For the important upcoming BETO Activities, following this link.
In Leiden, NL last week, a workshop was held in the Lorentz Center on bridging technological and social innovation for a biobased economy. During this workshop, the "Lorentz BioPanel" was formed with the purpose of helping to overcome social acceptance barriers to a bioeconomy. Click here for more information. For Lorentz Center website click here.
IEA Bioenergy will host a webinar featuring Tat Smith speaking about “Mobilizing Sustainable Bioenergy Supply Chains,” an IEA Bioenergy report to which contributions were made by Keith Kline, Esther Parish and Virginia Dale. To register for the webinar, send an email here. The full report can be found at This link.
Virginia Dale and Keith Kline attended the DOE Landscape Design Project kick-off meeting being held in Ames, IA. For more info click here.
A new paper by Virginia Dale, Keith Kline, Marilyn Buford, Tim Volk, Tat Smith, and Inge Stupak describes an approach to landscape design that focuses on integrating bioenergy production with other components of environmental, social and economic systems. The paper can be accessed at this location.
Virginia Dale (ORNL), Donna Perla (EPA), and Doug Karlen (USDA) organized two sessions on the bioeconomy for the January 19-21 Conference in Washington, DC, of the National Council on Science and the Environment on the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. See website. The USDA, DOE, and EPA were sponsors for this conference.
Yetta Jager is invited to attend the Mississippi River Basin / Gulf Hypoxia Initiative meeting in Indianapolis on March 1-3. This initiative, led by the USFWS, seeks to provide guidance and also involves developing a decision support modeling framework for farmers.
Virginia Dale is invited to participate in a workshop on “EcoHealth Metrics for the Gulf of Mexico” convened at the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on March 8-11.
Chalmers University invited Keith Kline and Virginia Dale to participate in a workshop on “Landscape management and design for food, bioenergy and the bioeconomy: methodology and governance aspects” in Göteborg, Sweden, on March 15-16. In addition, Virginia will serve as the invited Opponent at Oskar Englund's public defense of his PhD thesis: “On the sustainability of biomass for energy and the governance thereof” at Chalmers University of Technology.
The US Chapter of the International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE) will have three symposia at it April 4-8 meeting in Asheville, NC, that were organized by ORNL staff as follows:
• Reshaping Landscapes: Bioenergy and Biodiversity II – organized by Yetta Jager
• Opportunities and Barriers for Sustainable Bioenergy – organized by Keith Kline
• Landscapes Designs that Incorporate Sustainable Wood-based Bioenergy: a Focus on the Southeastern United States – organized by Virginia Dale
For more detailed information about speakers and their presentations click here.
Virginia Dale has been invited to give a talk at the Symposium on Watershed Scale Sustainability of Forest-Based Bioenergy Production in the Southeastern United States to be held in Raleigh, NC. The goal of this symposium is to synthesize results from the Operational Scale Pine/Switchgrass Intercropping Project, initiated by Catchlight Energy, LLC and Weyerhaeuser Company, with additional funding from DOE; and to put the results into a scientific, operations and policy context.