British Biochar 2013 Conference Agenda.


Sustainable Use and Production of Biochar in the UK.
Thursday, 20th June, 2013

Morning Chairperson: Dr Cécile Girardin

9:00 – 9.25 – Reception

9.25 – 9.35 – Introduction to the British Biochar Foundation: Dr. Simon Shackley (UK BRC / BBF). What, why and how could the foundation work?

9.35 – 10.05 –  Agency Position Statements: Matthew Davis (Environment Agency), Fiona Donaldson (Scotish Environmental Protection Agency) and Mark Collinson (WRAP).

10.05 – 10.35 – Launch of the Biochar Quality Mandate public consultation (BQM) Darren Hopkins (BBF) and Simon Shackley. Introduction and facilitation of discussion .The emerging regulatory frameworks and how can the Government help?

10.35 – 10.55 -Break

10.55- 11.55 – Key note address: A European Vision for Biochar.. Hans-Peter Schmidt (Delinat- Institut / EBC)(to include a 20 minute Q&A session)

11.55 – 12.25 – Key note address: R&D Asia and Australia with Farmers on developing NPK fertilisers and synthetic Terra Preta.  Dr. Stephen Joseph (to include a 10 Q&A session)

12.25 – 13.25 – Lunch

Afternoon Chairperson: Darren Hopkins

13.25 – 13.55 – Soil Fertility Project – India, Australia, Africa and Wales : David Friese-Greene (Soil Fertility Project) David Friese-Greene, James Joyce (Blackisgreen.), Sean Brackenbury (Commons Vision)

13.55 – 14.15 – The Big Biochar Experiment: Dr. Cécile Girardin & Dr. Russell Layberry (ECI / Oxford Biochar / BBE).

14.15 – 14.35 – UK and Global Biochar Science and Research: Dr. Saran Sohi (UK BRC) Overview of the latest findings from the UK biochar research community and from around the globe.

14.35 – 15.05 – UK and Global Biochar Production Technology Cordner Peacocke (CARE) Overview of the latest technology for producing biochar, from small domestic units, to large scale commercial units.

15.05 – 15.25 – UK and Global Biochar Deployment: Simon Manley (Carbon Gold) Overview of who’s using biochar in the UK and from around the world and why.

World Café Discussion Groups Chairperson: Dr Simon Shackley

15:25 – 15.45 Introduction to World Café Discussion Groups: Jennifer McDonnell

Tea and Coffee available to take to groups.

15.45 – 16.45 – World Cafe Discussion: Groups form and discuss three topics from a list provided.
These are just a suggestion for now. If you have an idea for discussion, please get in touch:

– Sustainable commercialization (e.g. The risks and opportunities and barriers to overcome)
– Other uses for biochar? (e.g. Animal feed, human benefit from consumption and graphene production)
– Community involvement? (e.g. Production, deployment and benefit)

16.45 – 17.00 – Outcomes of the World Cafe discussions

17.00 – 17.15 – Wrap up: key issues, questions and general impressions. Closure presented by the four key founders of the BBF, Dr. Simon Shackley, Darren Hopkins, Dr. Cecile Giradan and Melanie Bennet.

17.30                    End of Day time Session.

17.30 – 18.30 – Evening session begins with networking.

18.30 – 18.50 – First evening speaker, Prof. Myles Allen (ECI)

18.50 – 19.30 – networking.

19.30 – 21.00 – Evening meal.

21.00 – 21.20 – Second evening speakerProf. Toby Mottram(Royal Agricultural College)

21.20 – 22.00 – Coffee’s and a round up of the day.

Day 2

The British Biochar Foundations first annual members meeting,
● To appoint 2 or 3 new volunteer board members to assist in the first year’s activities alongside the existing board members (Simon Shackley, Cécile Girardin, Darren Hopkins, Melanie Bennet and Russell Layberry ).
● to discuss the future of the Foundation, structure and management and – how to get more involved.

Tickets available Now. Registration and payment.


British Biochar 2013 was streamed live, watch the video here!

Courtesy of ESKTN TV

As we are sure you are all aware, the UK biochar arena is changing quite quickly now and as such this agenda is subject to change. We will endeavor to keep you all updated if and when things happen.


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