Activities in the research school Sustainable Biomass Systems

Last changed: 22 March 2021

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 2021-2022 

Symposium – Renewable energy and conservation: conflict or synergy?

The aim of this symposium is to bring doctoral students and researchers from different disciplines together to be informed and discuss issues related to the energy transition, and the global climate and biodiversity crises. We need to move towards more sustainable energy sources to combat the global climate crisis. However, some renewable energy solutions might be in conflict with that other large global crisis: the biodiversity crisis. What are the potential conflicts between renewable energy and biodiversity conservation? And can we find solutions to tackle these conflicts?

Dates: Afternoons (13-17h) of 14th and 15th of April 2021.

Contact: Tim Hofmeester (

Course: Advances in life cycle assessment, 5HEC

The course objectives are to give PhD students a deeper understanding of life cycle assessment (LCA) and related tools, including knowledge on state-of-the-art research in selected areas, to disseminate the expertise of Swedish senior LCA researchers to a new generation of PhD students, and to help the PhD students create an informal network of young LCA researchers.

The course will be possible to attend completely online if the pandemic restrict physical meetings.

Dates: 19th of April 2021

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Contact: Niclas Ericsson (

Seminar: Stakeholder contact & Career planning day

Dates: Preliminary April 2021

UNITUS International Summer School on Design of sustainable food systems

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ELLS Summer School on Bioeconomy

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Workshop: A toolbox for academic productivity and stress management

The objective is to provide academics with a toolbox for increased academic productivity and decreased stress levels. You will learn productivity tools such as working in cycles, focusing on the end product, and working in units, and apply them to your own work situation. These productivity tools are closely connected to the feld of stress management. Here, we will discuss a model ”demand - control - support” to explain causes of stress in the academic environment, and how you can use it in managing your stress level to shift from negative to positive stress. You will also try new tools for thinking and acting differently. For instance, recognizing your ”automatic thoughts” and how they affect your behavior; as tools for handling common thoughts in a performance culture, e.g., high demands on achievement.

Dates: 11th of October (full day) and 15th of November (half day).

Previous activities

Course: Processing Biomass to Biofuels and Chemicals, 3 HEC

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.

The course will be given online via Zoom (or similar) due to pandemic restrictions. This also means that we have to cancel the two days study trip from Uppsala to Tekniska Verken in Linköping and Agroetanol in Norrköping. Instead we hope to provide virtual study visits as part of the course above.

Dates: October 19th to 29th 2020 NEW DATES
Contact: Jerry Ståhlberg
More information!

Workshop: Career outside the university

Do you want to pursue a career outside of academia? Have you asked yourself what possibilities you, as a PhD, have in the labour market outside of the university? Do you want to improve your chances of finding your dream job?

Dates: Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Course: Digitalisation and the bioeconomy, 5HEC

Transitions to more sustainable production-consumption systems are sought to decouple economic development from natural resource depletion and avoid further potentially catastrophic environmental degradation. The production and use of renewable and biological products and process are likely to form a key part of such transitions given their overall societal importance and environmental impacts.

Such developments of the ‘Bioeconomy’ is likely to involve increases in demand for bio-based material from agriculture, aquaculture and forestry to satisfy societies’ fundamental needs for transport, energy, housing, food and fiber. Innovations will be needed to transform bio-based value chains and stimulate the emergence of more resource efficient industrial practices. Digitalization is likely to form a key part of such developments and include the deployment of Information and Communication Technologies to augment production practices and attain greater precision, automation and efficiencies.

Such digitally augmented innovations are likely to be developed in various contexts, including test-beds. This course explores the interface between digitalization and the bioeconomy with a particular focus on their development in test beds and subsequent adoption to help achieve more sustainable bioeconomies.

Dates: 24 Mar - 26 Jun 2021

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Contact: Per-Anders Langendahl (

Course: System perspective on food waste, 5HEC

The main objective of the course is to give the students general knowledge about food waste in different stages of the food chain; how and why it occurs, the consequences it leads to, measures that can be taken to reduce it and how it can be utilisatedutilised in by-products and nutrient recycling.
The course will be possible to attend completely online and includes lectures, and individual projects and assignments.

Dates: August 31st to September 29th 2020

Workshop: How to write a thesis summary

Welcome to the one-day seminar hosted by the NJ-faculty research schools on how to write a thesis summary.

Sustainability and environmental aspects in biomass production systems, 3 HEC


Career outside university

Do you want to pursue a career outside of academia?
Have you asked yourself what possibilities you, as a PhD, have in the labour market outside
of the university? Do you want to improve your chances of finding your dream job?

One day seminar Thursday 27th of November 2019

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.
Contact: Galia 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.
Contact: Ioannis 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.

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