Bioenergy Distributed Dialogue
Sciencewise-ERC funded project 2012
Momentum is building around bioenergy as an area of research that could contribute significantly in responding to the challenges of sustainable energy production in a low-carbon economy. One of three BBSRC strategic research priorities is Bioenergy and Industrial Biotechnology. A £24M investment has been made in the BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre (BSBEC); a virtual centre, set up in partnership with industry, focussed on development of second-plus generation biofuels.
Aims and Objectives
The overall objective is:
• To develop an ongoing, informed discussion between the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), its research community and a range of stakeholders, including members of the public, around bioenergy research, its potential and the issues associated with it.
The key objectives for the elements of the dialogue covered by the Sciencewise-ERC grant are:
• To develop a novel, flexible model for dialogue that can adapt to the changing science, and to the evaluation and outputs of the public engagement activities during the lifetime of the dialogue
• To use that model of dialogue to engage in an ongoing and evolving conversation between BBSRC, its research community and a range of stakeholders, including members of the public, around bioenergy research, its potential, its application and the issues associated with it
• To provide a positive experience of dialogue for all those involved so that those people, from members of the public to researchers and policymakers, are better informed when making decisions about bioenergy
The Bioetechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public.
Latest Status Update
Sciencewise and the BBSRC held a facilitated dialogue session Friday 22nd March to give civil servants the chance to experience public dialogue first-hand on a ‘live’ policy issue.