Bioladies Network events
The Bioladies Network events are open to everyone who might be interested in the topics or benefit from the networking opportunities they provide. Please therefore feel free to share the links below with any colleagues who might be interested.
If you are interested in attending an event, please click on the event title to go to the Eventbrite site where you can register and get tickets for the event.
2018 Bioladies Network events
We had a Bioladies Catch up on 10 April in London and, in addition to the June event in York outlined below, will have another event in London on 10 October. Any help with venues or sponsors for future events would be greatly appreciated.
For the first time, we are holding an event in York. It is being kindly sponsored by Grays Court & Bow Restaurant and KPMG. We have a great line up of speakers, including Dr John Williams, a polymer expert now working on investment in bioproducts; Paula Widdowson who will tell us about personal and professional obstacles she encountered to make products more sustainable and Dr Chris Holland from Sheffield University and Chair of the Natural Materials Association who will enthuse us about silk. There will of course also be plenty opportunities to network too!
2017 Bioladies Network events
Monday 11 December at SCI: Science & Industry
It was snowing and very cold on Monday 11 December, but a number of intrepid ladies braved the elements and attended the Network Event. They were rewarded with some excellent presentations and a chance to network in the sumptuous surroundings of the SCI Council room, kindly sponsored by the SCI, and refreshments sponsored by Dr John Williams of S’Investec.
Karen Hobbs gave us an overview of the work of SCI. Some of our bioladies are members already.
Josie Morris, the Managing Director of Woolcool, gave us a thought provoking presentation on the ethos and culture of Woolcool and also the sustainable credentials of the packaging they produce.
We then had Dr Liliya Serazetdinova, Knowledge Transfer Manager , Agri-Food give us a run through of Innovate UK work and all the possible grants and networking available through them.
Finally, we had a chance to network over some snacks and drinks, this always proves very popular and we had many interesting conversations.
Wednesday 22 November at LCCC: Focus on Bioenergy/Waste
This event was sponsored by the LCCC Ltd. Iris delivered a presentation about the importance of the bioeconomy and the role women play in it. She also gave a brief summary of the ResUrbis project and BBIA’s role in it.
This was followed by three presentations:
Ruth Herbert from LCCC explained the CFD and Capacity Market schemes which became fully operational in 2016/17 in support of the electricity market objectives set by the government and the recent auction and prices of Contracts for Difference. Ausilio Bauen of E4Tech gave an interesting overview of the current state of the bioeconomy.
Dr. Mairi J. Black from UCL and LCA Works gave a perspective on Managing Carbon. This featured work being carried out by Project Drawdown (http://www.drawdown.org), which model 100 of the most substantive existing solutions to address climate change. This prompted a lively discussion on the significant role that Gender is seen to play through targeting family planning and the education of girls, as well as the requirements for energy and food provision, and land use.
Tuesday 16 May 2017 at ARUP: Exploring the Bioeconomy
At this event, Agnieszka spoke about Arup’s commitment to a circular economy – as expressed in the words of Gregory Hodkinson, Arup’s Global Chairman, “Arup is in this for the long haul, because, even if it takes a generational shift to get there, the direction of travel represents a far better future for our shared society.”
Iris delivered a presentation about the importance of the bioeconomy to global development and the role women play in it. This was followed by two presentations of the “case studies”, with Carmen Hijosa talking about her journey from leather to pineapple-waste based novel material Pinatex and Alistair Law presenting how Arup’s Living Wall helps to “green” the construction sites.
Some of the Arup’s commercial and research projects relating to the bioeconomy were exhibited and catalysed conversations and networking throughout the rest of the evening.