2019 Bioenergy Sustainability Conference

October 21-22, 2019
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This conference engages bioenergy sustainability researchers with the goal to promote collaboration and disseminate the latest innovative concepts, research methods, and results in the various domains of bioenergy sustainability. It is chaired by Keith Kline, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Center for Bioenergy Innovation, and co-chaired by David Shonnard, Michigan Technological University.

Abstract Deadline: July 21, 2019

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2019 Bioenergy Sustainability Conference

Large-scale utilization of bioenergy is attractive as a potential alternative to fossil fuels only if the production and processing of bioenergy feedstocks is sustainable from economic, environmental, and social standpoints. Research into bioenergy sustainability will benefit from improved understanding of goals, progress to date, and cooperation among researchers active in multiple disciplinary domains. This conference will bring diverse researchers together to address information gaps and solutions to bioenergy sustainability challenges including land, water, climate, and socio-economic aspects. Presentations will discuss fundamental and applied research underway to support more sustainable bioenergy. Break-out sessions will encourage all attendees to share their experiences and discuss research needs and approaches. 

Call for Abstracts

Abstract Deadline: July 21, 2019

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Submit your abstract to these and other related topics. Submissions are sought for oral, poster, and rapid fire presentations.

  • Research frontiers for sustainable bioenergy
    • Can we manage feedstock production systems to promote desirable biogeochemical services?
    • Bioenergy and climate change
    • Genetic improvements for crop resilience and resistance to pests, drought, diseases…
    • Chemical and engineering advances to reduce costs and undesired effects
    • Creating value from “wastes and residues”
    • Water sustainability issues and solutions
    • Bioenergy impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems services
  • Integrating systems  Designing sustainable bioenergy systems
    • The role of co products in sustainable bioenergy systems
    • Bioenergy integrated with existing productive landscapes
    • Rethinking anaerobic digestion (biogas, arrested methanogenesis, etc.)
    • System optimization for today and tomorrow
    • Combining bioenergy with carbon capture and storage
  • Advances in integrated assessments of bioenergy sustainability
    • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
    • Techno-economic analysis (TEA)
    • Social and political dimensions – bridging from growers to consumers
    • Bridging empirical and modeling realms

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