Optimising energy output and biorefining

Lead Research Organisation: Aberystwyth University
Department Name: IBERS

Abstract

The aim of the project is to characterise Miscanthus and other energy grasses for processability, digestibility, fermentability and potential for recovery of high value co-products. An important aspect of the studies will be the harvesting and stabilisation of biomass. Stabilised biomass will be screened for saccharification potential prior to fermentation to biofuels and platform chemicals. A mapping family will be identified and used to map QTL for biorefining traits. We will investigate the practicality of harvesting Miscanthus biannually, assess the fermentability of green material, and identify co-products with commercial potential while observing the effects on yield and long-term sustainability. Work on the biotransformation of feedstocks will provide a more coherent picture of how grass composition and morphology affect digestion and fermentation. An alternative strategy to the exploitation of natural variation is to transgenically manipulate grasses to facilitate downstream processing. To do this we will exploit post harvest/ senescence promoters and cellular targeting sequences to express genes with industrial biotechnology potential. We will also develop a toolkit involving the synthesis of enzyme substrates linked with chromophores for the rapid screening of cell-wall degrading enzymes in diverse germplasm and manipulated plants. To maximise the commercial value of energy grasses, high value compounds will be identified (e.g. using LC-ESI-MS/MS and 2D NMR) with potential applications in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, agricultural, food and non-food industries.

Publications

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Bhatia R (2017) Genetic engineering of grass cell wall polysaccharides for biorefining. in Plant biotechnology journal

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Donnison IS (2016) Diversification and use of bioenergy to maintain future grasslands. in Food and energy security

 
Description 1) Several Miscanthus genotypes have been identified that release high concentrations of sugar following saccharification and could be used to improve the efficiency of biorefining.
2) Earlier green harvested biomass releases more sugar and produces more ethanol than conventionally harvested material and the impact on future yields and sustainability have been tested. Overall annual yield and subsequent seasons growth can be highly impacted but there is genetic variation for the response to green harvesting. A patent has been submitted on grass biorefining to produce a readily available supply of fermentable sugars.
3) To add value to Miscanthus biomass, a number of potentially high value natural product chemicals have been identified with predicted anti-oxidant, antimicrobial or proteinase inhibitor activities.
4) Differences in linkage disequilibrium between groups of plants selected for the same trait demonstrates the complex nature of the water-soluble carbohydrate phenotype in perennial grasses. Despite this complexity chromosome 3 in Lolium perenne has been shown to play a major role in the control of the high sugar phenotype with implications for improving the utilisation of grasses as feedstocks for biorefining.
5) Development and publication of an integrated approach to the utilisation of biomass from conservation management with the generation of solid fuel and biogas.
6) Demonstration of the co-production of ethanol and squalene using a Saccharomyces cerevisiae ERG1 (squalene epoxidase) mutant using a high sugar perennial ryegrass feedstock.
Exploitation Route Industrial biotechnology research is being translated through projects such as the BBSRC NIBBs, the BEACON Biorefining Centre, and the EIT Climate KIC. In these projects researchers are working on collaborative projects with industry. Pilot facilities to use conservation derived waste biomass have been developed at Aberystwyth and with industry and are being tested to deliver greater biodiversity and bioremediation of contaminated water as a result of historical metal mining.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Construction,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

 
Description Industrial biotechnology research is being translated through projects such as the BBSRC NIBBs, the BEACON Biorefining Centre, and the EIT Climate KIC. In these projects researchers are working on collaborative projects with industry. Pilot facilities to use conservation derived waste biomass have been developed at Aberystwyth and with industry and are being tested to deliver greater biodiversity and bioremediation of contaminated water as a result of historical metal mining. The utilisation of conservation biomass has been demonstrated at pilot scale in Scotland with AMW Arboreal Ltd following wetland management for RSPB as part of the DECC wetlands competition with IBERS as the academic partner facilitating technology transfer.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description Participation in BEIS consultation on the Bioeconomy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description A Network of Integrated Technologies: Plants to Products
Amount £639,819 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/L013819/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2014 
End 02/2019
 
Description Academia for Business (A4B)-STARS
Amount £800,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Wales 
Department Welsh European Funding Office
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2013 
End 12/2014
 
Description Accelerating Synthetic Biology Approaches to Renewable Chemicals and Fuels
Amount £51,020 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/M027740/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2019
 
Description BEACON + Biorefining Center
Amount £8,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission 
Department European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 07/2015 
End 12/2019
 
Description BEACON+ Biorefining Centre
Amount £8,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission 
Department European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 07/2015 
End 12/2019
 
Description Bioenergy production from wetland biomass
Amount £43,165 (GBP)
Organisation Department of Energy and Climate Change 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2013 
End 03/2015
 
Description Bioreactor system for Industrial Biotechnology process development
Amount £389,401 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/R000700/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 08/2020
 
Description ERA-Net - Oxypol
Amount £400,000 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/M025764/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2015 
End 04/2018
 
Description EU Climate-KIC Admit Biosuccinovate
Amount £2,300,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) 
Sector Public
Country Hungary
Start 01/2014 
End 03/2017
 
Description HiPlexson Advanced separation technologies to integrate industries
Amount £255,935 (GBP)
Organisation Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Horizon 2020 BBI; Growing advanced industrial crops on marginal lands for biorefineries (GRACE)
Amount € 15,000,851 (EUR)
Funding ID 745012 
Organisation European Union 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 06/2017 
End 05/2022
 
Description Interreg NWE; REgional Development and Integration of unused biomass wastes as REsources for Circular products and economic Transformation (RE-DIRECT)
Amount € 227,472 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2019
 
Description MacroBioCrude: Developing an Integrated Supply and Processing Pipeline for the Sustained Production of Ensiled Macroalgae-derived Hydrocarbon Fuels
Amount £162,543 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K01479X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2013 
End 09/2018
 
Description Separation and purification of organic condensate output streams from superheated steam torrefaction of forestry and agricultural residues
Amount £19,902 (GBP)
Funding ID BB1150A-BIV-T 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 09/2018
 
Description TRansnational Industial Biotechnology: UTilization of Extremophiles through academic-industry Partnership (TRIBUTE)
Amount £30,082 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/L027097/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2014 
End 05/2017
 
Description Technology Strategy Board - Chitin and lactic acid production crab shell waste
Amount £160,000 (GBP)
Funding ID TS/L006790/1 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2014 
End 12/2014
 
Description [16- FAPESP-BE] An integrated approach to explore a novel paradigm for biofuel production from lignocellulosic feedstocks
Amount £1,491,030 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/P017460/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2017 
End 04/2021
 
Description BioPilots UK - The Alliance of Open Access Biorefining Centres 
Organisation Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution BioPilotsUK is a collaboration created by four established biorefining open-access centres who recognise the importance of partnerships to develop UK bio-based value chains. BioPilots helps to de-risk the commercialisation of bio-based products and processes by trialling new technologies to ensure partners are investing in the right technologies for their business. BioPilotsUK combines the UK's leading expertise and facilities to help businesses develop and scale-up new sustainable processes to commercialise products from biomass, including: plants, algae, by-products and wastes. Due to the varied nature of the raw materials, or feedstocks, there is no one size fits all approach, rather a series of technologies that must be trialled and combined to maximise the opportunity. Together, the BioPilotsUK centres offers the key components required to accelerate and de-risk bio-based projects, through access to: 1) highly-qualified specialists in genetic analysis, industrial biotechnology, green chemistry and chemical engineering; 2) a broad range of discovery to demonstration scale technologies to convert biomass into useful products; and 3) the accompanying analytical services and market awareness to assess viability of an idea. Aberystwyth is contributing to BioPilots through a range of facilities and expertise including the scaling up from the laboratory to pilot facilities using a range of feedstocks including grasses, and biobased waste streams.
Collaborator Contribution BioPilotsUK offers a joined up, efficient, easy-access route to business support services to complement the four centres' technical capabilities. The services support the growth of supply chains within a high-value bioeconomy and represent a selection of services that partners can deliver. Centres within BioPilotsUK have process modelling teams, that can apply a number of commercially available software tools to fully understand and improve processes. Process modelling enables efficiency and the results can be used to predict hard to measure parameters, as well as cost estimation of process equipment. This knowledge complements scale-down models and identifies critical equipment design issues, saving time, effort and money prior to scaling up process. BioPilotsUK can support commercial and investment decisions by providing technical due diligence and IP landscaping services. It can provide in-depth techno-economic assessments, enabling the implementation of suitable technology development programmes and identification of value-adding technology partnerships.
Impact This is a new venture and impacts of BioPilots as an entity are still under development however the individual partners are involved in many hundreds of collaborative R&D projects with industry.
Start Year 2016
 
Description BioPilots UK - The Alliance of Open Access Biorefining Centres 
Organisation IBioIC
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution BioPilotsUK is a collaboration created by four established biorefining open-access centres who recognise the importance of partnerships to develop UK bio-based value chains. BioPilots helps to de-risk the commercialisation of bio-based products and processes by trialling new technologies to ensure partners are investing in the right technologies for their business. BioPilotsUK combines the UK's leading expertise and facilities to help businesses develop and scale-up new sustainable processes to commercialise products from biomass, including: plants, algae, by-products and wastes. Due to the varied nature of the raw materials, or feedstocks, there is no one size fits all approach, rather a series of technologies that must be trialled and combined to maximise the opportunity. Together, the BioPilotsUK centres offers the key components required to accelerate and de-risk bio-based projects, through access to: 1) highly-qualified specialists in genetic analysis, industrial biotechnology, green chemistry and chemical engineering; 2) a broad range of discovery to demonstration scale technologies to convert biomass into useful products; and 3) the accompanying analytical services and market awareness to assess viability of an idea. Aberystwyth is contributing to BioPilots through a range of facilities and expertise including the scaling up from the laboratory to pilot facilities using a range of feedstocks including grasses, and biobased waste streams.
Collaborator Contribution BioPilotsUK offers a joined up, efficient, easy-access route to business support services to complement the four centres' technical capabilities. The services support the growth of supply chains within a high-value bioeconomy and represent a selection of services that partners can deliver. Centres within BioPilotsUK have process modelling teams, that can apply a number of commercially available software tools to fully understand and improve processes. Process modelling enables efficiency and the results can be used to predict hard to measure parameters, as well as cost estimation of process equipment. This knowledge complements scale-down models and identifies critical equipment design issues, saving time, effort and money prior to scaling up process. BioPilotsUK can support commercial and investment decisions by providing technical due diligence and IP landscaping services. It can provide in-depth techno-economic assessments, enabling the implementation of suitable technology development programmes and identification of value-adding technology partnerships.
Impact This is a new venture and impacts of BioPilots as an entity are still under development however the individual partners are involved in many hundreds of collaborative R&D projects with industry.
Start Year 2016
 
Description BioPilots UK - The Alliance of Open Access Biorefining Centres 
Organisation University of York
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution BioPilotsUK is a collaboration created by four established biorefining open-access centres who recognise the importance of partnerships to develop UK bio-based value chains. BioPilots helps to de-risk the commercialisation of bio-based products and processes by trialling new technologies to ensure partners are investing in the right technologies for their business. BioPilotsUK combines the UK's leading expertise and facilities to help businesses develop and scale-up new sustainable processes to commercialise products from biomass, including: plants, algae, by-products and wastes. Due to the varied nature of the raw materials, or feedstocks, there is no one size fits all approach, rather a series of technologies that must be trialled and combined to maximise the opportunity. Together, the BioPilotsUK centres offers the key components required to accelerate and de-risk bio-based projects, through access to: 1) highly-qualified specialists in genetic analysis, industrial biotechnology, green chemistry and chemical engineering; 2) a broad range of discovery to demonstration scale technologies to convert biomass into useful products; and 3) the accompanying analytical services and market awareness to assess viability of an idea. Aberystwyth is contributing to BioPilots through a range of facilities and expertise including the scaling up from the laboratory to pilot facilities using a range of feedstocks including grasses, and biobased waste streams.
Collaborator Contribution BioPilotsUK offers a joined up, efficient, easy-access route to business support services to complement the four centres' technical capabilities. The services support the growth of supply chains within a high-value bioeconomy and represent a selection of services that partners can deliver. Centres within BioPilotsUK have process modelling teams, that can apply a number of commercially available software tools to fully understand and improve processes. Process modelling enables efficiency and the results can be used to predict hard to measure parameters, as well as cost estimation of process equipment. This knowledge complements scale-down models and identifies critical equipment design issues, saving time, effort and money prior to scaling up process. BioPilotsUK can support commercial and investment decisions by providing technical due diligence and IP landscaping services. It can provide in-depth techno-economic assessments, enabling the implementation of suitable technology development programmes and identification of value-adding technology partnerships.
Impact This is a new venture and impacts of BioPilots as an entity are still under development however the individual partners are involved in many hundreds of collaborative R&D projects with industry.
Start Year 2016
 
Description MOU with Gayatri 
Organisation Gayatri Bioorganics Ltd
Country India 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Through this project, the research team engaged with Gayatri Bio Organics, and following discussions, this company joined the consortium of the EIT Climate-KIC funded project Admit Biosuccinovate and signed a MOU with regard to Xylitol process technology development.
Collaborator Contribution Gayatri will look to develop the process and to look at market exploitation.
Impact This is a new development and Gayatri are awaiting research outputs from Admit Biosuccinovate project.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Terravesta 
Organisation Terravesta Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Breeding and agronomy of Miscanthus hybrids to provide biomass for bioenergy and the bioecononmy
Collaborator Contribution Together we participate in private, nationally funded and EU funded projects and new proposals. Key funding opportunities include Innovate UK, BEIS, DEFRA and EPSRC
Impact Licences to hybrids bred collaboratively
Start Year 2012
 
Description ADAS visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion with representatives from ADAS as well as people from own institute on using grass as a feedstock for biorefining as well as for animal feed. Through these discussions, it is hoped that information will be conveyed to the farming community and industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Aberystwyth University Access All Areas 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Products from plants - display including posters and products made of plant materials, and an activity for children making plastic from cornflour
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
URL http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/events/access-all-areas/
 
Description Azerbaijan Ambassador visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation on biorefining research and potential opportunities for international collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBC Wales Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed for BBC Wales regarding the Beacon facility, including the work done with companies and on various publically funded projects. Aired on 'Wales Today' (Welsh National evening news on BBC).

Increased profile of research within Wales.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description BBC Wales Science Cafe: The Welsh Science Wishlist 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An interview for BBC Radio Wales Science Cafe. The programme was ahead of the Welsh Government Elections in May 2016 and was to articulate The Welsh Science Wishlist for the incoming government. Iain Donnison gave the interview on wishes for the future environmental policy.

Science votes
The Welsh Government believes that science in Wales is world class. And on this programme we frequently trumpet the pioneering research at our universities. But is enough being done to build a strong and successful scientific community? Many in Wales are concerned that we are failing on science education and in preparing for the digital future. In this special edition of Science Café scientists reveal, for the policy makers, their wish lists. And ahead of next month's elections, the political parties outline their scientific priorities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0776lxj
 
Description Barroness Eluned Morgan Welsh Assembly Member discussion on bio-economy policy and research 
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 Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation on work on biorefining projects and discussion on our contribution to driving the rural strategy for Wales.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Ben Lake MP visit 
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 Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation on our biorefining research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Brazil Workshop (Minton) 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Workshop in the area of biorefining and Biofuels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Chief Scientific Officer for Wales Julie Williams 
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 Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation of research in biorefining and discussions regarding future direction of science in Wales
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Coleg Cambria visit 
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 Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion on aspects of biorefining and implications for the future farming community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussion with Institute of Food Research (ISPG) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Presentation and discussions with senior management on integration of Institute Strategic funding grants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Engagement with Young Farmers Groups 
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 Engagement through talks, tours and discussions with Young Farmers groups on what agricultural research is taking place at IBERS, Aberystwyth and how this can impact farming now and in the future.

Requests for visits/ tours and for repeat visits from larger groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
 
Description Farming Group - Diversification 
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 Presentation and discussion with Farmers on new opportunities to diversity into new crops or look for new markets for existing crops in the context of biorefining.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description IBERS Centenary Celebrations 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Celebration of IBERS 100 years in plant breeding. Presentations given on biorefining projects and available equipment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Newton visit Brazil (Huws) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Discussion with researchers and industry in Brazil regarding areas of overlap/interest to develop new funding applications in the areas. Presentation of specific projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Newtown rotary Club Visit 
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 Presented current and post research in the area of biorefining.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at LB net Conference 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on research in the area of lignin valorsiation at the LBnet International Conference. Title: "Novel enzymatic tools for cell-wall deconstruction using metagenomic screening and protein modelling" 5-7 April 2017. Inform both academics and industrialists on developments in lignin deconstruction from lignocellulosic materials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Regional Stakeholder Partnership for Land-based Goods 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of production of platform chemicals/fuels/fine chemicals and potential health care products as well as integrated biorefining from a range of land-based feedstock.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Royal Welsh Show 
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 Annual displays and activities based on agriculature and environmental green issues, including on the planting of energy crops, non-food use of plants, use of grass to make ethanol and plastics. Activities sparked discussion with farmers, and public of all ages

Visit to activities at Royal Welsh Show leads to subsequent requests for information and visits to IBERS in Aberystwyth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
 
Description School Science Week 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Presentation of biorefining to school children
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Taiwan Ambassador visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation on current research activities and opportunity to collaboration and/or student exchanges
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit by Jane Hutt to Beacon 
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 Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Visit by Jane Hutt (Wales Finance Minister) to the Beacon facility to view the work being done in the area of Industrial Biotechnology and its contribution to the Welsh Economy.

Improved ministerial awareness of the role of the bioeconomy in Wales.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Visit from UTM 
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 Return Visit by UTM team for further discussion on potential collaborative research and studentships etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Visit of Fulbright scholars to Beacon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Discussions of similarities and differences between US and Wales bioeconomy practices.

We are expecting PhD enquiries to result.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Visit to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) 
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 Major discussions with Staff at both of the UTM campuses on areas of collaboration in Industrial biotechnology, bio-circular economy, engagement with Business, possible studentships and available equipment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Welshpool Earth Science group visit 
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 Presentation and discussions on future farming and the potential of biorefining, creating new markets for agricultural outputs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop SouthAfrica 
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 Attended as a representative for the BBSRC NiBB Plants to Products and bioerefining activity at Aberystwyth University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017