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Proof of Concept Call; Novel Feedstocks; jobs, courses and more

AD Network 3rd Call for Proof of Concept Funds

Closes 31 Dec 16
This call closes soon. ADnet still have five awards of up to £60K to allocate. Do you have a NEW concept which can be investigated in a 6-12 month timescale on that budget? Does it have relevance to the AD Network? Is there any potential to lead to bigger and better things like the GCRF, for example?

For further information, look on the ADnet website.

ECR Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy Careers Fair

University of Sheffield – 12th April 2017
Together 6 BBSRC Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy are organising a high profile careers fair targeting our Early Career Researcher (ECR) membership to showcase opportunities to work in the Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE) sector.  This fair will provide companies and ECRs with an opportunity to meet face to face.


More Events

The Anaerobic Digestion Network is pleased to announce that we will again be supporting the ADBA R&I Forum on 28-29 Mar 17 to be held at the Building Centre in London. As ever, there is an excellent speaker line-up and discount for academics.

Other events can be found on our website, but here are a few:

  • Novel Feedstocks & Conditioning Technologies for AD Event – date TBC (early April), University of Lincoln, Riseholme Campus
  • BrisSynBio Connect event in Bristol on 27 Apr 17 from 2-9 pm focuses on the biomolecular design and engineering aspects of synthetic biology
  • High Value Chemicals from Plants (a BBSRC NIBB) will hold a Global Challenges Research Fund workshop in York on 9-10 Jan 17 and a workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on 24 Jan 17 – see their website for more information.
  • Industrial Biotechnology in the Development of Advanced Materials, Manchester – 16/17thJanuary 2017 hosted by the Biocatnet NIBB. More on their website.
  • C1net METABOLIC MODELLING WORKSHOP 3, Nottingham -23-27 Jan 17 is a theoretical and practical course. Free to attend; accommodation provided. More here.
  • International Bioenergy Conference 2017, Manchester – 22/23 Mar 17, hosted by the SUPERGEN Bioenergy HUB. More here.



  • Still time to apply ffor our next BIV round which closes on 31 Dec 16. See our Funding Page for more information.
  • ECR Travel Vouchers: The AD Network has sponsored several Early Career Researchers to attend AD events such as Biogas Science in Hungary and the European Biogas Association Conference in Ghent. Previous awardees are shown here. If you are an ECR, visit our website to apply – future relevant events would be IWA World Congress on AD in Beijing.
  • The EPSRC’s Energy theme has opened a Call for Feasibility Studies in Energy. Now open – closes 5th January 2017. More here.
  • BBSRC Mid-Range Equipment initiative. Need expensive equipment? The capital equipment budget for this BBSRC call is approximately £10M. This is open to institutions and researchers normally eligible to apply to BBSRC managed-mode calls; this includes BBSRC approved HEIs, strategically funded institutes and Independent Research Organisations (IROs). More here.
  • ERA CoBioTech co-funded call for transnational research projects: “Biotechnology for a sustainable bioeconomy” ERA CoBioTech pre-announces the upcoming co-funded call for transnational research projects in the field of biotechnologies. The co-funded call with an indicative budget of approximately €36.3M brings together 21 funding organisations from 18 countries. The call has a closing date for pre-proposals on March 2nd 2017. See the BBSRC website for details.
  • The European Commission invites proposals for its H2020-SC5-2017 Greening the economy – single stage call. Closing Date: March 7th 2017. More here.


Courses and jobs.

  • Carbon Foot-printing and Life Cycle Assessment, part time IB MSc module, registration open until 6 Jan 17. Also, there is a module on On-farm Anaerobic Digestion. More information here.
  • Birmingham City University are advertising for a Research Assistant – (Environmental Engineering and Biotechnology Research Group) –Closing date  December 24th 2016. See: .
  • Further jobs can be found at and include “Understnading the impacts of anaerobic digsetate on the ecosystem services provided by grassland soils” (University of Lancaster); “Developing advanced models for future power generation technologies (University of Sheffield); “Circular economy thinking;maximising opportunities for energy generation from refuse-derived waste (RDF)” (University of Birmingham) and “Exploring the energy-food-health nexus in India: the role of human excreta in developing sustainable rural futures” (University of Stirling) 


A new trade body called the World Biogas Association (WBA) has been launched at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP 22 at Marrakesh, Morocco.  The WBA is dedicated to supporting the growth of biogas and anaerobic digestion technologies to maximise their contribution to the UNFCCC Commitments and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

A new Biogas Map has been launched by ADBA. The map features 540 UK sites which are producing biogas from food waste, agricultural materials, industrial effluents and sewage.

For further information about any of the above, contact ADnet.

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