Anaerobic Digestion Network

Lead Research Organisation: University of Southampton
Department Name: Faculty of Engineering & the Environment

Abstract

This proposal is for a Network in Anaerobic Digestion (AD) that will promote and facilitate the scientific research needed to support the UK's growing AD industry. The research will both address immediate challenges in terms of improving process efficiencies and broadening the range of acceptable feedstocks; and encourage diversification into the novel area of industrial anaerobic biotechnology through the development of new bio-based products and processes. The underpinning research required is interdisciplinary, with molecular biologists and microbial ecologists working on the role of metabolic pathways and community structure, through to process scientists and technologists translating these insights into practical processes. Process engineers will consider how these can best be implemented in novel reactor designs and operating protocols, and how to maximise resource efficiency by advance process integration and optimisation; while environmental and social scientists will analyse the potential benefits and impacts of these new technologies and evaluate their implications for industry, society and the environment. The purpose of the Network is to create an integrated AD research community which draws these specialists together. To achieve this, support is needed for integration and expansion of the existing research base, along with effective means of dissemination and stronger engagement of the academic community with the various industry stakeholders. The Network will encourage academic/industry interaction by means of themed workshops organised in conjunction with the main trade associations, including the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) and the Renewable Energy Association (REA). All potential Network members were initially canvassed concerning their interest in proposed working groups. More than 120 positive responses have been received from ~85 organisations (~70 academic, ~50 industry). Once officially launched, the Network is expected to expand further as research students and junior researchers become involved in its activities. The Network itself will be based around research-focused working groups with co-Chairs from industry and academia. These will identify the research needed to support end-user businesses in developing competitive bio-based technologies in both the bioenergy and biorefinery fields. Proof-of-concept funding will be provided for a range of highly innovative projects. This with other networking activities will encourage the formation of cross-disciplinary consortia, and thus put UK teams in a prime position to respond to national and international research calls such as the BBSRC IBBE Catalyst and the EU's Horizon 2020 programme. Through its prestigious International Advisory Group it will also raise the profile of UK scientists and help to establish the UK's position as a leader in this branch of industrial biotechnology. The Network is thus a vital element in developing the UK's position as a world leader in innovative anaerobic technology with the potential to open up new markets and research areas. A 5-year duration has been chosen to ensure long-term development of strong collaborative research at both UK and international levels, reinforced by research events, secondments and exchanges. The proposed scale is essential both to encompass all the required disciplines and types of expertise, and to secure the establishment of an effective and interactive AD research community that will endure beyond the BBSRC funding.

Technical Summary

The Network addresses scientific and technical challenges in the development of anaerobic biotechnology, drawing on the expertise of leading academics underpinned by new tools and concepts. As well as enhancing the performance of anaerobic digestion (AD) as a second generation bioenergy process, these open up new areas of application in the creation of value-added bio-based products, widening the process scope to a biorefinery. The Network promotes the use of meta-omic approaches to explore systems biology and community structure, and map its metabolic function. By these techniques a fundamental understanding of interactions related to product groups can be achieved, leading to the development of a synthetic biology with enhanced functionality and control. Scientists using these techniques will be able to develop hypothesis-driven research, in conjunction with engineering academics who will be faced with the practicalities of design and operation of such systems. Key challenges include the creation of alternative products from the intermediate VFA pool generated in the conventional AD process. Concepts such as bioelectrochemical harvesting, reductive hydrogenation and chain elongation and formation of PHA polymers create the prospect of advanced liquid fuels and bioplastics by innovative manipulation of metabolic pathways. Bio-molecular tools open up the possibility of improved diagnostics and advanced on-line process control, topics of immediate interest to industry. The Network is expansive and includes a knowledge base on alternative biomass sources. Process technologists are thus brought together with plant breeders, algologists, and soil scientists to develop sustainable feedstocks, either directly or using innovative pre-treatments. The technical agenda will be formulated by industry/academic working groups funnelling information and suggestions to steering and international advisory groups, who will sift these for areas in which major advances can be made.

Planned Impact

The Anaerobic Digestion Network has been specifically planned and designed to achieve the following impacts:
- It will lead to major improvements in interaction between the key players in the field of anaerobic biotechnology. This sector is currently fragmented, with poor links both between research disciplines (fundamental/applied, upstream/downstream) and between the academic and business communities. The latter represents a particular challenge due to the high proportion of SMEs with little expertise in making use either of research output or of the various sources of UK and EU funding designed to provide access to research. The Network activities and resources are explicitly design to address these issues and the level of interest already shown indicates a high likelihood of success from this timely initiative.
- It will facilitate a step-change in integrated cross-disciplinary research involving biosciences, biochemistry and engineering in combination with marine and agro-technologies and environmental and social sciences. These interactions will initially be promoted through the interlinked working groups, and subsequently through the preparation of joint project proposals and formation of consortia to address major research challenges in the field.
- It will make a major contribution to establishing the UK as an internationally recognised partner of choice in the area of anaerobic biotechnologies. This will be achieved both by the formation of a unique interlinked community of scientific expertise; and by promotion of high-level interaction with a spectrum of leading international scientists on the International Advisory Group.
- In particular, it will showcase UK expertise in research utilising genomic, systems biology and synthetic biology approaches; while also driving forward the research agenda in these areas by creating an ideal locus for the identification of links between genetics and functionality, supported by the two-way flow of data between 'deep science' approaches and pilot or full-scale industrial practice.
- It will provide a significant boost to innovative cross-disciplinary research through the provision of proof-of-concept funding to stimulate the exploration of new ideas and the generation of initial data as a basis for constructing competitive research funding proposals
- It will facilitate the construction of high-quality full-scale consortium proposals to a range of national and international funding sources, including the IBBE Catalyst and the EU Horizon 2020 programme.
-It will promote knowledge exchange and the translation of research from fundamental science to practical applications in the field of applied biotechnology, creating business opportunities for industry and SME partners to develop novel bio-based products and provide process control tools based on new concepts of metabolic functionality.
- It will provide a source of evidence and expertise in support of UK and EU policy in the fields of industrial biotechnology and bioenergy, through the direct participation of bodies such as the Environment Agency (EA), the Waste and Resources Action Programmme (WRAP) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
- It will support the personal development of Network members at all levels, by providing opportunities for interaction between industry and academic researchers, and creating lasting links (both nationally and internationally) between different disciplines and communities.
 
Description The Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Network is one of 13 Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB) that have been funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Funds have been made available for us to support academic-business interactions and Proof of Concept studies. The Network is now approaching the end of its five year lifespan.
The work has had a number of broad impacts:
1. Finding resolution or identifying further work on a number of problems that business faces with regards to aspects of AD.
2. Exploring proofs of concept in areas as diverse as metabolomics, biomethanisation, membrane cleaning, production and extraction of intermediate bulk chemicals, redesigning hydrolysis reactors, recovering fatty acids using membrane freeze-thaw processes and microbially enhancing phyto-active compounds for growing plants.
3. Providing the AD community with a useful modelling tool, as well as Life Cycle Assessment information on biomethane for transport from waste and greenhouse gas abatement by small-scale AD.
4. Showcasing the latest research and its importance to industry by working with trade bodies and companies, and providing specialist workshops where specialist can exchange latest research.
5. Mentoring Early career researchers and young professionals through networking events (academic & industrial), secondments and attendance at industry leading conferences..
We have seen papers being published, follow-on grant applications, some industrial activity encouraged by research findings, and new academic and industrial collaboration mixes as stakeholder awareness of the value of these cross-disciplinary partnerships which extends far beyond just 'biogas'.
ADNet's activities will be carried on in two of the second-generation BBSRC NIBBs: the Environmental biotechnology Network (EBNet) hosted by the University of Southampton and the Carbon cycling Network (CCNet) hosted by the University of Nottingham
Exploitation Route 1. Academics are continuing to work with business in order to solve further challenges or to explore other aspects of the work initiated through the Business Interaction Vouchers.
2. The Proof of Concept projects proved to be a very useful way of initiating fundamental research ideas and exploring how these can be taken forward for further funding. This has alreadfy been successful in a number of instances.
3. The AD modelling tool has been downloaded and used by trade bodies, farmers, architects, community groups, consultants, people interested in the technology and others. Life cycle assessment work has been used to inform policy makers, regulators, MPs, Peers and to provide information for publication by both academics and non-academics.
4. In a relatively nascent industry, trade bodies and the industries they represent are increasingly becoming aware of the importance of research, which potentially helps them, for example, to operate more efficiently/effectively.
5. A number of ECRs have gone on to successfully find employment or further research work, not least helped by the fact that they have had opportunities through the AD Network to meet with their peers and industry..
6. In addition to the above, some of the GCRF work indicated that there was interest in a NIBB Network style model to act as a resource and focal point with a wider international remit.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice

URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com
 
Description This is a Research Network to facilitate the development of proof-of-concept ideas by academic Network members through the allocation of small grants. There is a reporting mechanism on the outcome of these grants in the BBSRC Extranet. 2015-Business Interaction Vouchers (BIV) have produced several pieces of work which have had a particularly wide impact. These are small funds (now, up to £10K) where a business can 'hire' an academic to solve a problem. The first of these was a study by Dr David Styles which looked at 'Evaluating cost-effective greenhouse gas abatement by small-scale anaerobic digestion'. The BIV work was included in a book on farm anaerobic digestion by Jon Letcher and was widely used by the Renewable Energy Association and the AD Bioresources Association to inform Government on this sector. This was part of the information which informed Baroness Miller who spoke on behalf of the technology on 3 Mar 16. A second BIV 'Providing a scientific evidence base for public subsidy support of biomethane for transport from waste' was also designed to inform policy makers, regulators and others. A third BIV (late 2014, delivery 2015) created a modelling tool for the UK AD Industry. This has been used widely by farmers, policymakers, students, engineering consultancies and others in order to model the AD process and to compare their real world results with those from the model. 2017 - Further BIV and PoC funding outcomes will be on the extranet. We have provided input to a number of public consultations on relevant subjects ranging from IB policy to EA charging. One area which is difficult to capture here is that we have provided expertise to a number of other projects, e.g. a decision-making tool for the Stepping Up project (a three year EPSRC funded project - see their Stakeholder link on steppingupnexus.org.uk), information on community and technical aspects of AD to the Isabel project. We have also provided research data and contacts from our network to the trade association and answered a number of enquiries from stakeholders in this sphere. 2018-A final Proof of Concept call on 'A scalable fluidized bioelectrochemical reactor for enhanced anaerobic energy recovery' resulted in the research team discovering that they would have to take an alternative approach to the one they had originally intended, and they plan to use these results to facilitate an application for RCUK/regional funding. Four BIV projects were carried out. One on 'Spatial optimisation of farm-scale AD and biorefinery developments in Wales' pulled together a working group from government (including Welsh government, Natural Resrouces Wales and regional planners), industry, trade bodies (ADBA, REA, NFU, CLA) and the farming community to produce a research monograph which will be utilised by these stakeholders to support policy development and coordination of cross-sectoral initiatives. Further BIVs worked with SMEs to help with specific business challenges across several research areas with the common denominator of both providing a foundation for future collaborations and identification of further work/funding to create a pathway to specific commercial solutions. We have advised/supported trade bodies/industry on elements of recent consultations including the Clean Growth Strategy, Clean Air Strategy, as well as promoting the value of AD in the context of DFID activities and funding calls. The Global Challenges Research Fund work from early 2017 was used to help inform a 2018 GCRF funding call. Some of our work was displayed at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Renewable and Sustainable Energy (PRASEG) which we attended with industry and trade body representatives in order to inform government on energy innovation. These and other meetings are detailed in the BBSRC Extranet for this period.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Input to various consultations via ADBA (including industrial strategy, bioeconomy and EA strategic review)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://adbioresources.org/docs/170417_BEIS_Industrial_Strategy_green_paper.pdf
 
Description Policy Summary 2018 - see BBSRC Extranet for details
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description BBSRC Business Interaction Voucher
Amount £200,000 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/L013835/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2014 
End 04/2019
 
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 03/2019 
End 03/2024
 
Description Environmental Biotechnology Network
Amount £1,352,311 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/S009795/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 03/2024
 
Description Global Challenges: Research Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Funding ID BBS/OS/GC/4020014882 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description ISCF Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst Seeding Catalyst Award
Amount £125,000 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/SCA/ADNet/17 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 02/2018
 
Description Proof of Concept Awards
Amount £720,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2014 
End 04/2019
 
Title Anaerobic Digestion Assessment Tool (ADAT) 
Description The Tool calculates potential energy balances and emissions where organic feedstocks are treated through an AD system. The Tool enables the user to get a 'snap shot' view based on a single year. Default data can be used, but the tool has the flexibility to easily change a number of critical parameters, including those associated with the feedstock materials, ambient monthly temperatures, digester design, biogas use and so on. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This was created with funding from an AD Network funded Business Interaction Voucher (BIV2014002). It may have been reported on in previous periods, but further small improvements and updates have been carried out in the period since the award. Although the number of downloads have not been ascertained, the link for the model has been passed to farmers, PhD, Masters and undergrad students, architects and other projects with an interest in AD. 
URL http://www.bioenergy.soton.ac.uk/AD_software_tool.htm
 
Title Tracking Functional Microbiomes of The UKs Anaerobic Digestion Reactors (anaerodynamics.com) 
Description The AD Network has sponsored the website development for the home of the UK Anaerobic Digestion Microbiome Monitoring Project, run by Co-I, Prof Orkun Soyer. The project aims to collect weekly microbiome data for over a year from industrial-scale anaerobic digestion plants across the UK, therefore producing an unprecedented temporal genomic dataset from these reactors, along with detailed metadata on their operational conditions and output. The AD Network signposted many of these industrial plants to this collaborative and unique project. The data collected will be made freely available and will be used to aid our understanding of the science of anaerobic digestion, and of how the highly complex microbial communities inhabiting anaerobic digestion plants affect and are affected by operational conditions. This understanding may help us to better control the process and increase its efficiency. Participants There are currently 10 anaerobic digestion plants across the UK involved in the project. Anaerobic digestion is used for a variety of purposes and in different industries, and we have a cross-section of digesters, from industrial operations digesting large amounts of farm waste or dedicated biofuels to smaller digesters used on farms to degrade waste and produce energy and fertiliser 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Data is still being collected and analysed. 
URL http://anaerodynamics.com/
 
Description ADBA R and D Event 2015 
Organisation Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Southampton will host and provide speakers and guidance to the 2015 ADBA R and D conference to be held 14-15 April 2015. This was carried on throughout 2016 and 2017 and is reported on in the 'events/outreach' section.
Collaborator Contribution ADBA anticipates over 70 members will attend this research dissemination event and will co-ordinate, advertise and run the conference. This has grown to about 90 in recent years. A further result of this partnership is that the AD Network has provided contacts for, and technical expertise on various aspects of R&D to ADBA members and in response to their enquiries.
Impact ADBA is the largest trade body in UK AD and very active in policy, lobbying, trade and regulatory issues. However, in the past it has struggled to put together a high quality program of new research dissemination. It is anticipated that this initial partnership will showcase the newest and most relevant R&D findings from academia to a wide industry audience. The themes in 2015 will be the biorefinery concept and digestate.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Application to Energy Entrepreneurs Fund Round 6 (first round success, final decision not yet notified) 
Organisation LEAP micro AD Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Sheffield is part of this Biomethanisation project, supported by the University of Southampton. The AD Network has been working with LEAP since its inception, and helped to broker this partnership.
Collaborator Contribution LEAP: are community micro-AD experts, having run systems in London for 6+ years and as supporters of the AD Network BIV 2016001. Sativa founded Tiny Leaf, an organic zero waste vegetarian restaurant. Principal has advisory roles in UN World Food Program and SDG2 Advocacy Hub. He leads the Chefs' Manifesto team for Global Sustainability Goals 2030 and is founder of Sativa Vertical Farm Circular Restaurant. Partners will provide on-the-ground AD expertise and sites in London for potential biomethanisation project. University of Sheffield will provide sub-contract biomethanisation expertise, with the support of the University of Southampton.
Impact Currently, the partnership is awaiting the results of the EEF Round 6 which has been delayed and should have been announced by now. Nevertheless, Sativa's zero waste principles mean that they are keen to collaborate in order to fulfil their ambitions to utilise their food waste on site through AD for a number of further uses.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Application to Energy Entrepreneurs Fund Round 6 (first round success, final decision not yet notified) 
Organisation Sativa Holdings Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Sheffield is part of this Biomethanisation project, supported by the University of Southampton. The AD Network has been working with LEAP since its inception, and helped to broker this partnership.
Collaborator Contribution LEAP: are community micro-AD experts, having run systems in London for 6+ years and as supporters of the AD Network BIV 2016001. Sativa founded Tiny Leaf, an organic zero waste vegetarian restaurant. Principal has advisory roles in UN World Food Program and SDG2 Advocacy Hub. He leads the Chefs' Manifesto team for Global Sustainability Goals 2030 and is founder of Sativa Vertical Farm Circular Restaurant. Partners will provide on-the-ground AD expertise and sites in London for potential biomethanisation project. University of Sheffield will provide sub-contract biomethanisation expertise, with the support of the University of Southampton.
Impact Currently, the partnership is awaiting the results of the EEF Round 6 which has been delayed and should have been announced by now. Nevertheless, Sativa's zero waste principles mean that they are keen to collaborate in order to fulfil their ambitions to utilise their food waste on site through AD for a number of further uses.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Application to Energy Entrepreneurs Fund Round 6 (first round success, final decision not yet notified) 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The University of Sheffield is part of this Biomethanisation project, supported by the University of Southampton. The AD Network has been working with LEAP since its inception, and helped to broker this partnership.
Collaborator Contribution LEAP: are community micro-AD experts, having run systems in London for 6+ years and as supporters of the AD Network BIV 2016001. Sativa founded Tiny Leaf, an organic zero waste vegetarian restaurant. Principal has advisory roles in UN World Food Program and SDG2 Advocacy Hub. He leads the Chefs' Manifesto team for Global Sustainability Goals 2030 and is founder of Sativa Vertical Farm Circular Restaurant. Partners will provide on-the-ground AD expertise and sites in London for potential biomethanisation project. University of Sheffield will provide sub-contract biomethanisation expertise, with the support of the University of Southampton.
Impact Currently, the partnership is awaiting the results of the EEF Round 6 which has been delayed and should have been announced by now. Nevertheless, Sativa's zero waste principles mean that they are keen to collaborate in order to fulfil their ambitions to utilise their food waste on site through AD for a number of further uses.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Network in Anaerobic Digestion (NIBB) 
Organisation University of Warwick
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution PI on grant
Collaborator Contribution Co-I on grant
Impact BBSRC NIBB Anaerobic Digestion Network
Start Year 2014
 
Description Whitmuir Community Group AD event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk on AD Net and AD demonstration. Outcome: AD awareness and how academic research influences industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description "Science meets Industry" (University of Warwick) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was an open workshop which successfully gathered AD plant operators, researchers and academics to discuss the latest work in the field. It was an opportunity to reach out and include practitioners in research and resulted in many offers of assistance to obtain samples from active commercial bioreactors for analysis. Dissemination activity to a target industry audience was also achieved.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://anaerobicdigestionnet.com/adind2016.htm
 
Description AD & Biogas News Issue 23 Sep 14 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To promote and advertise the AD Network to a target audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://adbioresources.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/140826adba-40ppa4_v2-FINAL-VERSION.pdf
 
Description AD Bioresources Awards 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Industry Awards ceremony. Angela Bywater as BBSRC NIBB Network Manager received an industry ambassador award. Publicity and recognition for the Network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://adbioresources.org/uk-ad-biogas-2015/industry-awards-2015/winn
 
Description AD Net Funding discussion meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting with representatives from the CPI, 360Eco, Fiberight
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description AD Network 2-day Research Colloquium September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This two day Research Colloquium featured invited speakers from Europe (and prior ADNet award winners) to enable members to access the best current AD research available from top research groups. This will be repeated and improved in 2018 to provide a platform for ADNet outputs and to provide access to top-level international speakers. The audience comprised academia and industry enabling targetted promotion of relevant research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description AD Network Blog Statistics 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is the blog associated with the AD Network and located within its web pages. The page has had more than 2180 views, with 2016 broken down as follows:
Dec 16 - 179 views
Nov 16 - 86 views
Oct 16 - 80 views
Sep 16 - 107 views
Aug 16 - 103 views
Jul 16 - 101 views
Jun 16 - 94 views
May 16 - 120 views
Apr 16 - 127 views
Mar 16 - 70 views
Feb 16 - 97 views
Jan 16 - 83 views
There are currently 99 posts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com/news.htm
 
Description AD Network Blog Statistics 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is the blog associated with the AD Network and located within its web pages. The page has had 1842 views this year (3724 since Aug 15), with 2017 broken down as follows:
Jan 17 - 95 views
Feb 17 - 108 views
Mar 17 - 176 views
Apr 17 - 91 views
May 17 - 101 views
Jun 17 - 205 views
Jul 17 - 207 views
Aug 17 - 195 views
Sep 17 - 199 views
Oct 17 - 152 views
Nov 17 - 169 views
Dec 17 - 154 views. There have been 152 posts published since 5 Jan 15, with 3,695 overall views, of which 1,383 have come from search engines (1,312 from Google), 865 from the website, 57 from Facebook and 32 from Twitter. The most popular topics have concerned ECRs (e.g. "ECRs win at AD Network Event", 210 views), conferences and events (e.g. Biogas Microbiology, Wageningen, 71; Biogas Science, 59; ADNet AD science meets Industry, 41) and funding (e.g. Seeding Catalyst, 47).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com/news
 
Description AD Network ECR Conference 2018 
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 45- 50 participants to the 2-day 2018 ADNet ECR conference. This year with a dedicated ECR "Scientific Committee" to asist with organisation. Two full days of talks and posters with contributions from all participants. See Extranet for more details.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AD Network Funding opportunities - London projects 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting & lab tour at UCL with Community by Design
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description AD Network Newsletters 2014 
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 These are the statistics from the newsletters produced by the AD Network in 2014. Again, they exceed industry average in opens.
DATE - Dec 14 SUBSCRIBERS - 179 OPENS - 36.9%
DATE - Nov 14 SUBSCRIBERS - 171 OPENS - 43.2%
DATE - Oct 14 SUBSCRIBERS - 165 OPENS - 42.6%
DATE - Sep 14 SUBSCRIBERS - 149 OPENS - 41.9%
DATE - Aug 14 SUBSCRIBERS - 124 OPENS - 50.4%
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com/newsletter.htm
 
Description AD Network Newsletters 2015 
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 Summary of newsletters sent by AD Network in 2015. All 'opens' exceed industry average.
DATE - Oct 2015 SUBSCRIBERS - 299 OPENS - 41.4%
DATE - Aug 2015 SUBSCRIBERS - 274 OPENS - 38.7%
DATE - Jun 2015 SUBSCRIBERS - 232 OPENS - 38.9%
DATE - Mar 2015 SUBSCRIBERS - 232 OPENS - 35.8%
DATE - Jan 2015 SUBSCRIBERS - 189 OPENS - 45.7%
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com/newsletter.htm
 
Description AD Network Newsletters 2016 
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 These are statistics on the newsletter reach, all of which significantly exceed 'opens' for this sector:
DATE - Dec 16 SUBSCRIBERS - 454 OPENS - 44.4%
DATE - Oct 16 SUBSCRIBERS - 410 OPENS - 45.7%
DATE - Aug 16 SUBSCRIBERS - 402 OPENS - 35.7%
DATE - Jul 16 SUBSCRIBERS - 391 OPENS - 40.8%
DATE - Jun 16 SUBSCRIBERS - 381 OPENS - 41.2%
DATE - May 16 SUBSCRIBERS - 380 OPENS - 38.7%
DATE - Mar 16 SUBSCRIBERS - 350 OPENS - 37.0%
DATE - Feb 16 SUBSCRIBERS - 341 OPENS - 32.2%
DATE - Jan 16 SUBSCRIBERS - 331 OPENS - 44.7%
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com/newsletter.htm
 
Description AD Network Newsletters 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact DATE: Feb 17 SUBSCRIBERS: 461 OPENS: 38.4% DATE: May 17 SUBSCRIBERS: 506 OPENS: 40.1% DATE: Jun 17 SUBSCRIBERS: 506 OPENS: 36.4% DATE: Jul 17 SUBSCRIBERS: 531 OPENS: 36% DATE: Aug 17 SUBSCRIBERS: 539 OPENS: 38.2% DATE: Oct 17 SUBSCRIBERS: 551 OPENS: 32.3% DATE: Dec 17 SUBSCRIBERS: 551 OPENS: 35% Industry average: 21.9% and list average: 34.3%
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com/newsletter
 
Description AD Network Public Engagement 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Network does a wide variety of outreach and engagement with other projects, people and initiatives in this sphere. Details are on the extranet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description AD Network Website Statistics 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact These are some statistics for the anaerobic digestion network website in 2016:
There were 5617 page views 62.5% were new visitors with the remainder being return visitors
1725 users
2762 sessions
More than 2 minutes average on a page
Users came mostly from the UK, with Russia, the US, Germany, Ireland and miscellaneous others following
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com
 
Description AD Network Website Statistics 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact These are some statistics for the anaerobic digestion network website in 2017:
There were 7171 page views with the largest numbers on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 am and 12
2100 users
3800 sessions
More than 2 minutes average on a page
Users came mostly from the UK (80.4%), with the US (6.6%), Ireland (1.7%), South Korea, Germany and miscellaneous others following
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com
 
Description AD Network Website statistics - 2018 
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 Website statistics 57.5% male, 42.5% female. 41.6% in 25-34 age range and 26.4 in 35-44 age range (70% in total), with remainder 45-54 (14.8%), 18-24 (8.3%), 55-64 (6.7%) and 65+ (2.3%). Bulk of users from UK (55.33%), but France, USA and South Korea account for 26.5% of users, with Ireland, Germany, India, Spain, South Africa and Italy accounting for the remaining top 10 countries. Direct links account for 56.4% of the traffic, with organic searches accounting for 28% of the traffic and referrals 15.5% of the website traffic. The most popular page is the landing page (38.24%), followed by the funding page at 9.97% There were 5698 page views in 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com
 
Description AD Network Workshop on Soil with the REA and British Society of Soil Science (London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Saving our Soils: Understanding and Improving Soil Health Activity
Joint event hosted by the REA and BSSS to examine issues surrounding soil health with invited expert speakers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AD Network talk to JETS research group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk to showcase ADNetwork activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description AD Network/FoodWasteNet event: Animal By Products - Challenges and Opportunities, 7th March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To explore the current state of research and industry needs in the topic of Animal By Products. To network between the two and better understand the opportunities and issues. A site visit to Malaby Biogas plant was included. Presentations ranged across industry, potential funding and academic work in this area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AD Network/FoodWasteNet event: Opportunities for food by-product valorisation, University of Strathclyde 4th September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Specialist workshop held jointly by ADNet, IBioIC and FoodWasteNet. A joint BIV Call proceeded from this event with one awarded.Talks included updates from Zero Waste Scotland, IBIOIC and industry/academic speakers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ibioic.com/news_and_events/events/i356/opportunities_for_food_by_product_valorisation.asp...
 
Description AD Network/SUPERGEN event: Integration of Chemical, Biochemical and Thermal Processes, Birmingham, 6th February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Opportunity to explore the topic and network with top speakers including several professors in a full day of (mainly) academic presentations in a fast-moving area of research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.angiestuff.com/ADNet/supergen.htm
 
Description ADBA 'Ollie's Blog' on R&D event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Promotion of AD Network supported R&D event to a wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://adbioresources.org/news/how-the-rd-forum-will-support-government-and-industry-aims
 
Description ADBA AD Network BDC KTN : Research & Innovation Conference (previously R&D) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This annual 2-day event is organised by the Trade Association and attended by AD Network Members, Biorenewables Development Centre academics, ADBA Industry members and other academics to showcase and discuss the latest developments in AD. It attracts a diverse audience and is supported by the AD Network. Held at Southampton University 2015 and University of York 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description ADBA National Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is an annual conference run by the main Trade Association for the AD Industry with whom we are currently attempting to coordinate our Annual Academic Event in July. Outcome: Networking and Promotion. New Industry members and promotion of the BIV scheme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description ADBA National Conference (London)- 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The AD Network was represented at the ADBA conference in London by the Network manager, Angie Bywater. This event is characterized by a strong input from government and regulatory figures and is therefore an opportunity to engage with potential new members from the policy arena. Participation in discussions and outreach occurred.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://adbioresources.org/adba-national-conference-2016
 
Description ADBA Ollie's Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Regularly promote Network activity and interactions through the blog with numerous tweets as further impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description ADBA Policy & Events visit to AD Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lab Tour and AD Network funding opportunity discussion with representatives from ADBA. Event planning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description ADBA R&I Forum (York) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This is the annual Research and Innovation forum for the UK Trade Association, ADBA. By co-sponsoring and presenting at this event it was possible to both disseminate information to an industrial biotechnology audience, promote the Network and its activities and make valuable contacts with leading Industry practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://anaerobicdigestionnet.com/rd2016%20gallery.htm
 
Description ADBA R&I Hub (NEC, Birmingham) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Participation in the ADBA R&I Hub permits access to the annual ADBA conference and engagement with wider industry and the public. This is a large event which attracts a diverse range of attendees from across the UK who would otherwise not normally come into contact with the academic base. This is a way to extend the AD Network to include wider industry participation and awareness and to remain current with immediate industry challenges and concerns.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://anaerobicdigestionnet.com/adba2016.htm
 
Description ADBA Trade Show July 2017 
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 As previously this is a large annual Trade Show run by ADBA at the NEC, Birmingham.ADNet. Activies included an ADNet attended stall for inquiries and promotional/outreach activity. A ADNet chaired a Research Hub with speakers throughout the day and additional poster area. Awards dinner where the PI, Prof Charles Banks was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award for his services to AD (Other AD network-funded members also up for awards).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017
URL http://adbioresources.org/biogastradeshow/
 
Description ADBA Trade Show media interaction 
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 Online TV Interview of interest to the topic of biogas. A look at the link should state the number of views -currenly over 500.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.biogaschannel.com/en/video/associations/15/anaerobic-digestion-network-meeting-point-betw...
 
Description ADNet Research Colloquium 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 Gather academic experts in field together to share knowledge with general membership over 3 days with top talks by invited International experts. Consisted of poster sessions (post-grad+) including generous prize sponsorship for top poster. Flash presentations for Academic members and Invited talks on the topic of "Beyond Biogas".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Abbots Ann Green Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact AD Talk & demonstration as part of larger green agenda. Outcome: Potential for BIV and Community funding bid with AD Net facilitation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description AnMBR Cleaning workshop - Jun 16 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Additional dissemination of workshop on in situ cleaning of membranes in AnMBR on 20 June 2016 in Southampton, supported by BBSRC's ADNet. Guest speaker Prof Jaeho Bae from Inha University, Korea. Presentations from Dr Alba Serna Maza and Pakpong Sriprasert (AmbiGAS) and Dr Craig Dolder (BIOWAMET). A post about the workshop on University of Southampton Environment Lab Facebook site was viewed by over 700 people. See post 63 on 28/06/2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.facebook.com/environmental.lab.university.of.southampton/
 
Description BBC Countryfile Roadshow Outreach (Oxford) - 2016 and 2017 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The AD Network sponsored bioenergy outreach stall participated at the Countryfile Live event. The mobile PV-powered anaerobic digester attracted great interest This was a fun public event co-hosted by the BBC Countryfile TV show and the National Trust at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. It primarily attracted the general public - particularly families - and enabled a great deal of exposure for the Network. 2017 saw the addition of a biogas Rubens Tube and a wider range of products into the digester and from the digester.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://countryfilelive.com/
 
Description BBC Solent Radio interview on dog do gas lamp 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Discussion of how dog faeces could be beneficially used in AD and how the K9 AD Gas Lamp system might effect behavioral change.
Much interest shown towards the featured technology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBSRC Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Excellent opportunity to bring together a wide range of academics with industry collaborators with interests in anaerobic technology

Useful in identifying areas of interest around which focus groups have developed in the NIBB ADNet. This has stimulated much wide interdisciplinary participation with a strong interaction between engineering and biological sciences
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/industrial-biotechnology/2013/131209-n-1st-international-bioenergy-confe...
 
Description Blog Posts - 2018 
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 We produced 29 blog posts over the year, with an average viewing of 137 views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Bubbles, Biofilms and Boundary Layers - 13 Mar 17 - talk (University of Southampton) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event featured a talk by a guest speaker from Oxford University - Dr Mike Mason - on ideas in relation to the biodegradation of solid substrates, ruminant digestion and how all of this might be applicable to AD. Largely attended by local academics this meeting was open to the wider membership. The intention was to inspire new ways of thinking about AD in the context of ruminant strategies and localised biofilm constraints on the microbial community. Discussion was provoked on the topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.facebook.com/environmental.lab.university.of.southampton/photos/pcb.642335189260942/6423...
 
Description Buro Happold AD Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact To disseminate information on AD and the Network and resourced provided by the Network to a large international engineering consultancy. Outcome: Promotion of the technology, the Network and useful BIV deliverables to a group of consulting engineers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Business Futures Forum - Renewable Energy Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The event included a talk by Michael Chesshire, who is part of the Management Board of the AD Network, as well as an AD demonstration by Network Manager, Angie Bywater.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.caplor.co.uk/caplor-news/business_futures_forum_july_2015/
 
Description C1Net / ADNet post June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Post on University of Southampton Environmental Laboratory Facebook page on 19 Jun 2018 reporting on ADNet support for participation in joint C1Net meeting in China. Viewed by over 180 people to date, 15 Likes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/environmental.lab.university.of.southampton/posts/948116342016157
 
Description CCNet ADNet Beijing Workshop - IBCat H2AD June 2018 
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 3-5 June 2018 Joint C1Net - ADNet Carbon recycling workshop in Beijing. Session on biomethanisation with presentations by James Chong (York), Yue Zhang (Southampton), Mark Walker (Sheffield) on IBCat H2AD (EP/M028208/1) and related biomethanisation research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://c1net.co.uk/event/china-workshop/
 
Description CDT-SIS (Center for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems) -AD/Wastewater 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk on AD Network Aims, events, funding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description CPI Principal AD Scientist Visit 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact CPI Principal Scientist visit plus industry representatives. Meeting, AD Plant visit & Dinner. Discussion of future possible collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Creed Park AD plant biomethanisation post 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Post on University of Southampton Environment Lab Facebook site describing start of collaboration with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and potential for biomethanisation case study. Viewed by over 230 people including local and regional government. See post 83 on 06/12/2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.facebook.com/pg/environmental.lab.university.of.southampton/posts/?ref=page_internal
 
Description ERA-Net 10 Year Anniversary Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk led to discussions of role of funding and possible future options for organisation and management, as well as topic-specific research discussions

Too early to tell as activity completed this week
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.eranetbioenergy.net/website/exec/front?id=15241-6e65742e6572616e65742e4e657773
 
Description EU-China Workshop presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presentation led to scientific discussion

It was decided to put forward proposals for formation of a continuing partnership between the main participants
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://sese.sjtu.edu.cn/upload_image/files/Workshop%20Brochure%208-9%20Nov%202014%20Shanghai.pdf
 
Description Early Career Researcher Event 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 50 Early Career Researchers from 17 Institutions attended this 2-day conference led by the AD Network to promote the best new cutting-edge research from across the UK. each participant provided a presentation or poster of their work, networked, attended a site visit to a Commercial Site (thanks to Thames Water) and had the opportunity to attend the largest trade Show in AD over the subsequent 2 -days. This event was useful for training, dissemination, networking and career development for all attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Early Career Researcher conference (University of Birmingham) - 2016 
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 This is the annual AD Network ECR conference gathering 40-50 ECRS to share and discuss current research in the field of AD. As PI, Prof Banks opened the event with a talk, judged the posters/presentations and closed proceedings on the second day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://anaerobicdigestionnet.com/ecr%20jul%2016.htm
 
Description Early Career Researcher conference (University of Birmingham) - 2017 
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 Chance for ECR's to network and to talk about their work in oral and poster presentations. Context-setting industry talk by Dr Les Gornall, Capital Projen. First year trial of scientific committee composed of ECRs. Agenda had addition of a workshop session from Stepping Up project which was mirrored at the R&I conference to see synergies between industry R&I interests and ECR R&I interests.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com
 
Description Energy Catalyst meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting with Energy Catalyst representative with a view to Network bids.
Engagement with AD Network members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Energy Conversations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Networking and talk on AD and energy. Awareness raising of Networks and, potentially, new members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Energy Now Show 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Key meetings on AD Network with attendees. Farmgas Power, EBRI, Edina, Viessmann, Severn Wye Energy Agency, PlanET Biogas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Facebook post 18 Soton Env Lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Post on University of Southampton Environmental Lab Facebook page about Permastore BIV project sponsored by BBSRC ADNet
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.facebook.com/environmental.lab.university.of.southampton
 
Description Facebook post 37 Soton Env Lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Post on University of Southampton Environmental Lab Facebook page about anaerobic membrane bioreactors mentions BESTF2 BIOWATMET and ADnet
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.facebook.com/environmental.lab.university.of.southampton
 
Description Facebook post 39 Soton Env Lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Post on University of Southampton Environmental Lab Facebook page about presentations at 14th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion, supported by ADNet
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.facebook.com/environmental.lab.university.of.southampton
 
Description Facebook post 42 Soton Env Lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Post on University of Southampton Environmental Lab Facebook page mentioning ADNet Early Career Researcher meeting plans and activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.facebook.com/environmental.lab.university.of.southampton
 
Description Facebook post 45 Soton Env Lab 
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 Post on University of Southampton Environmental Lab Facebook page about update of Anaerobic Digestion Assessment Tool, supported by ADNet Business Interaction Voucher with IEA Task 37 UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.facebook.com/environmental.lab.university.of.southampton
 
Description Facebook post 46 Soton Env Lab 
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 Post on University of Southampton Environmental Lab Facebook page about Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor workshop supported by ADNet
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.facebook.com/environmental.lab.university.of.southampton
 
Description Facebook post 48 Soton Env Lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Post on University of Southampton Environmental Lab Facebook page about anaerobic fermentations for VFA production mentioning ADNet proof of concept research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.facebook.com/environmental.lab.university.of.southampton
 
Description Facebook post 51 Soton Env Lab 
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 Posting on Facebook page of University of Southampton Environmental Laboratories about visit to Korea for exchange of information on anaerobic membrane bioreactor systems, linked to ERA-Net AmbiGAS project and supported by ADNet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.facebook.com/environmental.lab.university.of.southampton
 
Description Farmer/Academic Liaison 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion with farmer & academic re possible BIV on soil fertility through long-term digestate use
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description First Assessment Panel Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact The Management and Executive Board were invited to convene to rank and fund the top bids from our first funding call. Recommendations for funding and feedback to all applicants were agreed. This was minuted and disseminated to the whole Board.

Bids were passed to BBSRC for approval and awarded.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Funding meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Info provided on BIV and IB Catalyst to members by NM. Possible bid pending.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description GCRF Facebook post - Feb 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Post on University of Southampton Environmental Laboratories Facebook page on GCRF workshops in Nairobi, Johannesburg and Stellenbosch. Viewed by over 300 people from a wide range of countries, 15 Likes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.facebook.com/environmental.lab.university.of.southampton/posts/702465863247874
 
Description GCRF workshops - ADnet website 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Posting on ADnet website under Events section with dedicated listing reporting on the GCRF workshops led by Prof Charles Banks in Nairobi, Johannesburg and Stellenbosch.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com
 
Description Global Challenges Research Fund - Nairobi Workshop (Kenya) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact These workshops were designed to develop an understanding of how research in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy can contribute to the goals of the UK's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). They brought together invited experts from a range of University departments, research institutes, non-governmental organisations and specialist businesses from Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The discussions were focused around 6 main themes:- Novel non-food-competitive feedstocks for Advanced Anaerobic Digestion (AAD)- Potential for and benefits of energy production from wastewater- AAD from agro-industry, commercial and municipal wastes- Anaerobic biorefineries for new products- Integration of anaerobic digestion with other renewable energy technologies- Resource recovery and the circular economyThe goal was to identify priority areas where research is needed to make advanced AD technology, its biomass substrates, and its product outputs (fuel, power, added value chemicals and nutrients) work best for sub-Saharan Africa; and to look for linkages and synergies between the UK and African partners in IBBE research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://anaerobicdigestionnet.com/gcrfnairobi.htm
 
Description Global Challenges Research Fund: Johannesburg Workshop & Stellenbosch Meeting (South Africa) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact These workshops were designed to develop an understanding of how research in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy can contribute to the goals of the UK's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). They brought together invited experts from a range of University departments, research institutes, non-governmental organisations and specialist businesses from Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The goal was to identify priority areas where research is needed to make advanced AD technology, its biomass substrates, and its product outputs (fuel, power, added value chemicals and nutrients) work best for sub-Saharan Africa; and to look for linkages and synergies between the UK and African partners in IBBE research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://anaerobicdigestionnet.com/gcrfjoburg.htm
 
Description IB Showcase, QE II, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Showcase the BBSRC NIBBs to an Industry audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description IBCat H2AD - ADNet ECR presentations July 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact ADNet ECR conference 16-17 July 2018 Platform presentations on research carried out for on IBCat H2AD project (EP/M028208/1) by Dr Bing Tao (Southampton), Dr Thomas Smith (Southampton) and Dr Anna Alessi (York). Anna Alessi won the prize for her presentation on 'Dissecting biomethane production in biomethanisation reactors through DNA sequencing'. Approx 50 attendees plus industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com
 
Description IBCat H2AD Poster presentation Vienna workshop 2016 
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 Poster presentation on evaluation of membranes for mass transfer of H2 into anaerobic digesters for biomethanisation at the 2-day workshop on ABE production and CO2/H2 fermentation in Vienna 10-11 Nov 2016. Abstracts available from workshop website. This was a joint presentation between IBCat H2AD (EP/M028208/1) and the BBSRC ADnet-funded project on 'Effective mass transfer of hydrogen into digester mixed liquor for biomethanisation of biogas CO2' (POC2014011).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://clostridia.boku.ac.at/wordpress/
 
Description Industry/Academic workshop/think tank (Oxford) -Sep 16 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This meeting in Oxford was AD Network funded as an Industry Academic workshop/think tank. Outcomes included a second (Newcastle) workshop for detailed planning and also agreed was an outreach dissemination event as part of the Industry driven ADBA /ADNet research forum (to take place in March 2017).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Innovation for Agriculture, Aspatria Event (Cumbria) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This small event involved up to 20 attendees to discuss AD in a farming context and a talk on this subject was given by the AD Network Manager, Angie Bywater. This reached out to potential members - particularly from the North West - and included academic and industry input with an optional site visit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://anaerobicdigestionnet.com/ifa2016.htm
 
Description International Energy Agency Task 37 (Biogas) meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Speaking at industry meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Joint ADNet/REA Workshop "Optimising Existing AD Assets" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To look at opportunities for AD assets, including getting the most out of feedstocks, improving process performance, sound commercial management and ideas beyond biogas production. Identification of areas of innovation interest from industry practitioners. Outreach and knowledge exchange. New members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Joint NIBB Careers Fayre University of Sheffield - 12th April 2017 
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 This joint event was organised by CBMNet and supported by other NIBBs including ADNet. Open to ECRs from across the networks this was a large careers event with input from multiple employers via presentations and stands. Of great value to the attendees in highlighting the routes and opportunities for IB work in Industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://cbmnetnibb.group.shef.ac.uk/events/nibb-industrial-biotechnology-and-bioenergy-careers-fair/
 
Description LinkedIn - 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Linkedin: 16 posts/articles. 1131 views, 21 likes of post - maximising opportunities for AD assets; research colloquium 1139 views and 22 likes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.linkedin.com/in/anaerobicdigestion/detail/recent-activity/shares/
 
Description Management Board Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact This first meeting formalized the structure of the Management board and set the agenda and aims of the network for the first call to award funding and proposed network activities.
This will be a recurring event as the network progresses.

The process for awarding POC and BIV awards was agreed. The program of events for the future was discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Meeting with KTN and ADBA representatives in Swindon by Network Manager 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Interaction to promote the interests and needs of the AD community to the KTN re : funding and support.

A greater understanding of the needs of the industry in the UK was reached.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Microbial Electrochemical Fuel Cell Workshop (Newcastle) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event featured talks by Dr Albert Guisasola - AU Barcelona and several UK academics as well as a site visit to a MEC pilot plant at Chester-le-Street water treatment works. The purpose was to bring together the leading researchers in MEC to discuss and disseminate research to the AD Network membership and to assist with the formulation of high-quality bids to our next POC funding Call in this topic area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://anaerobicdigestionnet.com/mec2016.htm
 
Description NEXTGEN Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Network Manager on AD and the AD Network at NEXTGEN. Promotion of Network leading to increased membership and a higher profile among target audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Network media interactions -various 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Various magazine articles for ADBA magazine -see Extranet for details
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Newsletter 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Newsletters to membership - of which 4 were done where data could be captured: average opens 33.9% against industry average of 21.8%. Average click 13.7% against industry average of 9.6%
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com
 
Description Novel Feedstocks and Conditioning Technologies, Lincoln 06 Apr 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event examined a number of uses of novel feedstocks for AD and products. More councils were interested in the 'road verge' harvesting project, as well as community groups, and EA implications with 'waste' and 'non-waste' of road verges has been discussed and explored further since then. On encouragement from AD Network, who provided help, advice, promotion and contacts for this project, it was put forward and won the ADBA 'Best Research Project' award for 2017 at their trade show awards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com
 
Description Open Day Outreach (University of Southampton) - 2016 and 2017 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was an outreach stall run by the AD Network manager, Angie Bywater at Southampton University open days. The trailer features hands-on experiences, a "baby" digester, a biogas Rubens Tube, food grown on AD products, popcorn cooked on biogas, games on VFAs, pH, rubbish and more. This is intended to act as outreach to the public and potential students from across the UK. This was well attended and introduced the concept of AD, the Network and the Circular Bioeconomy to the general public
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.southampton.ac.uk/about/visit/open-days/plan-your-open-day.page
 
Description Outreach 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk and AD Demonstration for Dolen Ffermio (Joint Farming) at LLanfyllin School for students and locally interested adults.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Outreach -various 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact See Extranet for details of numerous Outreach activities including repeat roadshow participation at BBC Countryfile live (with outreach trailer) and various University outreach events
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Parliament and Policy engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact See Extranet for details of:
Policy and Engagement in Research Unit Showcase
DFID visit
Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group ENERGY INNOVATION EXHIBITION
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation in Micro-Biogas in Western Europe: the technology, its role and applications 
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 Three day workshop with more than 40 participants and subject experts from Canada, UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. Two micro-AD systems were demonstrated: a DIY system and solar PV/AD system. Detailed research and practical findings were disseminated and participants could bring potential projects on the third day for consideration by design groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Portsmouth speaking event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar series. One hour talk by Network manager on Network and subject of AD.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.port.ac.uk/university-of-portsmouth-environment-network/dynamic-planet/
 
Description RWM (Resource and Waste Management) Conference by Network Manager 
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 Promoting the Network to a large audience of interested parties. Increasing membership.

New members, public involvement and education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Renewables Centre Funding Exploration Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting to explore funding options for a renewables centre with an agricultural emphasis. Co-ordinated with WRAP, RASE and Greenwatt. Step closer to the funding of a new renewables centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Royal Society of Chemistry meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attendance for purpose of arranging a future combined event on a similar theme between IBTI and 4 NIBBs. Outcome: Teleconference with a view to co-organising a cross-network event on Value-added products.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Rural Hybrid Energy Enterprise Systems Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ADNet work programme dissemination. New potential members; more participants for 'Societal Challenges' workshop. Several AD challenges identified and put into an 'Action Learning Group' style workshop to be followed up electronically.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description SMEs and Clean Energy for Emerging Markets - Public engagement via Network Manager 
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 Leaflets handed out. Networking. New members.

New members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Scottish stakeholder meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting and Presentation at Napier University. Attended by: SEPA, Zero Waste Scotland, Clearfleau, REA, Qube Renewables and others. Participation of Edinburgh & Napier Universities in R&D conference and potential meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Second Call Panel Meeting 16th April 2015 Coventry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was to assess and select Proof of Concept bids for funding in the second round and attended by representatives from the Management Board. All 22 bids had sufficient reviews to be assessed by the panel. The meeting was quorate.
A variety of bids were chosen to be funded, potentially part-funded in association with a sister network, or funded upon satisfactory further review/clarification.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Second Management Board meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This second management Board meeting was held to assess and direct the activities of the Network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Seed Catalyst pilot plant June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Video clip of Seed Catalyst biomethanisation pilot plant posted on University of Southampton Environmental Laboratory Facebook page on 25 June 2018; supported by ADNet and IBCat H2AD project (EP/M028208/1). Viewed by over 160 people to date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/environmental.lab.university.of.southampton/videos/954587964702328
 
Description Small Farm Anaerobic Digestion Workshop, AFBI Hillsborough (Northern Ireland) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This popular event brought together a wide range of the AD Network membership on the topic of small scale AD. It attracted particular interest from a number of on-farm AD practitioners as well as showcasing the best research in this topic from AFBINI as well as a number of other UK universities. The day included a site visit to a working plant. There was a great deal of informed discussion and networking between attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://anaerobicdigestionnet.com/afbi2016.htm
 
Description Stall and multiple presentations at the ADBA R&D Annual conference - our launch event regarding membership and outreach 
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 This launched the network to the public and a large proportion of the industrially active interested parties in the UK and abroad.
This resulted in many new members, communication of the networks existence and available funds. Also, participation by academic members at multiple talks at the R&D hub or specialist speaker sessions + networking among the big players in the industry.

New members. Publicity. Networking
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Third Assessment Panel meeting (Birmingham) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Management and Executive Board were invited to convene to rank and fund the top bids from our third funding call. Recommendations for funding and feedback to all applicants were agreed. This was minuted and disseminated to the whole Board.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Twitter 2018 
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 Twitter engagement to advertise network achievements, events and news. Number of tweets: 101. Average impressions 5270. Profile visits 2146. Mentions: 97. New followers: 89. Top Tweet was advertising the research colloquium in Nov 18, earning 2291 impressions. Top mention was from Cllr Charan Sekhon about our stand at ADBA 2018. Top media tweet was regarding the poster session at the ECR conference. 682 followers all together
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.twitter.com/AD_NIBB
 
Description Twitter Statistics - AD Network - 2016 
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 Followers grow from 235-370
On 24 lists
Growing a small network of dedicated followers who will re-tweet events, etc., including the other NIBBS who also have reach.
DATE - DEC 16 TWEETS - 7 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 3459 PROFILE VISITS - 119 NEW FOLLOWERS - 7
DATE - NOV 16 TWEETS - 11 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 5717 PROFILE VISITS - 126 NEW FOLLOWERS - 11
DATE - OCT 16 TWEETS - 8 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 5349 PROFILE VISITS - 172 NEW FOLLOWERS - 8
DATE - SEP 16 TWEETS - 3 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 5149 PROFILE VISITS - 294 NEW FOLLOWERS - 7
DATE - AUG 16 TWEETS - 4 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 1783 PROFILE VISITS - 185 NEW FOLLOWERS - 9
DATE - JUL 16 TWEETS - 24 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 11.4K PROFILE VISITS - 718 NEW FOLLOWERS - 12
DATE - JUN 16 TWEETS - 8 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 3469 PROFILE VISITS - 184 NEW FOLLOWERS - 0
DATE - MAY 16 TWEETS - 14 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 6398 PROFILE VISITS - 210 NEW FOLLOWERS - 0
DATE - APR 16 TWEETS - 25 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 7842 PROFILE VISITS - 291 NEW FOLLOWERS - 0
DATE - MAR 16 TWEETS - 7 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 4626 PROFILE VISITS - 265 NEW FOLLOWERS - 0
DATE - FEB 16 TWEETS - 15 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 3854 PROFILE VISITS - 79 NEW FOLLOWERS - 0
DATE - JAN 16 TWEETS - 36 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 7359 PROFILE VISITS - 253 NEW FOLLOWERS - 2
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://twitter.com/ad_nibb
 
Description Twitter Statistics - AD Network - 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Followers grow from 370-577
On 24 lists
Growing a small network of dedicated followers who will re-tweet events, etc., including the other NIBBS who also have reach.
DATE - Jan 17 TWEETS - 4 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 3892 PROFILE VISITS - 130 NEW FOLLOWERS - 8.
DATE - Feb 17 TWEETS - 10 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 6600 PROFILE VISITS - 169 NEW FOLLOWERS - 11.
DATE - Mar 17 TWEETS - 15 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 10.5K PROFILE VISITS - 359 NEW FOLLOWERS - 12.
DATE - Apr 17 TWEETS - 15 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 14.9K PROFILE VISITS - 246 NEW FOLLOWERS - 19.
DATE - May 17 TWEETS - 6 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 5509 PROFILE VISITS - 139 NEW FOLLOWERS - 10.
DATE - Jun 17 TWEETS - 10 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 3401 PROFILE VISITS - 131 NEW FOLLOWERS - 6.
DATE - Jul 17 TWEETS - 14 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 6784 PROFILE VISITS - 287 NEW FOLLOWERS - 17.
DATE - Aug 17 TWEETS - 15 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 5864 PROFILE VISITS - 161 NEW FOLLOWERS - 5.
DATE - Sep 17 TWEETS - 16 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 6239 PROFILE VISITS - 377 NEW FOLLOWERS - 12.
DATE - Oct 17 TWEETS - 3 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 2182 PROFILE VISITS - 148 NEW FOLLOWERS - 14.
DATE - Nov 17 TWEETS - 9 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 3111 PROFILE VISITS - 203 NEW FOLLOWERS - 10.
DATE - Dec 17 TWEETS - 12 TWEET IMPRESSIONS - 9630 PROFILE VISITS - 200 NEW FOLLOWERS - 1Male/Female split 58%/42%
Country profile UK: 67%
Europe: 13%
US: 4%
India: 2%
Rest of world: 14%
The most popular Tweets in the past year in terms of Impression/Engagement have been on events e.g. Yue Zhang Trace Elements, ADBA R&I: 2342/27; Novel Feedstocks - Road verges: 1998/34, John Corton, upland biomass: 1453/29; Research Colloquium: 941/16; Prof Ian Boyd on food waste at the ADBA National Conference: 863/17, as well as ECRs e.g. ADNet ECR Poster judging: 863/18. 66% of followers are in the age range 24-34 which is 43% more than the average Twitter user, with 14% in the age range 35-44, 6% more than the average Twitter user.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://twitter.com/AD_NIBB
 
Description Value Chain of Waste and Bio-resources as Feedstocks (Manchester) -2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was an IBTI event co-sponsored by the BBSRC NIBBS which attracted a diverse audience with overlapping interests in the value chain. This was an opportunity to "stir the pond" and connect people with similar issues who might not have met before in a wider context.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.anaerobicdigestionnet.com/index_htm_files/IBTI%20Programme%20v1%20160531.pdf
 
Description Welsh AD Intervention Strategy Group - Meeting 26 Sep 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose of the meeting was to explore the lack of uptake of Anaerobic Digestion and associated processes within Wales. Attendees represented Biogas Action (European project), Severn Wye Energy Agency, Welsh Government, equipment suppliers, Farmers Union Wales, ADBA, Natural Resources Wales and Country Landowners Association. One of the outcomes was the identification of a research need to identify the spatial distribuition of farm organic waste arisings in Wales to analyse the potential AD and IB opportunities associated with such materials. This information will be used to inform planners, to help formulate policy which can maximise impact in terms of GHG minimisation and support of local business through the production of relevant products locally. The group applied for a BIV which was successful and will be undertaken by Prof Peter Midmore from Aberystwyth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop: Anaerobic Membrane bioreactors for Waste Water Treatment and Energy Recovery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To present the latest work in AnMBR to membership and promote discussion and networking. Top National and International speakers were present with a focused and well-received workshop followed by open discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Workshop: Cleaning anaerobic membrane bioreactors (University of Southampton) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a smaller specialist workshop looking at a very specific issue. The University of Southampton was fortunate to have available a world-leading expert on this topic - Prof Jaeho Bae - Korea. The workshop featured presentations and discussion on this subject and was largely attended by a regional audience but also attracted some industry/academic interest from the wider AD Network membership. Attendees were privy to an in depth and broad ranging technical overview of the state of the art in this topic area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://anaerobicdigestionnet.com/memclean%2016.htm