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Objectives of the Network:

  1. Develop a cohesive cross-disciplinary community of researchers involving academic and industrial partners able to develop a system-wide approach to lignocellulose-derived biorenewables development that encompasses the entire supply chain
  2. Establish the UK as a world-leading partner of choice in the area of developing sustainable biofuels and biorenewable chemicals and materials from lignocellulosic biomass
  3. Nurture the development of high quality proposals in response to major national and international funding opportunities
  4. Foster the development of substantive international collaborations in the area of biorefining of lignocellulosic biomass
  5. Finance preliminary experiments to form new research teams and generate preliminary data to substantiate larger proposals
  6. Encourage new researchers and businesses to enter the IBB space
  7. Provide input to UK and EU policy by providing expertise and evidence as appropriate

Management and Governance:

The LBNet has an Executive Group  that is responsible for the network aims, and a Management Board that shapes strategy, advises and monitors the executive group, assesses applications for pump-priming funds, and safeguards the interests of the network.

The Executive Group:

Veronica Ongaro, University of York (Network Manager)

Simon McQueen-Mason, University of York (Network Director)

Tim Bugg, University of Warwick (Network Co-Director )

The Management Board:

Tim Bugg, University of Warwick

Edward Green, CHAIN Biotechnology Ltd

Claire Halpin, University of Dundee

Simon McQueen-Mason, University of York

Paul Mines, Biome Technologies Plc

Nigel Minton, University of Nottingham

Christine Parry, AB Agri Ltd

Ged Russell, Vireol Bio-Industries Plc

Nilay Shah, Imperial College

Patricia Thornley, Aston University

Simon Turner, University of Manchester

Stuart West, Biocalalysts Ltd

Please download the ‘LBNet – What We Do’ PowerPoint slide and use it to help promote our network.

Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Network