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Policy Paper Advocating for Legislative Reform in Autonomous Agricultural Technologies

The Agri Policy lab has released a new innovation-focused Policy Paper 2024/07, titled "Automation in agriculture as a direction for Czechia?" The paper underscores the transformative impact of field robots on efficiency, productivity, and sustainability within the agricultural sector and signals a need for modernizing Czech agriculture by advocating for legislative reforms that unlock the true potential of autonomous technologies.

BRT Popularization Series - Sustainable Development in Ethiopia: Biogas Solutions for Energy Challenges

The young researchers of the Biogas Research Team (BRT) are diligently working to increase the visibility of the success and potential of bioenergy sources across the globe. From Indonesia to Vietnam to Ethiopia and beyond, their efforts to highlight the impact and importance of incorporating renewable energy technologies are creating change worldwide. 

With this popularization series, we aim to showcase the impact of our research on renewable energy in strategic countries around the globe.

Enjoy reading the research article below by our Ph.D. student, Tewodros Tarekegn Lapiso

 

 

The adoption of small-scale biogas technology in Ethiopia holds significant promise for advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while addressing the country's pressing energy and environmental challenges. Ethiopia faces a critical need for sustainable development inputs across various sectors. Despite its abundance of natural resources, including fertile land and favorable climatic conditions, much of these resources remain untapped and underutilized. 

  

Recognizing the need for sustainable energy solutions, Ethiopia has initiated efforts to transition towards green and modern energy sources. Biogas technology presents a viable solution, however, the widespread adoption of biogas technology in Ethiopia remains limited. To address this gap, BRT PhD student Tewodros Tarekegn Lapiso, is assessing the constraints and challenges hindering the dissemination of small-scale biogas plants in Ethiopia. By aligning with the countries SDGs and the circular economy framework, his research seeks to provide recommendations for overcoming barriers to adoption and maximizing the technology's contributions to sustainable development.  

 

For a deeper dive into Tewodros Tarekegn Lapiso’s research and its implications, refer to the article below! 

 

Lapiso, T.W. (2024). Small-scale biogas technology and Sustainable Development Goals in today´s Ethiopia. Biogas Research Team. Retrieved from:

PG2CRM Project Meeting in Lisbon – Paving the Road Ahead

The PG2CRM (Phosphogypsum Processing to Critical Raw Materials) project meeting, hosted by the NOVA School of Science and Technology (NOVA University Lisbon) in Lisbon, Portugal from March 19-20, 2024 marked a collaborative effort aimed at exploring the potential of comprehensive use of phosphogypsum while addressing environmental concerns.

A Journey of Scientific Growth and Scandinavian Exploration: My Internship at Boras University, Sweden

To broaden and develop the professional skills of our team members and widen their scientific network and cultural experiences, the BRT encourages its students to embark on internships. These internships are connected to their scientific journey and enable them to have hands-on, practical and in-field experiences, which are critical to their future careers. The internships help to hone their communication, time management, teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership skills, all of which are highly valued assets in young scientists.

 

Policy Briefs vs. White/Green Papers: Understanding the Difference

Our experts from the Agri Policy Lab (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hynek Roubík and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stella Tsani) prepared a summary that can help you understand the difference between Policy Briefs, White Papers, and Green Papers. While all three documents aim to inform readers about specific topics or issues, they differ in their scope, format, and intended audience. Understanding the nuances between Policy Briefs, White papers, and Green papers is crucial for effectively communicating research findings and advocating for actionable solutions.

Policy Guidelines vs. Policies: Understanding the Difference

Our experts from the Agri Policy Lab (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hynek Roubík and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stella Tsani) prepared a summary that can help you understand the difference between Policy Guidelines and Policies. The distinction between guidelines and policies is critical within governmental and organizational structures, particularly when establishing best practices and operational protocols. While these terms are often used interchangeably, they hold distinct meanings and implications alongside other organizational directives, such as procedures and standards.