Graduate School

The Bio4Energy Graduate School provides PhD students within the Bio4Energy framework with knowledge, skills and tools to contribute to the transition and development of the biorefinery industry.

The Bio4Energy Graduate School started in 2013. In this program, PhD students and early career researchers with diverse backgrounds in, for example, chemistry, biology, physics, economics, energy engineering, or systems analysis, get to meet each other, senior researchers and representatives of industry and society. The students come from Bio4Energy’s three universities: Umeå University (UmU), Luleå University of Technology (LTU) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). 

The program currently contains two courses, which reflect the strength of the Bio4Energy cluster, with its unique layout of research and education on the biorefinery value chain. The courses are suited for people interested in the future of biorefineries, especially students at doctoral and postdoctoral levels, as well as people from industry who want to increase their knowledge and insight into biorefineries and their innovation chain. The courses are open also for participants external to Bio4Energy.  

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, which are partners in Bio4Energy, contribute time and access to their facilities in Örnsköldsvik and Piteå. 

Contact: Dimitris Athanassiadis, Dimitris.Athanassiadis@slu.se  

Extent and credits: 5 ECTS                            
Course coordinator: Francesco Gentili

Objectives

On completion of the course, students will:

  • Be able to describe the biorefinery technologies represented in pilot scale facilities within the Bio4Energy infrastructure and know how to get access to them;
  • Be able to explain and discuss models for the roles of academia and functions of technical innovation systems and to critically evaluate real research facility cases based on these models;
  • Beware of essentials regarding sampling, building of large-scale experimental equipment, fund raising, and intellectual property rights and;
  • Have gained access to interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas through networking activities.

Contents

The course consists of:

  • On-site demonstration of equipment and technology, lectures and laboratory work;
  • Lectures on essential subjects for large-scale biorefinery or bioenergy research and;
  • A project assignment, typically a case study of a technical innovation system at one of the pilot plants in the cluster.

Application and prerequisites

The application for enrolment in Biorefinery Pilot Research will open during the first quarter of 2022. We will post a link to the registration form, here.

This course is recommended for students with an interest in biorefinery at the PhD or postdoctoral level, as well as industry representatives who wish to learn about research and innovation as carried out at the biorefinery-related pilot and demonstration units lining the east coast of Northern Sweden.

For enquiries regarding the course content, contact Francesco Gentili.

Extent and credits: 7.5 ECTS
Course coordinator: Robert Lundmark

Objectives

On completion of the course, students will:

  • Be able to understand how to apply a systems’ perspective on their own research;
  • Have gained insights into the current global energy and environmental challenges;
  • Have gained insights into the rational of sustainability;
  • Have awareness of tools and methods used for environmental, technical and economic systems analysis.

Contents

The course consists of:

  • Lectures (on sustainability issues, systems analysis approaches and tools) and workshops;
  • Lectures on essential subjects for large-scale biorefinery or bioenergy research and;
  • A project assignment, where the students identify suitable systems analysis tools or methods to be applied to their own research. The outcome will be a draft research proposal, a journal or conference manuscript or a chapter of a thesis.

Application and prerequisites

For enquiries regarding the course content, contact Robert Lundmark.

Students of the 2019 edition of Systems’ Perspectives on Biomass Resources. Photographed at Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden. Photo by courtesy of LTU.