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The Johannes Linneborn Prize for Achievements in Biomass
Development was awarded today on the occasion of the 17th European Biomass
Conference and Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, to Professor Bryan M. Jenkins,
University of California (Davis), USA.

Distinguished as a Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering,
Professor Jenkins, University of California (Davis), USA, has been in the field
of Biomass for 30 years, during which he has produced more than 130 papers, with
additional textbook contributions and prominent reports, which have contributed
further to the credibility of the California Biomass Collaborative. This
Institute, founded and directed by Prof. Jenkins, provides a strong base for the
collaboration of academia, companies, environmental organisations and the
government, in order to analyse, plan and co-operate towards a better and more
sustainable future.

The professional background of Prof. Jenkins includes the functions as Senior
Resource Engineer for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, as an Affiliate
Researcher for the California Senate Office of Research and he is currently the
Director of the University of California Davis Energy Institute.

"Being named to receive the Linneborn prize is a distinct honour and there are
many who share in this achievement. As the prize this year is awarded to someone
from outside Europe, it further reflects what is clearly a major focus of this
17th European Biomass Conference toward greater international cooperation on
important issues relating to economic and environmental sustainability in
biomass production and use. Recognition of the global dimensions and the need
for greater collaboration in attempting to achieve real greenhouse gas
reductions and other benefits has been growing along with the scale of the
bioenergy and other bio-based production sectors. Continuing opportunities such
as this conference provides are critical to building strong new international
collaborations addressing policy as well as technology and establishing new
research directions", says Bryan Jenkins.

The 17th European Biomass Conference is delighted to honour such an eminent
personality in Biomass and Bioenergy development who has vitally assisted
educational institutions and provided leadership worldwide, especially in the
Philippines and South East Asia.

Background: The Johannes Linneborn Prize

The Johannes Linneborn Prize was established in 1994 for outstanding contributions to the development of energy from Biomass. Johannes Linneborn, lived from 1899 to 1991 and was a pioneer in modern Biomass utilisation. In his professional life of almost 70 years, his interests covered a wide range of activities from agriculture, energy and transport to health and nutrition. His credo was the necessity to integrate all human activities into the natural cycle of life. The Linneborn Prize is awarded at the European Biomass and Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition series (, the biggest event of its kind.

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