Program

Opening (July 22) Events

Time

 Evening Welcome Event:

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Conference Registration     

2-5 pm

RCN Steering Committee     

2-5 pm

Introductory Presentations   

5:30 – 6 pm

Welcome Reception             

6-7:30 pm

Day 1 (July 23) Events

Time

Morning theme sessions:

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Invited speaker, 5 technical talks, and panel-led discussion. Topics include Socioeconomic Issues, Water-Energy Nexus, Biodiversity, and Energy Policy

Lunch

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Afternoon cross-disciplinary sessions

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Invited speaker, 3 technical talks, and panel-led discussion. Topics include Biogeochemical Cycles, Life Cycle Assessment, Food Security, and Biomass Supply

Poster Session

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Day 2 (July 24)   

Time

Morning cross-disciplinary sessions

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Invited speaker, 5 technical talks, and panel-led discussion. Topics include Bioenergy and Social Justice, Sustainability Issues in Biofuel and Bioenergy Industries,Technological Innovation,  and Ecosystem Impacts: Incorporating Science and Indigenous Knowledge

Lunch

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Biorefinery Tour

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Evening cross-sector sessions

 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Topics Include NGO-Government Perspectives, Brazilian Biofuel Sustainability Issues, Industry-Government Perspectives, and Industry-Academic Perspectives 

Day 3 - July 25 

Time

Morning session

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Lunch

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Afternoon session

1:00 am – 4:00 am

Roadmap Report Preparation

RCN Steering Committee Meeting
The afternoon will be for the RCN steering committee and other RCN core participants to synthesize the recommendations and make plans for writing the Research Roadmap Report, which is the main deliverable for this RCN project.  Additional discussions will focus on the graduate course on biofuel and bioenergy sustainability, the completion of the special feature articles to be submitted to the journal Environmental Management, and planning for the final annual workshop to be held on the campus of Michigan Technological University in the early summer of 2015. 

Dinner and Keynote6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Concluding dinner and keynote presentation