Summer Schools

The next School will take place
in March 2021

(17-19.03.2021 - Location & Venue TBA)

ABC-Salt Consortium
Summer School 2019

Are you a Postgraduate Students (Master and PhD), post-doctoral and young professional scientists
interested in advanced thermochemical conversion technologies in non-conventional media? Sign up now
for our Summer School on Advanced thermochemical conversion biomass technologies!

Summer School dates: 12-14th August 2019

Where? Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Organised by EU Horizon 2020 ABC-Salt Research Consortium


Topics and activities:

  • – Introduction to thermochemical biomass conversion technologies
  • – Upgrading technologies of pyrolysis liquids
  • – Application of molten salts in different conversion processes
  • – Novel characterisation methods of biomass feedstock
  • – Applications, properties and standardisation of middle distillates
  • – Dedicated course – “Set up a project” on how to successfully benefit
    from the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme
  • – Networking opportunities incl. mini-presentations and poster session

How to register? Please send us an email:
Having your enquiry email, we will contact you directly to arrange full registration (registration form)
and assist you with on-campus accommodation booking (discounted price).

UK visa required? Please indicate your UK visa requirement as soon as possible in order to assist you on time.
We can provide a “Support Letter” that you can submit with your UK visa application back in your home/current
residence country. All “Support Letter” requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

There are no participation fees in the Summer School. We will host up to 40 participants.
Lunches and refreshments (3 days), group dinner, academic materials and certificate
of attendance will be provided to all participants.
Travel and accommodation costs are not included, however we will offer a discounted accommodation
package (Conference Aston Hotel).

Final agenda

Monday, 12th August 2019  (Day 1)

11.00 – 13.00   Registration, tea/coffee and installation of posters

12.00 – 13.00   Lunch

13.00 – 13.15   Welcome

13.15 – 14.00   Ice breaker session

14.00 – 15.30   Lectures

(L1) Thermal processing principles from biomass to primary products (Tony Bridgwater, Aston University,

United Kingdom)

(L2) Upgrading primary thermal products to marketable biofuels (Erik Heeres, University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

15.30 – 15.45   Refreshments break

15.45 – 16.30   Lectures, cont.

(L3) Fast pyrolysis and hydrothermal processing (Robbie Venderbosch, BTG, The Netherlands)

16.30 – 18.00  Course: “Set up a project” (Day 1)

Activity topic:

Boost your researcher career with EU funds! (EU funding opportunities for research projects)

(Fabienne Brutin, Ayming, France)

Activity topic:

Successful University-Industry Partnerships (Guest speaker – Dr David Brown, Trihelica Ltd, United Kingdom)

18.00   Close and refreshments.

Evening with own arrangements. Suggestions will be provided to attendees.

Tuesday, 13th August 2019  (Day 2)

08.30 – 09.00   Morning tea/coffee

09.00 – 10.45   Lectures, cont.

(L4) Processing of biomass in molten salts for production of renewable fuels and chemicals (Heidi Samuelsen Nygård,

NMBU, Norway)

(L5)  Conversion of biomass in the liquid phase: the potential of ZnCl2 hydrates (Guest speaker – Prof. Jacob Moulijn

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)

10.45 – 11.00   Refreshments break

11.00 – 13.00   Course: “Set up a project” (Day 2)

Activity topic:

Stakeholder analysis for socio-economic evaluation of biofuels and renewable fuels

Moderators: Marino Bonaiuto, Federica Dessi and Nuccio Ludovico (CIRPA, Italy)

13.00 – 13.45   Lunch

13.45 – 15.30   Presentations by Delegates (Short presentations)

15.30 – 16.15   Poster session with refreshments

16.15 – 17.00   EBRI Laboratories and Pilot Plant tour (in small groups)

18.30 – 22.00   Summer School Social Event

Wednesday, 14th August 2019  (Day 3)

08.30 – 09.00   Morning tea/coffee

09.00 – 10.30   Lectures, cont.

(L6) Biomass characterisation and analytical pyrolysis (Frederik Ronsse, Ghent University, Belgium) 

(L7) Kraft Lignin: Separation Process and Properties (Maria Sedin, RISE, Sweden)

10.30 – 10.45 Refreshments break

10.45 – 11.30   Lectures, cont.

(L8) Advanced biorefinery concepts towards certified jet fuel (Ralph-Uwe Dietrich, DLR, Germany)

11.30 – 13.30   Course: “Set up a project” (Day 3)

Activity topic:

Tutorial on preliminary stakeholder analysis via qualitative method

Moderators: Marino Bonaiuto, Federica Dessi and Nuccio Ludovico (CIRPA, Italy)

Activity topic:

Activity topic: Boost your researcher career with EU funds! (Setting up a successful research project)

13.30 – 13.45   Closure

13.45 – 15.00   Lunch (networking opportunities ​over tea/coffee after lunch)


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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