BBSRC Phase II Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy

BBSRC has announced, with the support of EPSRC, that £11M is to be committed to funding six Phase II Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB), and we are delighted that the application submitted by PHYCONET Director Saul Purton, “Algae-UK: Exploiting the algal treasure trove” is being funded. The new network will commence in early 2019 with Saul as Director and Michele Stanley (SAMS), Pat Harvey (University of Greenwich) and Anna Amtmann (University of Glasgow) as Co-Directors. The scope of the new network will include microalgae, macroalgae and cyanobacteria.

The other NIBB to receive funding are:

  • Biomass Biorefinery Network (BBNet) – Simon McQueen Mason, University of York
  • Carbon Recycling: Converting waste derived GHG into chemicals, fuels and animal feed (CCNet) – Nigel Minton, University of Nottingham
  • Elements of Bioremediation, Biomanufacturing & Bioenergy (E3B) Metals in Biology – Nigel Robinson, Durham University
  • Environmental Biotechnology Network (EBNet) – Sonia Heaven, University of Southampton
  • High Value Biorenewables (HVB) Network – Ian Graham, University of York
The BBSRC announcement is available here.

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Workshop: use of marine biological resources in commerical R&D

IBioIC are participants in the Interreg funded project “European Marine Biological Resource Centre Biobank”. The project is organising a 1 day workshop on “Practical steps for facilitating the use of marine biological resources for commercial R&D in the context of new Access & Benefit Sharing Legal Framework” on 16 May in Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique HQ in Plouzane, France. The workshop will bring together industry (end-users), European culture collections (providers) and ABS competent national authorities to formulate needs and issues related to legal security during access to biological/genetic resources. More information on the workshop can be found here.

A survey on your awareness of ABS legislation (Nagoya protocol) has been prepared to obtain information in relation to the needs of companies in the framework of the recent regulations on Access to biological/genetic resources and fair Sharing of Benefits on their utilization (ABS), and to identify use-cases that the EMBRC as marine biological resource provider, could be testing to help such companies. The information obtained will serve as the basis for the above workshop. The questionnaire results will only be used by the EBB project and will be shared with the project partners but will not be made available to any third parties. The results will be anonymised when reporting. The questionnaire should make no more than 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed here.

March 2018 newsletter

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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

Phyconet News

  • November 8, 2018

    BBSRC has announced, with the support of EPSRC, that £11M is to be committed to funding six Phase II Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB), and we are delighted that the application submitted by PHYCONET Director Saul Purton, “Algae-UK:

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  • September 4, 2018

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  • August 22, 2018

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