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.
Upcoming Bioladies Network events
Bioladies Catch up – Friday 29 June
The next catch up will be in London on Friday 29 June. We have decided to take a trip to the V&A museum to see the Fashioned from Nature exhibition. We will need to book timed tickets, so please let us know as soon as possible if you will be attending. The V&A is open late on Friday, so we aim to meet at 6pm, for admission on timed ticket for 6.15pm. We can go for refreshments afterwards near the museum.
Bioladies Network event – Wednesday 10 October
We are planning another event in London on 10 October. Any suggestions for content or help with venues or sponsors for this or future events would be greatly appreciated.
Recent Bioladies Network events
The event in York held on 6 June surpassed all expectations in various ways. The venue, and sponsors, Gray’s Court Hotel was superlative and all the speakers brought fresh insight on their chosen subject.
Iris, the founder of the Bioladies Network did some quick pointers on the value of networking. Dr Chris Holland from Sheffield University was spellbinding on the fascinating world of spiders, their silk and the lessons we can all learn from biomimicry. Dr John Williams gave an insight into what investors look for and some practical advice on business plans and how to pitch. Christine Geddes gave a quick overview of ERDF funding available for those in the area and then Paula Widdowson amazed us with her career journey and ways of encouraging sustainability.
We then had time to share a drink, sponsored by KPMG, and network. Feedback from the 40 attendees was very positive and they saw the benefits from attending the event as varied, ranging from simply networking, to finding a mentor, finding new clients, learning about a new subject in the wider bioeconomy and getting to know people in technical roles. The Network will be returning to York with more events.
Previous Bioladies Network events
Monday 11 December 2017 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 2017 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.