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Postdoctoral Researcher post Circular Economy, TUD, Dublin

This Postdoctoral Researcher post is a key appointment in the FORWARD project that brings together researchers from Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), Munster Technological University, and University College Cork. The central objective of FORWARD is to develop a “waste-to-value” bioeconomy by assessing, quantifying and developing a circular bioeconomy approach to food waste. The primary purpose of the research role is to conduct cross-sectional survey for quantifying food waste in Ireland and conduct Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) of the generated food waste so as to measure its environmental impacts and economic costs.
 
The FORWARD project focuses on the ‘National Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy’ to support a ‘Zero Waste’ approach by facilitating an integrated reduce, reuse, recycle approach. It will provide improved evidence-based policy alongside reduced waste creation via accurate estimation of GHG emissions, water and land use, together with individual and household-scale economic losses per kg of food waste generated. Specifically, the Postdoctoral Researcher will (a) conduct a national survey for quantifying volumes and composition of household food waste generated in Ireland and identify clusters (spatiotemporal, occupational, demographic) of food waste streams and (b) Undertake environmental and economic assessments via Life Cycle Analysis and Life Cycle Costing of generated food waste and equivalent valorization into value added product(s)

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be based at the Faculty of Business at TU Dublin, and report to Dr Anushree Priyadarshini and Dr Paul Hynds. The Postdoctoral Researcher will closely liaise with the project partners, co-PIs Prof Marcel Jansen (UCC), and Dr Gaurav Rajauria (MTU) and a project Research Assistant (UCC).
 
More details on the Postdoctoral Researcher post are available to download  here
 
Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Anushree Priyadarshini Email: anushree.priyadarshini@tudublin.ie

Research Assistant post Circular Economy UCC, Cork

This Research Assistant post is a key appointment in the FORWARD project, that brings together researchers from Technological University Dublin (TUD), Munster Technological University (MTU), and University College Cork (UCC). The central objective of FORWARD is to develop a “waste-to-value” bioeconomy by assessing, quantifying and developing a circular bioeconomy approach to food waste. The primary purpose of the research role is to design a roadmap for the waste management industry and policymakers for converting household food waste into sustainable biobased products using the cascading approach of a biorefinery. The roadmap will provide a framework for making the transition from food waste to food resource by exploring the literature, and other knowledge sources, for established and emerging technologies for bioconversion and valorisation of food waste. Specifically, the RA will review international knowledge re the biochemical profile of food waste, explore scope for a biorefinery approach to extract high value compounds from waste, explore scope for production of high value synthons from food waste using bacterial, fungal or yeast systems, assess the energy value of food waste, and the scope for mineral recovery using primary producers.


The Research Assistant will be based at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at UCC, and report to Prof Marcel Jansen. The Research Assistant will closely liaise with the overall project coordinator, Dr Anushree Priyadarshini (TUD), co-PI Dr Gaurav Rajauria (MTU) and a project postdoctoral researcher (TUD).

More details on the Research Assistant post are available to download here

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Prof Marcel AK Jansen, School of BEES, Email: m.jansen@ucc.ie

  • Cork Carnival of Science 2022: Back with a Bang!!

    17 Jun 2022
    Cork Carnival of Science 2022: Back with a Bang!!

    After a 2 year absence, the Cork Carnival of Science came back with a bang this month. Our project team was delighted to showcase Brainwaves at the science-filled spectacular, held at Fitzgerald’s Park on June 11th and 12th.

    Organised by Old Cork Waterworks Experience with support from Cork City Council and SFI, the free, weekend long event showcased the wonders of science for all ages. We joined a jam-packed lineup that featured live demonstrations, hands on workshops and interactive experiments.

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by to chat to our research team, discover our tabletop flow through system in action, watch our video and share their own insight and perspectives with us. We were particularly thrilled to see over 54 new people sign up to our project newsletter. Who knew one little plant could be so interesting!

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  • Researcher Profile : Ms Marion Blanchard

    19 Jul 2022
    Researcher Profile : Ms Marion Blanchard

    Ms Marion Blanchard, a French Masters student from Toulouse in Southwest France recently spent some time volunteering on the Brainwaves Project. Sounds like she really enjoyed the experience gained and the Irish culture. 

    We tested our interview skills on Marion and asked her about her time spent in Ireland. 

     

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  • Brainwaves takes to the airwaves for Mooney Goes Wild on RTÉ Radio 1

    23 May 2022
    Brainwaves takes to the airwaves for Mooney Goes Wild on RTÉ Radio 1

    Brainwaves project Principal Investigator Professor Marcel Jansen took to the airwaves for popular RTÉ Radio 1 wildlife and nature show Mooney Goes Wild. Appearing alongside UCC President Professor John O'Halloran, the segment highlighted the groundbreaking work on climate change, biodiversity loss and the circular economy being done in University College Cork.

    Professor Jansen focused on the important work being done by the Brainwaves team in developing an innovative method of phytoremediation – cleaning agricultural wastewater using native duckweed plants. He explained the application of duckweed-based systems in on-farm settings, the research challenges being tackled to optimise these systems for large scale commerical use, and the economic benefits for farmers, including the creation of a high-protein feed source using duckweed biomass. 

    The segment aired live on April 11th, but you can listen back here at 43 minutes in.

     

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  • Europe Day 2022

    10 May 2022
    Europe Day 2022

    To mark Europe Day 2022, Brainwaves joined a public showcase of EU-funded projects held at Wexford County Council offices on May 9th.

    Nearly a dozen projects across the south and east regions of Ireland attended on the day, highlighting the extent of the exciting EU-funded work happening across a diverse array of sectors including tourism, technology and climate change.

    Across the Irish Sea in Wales, the research team enjoyed an outdoor picnic with other EU-funded projects at Aberystwyth University.

    Below: The Welsh team enjoying a well-earned break in the fresh air on Europe Day

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  • Lemna's ability to survive in a range of different environments is astounding!

    13 Apr 2022
    Lemna's ability to survive in a range of different environments is astounding!

    For the past year, Abby Campbell and Kirsty Allwood have been working within the BRAINWAVES research group based in Aberystwyth University as a part of the year in industry degree scheme.

    Both of them have a keen interest in botany and sustainable agriculture, and so were both eager to join the ongoing research in duckweed and its potential to remediate against agricultural waste.

    Post lockdowns they were very excited to get as much laboratory experience as possible.

     

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  • World Water Day 2022: Game-changing UCC project turns wastewater into food source

    22 Mar 2022
    World Water Day 2022: Game-changing UCC project turns wastewater into food source

    UCC researchers on the EU-funded Brainwaves Project have developed an innovative, sustainable method of wastewater remediation – all with the help of a common native Irish plant.

     

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  • Stories from our researchers on International Women and Girls in Science Day

    11 Feb 2022
    Stories from our researchers on International Women and Girls in Science Day

    February 11th 2022 marked the seventh International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Held annually, this day exists to recognise and promote the contributions of women and girls in STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics) fields.

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  • Research identifies 6 steps to advance innovative indoor duckweed cultivation

    28 Jan 2022
    Research identifies 6 steps to advance innovative indoor duckweed cultivation

    Newly published paper from Brainwaves’ researchers highlights the challenges and opportunities for large-scale indoor Lemnaceae growth

    Nothing beats duckweed (Lemnaceae) when it comes to fast growth! These amazing plants can double in biomass in just over a day. However, these plants don’t just grow fast, they are also highly nutritious, and can be used in animal feed or as human food. By culturing these plants indoors, a steady stream of fresh produce can be generated, irrespective of seasons.

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  • AquaMona: Ireland's first large-scale duckweed based fish farm

    17 Dec 2021
    AquaMona: Ireland's first large-scale duckweed based fish farm

    Mount Lucas farm near Daingean in Co. Offaly is a rather unique place. Apart from its dramatic setting on several acres of windswept blanket bog, it is also home to an exciting circular economy project. Through the AquaMona project, former Bord na Móna peatlands have been transformed into Ireland’s only large-scale commercial duckweed-based fish farm.

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  • Aberystwyth Festival of Research 2021 

    18 Nov 2021
    Aberystwyth Festival of Research 2021 

    Brainwaves Co-PI Dr Dylan Gwynn Jones was a member of an expert panel on ‘The Science of Climate Change’ held during a one-day AberClimate Symposium “Loss, Damage, Renewal” on the 18th October. The symposium was part of a special week-long festival showcasing the breadth of Aberystwyth University’s research, which focussed on key questions and potential solutions to the global climate and ecological crisis http://aber.ac.uk/researchfest 

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  • The National Dairy Show on Slurry!

    25 Oct 2021
    The National Dairy Show on Slurry!

    The National Dairy Show is Ireland’s premier indoor agricultural event; the place where dairy farmers and dairy industries do meet. This year’s meeting took place in the evening of October 20th and 21st, 2021, and was organised as a virtual event, as a result on the ongoing Covid19 crisis.

    The on-line event covered a full range of topics relevant for the dairy industry, covering everything from innovation and machinery, to cattle breeding, sward-care, animal welfare and finance. Two critical areas for discussion related to the relationship between dairy farming and the environment. Discussions emphasised the complex relationship between climate change and dairy farming, and between slurry and the environment. 

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  • We bid a fond farewell to Lotti Hales

    27 Sep 2021
    We bid a fond farewell to Lotti Hales

    Lotti joined the Brainwaves team at Aberystwyth University as a technician for the summer of 2021 to assist with the outdoor duckweed systems. We bid her a fond farewell and wish her the best of luck with the rest of her studies in the BSc in Plant Biology course at Aberystwyth University. 

    Lotti left us with a short inspirational overview as to why she had to know more about the humble duckweed.

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  • Brainwaves @ Culture Night 2021

    18 Sep 2021
    Brainwaves @ Culture Night 2021

    Thanks to all who came by to visit our outdoor stand at Culture Night at the Old Cork Waterworks Experience and chatted to our research scientists. Great engagement and interest in the project on a fine sunny September evening! 

          

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  • Once Upon A Poem

    10 Aug 2021
    Once Upon  A Poem

    Some fine poets have graced the shores of Ireland and here on the Brainwaves Project we are excited about this poem on Duckweed by our PI Professor Marcel Jansen.

    Reflecting on his experience of working with this miracle plant Duckweed (Lemna minor) over the course of his career, he has created a wonderful short poem on the benefits of the humble duckweed plant.

    Enjoy.

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  • Brainwaves welcomes Lotti Hales to the project!

    14 Jul 2021
    Brainwaves welcomes Lotti Hales to the project!

    A 3rd year AU Plant Biology student Lotti did work on duckweed growth during her year in industry and is joining the AU team as a technician for the summer.  

    Lotti grew up in West Sussex and started her BSc in Plant Biology at Aberystwyth University in September 2018. Her interest in plants grew when she joined her local Young Farmers club in 2016 and from there she increasingly felt that it was her mission to highlight the importance of plants to mitigate global climate change impacts. Having completed her year in industry at Aberystwyth University assisting on the Brainwaves project she now joins for the summer as a technician. She hopes to continue onto a research masters in Controlled Environment Agriculture after finishing her BSc in 2022. 

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  • Polytunnel – Ready to Grow!

    07 Jul 2021
    Polytunnel – Ready to Grow!

    As part of our work on Brainwaves we will be using polytunnels to develop an affordable system for growing duckweed. The use of polytunnels will extend the growing season, optimising biomass production and maximising the water remediation capacity. Recently re-covered, our polytunnel at Aberystwyth University, is now ready for our first prototype system to be installed and tested.

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  • Professor Edmond Byrne visits our researchers in BEES, UCC

    07 Jun 2021
    Professor Edmond Byrne visits our researchers in BEES, UCC

    We were delighted to welcome Professor Ed Byrne, the Chair Professor of Process & Chemical Engineering to our lab in BEES recently! Ed advised our team on system flow rates and experimental design for our duckweed tank.

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  • Celebrating EU Green Week with our Eco Code!

    01 Jun 2021
    Celebrating EU Green Week with our Eco Code!

    This year's EU Green Week runs from 31st May to 4th June 2021.

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  • Brainwaves Celebrating Europe Day 2021

    05 May 2021
    Brainwaves Celebrating Europe Day 2021

BRAINWAVES is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme

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