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Durham University

Biofuels, Science and Society

IAS Fellows

Professor Patricia Harvey

IAS Biofuels, Science and Society Fellow, at St Mary's College, (January - March 2012)

 Professor Harvey is a noted authority on bioenergy systems, biomaterial processing and biofuel supply chains. Trained as a plant biochemist with a PhD from Durham University, she spent 2 years at Genzyme Biochemicals in business development before leaving to conduct research into the biochemistry of lignin breakdown at Imperial College, and then Greenwich University. She has extensive experience of the biofuels industry and related technologies, and was recently part of a 13-person strong UK delegation energy mission to Israel to present on issues such as UK policy on renewable energy and alternative resources for energy such as solar and biofuels. Professor Harvey is a Board member of the newly-founded European Algal Biomass Association and Head of the Bioenergy Research Group at the University of Greenwich. During her time at the IAS, Professor Harvey will be researching and writing a book about bioenergy opportunities and problems in relation to CO2 mitigation strategies.



Professor Kevin Flynn

IAS Biofuels, Science and Society, and Prowse Fellow, Van Mildert College (October - December 2011)

Professor Kevin J Flynn is an expert in the construction, testing and use of mechanistic plankton function type (PFT) models. His BSc (Marine Biology, 1st class) and PhD (algal physiology) were both from the University of Wales. He was the first recipient of what became the Natural Environment Research Councils (NERC) "Advanced Fellowship" award, working out of the Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Oban, Scotland. He is currently the Head of Department for Biosciences at Swansea University.

Over the last few years, with the emergence of microalgae on the biofuels agenda, he has begun to apply his knowledge of phytoplankton physiology and models to providing an in silico investigation of the potential for developing the commercial use of microalgae both for biofuels and as feed stocks. It is to further this activity that he joins Dr Greenwell and colleagues involved in the Biofuels, Science and Society project at Durham University in the autumn of 2011.


Mr Meredith Lloyd-Evans
IAS Policy and Enterprise Fellow at St Mary's College, Durham University (1 October-21 December 2011)

Mr Meredith Lloyd-Evans is a University of Cambridge veterinary graduate and worked in the animal health industry and innovation management before founding a bioscience innovation consultancy, BioBridge Ltd, in Cambridge in 1989. As the envelope of innovation has moved from sector to sector, his consultancy practice has also changed - in the 1990s he worked with industry and government organisations on crop biotechnology, novel foods and new biomaterials; in the early 2000s, bioartificial organs and tissue engineering became a larger theme and since then, industrial biotechnology is a focus. He is also a mentor for entrepreneurial bioscience students and start-ups. His work at IAS will build on Durham University's current work in biomass for renewable energy and examine the social, political and economic aspects of a Bioenergy Future, especially with regard to the use of algae for carbon recycling and energy. In this respect, it is relevant that he will be project manager for a recently funded EU coordination and support action setting the scene for an ERA-NET in marine biotechnology.