Upcoming Events

The Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council (MBREC) will hold the 13th Annual Southern BioProducts and Renewable Energy Conference on November 13, 2014 at the Trent Lott Center on the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg, MS.The theme of the this year’s conference will be “Innovations in Clean Energy” and how this sector can lead to economic development and job growth.  Go to for conference info and registration.
Call for Papers The Southeastern Sun Grant Center will host a regional conference –Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use.  It will be held February 2-4, 2015 at the Hotel at Auburn University in Auburn, AL.  The conference will highlight recent advances in the science and technology contributing to the deployment of advanced biofuels and bioproducts  from agricultural and forest systems.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Development of novel energy crops, including advances in molecular genetics and genomics
  • Best management practices for agricultural and forestry biomass feedstock production
  • Management systems and practices to effectively integrate biomass production into existing forestry and agriculture activities
  • Improved logistics for delivering affordable, high quality feedstock to the biorefinery
  • Innovative pretreatment technologies to improve sugar release and reduce conversion cost
  • Feedstock-process interactions impacting biochemical and thermochemical conversion processes
  • Novel analytical methods for characterizing chemical and physical properties of biomass
  • Systems integration, innovative model development, and new metrics advancing sustainable development of the industry
  • Recent progress on resource assessments, business cases, facility siting, economic analyses, and social implications of an evolving bioeconomy
  • Sustainability and environmental outcomes of feedstock production

Please submit your proposed presentation title and 250-word abstract for review to by December 15, 2014. Thank you for your support of the Southeastern Sun Grant Center, and for helping make this an important and valuable exchange of scientific information.  Please visit the Sun Grant Regional Conference website for further meeting details and updates.