Penn State's Biomass Energy Center sponsors an annual series of advanced short course training opportunities for emerging bioenergy topics.  National and international experts in biomass energy are brought together to deliver the latest developments in bioenergy, and to provide an opportunity for the biomass energy industry to meet fellow stakeholders and network with other bioenergy experts. 

Topics and schedules for upcoming events are posted here as they become available, as well as presentations from recent events. 

For questions, or to be placed on the short course mailing list, please contact Daniel Ciolkosz at

Bioenergy Short courses

Upcoming Shortcourses

Previous Shortcourses (some with presentations)

  • Biochar and Torrefied Biomass Short Course: 24-25 October, 2018
  • Opportunities for Underutilized Wood: Energy and Products: April 30-May 1 2018
  • Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services: April 5-6 2017
  • Wood Energy Projects for Commercial and Institutional Facilities (21 July, 2015)
  • New Markets for Bioenergy Crops (21 May 2014)
  • Next Generation Biomass Conversion, 11-12 November 2013
  • Bioenergy Research Symposium, 16 August 2013
  • Pellets and Power, 25 June 2013
  • Bioenergy Supply Chain Business Opportunities Short Course (April, 2013)
  • View Presentations: Northeast Grass Energy Short Course (Oct 2012)
  • View Presentations: Bioenergy Emissions and Health Impacts Short Course (Mar 2012)
  • View Program: Bioenergy Symposium 2012 (Feb 2012)
  • View Presentations: Wood Energy in the Northeast Short Course (Nov 2011)
  • View Presentations: Bioenergy Life Cycle Analysis (July 2011)
  • View Presentations: Winter Crops for Bioenergy (March 2011)
  • View presentations: Biomass Combined Heat and Power Systems (November 2010)
  • View presentations: Cellulosic Supply Chains for Bioenergy (November 2010)
  • View presenations: Emissions and Health Impacts of Biomass Combustion (May 2010)
  • View flyer: Advanced Biodiesel Production (October 2009)
  • View flyer: Community Scale Bioenergy (July 2009)
  • View schedule: Cellulosic Ethanol Production (March 2009)