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Biorefinery Pilot Research, 5 credits
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;
Be aware 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.
Dates and locations
Autumn 2020 - cancelled
Planning for Spring 2021
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 2020. We will post a link here to the registration form.
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.
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Forestry and Sustainable Development
Forestry for students without a forest education
International forest operations: understanding the reasons for the variety, 4,5 credits
The course is specifically aimed at PhD students within the field of forest management, forest operations and related subjects. Students are expected to have good knowledge of forest operations within a specific country or region. Good knowledge in English is vital to be able to follow the course.
Admitted as PhD or Licentiate student.
The course aims to contribute to the students’ understanding of the reasons to why international forest operations vary around the globe. The course also aims to improve students’ skills in problematizing how and why forest operations issues are addressed differently under specific contexts. By this, the students will train to collect, analyze and compile scientific information.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- identify and describe general international forest operations issues,
- collect and compile information on specified forest operations issues in specified regions,
- describe and discuss how selected forest operations issues are handled in specified regions, as well as the reasons for the occurring similarities and differences between the specified regions.
Forest operations practices vary greatly around the world. Current practices adapt to complex, locally variable conditions in, for example, geo-physical conditions (terrain), management regimes, tree properties, climate, ownership structure, industrial infrastructures, labor availability and capacity, and societal rules for acceptable practices. This course aims at highlighting this variety, and providing the students with the capability to understand the reasons for the variety. The course aims to progress from theoretical definitions of forest operations issues to practical examples from different global regions.
The bearing components of the course are an individual assignment, and an international excursion. The assignment will be to identify, problematize, compare and discuss a delimited aspect (of the student’s choice) of how forest operations are performed internationally. The international excursion will provide hands-on and on-site input and experience to the assignment work.
The course starts with a self-study period of course literature, formulation of topic for the individual assignment, collection of assignment relevant literature and preparation for the international excursion. The course literature is discussed in a literature seminar during the international excursion. The scope and plan for the individual assignments are presented and discussed during a separate seminar during the international excursion.
Aside from the seminars, the international excursions will consist of visits with forest operations organizations (industry and/or research) in order to providing information for the individual assignments. Being the course’s group activity and requiring that students are together during a long consecutive period of time, it will also provide plenty of possibilities to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students and teachers.
After the excursion, the literature and information from the excursions are compiled into an individually written report which is examined.
Examination is performed through active participation and attendance, and by producing individual assignments.
Attendance in the international excursion and seminars are mandatory.
Contact for application and further information