ANZBRN Regional Meeting29-30 September 2011, Melbourne
The ANZBRN regional meeting was held on the 29-30th September at Melbourne University's Parkville Campus. The first day of the meeting consisted of presentations from researchers while the second day was open to members of the general public and featured several key-note speakers. A link to the program can be found here with a list of presentations below.
Dr Anthony Weatherley - Biochar Research at the University of Melbourne
Professor Jim Jones - Mechanisms of Pyrolysis
Ms Cathy Dandie - Poultry manure biochar application to a Ferrosol: short-term effects on N cycling processes
Ms Anna Wrobel-Tobiszewska - Biochar as a soil amendment and growth stimulus for Eucalyptus forestry plantations under Tasmanian conditions
Ms Genivieve Ackland - Biochar and Energy from Trees Project - Biochar Field Trials
Ms Noraini Jaafar - Biochar effects on mycorhizal colonization of wheat
Dr Adriana Downie - PacPyro Melbourne Grant Project
Dr Lukas Van Zwieten - Summary of agronomic findings: field data
Dr Lukas Van Zwieten - Biochar impacts N processes and emissions of N2O
Dr Adriana Downie - PacPyro research overview
Mr Stephen Kimber - Rapid tools for characterising biochar
Professor Jim Jones - Biochar Overview / Introduction
Dr Anthony Weatherley - Soils and BiocharMs Noraini Jaafar - Biochar use in agriculture, with an emphasis on soil biology
Dr Lukas Van Zwieten - Overview of the Asia Pacific Conference and latest findings
Dr Adriana Downie - Future research directions and opportunities
The 2nd Asia Pacific Biochar Conference was held at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. The conference was hosted by the Japan Biochar Association, the Japan Association for Human and Environmental Symbiosis and Ritsumeikan University in affiliation with ANZ Biochar Researchers Network and the International Biochar Initiative. The conference aimed to contribute to rural development and to the mitigation and adaptation of climate change in the Asia Pacific region and globally.
Further information about the conference can be found at the following link.
The combined 11th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference and 4th Australasian Hyrdrogeology Conference was held in Cairns, QLD on the 13th to 14th July 2011. The three day conference included presentations showcasing the latest in Australian science in these areas and was followed by a field trip to the Australian Canopy Crane Research Facility in the Daintree rainforest on Friday the 15th July.Top of Page
The Forestry Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) hosted a conference on the conversion of wood waste to valuable bioenergy products, such as biochar, in March 2011. This conference included presentations from industry leaders and ANZ Biochar Researchers Network members.
Conference on climate change strategy and its interface with primary industry, held at the MCG. The conference considered strategy, research and practical on-farm methodology and examined how Australian producers can implement world leading climate change technology.
Workshop held on the opportunities, risks and acceptance of Biochar with contributions encouraged from all interest areas including: production technology, biochar economics, characterisation of biochars, biochar-soil-plant interactions, application case studies, life cycle assessment and biochar in GHG mitigation.
Information on the conference can be found at NZ Biochar Research Centre website.
Bioenergy Australia held its annual conference on the 8-10 December in Manly, NSW. The conference program included over 105 presentations over two days with a technical tour to biomass and bioenergy sites included on Wednesday 8th December.
Further information on the conference can be found at the following link.
An international symposium on “Environmental Behavior and Effects of Biomass-derived Charcoal” was held in Hangzhou, China. Participants included more than 70 international scientists, stakeholders and representatives of the International Biochar Initiative who were treated to an excellent scientific program and field tour.
Information on background, themes, abstract submission and registration can be found at the IBI website.
The goal of this event was to lecture students, professors, and specialists related to Chemical Engineering. The subject was be viewed from political, social, technological, economic, and scientific perspectives with the purpose of showing the importance and situation of renewable energy worldwide.
Guest lecture by Adriana Downie, ANZ biochar researchers network committee member.Top of Page
Theme: Biochar Utilization in Agriculture and Its Contribution to the Revitalisation of Local Society – Citizens Participation in the Global Warming Countermeasures.
Special lecture by Attilio Pigneri, ANZ biochar researchers network committee member.The aim of this symposium was to disseminate the message that charcoal can be a useful and important tool for promoting environmentally friendly local regeneration. In the symposium, international trends of the evaluation of biochar in agriculture and the current states of utilisation and standardisation of charcoal in Japan were first discussed, followed by the introductions of some practical activities of Kameoka Carbon Minus Project that involve local citizens.
Host organisation: Local Human Resources and Public Policy Development System Open Research Centre (LORC), Ryukoku University
about the LORC can be found at the at this
The 2010 Biochar Workshop was held at Massey University, Manawatu Campus from 11
2010 to 12 February 2010.
Bioenergy Australia 2009, 'From Opportunity to Implementation' was held from 9-10 December 2009 at the Radisson Resort Gold Coast. The conference was attended by 344 delegates with 90 presentations including a section on biochar research.
An overview of the conference from the perspective of the Australian delegates in attendance can be downloaded here: US Biochar Conference 2009, Australian Overview.
E-versions of some of the presentations will be made available through the conference website. However, they can be provided by any of the Australian attendees of this conference.