At the three research schools (duration: 2 days) an overview of the state of knowledge in the main fields of research involved in the network will be covered. This will result in the ESRs obtaining a diverse research knowledge baseline. Example courses to be presented at the schools are:
Research School 1 (Thermochemical Biomass Conversion): Risks and benefits related to the sourcing of biomass for BC production. Fundamentals of biomass pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonisation.
Research School 2 (Refining of BCs): Textural, morphological and chemical characterisation of carbon materials. Fundamentals of adsorption onto activated carbons (ACs). Potential of BCs as a precursor for ACs and catalyst supports.
Research School 3 (Applications of BC-derived materials): CO2-capture in post-combustion. Biomorphic catalysts for bioenergy applications. Magnetic catalysts for biochemistry applications. Stability of biochar in soil environment.
In parallel to the summer schools and meetings, GreenCarbon will organise three workshops (duration: 1 day) during the course of which ESRs will improve their personal, outreach and transferable skills. The dates for these training events coincide with research schools or meetings to decrease the required travel time and expense.
At the annual meetings (duration: 2 days) the ESRs will present their progress reports. An added value of the meetings will be the chance to acquire valuable professional contacts and to address questions to the industrial partners and the members of the Advisory Board. In parallel to the Final Meeting, the consortium will organise the GreenCarbon Conference (duration of both events: 4 days) to broaden the dissemination of results from the network and highlight its achievements. The conference will be open for the wider research community and high-profile researchers will be featured as invited speakers. The best scientific contributions will be invited to submit their manuscripts to a special issue of a JCR-indexed journal. A discussion session will be organised to lay the foundations for future developments and collaborations. All the ESRs will attend and present the findings from their projects to a wider public.