee break
15:30-15:50       POLYNOL - Integrated production of polymers and ethanol from forest and sugar cane industries, Niklas Berglin, Innventia
15:50-16:20       Other fermentation products besides ethanol - status and challenges, Carl Johan Franzén, Chalmers
16:20-17:00       Discussion on possibilities and challenges

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Bio4Energy Graduate School Opening Conference – Skellefteå, Sweden, 19-20 March 2013Bio4energy cmyk

The Bio4Energy Graduate School will officially begin its works on 19-20 March 2013 with a grand opening conference to be held in Skellefteå. On Day 1, from 10.00 to lunch, keynote lectures will be given by well-known guest speakers, while presentations given by PhD students and post-doctorate student will take up the rest of Day 1 and all of Day 2. PhD students and PostDocs are encouraged to submit their abstracts. The best one will be awarded a Solander Award.

The conference is dedicated in particular to PhD students and PostDocs, who will not pay a fee to attend the conference. This is an opportunity for them to present their research, exchange ideas and knowledge and enhance their own networks. Industrial partners and PhD student supervisors are welcome to attend, but will be charged a fee. The conference will be given annually, and participation in at least two of these conferences will be required for graduation. More information about the conference and abstract submission will be sent out after the Christmas vacation, but in the meanwhile book your calendars!

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Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 25-27 February 2013UmU Logo 

The Chemical Biological Centre (KBC) at Umeå University play host to this meeting which has sessions dedicated to the kind of research that Bio4Energy conducts.

The KBC homepage says: "The meeting aims to strengthen and display our efforts towards research in the renewable energy field that is carried out within several strong research environments and research programmes at Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: Solar slu logo rgb web Fuels, Artificial Leaf Project, Bio4Energy, BioImprove  and Trees and Crops for the Future".

PhD students who participate with a poster receive 1 ECTS certificate from the KBC Research School, the announcement says. 
The Organising Committee is made up of Bio4Energy members Johannes Messinger, Leif Jönsson, Johannes Hanson, Hannele Tuominen and Per Gardeström. Göran Samuelsson is also part of the committee. 

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HighBio2 Seminar: Biomass To Energy And Chemicals, Luleå, Sweden, 16 January 2013

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Venue: Luleå University of Technology, Porsön, room E246. 
Register with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

13:00 Registration 13:15 Opening of the seminar, Ulla Lassi, Professor, University of Oulu / Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius
13:30 Modeling of black liquor gasification - current status and comparison with pilot scale experiments, Rikard Gebart, Professor, Division of Energy Science, Luleå University of Technology
14:00 Membrane technology for efficient production of biofuels, Jonas Hedlund, Professor, Division of Sustainable Process Engineering, Luleå University of Technology
14:30 Coffee Break
14:45 Forest Refine - A cross border project for efficient raw material supply to biorefineries, Magnus Matisons, Project Manager - Forest Refine, BioFuel Region
15:05 Pilot Gasifier Producer Gas Analysis and Measurement Arrangements in Sievi Laboratory, Kari Pieniniemi, Researcher, Centria University of Applied Sciences
15:35 Activation of gasification carbon residue for adsorption applications, Sari Kilpimaa, Researcher, University of Oulu
16:05 Catalytic conversion of syngas over CO catalysts, Henrik Romar, Researcher, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius / Ulla Lassi, Professor, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius.
16:30 Discussion
17:00 Closing of the seminar