WIRE MC Meeting and Workshops
10-12 May, Portalegre, Portugal

All WIRE Sessions will be held at Dr. Francisco Tomatas Auditorium, Superior School of Technology and Management, IPPortalegre, Campus Politécnico

Day 1 – May 10th

12.00 – 13.00 h: WIRE COST meeting registration
(All participants must sign the participants list for both days of the meeting according to COST rules)

13.30 – 16.00 h: Management Committee Meeting
(only MC members)

  • Welcome to WIRE MC members
    (Speakers: Paulo Brito, Action Chair)
  • Verification of the quorum and adoption of agenda; Recap of the minutes of the last meeting, e-votes and matters arising since the last meeting.
    (Presenter: Paulo Brito, Action Chair)
  • Core Group: Report from the Core Group, including delegated decisions, action membership and applications
    (Presenter: George Skevis, Action Vice-Chair)
  • Budget status: Summary from the Grant Holder
    (Presenter: Catarina Nobre, Science Communication Coordinator)
  • Action management
    (Presenter: Action Chair, Paulo Brito)
  • Implementation of the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy; Grant awarding by the Action
    (Presenter: Mara de Joannon, Grant Awarding Coordinator)
  • Science Communication Plan
    (Presenter: Catarina Nobre, Science Communication Coordinator)
  • Goals for the current Grant Period, work and budget plan review; Draft plans for the following Grant Periods
    (Presenter: George Skevis, Action Vice-Chair)
  • Monitoring and reporting to the COST Association; Summary of MC decisions; Closing of the MC meeting
    (Presenter: Action Chair, Paulo Brito).

16.00 – 16.15 h: Coffee break
(Rooms E2 and E3, Superior School of Technology and Management, IPPortalegre, Campus Politécnico)

16.15 – 17.15 h: Working Groups Progress Meeting
(Presenters: Maciej Kluz, Marta Trninic, Corinna Maria Grottola, Diogo Santos)

17.30 – 18.45 h: WG 1 Workshop
(Moderator: Maciej Kluz, WG1 Leader)

  • 17.30 – 17.45 h: “Biorefineries from complex wastes: from polymers to food waste” by Margarida Gonçalves, FCT- Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
  • 17.45 – 18.00 h: “Fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass: status, challenges and opportunities” by Francisco Gírio, LNEG – Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, Portugal
  • 18.00 – 18.15 h: “Lignocellulosic Biomass and Residues as Potential Substrates for the Industrial Biotechnology” by Joachim Venus, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Germany
  • 18.15 – 18.45 h: Round Table Discussion

Day 2 – May 11th

12.30 – 14.00 h Lunch
(Rooms E2 and E3, Superior School of Technology and Management, IPPortalegre, Campus Politécnico)

14.00 – 15.15 h: WG 2 Workshop
(Moderator: Marta Trninic, WG2 Leader)

  • 14.00 – 14.15 h: “A Surrogate Approach for the Modelling of Thermal Treatment of Waste Streams” by Corinna Netzer – Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
  • 14.15 – 14.30 h: “Synergies of industrial plants with R&D projects for the case of biomass gasification” by Reinhard Rauch – KIT, The Research University in the Helmholtz Association, Germany
  • 14.30 – 14.45 h: “Lignin-first biorefinery: from lab to pilot” by Bert Lagrain – KU Leuven, Belgium
  • 14.45 – 15.15 h: Round Table Discussion

15.15 – 16.30 h: WG 3 Workshop
(Moderator: Corinna Grottola, WG3 Leader)

  • 15.15 – 15.30 h: “Livestock waste – from problem to opportunity” by Maria G. Antoniou, Cyprus University of Technology
  • 15.30 – 15.45 h: “The contribution of biomass wastes in a 100% circular economy model” by Jean-Bernard Michel – Race for Water Foundation, Switzerland
  • 15.45 – 16.00 h: “Biomass as a source of renewable raw materials for bio-based products via acid-catalyzed liquefaction”, by Rui Galhano dos Santos, C5Lab, CERENA-IST, Portugal
  • 16.00 – 16.30 h: Round Table Discussion

16.30 – 16.45 h: Coffee break
(Rooms E2 and E3, Superior School of Technology and Management, IPPortalegre, Campus Politécnico)

16.45 – 18.15 h: WG 4 Workshop
(Moderator: Diogo Santos, WG4 Leader)

  • 16.45 – 17.00 h: “Reaching your audience” by Eoin Syron, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • 17.15 – 17.30 h: “Importance of dissemination and outreach for (small) research groups” by Alejandro Rodríguez, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain
  • 17.30 – 17.45 h: “A practical approach for managing relevant stakeholders”, by Ana Paula Ramos, FCT-NOVA, Portugal
  • 17.45 – 18.15 h: Round Table Discussion

18.15 h: Closing ceremony
(Paulo Brito, Action Chair; Luís Loures, IPPortalegre’s President; Paulo Ferreira, Grant Holder; George Skevis, Action Vice-Chair)

18.30 h: Networking Cocktail
(Convento de Santa Clara, Portalegre)

Day 3 – May 12th

8.30 – 9.00 h: BioBip Installations, Portalegre

9.30 – 10.30 h: Transnil SA, Portalegre

13.00 – 14.00 h: Lunch

15.00 h – LNEG – Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia (National Laboratory for Energy and Geology), Lisboa