NMG Lunchtime Seminar Series Focus on Bamboo


You are invited to join us for our monthly virtual event where we will be focusing on Bamboo


The interactive seminar will also provide the opportunity for Questions and Answers and we often hang around at the end for a fun and engaging panel session. 

You will hear from:

Claudia Daza Montaño - Bioeconomy Consultant. Chair, INBAR Global Task Force on Bamboo for Renewable Energy

Potential of bamboo for Renewable Energy: Opportunities and challenges

  • This presentation will provide an overview of the state of commercial development, and of the opportunities and challenges of bamboo to meet key requirements for developing sustainable biomass supply chains.  First, I will show that bamboo offers key competitive advantages over other lignocellulosic bioenergy feedstocks, both in terms of techno-economic and sustainability performance. Furthermore, I will provide recommendations for a strategic integration of bioenergy into traditional and new bamboo value chains to optimally align with the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) and related climate actions.

Dr Hans FriederichNature and Sustainability Expert| PhD, Wetlands, Bamboo, Tourism, Sustainability

Is there a future for bamboo in Europe?

  • Bamboos are a group of giant grasses that grow mainly in the tropical belt of Africa, Asia and the Americas, and there are no native bamboo species in Europe.  Yet, there is a growing interest in bamboo in Europe.  The talk will reflect on opportunities, benefits and challenges to develop a European bamboo industry.

Susanne Lucas - Executive Director at World Bamboo Organization

Challenges of Growing Bamboo for Utilization in Europe and North America

  • Growing bamboo is not difficult, however growing bamboo as an industry is very difficult. Introducing a new agricultural crop poses many challenges, such as public and private sector acceptance, perception of "exotic" crops, selecting appropriate species for local climate, understanding the cultural requirements of the species, maintaining the plantation, respecting the local biodiversity and community needs, finding adequate labor to work the farm, sourcing the plant material, and equally important: identifying your market and customers! Let's talk about these issues and express our opinions on the viability of planting bamboo! 

John Naylor - Architect and Educator, AA Visiting School

An introduction to algorithmic design and full-culm bamboo

Preliminary agenda

13:00 – Start and greetings
13:05 – Presentations
14:00 – General discussion
14.30 – Close


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