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UK-China Microalgal Biotechnology workshop
PHYCONET, in conjunction with the Center for Microalgal Biotechnology and Biofuels at the Institute of Hydrobiology in Wuhan, China, is organising an international workshop, to be held 19-21 September in Wuhan. The objective is to bring UK and Chinese microalgae researchers together to identify the challenges and bottlenecks in characterisation, production and commercialisation in the production of bio-products from microalgal biomass. Specific objectives are to:
- Provide a forum to facilitate exchange of knowledge and collaborative links between UKand Chinese researchers from academia and industry, thereby advancing the developmentand exploitation of algal biotechnology.
- Establish an informal network of researchers that strengthens UK-Chinese connectionswithin the algal biotech sector, and raises the profile of PHYCONET in China.
- Gather expertise and understanding of the bottlenecks in developing and commercialisingalgal bio-products and establishing sustainable algal biorefineries.
- Identify knowledge gaps in our understanding of how these barriers can be overcome, andhow this knowledge deficit can be addressed.
- Explore joint funding opportunities and assemble ‘grant ready’ teams to develop researchproposals.
- Agree an action plan for implementation.
Senior researchers from academia and industry are invited to apply for this workshop by the deadline of 5pm on 20 April. This workshop is supported by a BBSRC ‘International Workshop’ award, and PHYCONET anticipates being able to provide funding for travel expenses and accommodation for up to 10 UK delegates. Successful applicants will be notified by 4 May.To apply, click here.
Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Wave 3
The Government is inviting ideas as to what to support during the third wave of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Proposed challenges should combine the best ideas from academia and industry to create tangible benefits for the UK in productivity and economic growth.
Submitted proposals should either be drafted collaboratively by a consortium of industry and academia, or be able to provide evidence of an industry-wide requirement.
You will need to explain and evidence what the challenge is, the positive impact in addressing it, and the capabilities and strengths that we already have in the UK that would help us to become a world-leader in its research and commercialisation.
The deadline for expression of interest challenges is 18 April 2018.
Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/industrial-strategy-challenge-fund-tell-us-what-to-support
Pilots4U aims to set up one very visible, easily accessible network of open access pilot and multipurpose demo-infrastructures for the European bio-economy with Europe-wide coverage. If you have brought, or are looking to bring a bio-based, biorefinery or biotechnology innovation process towards commercialisation, your participation in a short survey is requested, in order to gather information about the type of equipment and services that organisations require during this process.
Survey responses will be completely anonymised and only if you provide contact details will you be contacted in case of any follow-up questions. The survey can be accessed here.
Beyond the lab: developing your Industrial Biotechnology career conference
PHYCONET, along with other NIBB, is supporting this 2-day conference organised by Cogent Skills, which is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and early career industry researchers, to be held 18-19 July at York University Exhibition Centre. The objective of the conference is to broaden delegates’ awareness of possible careers outside of the university laboratory, and highlight the professional skills they will need in addition to their technical skills.
At this two day event:
- Find out about current job & career opportunities in industry
- Reflect on your career to date and identify skill gaps
- Learn about communicating science and creating impact
- Get tips on how to write funding applications and business cases
- Find out about the latest science and training opportunities available to you
- Industrial Speakers and Panel members will include speakers from Innovate & KTN
- Meet with non-lab practitioners for 1-2-1 session to discuss your future plans
- Network with your fellow delegates and speakers at the conference dinner
- Overnight accommodation is also included
The programme can be viewed here. PHYCONET has been allocated 15 places at this conference. PHYCONET members can apply for this FREE event by submitting the application form by 5pm, 4 May. Successful applicants will be notified by 16 May.
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Business Interaction Voucher funding awarded (December 2017 call)
Congratulations to the following, who have been awarded BIV funding:
- Alison Smith (University of Cambridge), who will work with Algaceuticals Ltd. on the project “Growth optimisation in next generation algal bioreactors for bioactive compounds”.
- William Zimmerman (The University of Sheffield) who will collaborate with Perlemax Ltd. on the project “Microalgal flotation – the microbubble way”
We have remaining BIV funds, for 3 x £10,000 projects. The next and final call will close at 5pm on 15 March 2018. Please refer to the “Funding” page for details.
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