BEI Archived Events

The Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) was a host and/or sponsor of these events.

For many of these events, you can view presentations, videos, agendas, etc. on the archived event sites as listed below.

2014 Extension Energy and Environment Summit

Sept. 23-26, 2014, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

The summit provided a forum for the exchange of biorenewables and sustainability research findings and educational ideas, methods, and techniques for Extension Educators, NGO’s and outreach and policy professionals with agriculture, energy, and natural resource interests and/or appointments. 

tcs2014: The Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products

Sept. 2-5, 2014, Denver, CO

This symposium focuses exclusively on thermochemical processing of biomass into fuels and chemicals. The program will feature speakers discussing recent scientific developments in this rapidly developing field. Program topics include advances in pyrolysis and solvent liquefaction; advances in gasification; and catalytic upgrading of bio-oil and syngas to fuels and chemicals. It is being held in Denver and is being co-hosted by BEI and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.


RIN Academy

August 26, 2013, Des Moines, IA

The RIN Academy is the first educational conference to address the complexities of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) for a broad audience: refiners facing Renewable Volume Obligations; petroleum marketers seizing economic opportunities in renewable fuels; producers trying to stay abreast of changing laws. It is sponsored by EcoEngineers, Iowa State University and American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE). A featured speaker is Bruce Babcock, director of the Biobased Industry Center and Cargill Chair of Energy Economics at Iowa State. He will present his views on the effect of RIN pricing on consumer acceptance of higher ethanol blends. He will also discuss his researched findings on sugar markets and the competitive advantage, if any, of sugar ethanol over biodiesel in meeting the Advanced Biofuel volume requirements of RFS2. Also speaking are Tristan Brown, a BEI research associate, and Mark Wright, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Iowa State.

2nd Annual Iowa Legislators in the Lab

Sept. 5, 2013, Ames, IA

Iowa legislators will spend the day at Iowa State University to learn about renewable energy research, education, and outreach programs. They will tour research labs, meet faculty, and participate in hands-on research experiments. This event is sponsored by BEI and Iowa NSF EPSCoR.

Enhancing Mississippi Watershed Ecosystems with Perennial Bioenergy Crops

Sept. 23-24, 2013, Minneapolis, MN

This event will explore ways of improving the environmental impacts of agriculture with biomass production. This meeting will be held concurrently with the fall meeting of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient (Hypoxia) Task Force. The goal of this event is to explore actionable means of incorporating perennial bioenergy crops on the landscape for the benefit of both farmers and society as a whole.

2nd Annual Hybrid Processing Symposium

May 15-16, 2013
Reiman Gardens, Ames, IA

Iowa State University’s Hybrid Processing group of Zhiyou Wen, Laura Jarboe, and Zhanyou Chi hosted the 2nd Annual Hybrid Processing for Biorenewable Fuels & Chemicals Production Symposium. This workshop was supported by Iowa State’s Bioeconomy Institute, Office of Biotechnology, Plant Sciences Institute, and the Iowa Energy Center.

Hybrid Processing is a combination of thermochemical biomass deconstruction and biological utilization of the resulting sugars, organic acids and syngas. ISU currently has a well-established program on thermochemical processing, therefore, our hybrid program’s focus is on the biological side, i.e. syngas fermentation and bio-oil fermentation. The goal of the workshop was to develop collaborations in this research area.

Roadmap to Commercialize Thermochemical Biofuels and Bio-products Processing in the Midwest

Dec. 11-12, 2013
Scheman Building, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

The “Roadmap to Commercialize Thermochemical Biofuels and Bio-products Processing in the Midwest” workshop was held Dec. 11-12, 2013 in Ames, IA.  It was attended by researchers, plant breeders, agronomists, crop producers, and industry representatives. The workshop’s goals were to:

  1. Foster relationships between faculty, thermochemical processing technology industry representatives, and Midwest agricultural producer groups
  2. Delineate optimal biomass feedstock characteristics for thermochemical processing of biomass
  3. Identify commercial pathways for thermochemical processing in the Midwest


Biopolymers & Biocomposites Workshop

August 14, 2012
Memorial Union, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Hosted by the Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team

Whether you already use biopolymers or biocomposites or are considering their use, this workshop will allow you to interact with experts and gain critical knowledge about this growing industry. The workshop will focus on formulating protein-based polymers, vegetable oil polymers, adhesives, and composites; as well as processing technologies such as injection molding, extrusion, compression molding and casting. The workshop also includes a poster session, exhibits, and tours of Iowa State’s Technology Transfer Pilot Plant and Polymer Characterization Laboratory.

The workshop is part of a three-day series of workshops related to plastics happening August 13-15. 

Iowa EPSCoR All Hands Annual Meeting 2012

July 31, 2012
University of Iowa Memorial Union, Main Lounge

At the first annual All Hands Meeting, industry leaders, legislators, economic development professionals, and faculty and students from across Iowa will explore research, innovation and partnerships aimed at establishing Iowa as a leader in the worldwide transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. A collaboration of Iowa’s Regent institutions, community colleges and industry, Iowa’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) builds research capacity and increases competitiveness in the State of Iowa through investments in infrastructure and human capital.

National Panel for a Carbon Negative Economy Workshop

June 25-26, 2012
Minneapolis, MN


The National Panel for a Carbon Negative Economy is holding its third meeting in Minneapolis, MN, June 25-26, 2012. The panel was established by the Initiative for a Carbon Negative Economy to refine the vision of the initiative and give it a national identity. The panel is working to develop a project plan for research into carbon negative fuels and products. Its overall goal is to develop technologies that capture, use and sequester carbon while enhancing food production, ecosystems, economic development and national security. The group meets bi-annually; the next meeting is set for October 2012 in Denver, CO.

The State of Technology, Investment and Market Outlook

June 13, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Washington, Congressional A Meeting Room
400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

The reality: current Renewable Fuels Standard mandates for volumes of advanced and cellulosic biofuels will not be met. It is likely that sometime in the not-too-distant future, this reality will be reflected in revised volumes. The more informed decision makers are, the more likely that any change to the RFS will be based on facts and science rather than beliefs, myths and politics. The goal of this briefing is to provide fact-based, objective information about the state of technology and investment in advanced biofuels made either from cellulosic feedstocks or from innovative processing methods. Congressional aides and agency staffers (EPA, DOE, USDA, NSF) are invited to attend. Sponsored by Iowa NSF EPSCoR, Biobased Industry Center, and the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development.


Hybrid Processing for Biorenewables Fuels & Chemicals Production Symposium

May 9-10, 2012
Howe Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University’s Hybrid Processing group of Zhiyou Wen and Laura Jarboe hosted the Hybrid Processing for Biorenewables Fuels & Chemicals Production Symposium on the ISU campus, May 9-10, 2012. Hybrid Processing is a combination of thermochemical biomass deconstruction and biological utilization of the resulting sugars, organic acids and SynGas. ISU currently has a well-established program on thermochemical processing, therefore, our hybrid program’s focus is on the biological side, i.e. syngas fermentation and bio-oil fermentation. The goal of the workshop was to develop collaborations in this research area.

Biochar2010: U.S. Biochar Initiative Conference

June 27-30, 2010

Biochar 2010 was designed to advance our understanding of the science and policy issues related to biochar as both an agent for carbon sequestration as well as an amendment for soils. Join scientists, engineers, policymakers, policy analysts, producers, and users at this event and learn of recent advances in biochar science, technology, and polic

TCS2010: Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products

September 21-23, 2010

TCS2010 brought together leading scientists and engineers to share the latest advances in thermal and catalytic science for biofuels and biobased products. The symposium will offer a mix of informative plenary sessions with experts in the field, interactive breakout sessions, facility tours, and networking opportunities.

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