Summer Schools

ABC-Salt's Summer School took place in August 2019

See below for the speakers involved and where we are

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ABC Salt’s last Summer School in August 2019 was on Advanced thermochemical conversion biomass technologies and it took place at Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom. The following presentations in technical topics and soft skills exercises were delivered:

Advanced Biorefinery Concepts Towards Certified Jet Fuel Ralph-Uwe Dietrich, (DLR, German Aerospace Center, Germany)

Kraft lignin separation/ Process and Properties Maria Sedin, (Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden)

Biomass characterization and analytical pyrolysis Frederik Ronsse, (Ghent University, Belgium)

Techno-economic evaluation – socio-economic – environmental aspects Marino Bonaiuto, (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) 

Processing of biomass in molten salts for production of renewable fuels and chemicals Heidi S. Nygård, (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway)

Successful University-Industry Partnerships David Brown, (Trihelica Ltd, UK)

Boost your researcher career with EU funds Fabienne Brutin (Ayming, France)

Fast pyrolysis and hydrothermal processing Robbie Venderbosch, (BTG, Netherlands)

Catalytic upgrading of fast pyrolysis liquids H.J. Heeres, (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Thermal processing principles from biomass to primary products Tony Bridgwater, (Aston University, UK)

Aston Business School – Conference Aston

Aston University, B4 7ET, United Kingdom

The same building/entrance as the Conference Aston Hotel

Summer School lecture theatre & networking areas

Aston Business School – Susan Cadbury Lecture Theatre

The same building/entrance as the Conference Aston Hotel


Birmingham, West Midlands (UK)

Local attractions ⇒⇒⇒  Visit Birminghm !

Travel information

The Aston University campus is located in the centre of Birmingham, within 10-15 minutes walk of the main shopping, business and entertainment areas of the city.

By train:
Birmingham New Street Station is the nearest main-line station to Aston University, a short 10-15 minutes walk away. The station has direct lines to most parts of the UK and many local services. It also connects Birmingham city centre with the Birmingham International Airport. National Rail Enquiries is a official portal into UK rail travel including train times, fares and bookings.

By plane:
It is easy to get from Birmingham International Airport to Aston University. Birmingham International Airport has flights within the UK and across Europe, and it is serviced by many airlines that operate regular scheduled services. A free shuttle service runs between Birmingham International airport and the Birmingham International train station. Several trains an hour run from Birmingham International train station directly to New Street Station and take approximately 10 minutes. Aston University is 10-15 minutes walk away from the New Street Station. Alternatively, the airport is approximately 20 minutes away by taxi (£25-30).

By coach:
Coach services by National Express operate from Digbeth coach station, which is a short taxi ride (£5-7) or 20 minutes’ walk through the city centre. National Express has regural direct services to the following airports: Manchester, Luton, Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick.


This project has received funding
 from the European Union’s Horizon
2020’s research and innovation
programme under grant agreement
number 764089

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