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Tropentag 2022

Biogas Research Team had a strong presence again at the Tropentag conference! Our colleagues Lydia Mawar and Chama Theodore Ketuama participated in the Tropentag 2022 conference organized from September 14 to 16, 2022, at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences). Tropentag is an annual international conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture and rural development.

Strengthening ties between CZU and HUAF

The 15-year cooperation between the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences CZU in Prague and the University of Agriculture and Forestry in Hue, Vietnam was newly expanded by taking on board the staff members of the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences on a recent visit to Vietnam.

Special Issue "Economic Transformations, Renewable Energy, and Sustainable Development"

Dear Colleagues, humanity is entering a phase of transitioning to new socio-economic formations that are now taking place within Industries 4.0 and 5.0. Recent trends in human capital development, such as intellectualization, increased communication, internationalization, acquisition of skills, customization, and communication with consumers, align with Industries 4.0 and 5.0. The socio-economic transformations caused by disruptive technologies, such as blockchain, big data analytics, the Internet of Things, virtual reality, augmented reality, advanced virtual reality, artificial intelligence, algorithmic techniques, simulations and gamification, space colonization, renewable energy, high-speed travel, medical innovations, and 3D printing, could have positive and negative effects on sustainable development. Positive impacts include the dematerialization of industrial metabolism and less ecological impact on nature. The negative consequences of disruptive technologies are difficult to predict, but may include information vulnerability; increasing information dependence; the risk of creative potential reduction; the increasing cost of waste in the green economy; loss of jobs; a decrease in privacy; hacking, the loss of human control over cyber systems, etc. 

International Conference Growing Energy Crops by Recycling Biosolids on Marginal Lands

We are in conjunction with several universities and institutes in Ukraine and the U.S. organizing a VIRTUAL international conference entitled “Growing bioenergy crops by recycling biosolids on marginal lands” on September 22, 2022. This conference will be based on our U.S.-CRDF Global and Ukrainian Ministry of Education funded project on alternate energy.  

The conference is FREE to join but you and your colleagues will need to register electronically. Details are in the attached flyer. More details at  http://igim.org.ua/?p=8825

Phosphogypsum Processing to Critical Raw Materials - Kick off Meeting

In September, PG2CRM kick off meeting took place in France. Partners from all the institutions involved in the project met in Saint-Etienne, France.

BIOINWASTE

Bioenergy innovations in waste management: European experience in implementing a circular economy

A new paper published! „Renewable energy powered membrane desalination — review of the recent development"

Due to current water stress, there is a problem with hygiene and sanitation in many parts of the world. According to predictions from the United Nations, more than 2.7 billion people will be challenged by water scarcity by the middle of the century.

Brighter future for rural household biogas in Zambia

The Biogas Research Team, in collaboration with People in Need (PIN) and Keepers Zambia Foundation (KZF), conducted a feasibility study on a project to promote biogas technology in the Western Province of Zambia. This Province is still largely dependent on fuelwood and charcoal for household cooking energy supply, especially in poor households. The biogas project will help smallholder farmers have greater food and nutrition security and greater resilience to climate change. As part of the study, two main types of biogas plants, including the ZamDigester (fixed dome type) and ZambiDigester (smaller version based on prefabricated model) have been tested and promoted. In the initial phase, the project targets 130 farmers in Mongu and Kalabo Districts with the purpose of training them on the importance of using biogas to combat the impact of climate change, such as deforestation. In the subsequent phases, the construction of a series of communal biogas plants will start based on the feasibility study.

A news report by Spring24 TV Zambia on the tested biogas plants is available on https://fb.watch/eDWc0XA7Ty/

Ve Vietnamu bioplynky vítají, v Česku jsme pomalejší, říká expert

Hynek Roubík je jedním z nejmladších docentů v Česku, působí na Fakultě tropického zemědělství České zemědělské univerzity a povídal si s námi o tom, jaký je potenciál energetického využití odpadu nebo vzájemného soužití energetiky a zemědělství.

Visit to BRT from Danube University Krems (Austria)

Within the 2-year Czech-Austrian project called: “Opportunities and Challenges for Anaerobic Systems in the Global South”, Dr Nils Haneklaus arrived at the first in-person 9-day visit.

New paper published! Technological, Economic, Social and Environmental Barriers to Adoption of Small-Scale Biogas Plants: Case of Indonesia

In this paper, we are filling the gap by offering a systematic and thorough review. Indonesia must discontinue using fossil fuels and find alternatives to the energy it now uses. Despite its enormous potential, Indonesia only has 48,038 biogas plants, which is still considered a small number when compared to China and India.

Somálsku hrozí hladomor. Na vině jsou velká sucha i nevýkonné zemědělství

„Šlo již o čtvrté neúspěšné období dešťů. Čeká se, že počet lidí, kteří budou čelit hladu, vzroste až na sedm milionů,“ řekl ČT24 Hynek Roubík z Fakulty tropického zemědělství České zemědělské univerzity.

Invited lectures (biogas) from Ecotechnologies Laboratory, Institute of Biosystems Engineering, Poznań University of Life Sciences!

In the week from 13th to 17th of June (2022) we hosted invited lectures from Dr. Jakub Mazurkiewicz and Dr. Damian Janczak from Poznań University of Life Sciences.

Café Evropa online: Potravinová bezpečnost a válka na Ukrajině

Sledujte záznam debaty, jejímiž hosty byli Hynek Roubík, vědecký pracovník, Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze a Monika Tóthová, ekonomická expertka, Organizace OSN pro výživu a zemědělství (FAO)

"ECONOMICS FOR ECOLOGY" International Scientific and Practical Online Conference

DEAR COLLEAGUES! We invite scientists, teachers, doctoral students, graduate students, applicants, students, government officials and local governments, and business representatives to participate at the International Scientific and Practical Online-Conference "Economics for ecology" which will be held on May - June 31–01, 2022 in Sumy, Ukraine

United24: The initiative of the President of Ukraine

UNITED24 was launched by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine. Funds will be transferred to the official accounts of the National Bank of Ukraine and allocated by assigned ministries to cover the most pressing needs:

NEW PG2CRM PROJECT ARTICLE PUBLISHED: "CLOSING THE UPCOMING EU GYPSUM GAP WITH PHOSPHOGYPSUM"

EU Co-funded ERA-MIN Joint Transnational Call 2021 funded project PG2CRM team has already published the article "Closing the Upcoming EU Gypsum Gap with Phosphogypsum".

Phosphogypsum Processing to Critical Raw Materials (PG2CRM) is one of the 22 projects funded under

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hynek Roubík and members of BRT among the Young Scientists Group Expert Reviewers and Selection Committee

Following the launch of the call for applications to the World Food Forum (WFF) Young Scientists Group (YSG), more than 110 young scientists applied from around the world.

The 1st Café Scientifique at FTA for PhD students

On 31st of March (2022) the 1st Café Scientifique at FTA for PhD students was organized by Associate professor Hynek Roubík (Group leader of Biogas Research Team).

Small-Scale Biogas Plants in Vietnam: How are They Affected by Policy Issues?

Blog post by: Sheriff Noi. This blog post emerged as one of the five winners of the YPARD/AGRINATURA/AgriSciences Platform E-Competition: SHARE YOUR STORY! for the MSc and BSc Category. The competition which was tagged your Research your Story! aimed to help students have a better sense of ownership of their research and to communicate the most important parts of their research in a creative easy to read storytelling way.

International Student Professional Creative Competition "Agrarian Sciences and Food"

The Competition is held in three areas: agronomy, technology of production and processing of livestock products, agroengineering. The Competition is held in two stages: the first (in home HEIs) - October 2021 - March 2022; the second (on the basis of MNAU) - April 2022 - June 2022.

New paper published! Feasibility analysis of small-scale biogas plants usage in the Syrian coast through agricultural crop residues and co-digestion of manure

There are no other relevant studies on the topic of biogas from Syria available in the scientific literature. This is an unique research done in the country, where the Syrian civil war is an ongoing multi-sided civil conflict.

New paper published! Green infrastructure and relationship with urbanization – Importance and necessity of integrated governance

In this paper, an interdisciplinary approach to study the links between urbanization and the state of the green infrastructure of the metropolis was used, which indicates the possibility of providing ecosystem services.

New paper published! Economics and perception of small-scale biogas plant benefits installed among peri-urban and rural areas in central Vietnam

This paper expands the knowledge on essential aspects of biogas implementation such as socio-economic impact, post-adaptation perception, and cultural habits related to traditional fuel use, focusing on differences in household economics and livelihood diversity at the peri-urban – rural continuum.

2nd Multidisciplinary Conference for Young Researchers (MCYR)

After a one-year break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the second Multidisciplinary Conference for Young Researchers was successfully organised on 29-30th of November 2021. This time in Sumy, Ukraine. And the theme of the conference was up-to-date: Sustainable Development Trends and Challenges under COVID-19.

Visit of 4 universities in Ukraine and much more!

Our PhD students Marek Jelínek, Jan Staš and Eduardo Duque Dussán, along with Assoc. Prof. Hynek Roubík, travelled to Ukraine as delegates of the FTA under the scientific cooperation project "Strengthening scientific capacities and cooperation of Ukrainian universities in AgriSciences" supported by the Czech Development Cooperation via Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Bachelor student from Biogas Research Team awarded Professors´s Vlček scholarship

Ginny was elected because of her active involvement in research, education, and activities benefiting the foreign students contributing to the motivation of those interested in studying in Prague.

Biogas Research Team could not be missing at the Expo 2020 in Dubai

In October 2021 one of the members of Biogas Research Team – Ing. Ghaith Hasan visited Expo 2020 in Dubai. Here you can read his report.

Congratulations to Ing. Jackline Phiona Mukisa, Ing. Sheriff Noi and Ing. Ana del Carmen Sanjur Garavito, who succesfully defended their thesis!

Jackline Phiona Mukisa was master student at the Biogas Research Team under the supervision of Associate Professor Hynek Roubík and co-supervision of Dr. Jana Mazancová with her research focused on “Biogas in Uganda and the SDGs: A comparative cross-sectional fuel analysis of wood and biogas on case of Iganga district”.

Turning wine waste into profit: possibilities of the Moldovan?wine industry

This project was aiming to assess the possibilities of local winemakers in terms of valorisation of their processing waste. Based on the preliminary data collection and interviews with stakeholders the briquetting technology has been assessed as the most appropriate technology for small-scale and medium-scale producers together with use of small-scale biogas plant.

We fought for Sustainable Development Goals again!

Not even the pandemic could stop members of the volleyball team of the Faculty of Tropical Agriculture of the CZU in Prague from participating in a beach volleyball tournament in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Biogas Research Team photo competition: “The wonders of waste management”

Globally, more people make their living from waste management than from any other sector, apart from farming. Nevertheless, somehow this massive sector is quite underrated and still not receiving enough attention. So, let´s change it!

How to vermicompost?

The essential components of a home vermicomposting unit ("vermi" = worm) are an aerated container, some moist bedding, and a solid amount of red worms. Dr. Hynek Roubík (Group leader of Biogas Research Team) and other members of BRT (specifically Ginny, Yehor and Liasu) have prepared for you 10 Commandments of Vermicomposting.
 

New paper published! Co-digestion of poultry litter with cellulose-containing substrates collected in the urban ecosystem

In this paper, we focused on the influence of fallen leaves from the urban ecosystem as a cellulose-containing additive in the process of anaerobic digestion of poultry litter.

Congratulations to Ing. Haya Suleiman and Bc. Nikola Kadeřábková, who succesfully defended their thesis!

Haya was master student at the Biogas Research Team with her research focused on “Waste management pract\ices in Jordan (Al Ghoor region) and potential for implementation of biogas technology”.

Congratulations to Marek Jelínek, Ricardo Situmeang and Chama Theodore Ketuama, who all passed their State Exam on 11.6.2021!

Phd students from Biogas Research Team Ing. Marek Jelínek, MA Ricardo Situmeang and Dipl.Ing. Chama Theodore Ketuama, MSc. all passed successfully their State Exams.

Invited lectures during our regular BRT meeting

On June the 3rd, we had during our regular BRT meeting again several invited lectures. This time, it was Assoc. Professor Yelivata Chernysh from Sumy State University, Dr. Stacy Hammond from Crop Research Institute and Charles Ogbu from BRT. 

Call for PhD students!

For more information, please contact the Group leader of BRT Dr. Hynek Roubík (roubik@ftz.czu.cz)

New paper published! Green mass to biogas in Ukraine—bioenergy potential of corn and sweet sorghum

In this paper, we focused on the quantification and evaluation of biogas production from either corn or sweet sorghum, as well as their combination

Biogas Research Team is ready to accept Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF)

Postdoctoral fellowships are open to researchers moving within Europe, as well as those coming in from other parts of the world. You can also restart a research career after a break, such as parental leave.

Tropentag Virtual Conference 2020 – 4 Contributions by the Members of Biogas Research Team

Our colleagues Ricardo Situmeang, Chama Ketuama, Ghaith Hassan and Marek Jelínek participated in the Tropentag 2020 conference which was organised during September 9 – 11, 2020. The topic of the year 2020 was Food and nutrition security and its resilience to global crises.

BRT team personalized publication mug

Personalized Publication Mugs for fellow academics: when pandemic does not allow us for getting together, in our #BiogasResearchTeam under the leadership of Dr. Hynek Roubík we came up with a new way of celebrating accomplishments in publication of scientific papers.

New paper published! Quantification of the impact of partial replacement of traditional cooking fuels by biogas on global warming

In this paper we quantify the impact of partial replacement of traditional cooking fuels by biogas from two most prevalent sizes of biogas plants (BGPs) (6 m3 and 9 m3). 

Treatment of Wastewater: A case of Robbing Peter to Pay Paul?

This blog post by Charles Amarachi Ogbu emerged as one of the five winners that participated in the YPARD and AGRINATURA e-competition for the PhD. Category. Read it here.

From the Czech Republic to Asia, Africa and beyond my agricultural story so far!

Hynek was born on January 26th, 1991, in the Prague Czech Republic. His passion for agriculture started at a very early age. As a child he would help his family in their home garden where they would grow vegetables, potatoes and other crops, this experience leads him to pursue a career in agriculture.

Get to know - Hynek Roubík, young expert and enthusiasts in agriculture

Hynek has been in touch with agriculture since his childhood, where he used to help with the home agricultural production of his family. He was always interested in different agricultural aspects and fields. After graduating from high school, Dr. Roubík started his studies at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU). Firstly, he initiated his studies in the Faculty of Engineering, but his interests in sustainability and waste management led him to the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, where he finished his doctoral studies. Already during his bachelor research, he took a chance to participate as a team assistant of a developing project in Vietnam. And there he realized that this is the right direction to follow. Vietnam has not only become the country of his further research but has also become his home away from home.

“Make agriculture sexy again”

...interview with Hynek Roubík, a young Czech expert in waste management

Kseniia Paramonova presenting at ELLS Scientific Student Conference 2020 - First Online Edition

An alumna from Biogas Research Team presented her scientific findings at the traditional November ELLS conference!

Lydia Mawar Ningsih, PhD student from Biogas Research Team, presenting her work on Falling Walls Lab – Top10

Falling Walls Lab is an international forum for the next generation of early-career innovators, trailblazers, creators, and visionaries. 

Congratulations to Ing. Kseniia Paramonova who successfully defended her master thesis!

Kseniia was master student at the Biogas Research Team with her research focused on “The fate of abandoned small-scale biogas plants – case of Vietnam”.

New paper published! Emission reduction potential of household biogas plants in developing countries: The case of central Vietnam

In this paper we investigate the emission reduction potential of a typical household biogas plant with a volume of 6 m3 and an assumed life cycle of 20 years.

Dr. Hynek Roubík – new member of Topic board of journal Environments

Dr. Hynek Roubík (Group leader of our Biogas Research Team) has been appointed as member of the Journal Topic Board of Environments.

New paper published! Uncovering the dynamic complexity of the development of small–scale biogas technology through causal loops

In this paper we identify the system of implementation of small-scale biogas technology from the farmer’s perspective, presenting all of the major stakeholders, factors and processes involved and to establish the principle relationships and feedbacks among them.

Stay in Uppsala - Sweden

In December 2019 Dr. Hynek Roubík – Group leader of Biogas Research Team spent couple of weeks in Uppsala on Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Uppsala University as well as in RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden.

New paper published! Suitability of small-scale biogas systems based on livestock manure for the rural areas of Sumatra

In this paper we investigate the potential development of small-scale biogas plants and their suitability in rural Sumatra

New paper published! Modelling and development of technological processes for low rank coal bio-utilization on the example of brown coal

In this paper, we describe research into the biochemical processes of brown coal treatment. s. The modified biochemical model was formed from a complex biological treatment of low-rank coals with an added cycle of aerobic conversion and the process of converting a sulphur compound under anaerobic conditions, as well as a number of ecological-trophic groups of microorganisms.

Dr. Hynek Roubík – second youngest member of the Czech Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Dr. Hynek Roubík (Group leader of our Biogas Research Team) has been appointed as member of the Czech Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Visit from Sumy State University (Dr. Roman Vaskin and Dr. Iryna Vaskina)

As follow-up of our project “Support of young university capacity in education and research and science activities in Ukraine” supported by Czech Republic Development Cooperation two scientists from Ukraine visited our Biogas Research Team.

ELLS Scientific Student Conference 2019 in Uppsala, Sweden

With the collaboration between the Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS) members and other new contribution from New Zealand and Israel, the ELLS Scientific Student Conference was held in Uppsala in Sweden on 15th and 16th of November 2019.

New paper published!

Check the new research paper on the dynamic complexity of biogas technology. You can read it here.

Conference co-organized by BRT

In November 2019, our Biogas Research Team co-organized conference in Bila Tserkva (Ukraine).

Meeting with the Assistant-Director-General, FAO with CZU representatives

On October 22th 2019, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague was hosting a meeting with Mr. René Castro Salazar, Assistant-Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and leader of the Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department.

Will we suffocate in waste or are there other solutions?

Dr. Hynek Roubík (Group leader of Biogas Research Team) was among panelists in discussion with topic of: “Will we suffocate in waste or are there other solutions?”.

Tropentag - the major conference on tropical agriculture and natural resource management

Since 1999, the Tropentag conference has held its annual meetings under the patronage and support of many European universities.

Group leader of our Biogas Research Team Dr. Hynek Roubík have been awarded as TOP PEER REVIEWER in Environment and Ecology category and Cross-Field category

It means he was among the top 1% of reviewers in Essential Science Indicators (ESI) for Environment and Ecology research field. Rankings are calculated by number of verified pre-publication reviews performed and added to Publons between 1 September 2018 and 1 September 2019. Reviews were attributed to an ESI field based on the journal the review was performed for. There was added a 22nd field, "Cross-field" to celebrate reviewers whose contributions were for the amount of journals on Publons that could not be directly matched to an ESI field, where Dr. Hynek Roubík was also among the top 1% of reviewers.

Guest lecture at FTA by Jeff Corfield

On Monday (2.9.2019) a guest lecture focused on: "Challenges for sustainable smallholder beef production in a rapidly changing ASEAN environment – insights from recent case studies in Indonesia and Vietnam" was delivered by Jeff Corfield (consultant to recent Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR)).

FTA Summer School in Ukraine for students and young researchers with focus on Waste Management

In August, we organized in Ukraine under the leadership of Ing. Hynek Roubík, Ph.D. (from our Biogas Research Team) another field research of FTA students together with students and young researchers from three other Ukrainian universities - Sumy National Agrarian University, Sumy State University and Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University.

Gaurav Khanna - My Internship at FTA's Biogas Reseach Team

Read an interesing report from student (Gaurav Khanna) internship at our Biogas Research Team

New paper published!!

Check the new research paper on Identification of Context-Specific Knowledge as a Tool for Biogas Facilitators and Their Quality Involvement. You can read it HERE.

Call for PhD students!

Biogas Research Team is currently looking for PhD students! You can find the topics in attached file. 

Call for papers - "Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Climate Change"

Call for papers for Special Issue on: "Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Climate Change" with Dr. Hynek Roubík (Group leader of our Biogas Research Team) acting as Guest Editor in the International Journal of Global Energy Issues journal.

New book available – Biofuel and Bioenergy Technology!

This book is a printed edition of the Special Issue Biofuel and Bioenergy Technology that was published in Energies

New paper published!

Check the new research paper on biogas appliances with a focus on a flue gas analysis of biogas cook stoves. You can read it here.

10th Forum of Ecological Engineering

Dear colleagues, let me happily invite you to the the International Scientific Conference entitled: 10th Forum of Ecological Engineering 

which will take place in Kazimierz Dolny (a small town in central eastern Poland) from 9th to 11th of September 2019.

Biosystems Engineering (BSE) conference

This year was Hynek Roubík from our  Biogas Research Team the Biosystems Engineering (BSE) conference in Tartu, Estonia. 

The youngest editorial board member

Hynek Roubík from our #BiogasResearchTeam – the youngest editorial board member of Journal of Ecological Engineering - became the youngest editorial board member of Journal of Vietnamese Environment

New paper published!

Our new research paper entitled: “Biogas Quality across Small-Scale Biogas Plants: A Case of Central Vietnam” has been just published!

2nd Conference on Valorisation of Agricultural Residues in Vietnam

This March had Hynek Roubík from BIOGAS RESEARCH TEAM plenary speech at the 2nd Conference on Valorisation of Agricultural Residues in Vietnam 

New paper published!

Our new paper dealing with entitled: “Current approach to manure management for small-scale Southeast Asian farmers - Using Vietnamese biogas and non-biogas farms as an example” has been published in Renewable Energy! You can read it here.

Introducing Biogas Research Team

Introducing Biogas Research Team - revealing current state, bottlenecks and perspectives of small- and medium-scale biogas plants in Southeast Asian countries by Hynek Roubík and Jana Mazancová. 

7th International Conference on Biosystems Engineering 2016

Hynek Roubík presented his research focused on "Small- and medium-scale biogas plants in Sri Lanka: Case study on flue gas analysis of biogas cookers" in the 7th International Conference on Biosystems Engineering 2016

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