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Delsjon AnnaStrom2018 400It was only a matter of waiting long enough. Summer has arrived in northern Sweden, where most of the Bio4Energy researchers are based. Photo by Anna Strom (Archives).In terms of research output, 2020 was the second most productive since the start of the Bio4Energy research environment in 2010. Several system analysis projects delivered results directly relevant to industry. One made the so-called 100 List of Sweden’s most commercially promising research projects, published annually by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Due to restrictions imposed by the spread of Covid-19, all events moved online and successfully so.

Bio4Energy’s new management troika worked hard to put new routines in place and prepare the research environment for a possible third programme period from 1 January 2022. According to Katerine Riklund, chair of Bio4Energy Board and pro-vice-chancellor of Umeå University, funding for Sweden’s Strategic Research Environments—of which Bio4Energy is one—is set to continue at least until the end of 2022.

Sweden-based media picked up extensively on projects on combined production of edible mushroom and biofuel or prebiotics from biomass from the sea and forest, respectively. A magazine with an international reach, Bioenergy Insight Magazine published an interview on Bio4Energy scientists' efforts to bring sustainable bioenergy to Sub-Saharan Africa, drawing on technology for biomass gasification combined with production of biochar.

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External Opportunities


A fossil fuel free Sweden is within reach, Race to Zero (campaign website)

Open Science and the UNESCO initiative - opportunity to republish ISC statement - International Science Council








From idea to market '15 EU success stories' - Study, Bio-based News


Boosting Bioeconomy Knowledge in Schools, European Schoolnet Academy

From research to consumers: unlocking new value chains for sustainable bio-based products, BIOrescue/Alpha Galileo







New opportunities for circular bioeconomy research, Aarhus University/Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture

ThinkForest Seminar: Circular bioeconomy can create a sustainable, renewable society, Il Bioeconomista

The EU Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel launched the European Bioeconomy Manifesto, Il Bioeconomista


European Commission launches Knowledge Centre to provide scientific evidence on bioeconomy, Bio-based News

Networks Wood Science & Technology, Nordic Forest Research








Aarhus University will be setting up a Programme for Biorefining, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, AArhus University