FertiCycle will train 15 early stage researchers (ESR) to fulfill this objective. Our comprehensive training program and their individual research projects will enable the individual ESR to generate, integrate and apply inter-disciplinary knowledge for developing new technical solutions for bio-based fertiliser production, management and marketing. The training, secondments and internships will also give them competences for inter-sectoral work and international collaboration in industry and academia.
FertiCycle outcomes will be 15 highly qualified young scientists; required technologies, knowhow and market concepts from which innovative bio-based fertiliser products can develop to proof-of-concept level with industry.
The background for the FertiCycle network is that currently, the EU is heavily import dependent for more than 90% of the nonrenewable phosphorus and synthetic nitrogen fertilisers consumed. This has large economic cost (more than €15 billion/y) and negative environmental impacts from fertiliser production and use. European farmers and fertiliser industry therefore urgently need techniques for increasing substitution of synthetic with waste-derived nutrients formulated into high-quality, bio-based fertilisers to fulfill the EU action plan on circular economy. However, this requires research into new processing, application and assessment and more innovative and entrepreneurial scientists capable of meeting these future needs – FertiCycle aims to to fill this gap.
The overall research objective of FertiCycle is therefore to develop new processes for production of bio-based fertilisers, recycling wasted resources and to estimate the market potential and sustainability challenges of their production and use.
This is a fully funded project, to apply please use the Bangor University Application portal: https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/applicant/ and you can email Prof. David Chadwick too as an expression of interest ([email protected]). Further details of the research group can be found at https://www.bangor.ac.uk/natural-sciences/staff/dave-chadwick/en.
FTE Category A staff submitted: 35.35
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