Activities in the research school Sustainable Biomass Systems

Last changed: 10 October 2019

Here are the upcoming activities for the research school Sustainable Biomass Systems. We offer participating students broad knowledge and insight in the field of biomass systems, promoting contacts between researchers, society and industry.

We organise PhD-courses, seminars, and workshops. The courses typically include lecturers from university researchers, public authorities, trade organizations and industries.

Program 2019-2020 

Course: Sustainability and environmental aspects in biomass production systems, 3 HEC

The aim is to provide an overview of the environmental issues related to biomass production and outtake from forestry and agriculture in a Swedish and global perspective. Special focus is given to biomass production in a changing climate and Food vs Fuel.

Dates: November 11-15 2019
Contact: Lina Ahlbäck Widenfalk

Last day to sign up is September 30 2019. 

Seminar: Stakeholder contact & Career planning day

Preliminary january 2020

Workshop where relevant stakeholders - identified during the workshop Past & Present research on biomass systems at SLU - are invited to give an insight into their day-to-day work and inform about the qualifications required to work in their respective field.

Course: Innovation in the Bioeconomy (5 credits)

Preliminary february 2020

Transitions to circular bioeconomy has gained considerable interests in policy, industry and academic circles to move society away from unsustainability and promote more sustainable futures. Innovation is needed to achieve such transitions. Course organizer: Per-Anders Langedahl

Course: Processing Biomass to Biofuels and Chemicals, 3 HEC

Preliminary march 2020

Overview of how biomass is processed and refined into biofuels, research frontiers of today and potentials of tomorrow for biorefinery valorization of biomass to fuels and green chemicals.

Workshop: How to become a post doc

One day workshop with VR, Formas, advice on how to write a successful application, post docs and the union. Collaboration with other RS.

Course: To communicate science, 2HEC

How to plan and perform effective communication, using different methods and channels.

Preliminary activities 2020/2021

Workshop: Workshops to be planned and organized by the PhD students

The PhD students in the research school will be given the chance to plan and organize a WS on a subject of their choice. At a one-day planning session in the beginning of the year the PhD students - together with the study director of the RS - will decide on the details for a WS held during the second half of year 4.

Workshop: How to become a post doc

One day workshop with VR, Formas, advice on how to write a successful application, post docs and the union. Collaboration with other RS.

Course: To communicate science, 2HEC

How to plan and perform effective communication, using different methods and channels.

Previous activities

Study trip to Norway, 2 HEC

This study trip is organised by the research school Sustainable Biomass Systems, with additional funding from SLUs climate fund to enable sustainable travel without flying.

Outline of Schedule: The study trip was at the 26th-30th of August.

To communicate science (2 ECTS)

4-6 Feb. and 18-19 March How to plan and perform efficient communication using different methods and channels. NJ-faculty research schools and the communication div. at SLU. This course is perfect for those of you who has started your own research so that it can be used as reference material. It is also perfect for you who are at the end of your studies and want to train your media skills. The course will train your competencies in writing  for popular science as well as interviewing in front of camera. Course organizer: Galia Zamaratskaia

Advances in life cycle assessment, 5 HEC

This course is a collaboration between the research school Sustainable Biomass Systems at SLU and Swedish Life Cycle Center. The course is partly funded by the Swedish Energy Agency through Re:Source.

Outline of Schedule: A half day introduction in mid-October (Wednesday Oct 17th), followed by several weeks of preparations at home, and an intensive week of seminars and lectures December 3rd to 7th, 2018.

How to improve your Matlab code

Tuesday 11th December, 9.00-16.30, SLU campus Ultuna

The research school Sustainable Biomass Systems arranges a one-day workshop in Matlab for scientific applications, aiming to provide PhD students researchers with tools and tricks to improve their code. The workshop is intended for current users of Matlab (alternatively, R or Python) and will not cover the basics of programming. Themes addressed include how to structure and write your code in an efficient and flexible manner. Please see the attached schedule for details.

Prior to the workshop, participants are expected to submit a concrete question related to their work, preferably with an illustrating (short!) piece of code. You are also welcome to provide your field of interest or ideas regarding the workshop’s content. Send your contribution to (with Cc no later than 27th November. By submitting your contribution you will also be registered for the workshop. Don’t forget to include any dietary needs in the registration. Costs for workshop, lunch and fika are covered by the research school. The workshop does not give ECTS credits. Please bring your own laptop and software.

If you have a practical question about the workshop, please send them to or

Download an information leaflet about the course here. 

Career Outside University for PhDs

One day seminar Thursday 29th of November 2018, Ultuna
More information is available here (pdf-format).

Course: To communicate science (2 HEC)

Interaction with the society is becoming increasingly important for researchers. To communicate new knowledge and facilitate its usefulness is an important task for researchers and the universities, and it is also a prerequisite for getting research grants. This course teaches how to plan and perform effective communication work and what measures and channels that can be used to reach different target groups. It also raises awareness about how to avoid difficulties and misinterpretations.

Place: Uppsala
Dates: February 26, 27 and 28, April 9 and 10.
ContactGalia Zamaratskaia

More info about "To communicate science" can be found here.

Seminar: How to become a post doc!

Welcome to the seminar where you will meet representatives from the Swedish research councils Formas and VR, the union (SULF), and several post docs. We have also invited two researchers that will discuss and give you their perspectives on writing applications and evaluating applications.

Date: Wednesday March 14th  9.30 -16.00, 2018

Read more about the seminar here.

Course: Production of non-food biomass (3 HEC)

The major focus of the course is on the available and potential sources of non-food biomass from forestry, agriculture, residues and other sources that can be used in a biobased economy, for biofuels, biomaterials etc., in a Swedish and global perspective. Additional issues addressed are the further use of these resources and their potential implications on sustainability.

Place: Uppsala
Dates: 19th to 23rd of March 2018.
ContactIoannis Dimitriou or Blas Mola-Yudego

More info about Production of non-food biomass

GasAkademin summer school 2018

The summer school is organized by Energiforsk in cooperation with the gas industry and universities in Sweden, Denmark and Norway 13 - 17 August 2018 at Ängavallen. During one week, PhD students and working Engineers will have the opportunity to learn more about the production, transport and utilization of energy gas.

Summer school: Bioeconomy Summer School, 6HEC

The course addresses the roles of the various areas of expertise across the bioeconomy value chain, for example from biomass production, processing, economics and management (distribution, marketing, selling), organized by ELLS (EuroLeague for Life Sciences) Bioeconomy, Warsaw University.

3 - 14 September 2018, University of Hohenheim, Germany

If you know of activities that fit with the research school's interests, you are very welcome to suggest new activities.

Related pages:
Page editor: