C1NET: CHEMICALS FROM C1 GAS

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: School of Life Sciences

Abstract

As economies and populations grow, there is an ever increasing demand for chemicals and energy, driven by developing countries, where increasing prosperity is fueling the desire for the improved quality of life visible in the developed world. Current energy and chemical needs are met by the extraction and processing of fossil fuels, in the form of coal, petroleum and natural gas. Such resources are finite, are frequently found in politically unstable regions of the world, and their utilisation is having severe impacts on the climate, both through pollution and increased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The key challenge facing the global community is, therefore, to maximize the use of sustainable sources of chemicals and of energy to safeguard the environment while ensuring that the latter do not detrimentally impact food supplies. In this regard, renewable sources of energy and chemicals will play an increasing role in the global primary energy supply. Accordingly, the UK government and others have set challenging targets for reductions in GHG in part by aiming to produce chemicals using biological routes.

Traditional strategies adopted for chemical and biofuel generation via biological systems have been reliant on the conversion of the more tractable components of plant biomass (sugars and starch) into chemicals and fuels. The microbes employed ferment the easily accessible sugar and/or starch of plants, such as sugar cane or corn, and convert them into biofuels such as bioethanol. This has led to concerns over competition with use of these products as food, and a re-focussing of efforts on so-called 'second generation' biofuels. These are generated from cell wall material (lignocellulose) derived from non-food crops or agricultural wastes. However, lignocellulose is extremely resistant to being broken down into sugar. Overcoming this recalcitrance in a cost effective manner is proving extremely challenging.

An alternative route would be to directly capture carbon, by harnessing the ability of certain bacteria to 'eat' single carbon gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). Thus, for instance, such gases are injected into the liquid medium of fermentation vessels they are consumed by certain bacteria and converted into useful chemicals and fuels. Fortunately, gases such as CO are an abundant resource, and a waste product of industries such as steel manufacturing, oil refining and chemical production. Moreover, it can be readily generated in the form of Synthesis Gas ('Syngas'), by the gasification (heating) of forestry and agricultural residues, municipal waste and coal. By allowing the use of all these available low cost, non-food resources, such a process both overcomes the "Food versus Fuel" issues associated with traditional ethanol production, and circumvents many of the challenges associated with 'second generation' biofuels. Furthermore, capturing the large volume of CO (destined to become CO2 once released into the atmosphere) emitted by industry for fuel and chemical production provides a net reduction in fossil carbon emissions.

There has been a global upsurge of interest both in studying the biology of those organisms able to grow on C1 gases, as well as commercially exploiting them as platforms for chemical manufacture. In this respect the UK lags disappointingly behind the curve. It is the objective of the C1NET to correct this deficiency by encouraging the creation of a vibrant community of UK academics tasked with unravelling the biological, chemical and process engineering aspects of gas fermentation and to steer the translational outputs of these endeavours towards commercial application. The network will provide the 'glue' to bring together a UK-based cadre of biologists, chemists, computational modellers/mathematicians and process engineers to better understand and thence exploit gas fermentation processes for translation into industry.

Technical Summary

We will create a vibrant community of UK academics tasked with unravelling the biological, chemical and process engineering aspects of gas fermentation and to steer translational outputs towards commercial application through the following activities:-

SANDPIT EVENTS: organised to meet defied challenges set by C1NET MB, and which are periodically revised. Pump-priming projects aimed at proof of concept will be selected following review.

WORKSHOPS: to provide training for PDRAs and PhD students in key enabling technologies, eg., gene transfer/ manipulation, genome-scale modelling and gas fermentation.

ANNUAL MEETINGS: to showcase the activities of C1NET, inviting selected international experts to inform on the global perspective.

JOINT EXPERIMENTS: on goal specific, strategic objectives will be funded between Network members, to support grant submissions in response to national and international calls.

COMMUNICATION: will be maintained through a website, providing updates and Case Studies on C1NET developments. A quarterly newsletter, and flyers will also be distributed at national and international meetings and by emailing.

OUTREACH: we will promote and educate the wider scientific community, policy makers and society at large, to identify and foster relationships with key stakeholders who can assist in developing and promoting C1NET activities and outputs.

TRAINING: We will support and encourage the participation and development of the PDRAs and students of C1NET members, through presentation at conferences and participation in sandpits, workshops and joint experiments.

All of these aspects have been covered by the amassed Network membership of C1NET. New membership will be encouraged through the network activities (meetings, website, TSB Connect and through the NNFCC and KTNs) and representation at relevant trade meetings. We will also directly approach stakeholder groups and private sectors that we believe should be involved.

Planned Impact

Trends in capital investment within the chemicals sector suggests that the bulk and speciality chemicals sectors, both of which have traditionally been strengths of the UK production industry, are following the pharmaceuticals sector to SE Asia. If the UK is to remain competitive across the Bulk and Speciality chemicals sectors we must forge a new generation of processes with intrinsic emphasis on efficiency, process integration and resource management. Developing technology platforms with a reduced dependence on traditional petroleum based materials is acknowledged as the only long-term solution to sustainability.

Looking at the local market rationale for this C1NET proposition, the chemical-using industries continue to be one of the strongest sectors of the UK economy, employing 230,000 highly skilled people, spending £3.5 billion on R&D and the UK's top manufacturing export earner. Its products are the basis for almost every manufacturing activity. However, it is also energy-intensive and almost totally dependent on imported petroleum as its basic raw material. It is vulnerable to rising global oil prices and disruption to global oil supplies. C1NET will strategically de-risk this reliance on petroleum, delivering supply chain security and reducing environmental.

Almost every major chemical company has set ambitious targets to lower their carbon footprint, or even to become carbon neutral. To achieve this there must be re-alignment from fossil fuel dependencies and efficient use of carbon in its simplest forms, specifically of C1 gases that may be generated as by-products from other existing processes (CO, CO2 and CH4).

Specifically C1NET will deliver impact in the following sectors:

ECONOMY: Sustainability is the major issue facing the global chemical industry. Not only is there concern for our environment, there is also is a strong economic driver. Shareholders place emphasis on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (http://www.sustainability-index.com) that tracks the performance of the chemicals industry and engenders competition. A commitment to responsible innovation, and the application of SB as a key platform to products will secure the UK lead in innovation and chemicals production.

PEOPLE: There is a clear and increasing demand for highly qualified technologists that are trained to lead innovation and manage the deployment of SB based techniques into industry. C1NET offers a market driven "shared vision" towards products and processes. It will deliver highly skilled individuals via the joint funding programmes and training that will be well placed to influence and manage the required change to sustainable working practices across chemical manufacturing industries.

SOCIETY: The diverse range of products manufactured by the chemical-using industries is vital to maintaining a high quality of life in the UK, C1NET will have a direct impact on this activity by ensuring a supply of people and new knowledge to secure sustainability of the sector for the benefit of all. The "green and sustainable" agenda is now firmly fixed in the public consciousness, C1NET will be an exemplar of how scientists and engineers can provide real solutions to very challenging scientific and technical problems, for the benefit of society

KNOWLEDGE: In addition to increasing the supply of highly trained people, the results of research performed C1NET will have a major impact on knowledge. C1NET researchers will tackle "big problems" in sustainable chemistry, and via our industrial partners we will ensure that new knowledge is applied in industry. Knowledge based activity will drive innovation and economic activity for UK PLC creating new jobs and securing the future.
 
Title Meet the Microbiologists - YouTube Video Series 
Description Over the past couple of months, Microbiologists from the Synthetic Biology Research Centre have been working with film makers Brady Haran and James Hennessey (Creators of educational video series such as; Periodic Table of Videos and Numberphile) to produce a set of Microbiology YouTube films about their research and what it's like working in a laboratory. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact We have x6 different videos and now have a combined number of views of 47,500 so far from around the world. We will be looking into a way of evaluating the impact of these videos. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeaKaAcimVK0dt4TOpcyRc5_GB4txb0vf
 
Description C1net www.c1net.co.uk is a BBSRC-NIBB network which champions research into the use of "gas-eating" microbes to ferment polluting greenhouse gases (CO, CO2 & CH4) from landfill and industry, into useful products e.g. biofuels and plastics. C1net is dedicated to the development and scalable production of C1 gas fermentation for the whole IB community. It provides a cross-sector forum with the goals to foster and enhance collaboration between industry and academia; develop skills and expertise; share best practice; define common research priorities; and target funding opportunities in C1 gas fermentation. The management board is currently 12 strong, with Professor Nigel Minton (University of Nottingham) as PI and Professor Davis Fell (Oxford Brookes) as CoI. Membership currently stands at 448, with members from Europe, India, Israel, Taiwan, Nigeria, USA, New Zealand, Brazil and Russia. Industrial members number 96 from a total of 61 different companies; and we have 419 followers on Twitter. A total of 16 POC awards of £50,000 each have now been made, 9 of which have completed and reported (see links below). 8 of these POCs involve academia/industry collaborations (University of Nottingham & Ingenza; University of Dundee & Ingenza/Sasol; University of Nottingham & Sasol; University of Nottingham & University of Kent & Green Biologics/Calysta/Lanzatech; University of Nottingham & Sasol/Zuvasyntha/Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Kent & Zuvasyntha; University of Kent & University of Nottingham & ZuvaSyntha; University of Nottingham and Freeland Horticulture). 8 BIVs (University of Kent & Zuvasyntha; University of Nottingham & Sasol; ICLondon & Viderobio; University of Nottingham & Johnson Matthey; University of Kent and Zuvasyntha; University of Nottingham& Zuvasyntha; University of Sheffield & Perlemax; University of Chester & Blue Sky Bio) have also been awarded, of which two have completed and reported (see links below). To date C1net industry/academia networking events include: 15 newsletters, 3 international conferences, 2 funding events, and an industry scoping workshop (run jointly with BBSRC-NIBB "Metals in Biology). Understanding the importance of training the next generation C1net has run 4 practical workshops and 2 skills workshops for ESR. Additionally C1net has funded 5 summer vacation undergraduate studentships at the Universities of Surrey, Chester, York and Nottingham. It also takes its public outreach duties seriously and so far has participated in 40 events, including Open days, Café Scientifique, Pub PhD, Pint of Science, Big Bang, New Scientist Live and has supported a total of 4 work experience placements for sixth formers. Finally, C1 net net has commissioned two reports on IB (see links below), and has had media exposure on BBC radio (Science in Action) and BBC TV (East Midlands Today). POC & BIV REPORTS
http://www.c1net.co.uk/Public%20Summaries/POC-2-kierzek-C1net-public-summary-report.pdf

http://www.c1net.co.uk/Public%20Summaries/POC-3-wright-C1net-public-summary-report.pdf

http://www.c1net.co.uk/Public%20Summaries/BIV-02-zhang-C1net-public-summary-report.pdf

http://www.c1net.co.uk/Public%20Summaries/POC-5-dinsdale-C1net-public-summary-report.pdf

http://www.c1net.co.uk/Public%20Summaries/POC-8-sargent-C1net-public-summary-report.pdf

http://www.c1net.co.uk/Public%20Summaries/POC-10-winzer-C1net-public-summary-report.pdf

http://www.c1net.co.uk/Public%20Summaries/POC-11-wright-C1net-public-summary-report.pdf

http://www.c1net.co.uk/Public%20Summaries/POC-12-conradie-C1net-public-summary-report.pdf

http://www.c1net.co.uk/Public%20Summaries/BIV-01-warren-C1net-public-summary-report.pdf

http://www.c1net.co.uk/Public%20Summaries/BIV-02-zhang-C1net-public-summary-report.pdf

COMMISSIONED REPORTS
http://www.c1net.co.uk/documentation/Opportunities%20for%20gas%20fermentation%20in%20the%20UK%20-%20Final%20Report%20-%20July%202016.pdf

http://www.c1net.co.uk/documentation/RSM%20Industrial%20Biotechnology%20Landscape%20Report.pdf

MEDIA
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002vsnb

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08fm2nj
Exploitation Route The aim of C1net is to help stimulate industry/academia interaction in C1 gas fermentation by providing networking events and funding opportunities. The networking events (International conferences, funding events and scoping workshop) have brought together a total of 431 scientists, 326 from academia and 105 from industry, from which 16 collaborative POC projects have emerged. Scientists regularly report that that there is "there is clearly an understanding gap between academics and industry" (Ying Zhang, University of Nottingham). C1net fills this gap, as Tom Smith - Professor, Sheffield Hallam explains "One of the strengths of C1net is that it brings together academics and people from industry and has made me aware of the extent of industrial interest in C1net and also has shaped future research plans for my group in recognising major challenges for the commercial sector". William Gabrielli - Principal Scientist, Sasol goes further "We have further found exposure to the research of leading academics in Europe and UK as key in understanding the major challenges faced in commercialising gas fermentation technology. That C1net is creating the optimal conditions for fostering future collaborations is exemplified by 3 important companies in this arena: Arild Johannessen - Vice President, Nutrition, Calysta, Norway, reports "C1 net has given Calysta access to an important new platform for networking within the C1 gaseous fermentation area. so far this work has resulted in one project within systems biology in cooperation with Chain biotechnology and Synthetic Biology Research Centre, and one application to EU for a C1 platform". William Gabrielli - Principal Scientist, Sasol states "Through creating a platform for discussions with other industrial partners, Sasol has further developed a 12 month project with one of the partners in C1 net". Fraser Brown - Team Leader, Ingenza Ltd adds "Promoting discussion between different disciplines generated some interesting proof of concept studies which may provide the basis for further development of these projects into larger integrated grant proposals. In the final report C1net's first completed POC "Metabolic modelling to support synthetic biology in C1Net organism M. capsulatus", Andrzej M. Kierzek University of Surrey explains how his research will go further "The preliminary data obtained in this project will be used to write BBRSC grant on the growth rate optimisation of M. capsulatus. The Surrey FBA software has been already used for analysis of transposon mutagenesis data. We will perform transposon screens on M. capsulatus to validate metabolic model and use it to optimise strains and media for biomass production."
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

URL http://www.c1net.co.uk/
 
Description So far the findings have not been used, but the potential is far reaching: Current energy and chemical needs are largely met by the extraction and processing of the fossil fuels oil, gas and coal. Such resources are limited and their use causes environmental pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The challenge facing humankind is, therefore, to identify new, sustainable and cleaner processes for chemical and energy generation. Solar power, wind power and water power are three of many alternative technologies which help supply our demand for energy, but they cannot provide for all our needs are not currently a viable option for a car or a plane and cannot be converted into the many chemicals we take for granted. To maintain our lifestyle, at least in the short-term, we need clean, sustainable, transportable, liquid fuels and biofuels have come to our rescue. CURRENT biofuels (e.g. Bioethanol and Biodiesel) allow us to grow our fuel by recycling atmospheric carbon dioxide (photosynthesis), so reducing greenhouse emissions and our reliance on a finite resource. They now play a major role especially in the US and Brazil. But they are not without their critics as they use land which could be used for food and remain carbon positive (produce more atmospheric carbon than they use). This has stimulated scientific research to develop an array of ADVANCED Fuels. The most exciting of these comes from an unlikely source a "gas eating microbe" Certain microbes can grow on C1 gases carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) & hydrogen (H2) and convert them into useful chemical and fuels. There has been a global upsurge of interest in studying the biology of these organisms and commercially exploiting them as platforms for chemical manufacture. Companies like LanzaTech, Coskata, Ineos-Bios, Evonik, Lanxess and Genencor are all active in this area but the UK overall lags behind. C1net has the potential to contribute to: 1. Fostering the economic performance of UK companies in the world arena: - Creating jobs - Exporting scientific expertise and technology 2. Maintaining and enhancing quality of life on a global scale: - Providing a sustainable and secure energy supply - Producing a truly carbon neutral ADVANCED "biofuel" - Permitting us to continue to enjoy an array of chemicals in a post petroleum world.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Chemicals,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Industrial Biotechnology :Landscape Report
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
 
Description BBSRC NIBB C1net Proof of Concept
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2016 
End 02/2017
 
Description CARBON RECYCLING: CONVERTING WASTE DERIVED GHG INTO CHEMICALS, FUELS AND ANIMAL FEED (CCnet).
Amount £834,460 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/S009833/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2023
 
Description 3MT competition - SBRC PhD Student and C1net Member 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact PhD Student took part in the international competition, she showcases her PhD work as part of a online video for people to vote worldwide. Her 3 minute thesis is titled 'Better Fuel More Savings'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://universitas21.com/global-opportunities/student-competitions/three-minute-thesis-competition/...
 
Description BBC East Midlands TODAY TV Broadcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Prof Nigel Minton interviewed by BBC East Midlands today, to raise public awareness of biofuels and C1Net gas fermentation work and the subsidies issue in the UK. Around 325,000 view East Midlands today.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBC World Service Radio Interview on C1 Gas Fermentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC World Service radio 'Science in Action' C1net PI Nigel Minton being interviewed by Roland Pease that his report on the C1Net gas fermentation work and the subsidies issue.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002vsnb
 
Description Big Bang Regional Fair 2016 - SBRC And C1net 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Big Bang Near Me is about inspiring young people from all backgrounds to study science, technology, engineering and maths. University of Nottingham combined STEM stand with activities from STEM subjects, SBRC and c1net activity included molymods, DNA extraction and a home made centrifuge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://nearme.thebigbangfair.co.uk/view/?eve_id=2458
 
Description British Science Association's Science in the Park, Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Science in the Park is a local event ran by the Nottinghamshire Branch of the British Science Association for members of the public. The SBRC hosted a stand on bacteria: the Helpful and the harmful highlighted the research at the SBRC and researchers engaged with familes about the bacteria we work on in the SBRC and synthetic biology. The visitors were very interested in the science and asked lots of questions about synthetic biology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description C1net - METABOLIC MODELLING WORKSHOP 2 Introduction to Kinetic Modelling, Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Delegates gave good feedback for the event. They appreciated the high calibre of tutors, the beautiful venue and the opportunity to network.

Survey Monkey Results

100% thought the workshop was very/extremely well organised
90% thought the venue was very good/excellent, 10% thought it was good.
80% thought the workshop length was just right, 10% though it slightly too short and 10% slightly too long.
30% thought the pace was about right, 40% thought it slightly too fast and 30% slightly too slow
100% thought the tutors were very/extremely skilled.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.c1net.co.uk/Events-workshop-2.html
 
Description C1net Conference 2015 Nottingham City Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Hosted by C1net a BBSRC-NIBB this was a FREE two-day conference, which brought together academic and industrial partners, to identify and address key challenges in the study of those organisms able to grow on C1 compounds and commercially exploit them as platforms for chemical manufacture. The programme included talks from selected submitted abstracts, as well as from key academics and industry representatives. Some of the expert speakers included: Sean Simpson (LanzaTech), Peter Duerre (University of Ulm) and Auxiliadora Prieto (National Spanish Research Council). There was also a poster session and plenty of opportunities for networking.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description C1net Conference 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The C1net conference gave us the opportunity to showcase the new 'Game of Fuels' which both the SBRC and C1net have developed as well as other demonstrations which we use for outreach. Gave the opportunity for external academics and industry to find outreach what outreach we do.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description C1net Conference 3 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact We had an SBRC/C1net outreach stand explaining the types of outreach we do for academics and industry at the conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.c1net.co.uk/Events-conf-3.html
 
Description C1net Conference 4 - 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact January 20th 2019 marked the start of a 3 day conference on "Gas Fermentation". Hosted by The University of Nottingham's based BBSRC-NIBB "C1net" and organised by network manager Jacque Minton, the event was held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham . Delegates were mainly from the UK, with 31 from Europe, 6 from the USA, 5 from Korea and one from Pakistan. A total of 35 talks were presented, 8 of which were invited, the rest were selected from abstracts, or were Proof of Concept (POC) reports. Eminent scientist Rolf Thauer opened proceedings as chairman and there followed high calibre key note presentations from: Volker Müller (Goethe-University, Frankfurt), Sean Simpson (LanzaTech, USA), Arren Bar-Even (Max Planck Institute, Germany), Wolfgang Buckel (Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany), Byung-Kwan Cho (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea), Lori Giver (Calysta, USA), E.Terry Papoutsakis (University of Delaware, USA), and Bryan Tracy (White Dog Labs, USA) . Amid this star cast, 3 PhD students also gained valuable oral presenting experience with Marie Schoelmerich (Oxford Brookes University) carrying away a certificate of excellence and a C1net mug and hat. A total of 44 posters were presented with a staggering 31 from PhD students. Carrying away prizes for the best posters were Callum McGregor (University of Nottingham, UK), Florian Oswald (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany) and Federico Turco (University of Nottingham, UK).

Delegates gave good feedback for the conference with 68 Reponses in all. Responders were 71% from academia and 19% from industry. 98% of responders said it was a good use of their time and that it was a very good/extremely good programme. As a reason for attending, 50% stated programme content, 42% said networking and 8% said organisation representation. They appreciated the high quality and variety in the programme. They also praised the opportunities for good discussion and networking. Many new relationships were forged which we are hopeful will initiate new collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://c1net.co.uk/event/fourth-annual-conference-nottingham/
 
Description C1net METABOLIC MODELLING WORKSHOP 1, Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Course leader Prof David Fell and his team of 5 tutors offered expert tuition to a total of 24 NIBB scientists (19 from C1net and 5 from other NIBBS). The course offered theoretical and practical training on structural modelling of metabolic networks, introduced techniques such as elementary modes analysis and flux balance analysis that can be used design changes in metabolic outputs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.c1net.co.uk/Events-workshop-1.html
 
Description C1net Metal Circuits, Synthetic Biology and C1 gases Scoping Workshop, Canterbury, Kent 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This event, organized jointly by Metals in Biology and C1net, was hosted at Cathedral Lodge, in the idyllic setting of Canterbury Cathedral Close.

It was designed as an intimate, quick-fire affair with the aim initiating and nurturing allegiances between industry and academia to encourage joint research. 30 delegates attended the meeting, of whom, 21 academics and 9 from industry. In total there were 8 pitches from industry and 15 from academia and with many new alliances formed. It is known that a joint application for a BIV between Metals and C1net, was a direct consequence of collaborations forged at the workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.c1net.co.uk/Events.html
 
Description C1net Newsletter - April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact C1net Newsletter which gets distributed to other C1net members and other BBSRC NIBB members to highlight recent events/workshops/activities. Over 400 people receive the newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description C1net Newsletter - January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact C1net Newsletter which gets distributed to other C1net members and other BBSRC NIBB members to highlight recent events/workshops/activities. Over 450 people receive the newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.c1net.co.uk/Secure_Area/secure-documents/C1net-newsletter-15.pdf
 
Description C1net Newsletter - July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact C1net Newsletter which gets distributed to other C1net members and other BBSRC NIBB members to highlight recent events/workshops/activities. Over 450 people receive the newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description C1net Newsletter - October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact C1net Newsletter which gets distributed to other C1net members and other BBSRC NIBB members to highlight recent events/workshops/activities. Over 450 people receive the newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description C1net Newsletter 1 April 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact C1net Newsletter which gets distributed to other C1net members and other BBSRC NIBB members to highlight recent events/workshops/activities. Over 250 people receive the newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description C1net Newsletter 1 January 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact C1net Newsletter which gets distributed to other C1net members and other BBSRC NIBB members to highlight recent events/workshops/activities. Over 250 people receive the newsletter
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description C1net Newsletter 1 January 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact C1net Newsletter which gets distributed to other C1net members and other BBSRC NIBB members to highlight recent events/workshops/activities. Over 250 people receive the newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description C1net Newsletter 1 July 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact C1net Newsletter which gets distributed to other C1net members and other BBSRC NIBB members to highlight recent events/workshops/activities. Over 250 people receive the newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description C1net Newsletter 1 July 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact C1net Newsletter which gets distributed to other C1net members and other BBSRC NIBB members to highlight recent events/workshops/activities. Over 250 people receive the newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description C1net Newsletter 1 Oct 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact C1net Newsletter which gets distributed to other C1net members and other BBSRC NIBB members to highlight recent events/workshops/activities. Over 250 people receive the newsletter
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description C1net Newsletter 1 October 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact C1net Newsletter which gets distributed to other C1net members and other BBSRC NIBB members to highlight recent events/workshops/activities. Over 250 people receive the newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description C1net Newsletter April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Newsletter to update members with progress and future events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description C1net Newsletter January 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact C1net Newsletter which gets distributed to other C1net members and other BBSRC NIBB members to highlight recent events/workshops/activities. Over 250 people receive the newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.c1net.co.uk/Secure_Area/secure-documents/C1net-newsletter-11.pdf
 
Description C1net Newsletter January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Newsletter to update members with progress and future events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description C1net Newsletter July 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Newsletter to update members with progress and future events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description C1net Newsletter March 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact C1net Newsletter which gets distributed to other C1net members and other BBSRC NIBB members to highlight recent events/workshops/activities. Over 250 people receive the newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description C1net Newsletter October 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact C1net Newsletter which gets distributed to other C1net members and other BBSRC NIBB members to highlight recent events/workshops/activities. Over 250 people receive the newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description C1net Newsletter October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Newsletter to update members with progress and future events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description C1net Partnering Meeting, University of Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Delegates from all parts of the world to the University of Nottingham campus, for the C1net/Metals in Biology partnering event "Metabolism and Enzymology of C1 Organisms". The meeting mixed inspirational talks from academia and industry with pitching, networking and project building activities.

Delegates gave good feedback for the event. They appreciated the high calibre of invited speakers, the mix of academia and industry, the pitching, and the ample opportunity to network
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.c1net.co.uk/Events-partnering-meeting-2.html
 
Description C1net Sandpit, University of Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Enthusiastic and engaged audience.
Many project ideas were generated, which culminated into 6 main ideas.
Call for POC abstracts opens on 1st August 2014, and closes on 1st September 2014.
4 POC applications submitted. 3 were awarded.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.c1net.co.uk/Events-sandpit-1.html
 
Description C1net newsletter July 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact C1net Newsletter which gets distributed to other C1net members and other BBSRC NIBB members to highlight recent events/workshops/activities. Over 250 people receive the newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Carbon Recycling Animation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The animation has proved to be a big success, to date it has been used to acclaim at home and abroad. It premiered at the 2019 Brasil-UK workshop "Sustainable Chemicals and Fuels through Synthetic Biology" in CNPEM, Campinas, Brazil, 28-30 May 2019; featured at "Wonder" at University of Nottingham, 15 June 2019 and was aired at SynbioTech 2019, QEII Centre, London, 24-25 June 2019 https://www.synbitech.com/ . Future touring is planned e.g. it will take pride of place at New Scientist Live, Excel Centre London, https://live.newscientist.com 10-13 October 2019. Online views currently number 75, with viewings not only in the UK, but also in Europe (Denmark, Belgium and Slovenia) and the rest of the world (India, Brazil and Australia)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ccnet-nibb.co.uk/
 
Description DNA Day - School visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Presentation and demonstration about DNA, the students also explained how and why they use DNA in their research.
30 pupils attended this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Engagement with industry - Trip to Calysta tour of facilities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Trip to Calysta in Teeside with 2 PhD students and a Post Doc researcher to view the facilities, discuss potential PhD and grant collaborations and also the potential for a joint outreach activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description European Science Open Forum Manchester - SBRC & C1net 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is a biennial, pan-European, general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. Each conference aims to deliver stimulating content and lively debate around the latest advancements and discoveries in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. Early Career Researchers perspectives' on Synthetic Biology. Wednesday 27th July (8.30-11.00). Hosted by the MIB this session aimed to promote, inspire and engage researchers from across the disciplines to explore the potential of SynBio through interactive stands, lab tours and short talks/open discussion

The SBRC had a exhibition stand alongside SYNBIOCHEM (Manchester SBRC). The SBRC- Nottingham had a table top display with bioreactor and information about SBRC and c1net. Pawel Piatek and Erik Hanko also had posters about their research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://manchester2016.esof.eu/en/about/introduction-to-esof.html
 
Description Family Discovery Day - Science Fair at University of Nottingham, SBRC and C1net outreach activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We provided a stand with hands on activities for the visitors, which were families from Widening Participation schools around the East Midlands.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Game of Fuels Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The pupils played our game - Game of fuels as part of a series of renewable energy workshop as well as hearing about the research we are doing at the SBRC. The pupils (aged 14-15) also asked many questions about working in research as well as going to university.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description IBB NIBB Careers Fair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A stand with information about C1net and the other BBSRC NiBBS to encourage new members both industry, researchers and academics to sign up to them.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description IntoUniversity School visit to University of Nottingham SBRC & C1net activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The University of Nottingham's Widening Participation team, run a Family Learning Programme with the Educational Charity IntoUniversity  (IU) http://intouniversity.org/ to work in three local communities in Nottingham. IU has provision called Academic Support which young people attend after school. Parents are invited to attend three sessions with their children, across the year and the third session is a graduation event at the University of Nottingham. We launched our Game of Fuels" which is the brain child of C1net members Louise Dynes and Jacque Minton and is an interactive board game targeted at secondary school pupils, years 7 & 8.The game sparked questions and discussion afterwards the pupils said they had leanrt something new about renewable energy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Lego League Science Fair at the University of Nottingham SBRC & C1net outreach 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact members of the SBRC helped out at the FIRST® LEGO® League outreach event which took place at the University of Nottingham.
FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) is a global science and technology competition with over 250,000 young people aged from 9 to 18 taking part each year. This is a global science and technology challenge for teams of students, to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. The students work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO robot to solve a series of missions.
Schools from around the East Midlands attended the event and as well as designing and building their project, there was an exhibition area for pupils to have a go at some table top outreach activities.

The SBRC hosted some LEGO related activities including; building a bacterium from LEGO for the younger pupils and the older pupils had a go at designing plasmids using LEGO. Louise Dynes, SBRC Outreach Officer who organised the SBRC stand said 'LEGO is a great way of teaching microbiology to pupils, particularly building plasmids! I would like to thank everyone who helped out and made this day a success!'

some of the older pupils who took part in the plasmid building were interested in doing more work around plasmids and would like more information and or us to come into their school/college.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description New Scientist Live 2017 Exhibition Stand 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact New Scientist Live is a major science public engagement event at the Excel centre in London, which showcased a wide range of UK science innovations, with examples ranging from astronomy to microbiology. The SBRC Nottingham and associated NIBB - C1net hosted a stand with hands on activities showcasing the various stages involved in our research to go from concept to finished product. We started with an interactive computer model of a biochemical pathway, developed by members of the SBRC computational team - which allowed people to decide how they would alter a pathway to produce the required end product. Next was a Don Whitley anaerobic cabinet that people could try, to give them an idea of what working in these cabinets was really like with kids queuing up for this exhibit on the weekend, it was certainly a major draw to the stand. Then there was a microscope showing what these bacteria actually look like, followed by a mini bioreactor to help explain how this process could be scaled up. Finally we had some examples of potential products, such as a model tyre and fuel tank, to demonstrate where the C1 compounds could end up after the bacteria had converted them into useful chemicals.

At the event itself we were helped by many wonderful volunteers, who all demonstrated their enthusiasm and passion for science in their conversations, convincing possible sceptics about the benefits of our research. With over 30,000 visitors attending over the 4 day event, there was certainly plenty of opportunity to reach lots of people. We had interest from a diverse range of backgrounds including; current scientists, potential future Nottingham students, children who we helped inspire with future possibilities and even artists and the media, who could help spread our research message even further. Volunteers included Louise Dynes, Jacque Minton
Michelle Kelly
Pippa Strong
Ruth Cornock
Gareth Little
James Winter
Beth Redfern
Rubab Syeda
Martina Pasini
Loretta Waddon (double)
Christian Arenas

Alan Burbidge
Jess Locker
Alex Grosse-Honebrink
Muhammad Ehsaan
Vanisha Patel
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://live.newscientist.com/new-scientist-live-2017
 
Description New Scientist Live 2018 London exhibition stand 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact For the second year in a row, the SBRC and its associated BBSRC NIBB - C1net hosted an exhibition stand which highlighted the great research we do here at the centre. This year we collaborated with a ARUP who designed a virtual lab as part of the exhibition stand. Don Whitley also donated an anaerobic cabinet for people to use.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://sbrc-nottingham.ac.uk/news/news.aspx
 
Description Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity SBRC 7 C1net outreach 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Festival of Science and Curiosity in Nottingham is a week long festival about inviting the people of Nottingham to share not only what they know, but also what they would like to know about science and creative arts.

The children played our game - Game of fuels (Created by SBRC and C1net) as part of the activity and learned about fossil fuels and biofuels as well as what we are doing in the SBRC. The parents were informed about the SBRC and gas fermentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity, Bulwell Library - Game of Fuels 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact For one week every February, the festival brings creative and inspiring science, technology, engineering and maths based events and activities to the heart of Nottingham. As part of Curious Communities - From Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st Feb, we'll be taking our city centre hits on a tour of some local libraries and community centres. Sneinton, Bilborough and Bulwell. The SBRC hosted Game of Fuels for families to compete against each other and learn more about biofuels and the research at the SBRC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.nottsfosac.co.uk/events/
 
Description Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity, Nottingham Central Library - Game of Fuels 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact For one week every February, the festival brings creative and inspiring science, technology, engineering and maths based events and activities to the heart of Nottingham. The SBRC hosted Game of Fuels for groups of families to play against each other to learn more about biofuels and the research taking place at the SBRC. Feedback was excellent, with 99% of people saying they learnt something new and also included a parent wanting to buy a copy of the game.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.nottsfosac.co.uk/about-the-festival/
 
Description Outreach sessions with Calysta 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Outreach workshops with Calysta at school in Teeside, to raise aspirations and awareness of synthetic biology and biofuels. These sessions sparked questions and discussion afterwards particularly on biofuels and careers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description PhD Student and C1net member talk at University of the Third Age 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact C1net member Francois gave a 20 minute talk about the SBRC and his PhD on gene tool editing to a group from University of the Third age
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pint of Science 2018 activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Plasmid building with LEGO hands on activity for members of the public at pint of science, it also gave the pubic an opportunity to speak to Christian about his research and at the SBRC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pint of Science Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk as part of the Pint of Science, Nottingham Programme. PhD student gave a talk on ' Gas Eating Microbes to the Rescue!' work on microbes that eat carbon monoxide to provide energy and carbon. This not only reflects the biochemistry of how life has started 4 billion years ago but is used to make biofuel from industrial waste gas, turning waste into valuable products. As microbes they are very much hidden to our eyes and due to their special energy needs, were for a very long time hidden to us scientist and have only fairly recently been discovered
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/events/nottingham
 
Description Pint of science talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBSRC Synbio DTProg student and C1net member Paul Henry gave a public talk about Understanding Biotechnology with Rapid Analysis. The talk revealed how the fast analytical techniques have been used to understand the secrets of fermentation bio-processes, giving insight into the behaviour of modified micro-organisms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Post Doctoral Researcher and C1net member SciBar talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Arenas gave a talk on 'Gas Eating Bacteria to the rescue'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Press Release - Scientist calls for industrial scale-up of greenhouse gas-eating microbe technology in UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release to highlight the recent reportt, commissioned by Professor Minton's BBSRC-funded network of gas fermentation specialists C1net, and to emphasize that the UK should do more to increase the production of this new technology which could capture a large percentage of industrial waste gas from our factories and landfill.

The full report can be found here:

http://www.c1net.co.uk/documentation/Opportunities%20for%20gas%20fermentation%20in%20the%20UK%20-%20Final%20Report%20-%20July%202016.pdf
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2017/february/scientist-calls-for-industrial-scale-u...
 
Description Press Release on Scientists and industrialists share their vision for UK's circular economy in a post-Brexit world 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The BBC's science presenter Tom Heap will be asking the experts vital questions about the future of the 'green' or 'circular' economy in a post-Brexit UK at a conference at the Royal Society in London this week.

Key players from academia, industry and government will be presenting and discussing their visions for the opportunities and new technologies that will accelerate the regenerative economy that is needed to replace the 'make, use and dispose' manufacturing systems of the past.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2018/july/scientists-and-industrialists-share-their-...
 
Description Pub PhD - Public Talk Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 10 minute talk and 20 minutes Q&A session, included questions about first and second generation biofuels, genetic modification, how deleting genes can improve an bacterium, economy of the biofuel problems, Lanzatech and other companies, the genetics of the organism and other questions about the bacteria and research undertaken at UoN.

Some of the audience were enthusiastically discussing it afterwards and are likely to discuss this with friends and family. The speaker received very positive thank you messages from the organisers and people attending.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://pubhd.wordpress.com/
 
Description SBRC & C1net - Promotion at the Synbiochem Manchester Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Nigel Minton (SBRC-Nottingham Director), Dr Alan Burbidge (SBRC-Nottingham Centre Manager) and Mrs Jacque Minton (C1net NIBB Manager) attended the Manchester SynBioChem kick-off event on 11th and 12th June. It was a well-attended launch event with most of the other BBSRC/EPSRC SBRCs represented. Although synthetic biology research has been evolving for some time, the establishment of six Synthetic Biology Research Centres in the UK along with Foundries and the Innovation and Knowledge Centre mean that there is now a formalised research strength in this emerging area. It was evident at the meeting that there is a strong UK synthetic biology research community spirit forming with both academic and industry interest, which is really positive.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description SBRC & C1net - Outreach Activity - Student Placement, University of Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Student Placement aged 16 from a local school has spent one week working with PhD students in the GasChem Lab. The Student was given an insight into Mathematical Modelling as well as the opportunity to work in the lab. Feedback from the student was excellent. He would like to come back again next year for another placement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description SBRC & C1net Outreach - DNA Discovery Day at University of Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A DNA discovery day for a group of year 6 Pupils from a local school to give them an sight into what we do and University and science. Presentation and hands on activity on DNA extraction from Strawberries and making DNA helix from sweets. Our DNA helix made from sweets was publicized on the UoN news storify page. Teacher feedback from the session was excellent.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description SBRC & C1net Outreach Activity - Bioreactor Demonstration, University of Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact As part of the Faculty of Engineering Christmas Lecture and Demonstrations, Dr Bommareddy explained how a bioreactor works and we had a bioreactor on show for attendees to have a look at and how we use synthetic biology techniques in the lab.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description SBRC & C1net Outreach Activity - Cambridge HE Getaways, Visit to The University of Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Outreach event organised by UoN Widening Participation group for Yr 10s within the Cambridge area to enhance their choice on coming to study at University. DNA extraction from strawberries PhD students explained how and why they got into science. Another PhD student gave a presentation on his PhD work and how and why he got into science also ran a practical called 'design your own plasmid'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description SBRC & C1net Outreach Activity - Mayfest 2015, Community Open Day, University of Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mayfest is UoN community open day, activities are to raise public awareness as well as helping to get children involved in science. SBRC & C1net stand with activities including making bacteria from plasticene, make your own bioreactor, molymods and an anaerobic cabinet to demonstrate what its like working in a lab. This was highlighted at the School of Life Sciences all staff meeting. Feedback about the session was excellent.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description SBRC & C1net Outreach Activity - Midlands Big Bang Fair, Derby 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Big Bang Near Me is about inspiring young people from all backgrounds to study science, technology, engineering and maths. SBRC activity included molymods and an anaerobic cabinet to demonstrate what its like working in a lab.

Some of the feedback included:

Question: Before today, were you interested in a career in Stem? less than 40% said yes.
Question: As a result of the event, are you now interested in a career in Stem? Over 60% said yes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/
 
Description SBRC & C1net Outreach Activity - Sutton Trust Summer School, University of Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Prof Brigitte Nerlich gave a Lecture on 'In Frankenstein's Footsteps' Nanoscience, Synthetic biology and Popular Culture. This sparked questions and discussions afterwards. They also had to write a controversial media story about synthetic biology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description SBRC & C1net Outreach Activity at British Science Association's Science in the Park, Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Science in the Park is a local event ran by the Nottinghamshire Branch of the British Science Association for members of the public. Activities on Making bacteria from Plasticine, make your own bioreactor and c1 gases using molymods. Raise awareness of the SBRC and public engagement. Over ~500 attendees from families, schools, public other academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://nottsbsa.org/science-in-the-park-2015/
 
Description SBRC & C1net Outreach Activity at The Secret Science Show, Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "European Researchers' Night" celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Led by an EU initiative, and taking place simultaneously in 280 cities across Europe on 25 September, this event gave anybody and everybody the opportunity to become a scientist for a day.
Nottingham's contribution was the much anticipated "Secret Science Show" at Wollaton Hall, and taking part were C1net members Louise Dynes and Dr Vinod Kumar. Together they gave a presentation and interactive demonstration on 'the power of microbes' explaining how microbes can turn unwanted substances into useful ones such as plastics and fuels. Dr Kumar also explained and demonstrated how a bioreactor worked. The audience of 86, with an ages range from 6 to 60 participated enthusiastically in the Q&A session and left with the message that only a very small percentage of bacteria are bad and that many are useful .
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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://englandevents.co.uk/nottingham-the-secret-science-show/407457
 
Description SBRC & C1net Outreach Activity, European Student Parliament, Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This Europe wide project is coordinated by Wissenschaft im Dialog and funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation and Bayer Science & Education Foundation with aim of promoting scientific exchange between young people. It involves 17 local parliaments across the breadth of Europe from Cork to Jerusalem, with one at Nottingham!! In these parliaments, students between the ages of 16 to 19 will have the chance to discuss issues and questions on the overall topic "The Future of the Human Being". SBRC and C1net members Klaus Winzer, Bart Pander and Brigitte Nerlich became "expert witnesses" Nottingham's local "European Student Parliament" answering questions on synbio so the pupils could build their arguments ready for the final event in Manchester in July 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.student-parliaments.eu/
 
Description SBRC & C1net Outreach Activity, Festival of Science and Curiosity, Nottingham 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Festival of Science and Curiosity is being run by Nottingham Stemworks - a partnership of education, industry, government and citizen representatives working together to increase the culture of science and technology learning in the city.
The event is being supported by the city's partnership board One Nottingham. The SBRC and C1net had a hands on stand making DNA bracelets and raising awareness about DNA to members of the public. Attendees to the stand were also asked if they have heard of synthetic biology by completing a questionnaire.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.nottinghamstemworks.co.uk/festival.html
 
Description SBRC&C1net Nottingham University Academy of Science & Technology Open Evening 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology, open events for September 2015 recruitment. Microscope with slides of bacteria, Molymods to make molecules of C1 gas, Biofuel crossword and glow sticks to show how plasmids are used in synthetic biology. Raise aspirations of potential pupils and give them an insight into University life. Network with teachers for future events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description SBRC&C1net Nottingham University Academy of Science & Technology Open Evening 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology, open events for September 2015 recruitment. Microscope with slides of bacteria, Molymods to make molecules of C1 gas, Biofuel crossword and glow sticks to show how plasmids are used in synthetic biology. Hoping to raise aspirations and recruit year 12s into science. Networking with teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description SBRC&C1net Nottingham University Academy of Science & Technology Open Evening 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology, open events for September 2015 recruitment. Microscope with slides of bacteria, Molymods to make molecules of C1 gas, Biofuel crossword and glow sticks to show how plasmids are used in synthetic biology. Raise aspirations of potential pupils and give them an insight into University life. Network with teachers for future events. Around 90 pupils attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description SBRC&C1net Public Lecture, University of Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact SBRC and C1net PhD students gave a public lecture on 'How to make Jet Fuel (and other useful things) from Greenhouse Gases'. This also involved informing the public about the research taking place in the SBRC. There was a Q&A following the talk which sparked questions and discussion. Around 70 people attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description STEM fair at Nottingham Bluecoat Academy - SBRC & C1net activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The STEM Fair at Bluecoat academy was a open day for families from the local primary feeder schools to learn about various STEM activites. Stand with DNA extraction activity and information onhow and why we use DNA extraction both in the SBRC and in other areas of science. We explained to the children where DNA is located in cells and it makes everyone is unique. Parents were informed about the research going on at the SBRC and this sparked questions and discussion with the scientists helping out.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description School visits to University of Nottingham SBRC & C1net outreach 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A manned an animated stall to extoll the virtues of gas fermentation.  Fluffy microbes, molemods and a working fermenter were all employed to engage the motivated audience.   It was a very busy occasion and we spoke to at least 100 pupils and teachers, at length. Most of the pupils were currently studying science at GCSE or A level so were well informed about global warming and engaged fully with the new ideas in our presentation of gas fermentation as part of a solution to the energy trilemma. Over 300 pupils were engaged.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Science in the Park 2016 - Science Fair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Science in the Park is a local event ran by the Nottinghamshire Branch of the British Science Association for members of the public. The SBRC and C1net had a activity stand with the following activities: Making bacteria from plasticene, make your own bioreactor and molymods. The scientists helping out also explained to older children and adults the research taking place at the SBRC and what they are trying to achieve. Over 7000 people from the regional area attended this science fair.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://nottsbsa.org/science-in-the-park-2016/
 
Description Science in the Park Local Community Science Fair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Science in the Park is a local event ran by the Nottingham shire Branch of the British Science Association for members of the public. We had a stand we various hands on activities to raise awareness of the centre and our research. Over 400 people were engaged.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SynBio UK 2017 Conference Exhibition Stand 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact SBRC and C1net had an information stand on the centre and the NIBB we also advertised jobs and how to collaborate with us.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.biochemistry.org/Events/tabid/379/MeetingNo/SA207/view/Conference/Default.aspx
 
Description The Circular Economy Symposium at The Royal Society London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event organised by the University of Nottingham-led C1net - a BBSRC-NIBB (Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy), took place at The Royal Society, London on 11 July 2018. Moderated by BBC Journalist - Tom Heap. SBRC/C1net had a information stand
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://c1net.co.uk/event/special-conference-circular-economy-now-royal-society-london/
 
Description UK-China Workshop "Carbon Recycling", Beijing, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Blazing summer in Beijing proved the perfect melting pot for the best in the West and Eastern experts to mull over "Carbon recycling: converting waste derived GHG into chemicals, fuels and animal feed". The workshop, held at the Institute of Microbiology Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS), Beijing, was organised by SBRC-Nottingham and IMCAS and was jointly funded by C1net, ADnet and SBRC-Nottingham thanks to BBSRC grants.

The workshop enabled 21 delegates from industry and academia in the UK, France, USA and New Zealand to meet with their counterparts from all over China; 48 delegates overall to cover all aspects of C1 utilisation. Industrial presentations from Calysta, LanzaTech, Johnson Matthey and CPI were interspersed with cutting-edge science from academic experts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://c1net.co.uk/event/china-workshop/
 
Description WONDER - University of Nottingham community open day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact SBRC Nottingham and C1net presented "Bugs, Biofuel and the Biosphere" where various fun activities were used to show that not all microbes are bad and how some turn unwanted waste gases into fuels and chemicals. There was something for everyone: younger children had fun making placticine microbes inside an "anaerobic cabinet", older ones raced against the clock to build bioethanol from molymods and parents were engaged by the biology of the bubbling bioreactor. The public asked many questions about the research in the SBRC and younger children agreed that some bacteria can be very useful rather than just harmful.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/wonder/index.aspx