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Bio4Energy Graduate School

  • Bio4Energy Graduate School, Start of Course: Systems' Perspectives on Bioresources, Luleå, Sweden

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  • Course Opening for Students, Industry Wanting to Place Bio-based Innovations in System Perspective

    B4E students AnnaStromBio4Energy young researchers present their ideas for new courses in the Bio4Energy Graduate School, at Skellefteå, Sweden in May 2019. Photo by Bio4Energy.Systems’ Perspectives on Biomass Resources – one of the two generic course in the Bio4Energy Graduate School for PhD and postdoctoral researchers – is set to kick off at Luleå, Sweden, in October.

    The course gives an overview of methods and tools to assess the efficiency of a nascent bio-based technology from an environmental and economic perspective, and as part of the mix of technologies already on the market. It also comes with a project assignment, designed to give participants hands-on experience of applying system analysis in some form.

    “The purpose of this course is to place technology-based research in perspective so that the student [specialised in a certain niche of biorefinery research] gains an understanding of the way in which his or her work fits into a larger, societal perspective,” said course coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    “We want to give them methods and tools for that”, professor Lundmark added.

    Systems’ Perspectives on Biomass Resources is open to PhD and postdoctoral researchers interested in biorefinery, as well as representatives of industry. See below the Bio4Energy flyer for this third edition of the course. The deadline for applications is 27 September this year.

    “The expectation on those who enrol is active participation. They will be asked to bring their own research or subject of interest into the course. For instance, they can select a project they are already working on and apply system analysis to that”, Lundmark said.

  • Happy Summer from Bio4Energy

    Delsjon AnnaStrom2018 400Delsjon, Gothenburg in July. Photo by Anna Strom©2018.Bio4Energy wants to greet its researchers and partners—including the Industrial Network and stakeholders to the bio-based sector—and bid them happy summer. Or happy winter, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere. Thank you very much for your commitment.

    Most of the Bio4Energy people are having a break until September, but not all.

    August start for popular course on biorefinery pilots

    Late August, Bio4Energy will be kicking off the third edition of its popular course for PhD and postdoctoral researchers: Biorefinery Pilot Research. It is one of two generic courses in the Bio4Energy Graduate Schoolon the Innovative Use of Biomass.


    The idea behind Biorefinery Pilot Research is to give students from the graduate level and up an overview of the pilot and demonstration facilities lining the coast of Sweden to the north and east. Those who take the course for credit will have the opportunity to apply what they learned to their own research. For instance, you may want to design a project where you scale up or scale down the technology you are working on, or to place it in the larger context of biorefinery development using wood or organic waste as a starting material. You will learn about tools for developing an innovation in the bio-based sector.


    A first block of course starts 27 August 2018 at Piteå, Sweden, and the deadline for registration is 10 August. For more details go to the Biorefinery Pilot Research course pageor view the course brochure (attached).

    For Whom
    • PhD and postdoctoral researchers interested in biorefinery from wood or organic waste.
    • Industry representatives or members of the bio-based sectors wishing to gain or deepen their knowledge of bio-based innovation and pilot and demonstration facilities in northern Sweden designed for the purpose.
  • New Leader for Bio4Energy System Analysis & Bioeconomy

    RobLundmark LTUx400Economist Robert Lundmark will be heading the R&D platform Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy. Photo by courtesy of the Luleå University of Technology.The research and development platform Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy has a new leader.

    In so doing, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., professor of Economics at the Luleå University of Technology, is taking over the reins of an all-important entity in Bio4Energy—made up of 30 researchers at three universities—whose members have the responsibility to assess whether the R&D carried out by the rest of the research environment are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

    “You could say that our role is to highlight results from the other Bio4Energy platforms [that develop biorefinery technologies] and put them in a system’s context. Conversely, we put research questions and are able to suggest avenues of research for the other platforms. It is give and take”, Lundmark said.

    Unlike his colleague and predecessor, LTU professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Lundmark is an economist, but with a focus on natural resources.

    “My focal area is the interface between forest and energy issues, assessing the cost of various uses of forest raw materials and bioenergy”.

    Having clinched his PhD at LTU in northern Sweden, Lundmark went onto undertake postdoctoral studies at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Austria. Northern Sweden wanted him back, however. Lundmark became senior lecturer at the university from which he had graduated, promoted in 2011 to be a professor.

    He has been part of Bio4Energy from the start in 2010, and was a member of the previous Process Integration Platform, for the first five years.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., on the same R&D platform but at Umeå University, will second him and be a coordinator for platform researchers based at Umeå.

  • Popular PhD Course Cancelled, But New Online Introduction on Cards

    Sylvia Larsson Kumar Das 030620Sylvia Larsson is new coordinator for education in Bio4Energy. Here with co-worker Atanu Kumar Das.Bio4Energy is having to cancel this autumn’s course in the Bio4Energy Graduate School for advanced students. Biorefinery Pilot Research has been hugely popular for its on-location learning about pilot and demonstration facilities along the coast of northern Sweden. However, the risk for spread of the global Coronavirus means the course has been postponed to next year.

    “We will be giving the course as soon as things settle down; hopefully already in spring”, said This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., new coordinator for education in Bio4Energy.

    Instead an online introduction will be developed so that all PhD students and postdoctoral researchers interested in research and development in the area of wood biorefinery will have the possibility to learn more about the Bio4Energy research environment and the basics of its activities.

    “We are going to make something exceptional that will serve as an entry point to the Graduate School”, Larsson said;

    “It is about giving all PhD student the possibility to access what we have to offer. It will place the focus content of the hands-on courses in context. It gives students from different universities the possibility to study together. We have a lot of international students”, she explained.

  • Technological development for sustainability: The role of network management in the innovation policy mix

    Söderholm P, Hellsmark H, Frishammar F, Hansson J, Mossberg J, Sandström A. 2019. Technological development for sustainability: The role of network management in the innovation policy mix. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 138, 309-323. January