Newly awarded Phase II BBSRC NIBB:
BBNet, The Biomass Biorefinery Network (BBSRC NIBB)
BBSRC announced today that 6 unique collaborative networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB) Phase II, have been awarded. One of them is the “Biomass Biorefinery Network”(BBNet). BBNet will build on work done by three Phase I NIBB, Plant to Products (P2P), Food Waste Net (FWN) and the LignocellulosicBiorefinery Network (LBNet). BBNet will serve as a catalyst to bring the UK’s best scientists together with our most ambitious and innovative companies to drive forward the sustainable bioeconomy. Feedstocks will include agricultural waste and forest residues, industrial, municipal and commercial waste, marine biomass and biomass crops. Our remit will encompass bioprocessing, bio-catalysis and fermentation of biomass and will embrace chemical conversion, engineering and combinations of these processes with thermochemical and other technologies to produce fuels, chemicals and materials. BBNet will have funding opportunities and will organise a range of relevant events for Network members, as in Phase I, membership will be free and open to all. Simon McQueen-Mason (University of York), is the BBNet Director and Co-directing the network are: Patricia Thornley (Aston University), David Leak, (University of Bath), Dimitris Charalampopoulos (University of Reading) and Michele Stanley (Scottish Marine Institute).
The BBNet will start in early 2019.
More information will be available soon.