BBSRC NIBB Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Network


The Executive Board are responsible for undertaking delivery of the Network aims and the Management Board chair the six Working Groups, shape strategy, and assess applications for funds. An International Advisory Group provides further expertise, advice and a pool of expert referees.

The Executive Board

Professor Charles Banks, The University of Southampton, Primary Investigator is Head of the Water and Environmental Engineering division in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and leader of the Bioenergy and Organic Resources Group which is home to 30 researchers from 14 countries.  Prof Banks is currently co-ordinator of the BBSRC ERA-Net AmbiGAS project on AD of high-volume low-strength wastewaters, and the FP7 Marie Curie ECOFUEL exchange programme with China; and a partner in the FP7 VALORGAS project on AD of food waste, the SUPERGEN project on integration of AD and Pyrolysis and Europe‚Äôs first demonstration of large-scale algal biofuel production through AD. Professor Orkun Soyer, University of Warwick, Co-Investigator is a systems and synthetic biologist leading a research group at the University. He is PI of a BBSRC strategic LoLa grant in Synthetic Biology and is involved in an Isaac Newton Institute Research Programme which will focus on combining mathematical and experimental approaches for research on microbial communities. He edited the first book on the Emerging of Evolutionary Systems biology, a Current Opinion in Biotechnology special edition on systems and synthetic biology and is a fellow of EGENIS, an interdisciplinary research centre for Genomics in Society. The Network Managers are Dr. Louise Byfield and Angela Bywater. The diagram below shows the structure of the project. Click on each working group focus area to find out more.

The Management Board

The Management Board consists of representatives from academia, industry and government. The AD Network academic representatives are: Dr James Chong - University of York Dr Susan Molyneux-Hodgson - University of Sheffield Prof. Andrew Wheatley - University of Loughborough Our industry, governnment and trade body representatives are: Dr Amaya Arias-Garcia - GOALS Project Management & Engineering Support Ltd Mr Michael Chesshire - Lutra Ltd Dr Les Gornall - Projen Ltd Dr Nick Mills - Thames Water Mr Ollie More - Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association Dr Nina Sweet - Waste Resources Action Programme Dr David Tompkins - Aquaenviro Ltd Mr David Woolgar - David Woolgar Consulting