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BPI Rising Star Award Winners

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of the inaugural BioProducts Institute Rising Star Award. BPI committed to strengthen equity, diversity and inclusion in the field of bioproducts and biorefining. These Rising Star Awards were created to recognize, encourage and empower under-represented groups in our cohort. Five awards were created: two BPI Rising Star […]

Shawn Mansfield elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Forestry e-News  | September 13, 2018 Royal Society of Canada citation: MANSFIELD, Shawn – Department of Wood Science, The University of British Columbia Shawn Mansfield is a world-leading authority on plant secondary cell wall biosynthesis. He is internationally recognized for his efforts linking genomics, biochemistry, and development, and using functional genomics has discovered genes critical […]

NCE BiRNet moves to final stage

BiRNet's strong Letter of Intent to NSERC's competition gets the federal nod to move to the final stage of the highly competitive application process

67th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference: Vikramaditya G. Yadav

67th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference: Vikramaditya G. Yadav The organizing committee of the 67th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CSChE), to be held October 22nd-25th, 2017 in Edmonton, is proud to announce the Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering Plenary Session. This prestigious session, a first of its kind at the CSChE meeting, will aim to highlight […]

CFI grant accelerates bio-products research and technologies at UBC Engineering

Canadian Foundation for Innovation announced grants of $10.1 million to three of UBC’s engineering professors, James Olson, Xiaotao Bi and Walter Merida.   Principal Investigator and Pro Tem Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science, James Olson will lead and collaborate with a cluster of researchers to accelerate the world’s transition from a fossil fuel-based […]

BiRNet – About Us

A pan-Canada research focused on advanced high-value biobased materials and chemicals

Research on biomass products and residues presented at PACWest 2017

UBC researchers from the Faculty of Applied Sciences presented their projects related to forest biomass and residues at the PACWest 2017 conference  in Whistler.

UBC’s Harry Brumer shares Genome Canada’s $9.5 million LSARP award

Professor Harry Brumer of UBC's Michael Smith Laboratories receives $9.5 million Genome Canada research grant for SYMBIOMICS project with co-lead Emma Master of UofT.

Leadership is innovation and humility is confidence

Spring industry guest lectures got off to a promising start with MEL–MHLP organized Leadership Seminar Series and the Industry Nights Seminars that PPC organizes.

New grads and co-ops drive talent development in B.C.’s tech sector

Premier Christy Clark announced a significant increase in the number of tech-related grads throughout the province to drive tech talent development and support continued growth in British Columbia’s thriving technology sector.

Are dams and LNG shutting out biofuels in B.C.?

UBC researcher Jack Saddler marvels at how wood waste can actually make people fly. But some clean energy advocates worry that bioenergy — or renewable energy produced by living organisms — might be losing steam in the province.

Intro to P&P Tech Course – Registration Open

Limited registration for annual Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology course is now open. Course runs April 26-28, 2017

Sustainable Science Seminar Series

Seminar with Prof. Xiaotao Bi "Green engineering and life cycle thinking"

Forest technology building better renewable resources

A $10.5-million research project, Spruce-Up: Advanced spruce genomics for productive and resilient forests (Spruce-Up) is estimated to more than double the net economic output value of spruce forests, increasing the value of new trees and reducing losses due to environmental disturbances.

We can see the future for the trees

Despite its reputation, forestry is not only sustainable, it's flexible... and it's set to bring us countless innovations in the coming decades.

Government of Canada invests in new genomic applications projects

Dr. Joerg Bohlmann is working with the B.C. government to more rapidly breed western redcedar trees with high-value attributes that will protect this $1-billion industry from threats posed by climate change and pathogens.

Advancing Applied Science Research

The FBP Institute is maximizing BC’s natural resource advantage to lead the bio-revolution: extracting high-value products from bio-mass to create alternative and sustainable materials, energy and chemicals.

2 SEMINARS @ Pulp and Paper Centre

Join us on August 23rd to hear 2 exciting presentations from Visiting Professors Angeles Blanco and Carlos Negro, Professors, Chemical Engineering, University Complutense, Madrid

Dewatering study could improve biomass processes

Optimizing pressing has the potential to make dewatering processes more cost- and energy-efficient.

Seminar: Real-Time Imaging of Plant Cell Wall Nanoscale Architecture and Biodegradation

Join us with distinguished guest Dr. Shi-You Ding, Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University

Advanced Biofuels Symposium, July 6-8

From July 6-8, 2016, BioFuelNet hosts its annual Advanced Biofuels Symposium in downtown Vancouver, at the Sheraton Wall Centre.

Linneborn Prize awarded to Prof. Jack Saddler

The Johannes Linneborn Prize was established in 1994 to honour scientific, technical or managerial merit in the development of biomass, attained over a long period of continuous achievements. It is primarily a European Award but can occasionally be awarded to a Non-European.

Pulp and Paper Centre’s 30th Anniversary

The Centre turns 30! Come celebrate at our May 28th Open House. Tell your friends!

Watching Wood Grow

FBP's Steven Withers, Professor at UBC's Department of Chemistry, recently published an article in Nature on "Observing cellulose biosynthesis and membrane translocation in crystallo".

Clean water no longer a pipe dream

Madjid Mohseni has been working with remote and First Nations communities for more than 15 years to develop local, reliable water treatment systems. In this Q&A, he explains how his team helped design a water treatment system for a First Nations community in Lytton, B.C.

Boeing eyes B.C. forest waste as jet fuel

Airline giant working with UBC to examine potential of biofuels to power passenger planes.

Professional Development Course – Registration Open

Limited registration for Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology course is now open. Course runs April 13-15, 2016.

Boeing, Canadian Aviation Industry Launch Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Project

A consortium that includes Boeing will assess whether forest waste could also be harnessed to produce sustainable aviation biofuel using thermochemical processing.

Cast-off cedar logs used for more than just heating at UBC

UBC assistant professor Heather Trajano is extracting valuable compounds from western red cedar waste wood (used to for heating and energy generation at UBC).

Advancing the World’s Bio-Economy

As featured on UBC's Office of the Vice President Research & International

Dr. Joerg Bohlmann inducted into the Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Joerg Bohlmann inducted into the Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

China-Canada Joint Centre for BioEnergy Research & Innovation (C-C JCBERI)

The China-Canada Joint Centre for BioEnergy Research & Innovation (C-C JCBERI) opened on August 15, 2015

7th International Colloquium on Eucalyptus Pulp

Dr. Richard Chandra, Research Associate at UBC’s Wood Science, Forestry, had the opportunity to make a keynote presentation for the 7th International Colloquium on Eucalyptus Pulp (ICEP) that was held in Vittoria ES, Brazil this past May 29th. The conference was amazing featuring the “state of the art” in pulp and paper research, and most […]

New Master of Engineering Leadership in Green Bio-Products

The Master of Engineering Leadership in Green Bio-Products degree allows you to take your place as a valued leader and sector specialist in this emerging industry. Launching January 2016, apply now.

Professional Development Course – registration open

Limited registration for Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology course is now open. Course runs April 13-15, 2015.

PaperWeek 2015 Feature

James Olson and his team are heading to PaperWeek Conference 2015, Montreal, Feb. 2-5, where their work on novel cellulose foam material will be featured.

Call for Abstracts – ICBB2015

The 5th International Conference on Biorefinery (ICBB2015) will be held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, in August 2015. Call for Abstracts deadline is March 31st.

UBC named partner in national Industrial Biocatalysis Network

The University of British Columbia is part of a new research initiative aimed at upgrading the sustainability of Canada’s industrial sector by replacing its lifeblood — petrochemicals — with green alternatives.

Meritorious Achievement Award

James Olson received the 2014 APEG BC Meritorious Achievemt Award. Every year, APEGBC recognizes eight engineering and geoscience leaders who have made outstanding contributions in their professional fields or community service.

UBC Killam Awards

Laurel Schafer and Rob Kozak are among the winners of UBC's Killam Awards.

IEA Bioenergy

International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy brings together national experts from research, government, industry and other stakeholders to advance the state of bioenergy research, policy and implementation.

UBC chemist, astronomer honoured by Royal Society of Canada

UBC chemist Mark MacLachlan has been elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Dr Shawn Mansfield receives Tree Biology Award

The award is given in recognition for “outstanding research contributions in tree biology, primarily in Canada”, with “special consideration … given to originality and independence of thought.”

Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Professor Bi was one of 49 new Fellows inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering at a ceremony that took place in Saint John’s on June 26, 2014

Pulp Friction – UBC Annual Report 2013-2014

James Olson's Energy Reduction in Mechanical Pulping research group is featured in UBC's 2013-2014 Annual Report.

Nanomaterials and isotope researchers awarded $3.3 million

Researchers studying nanomaterials and isotopes at the University of British Columbia received a $3.3 million boost in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

John R Grace – Invested an Officer of the Order of Canada

Professor John R. Grace was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 7th, 2014.

Researchers design trees that make it easier to produce pulp

Researchers have genetically engineered trees that will be easier to break down to produce paper and biofuel, a breakthrough that will mean using fewer chemicals, less energy and creating fewer environmental pollutants.

How a versatile gut bacterium helps us get our daily dietary fibre

University of British Columbia researchers have discovered the genetic machinery that turns a common gut bacterium into the Swiss Army knife of the digestive tract – helping us metabolize a main component of dietary fibre from the cell walls of fruits and vegetables.

UBC awarded $9M in research funds to tackle societal challenges

University of British Columbia research in fish ecology, oil sands, energy efficient buildings, clean water and wearable electronics received a $9-million boost on January 9, 2014 through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.