Skip to main content


A BBSRC-funded network that promotes collaborations between industry and academia.

This Durham, Kent and Manchester Universities-led network is one of six phase II BBSRC NIBB, announced in November 2018 and has the following objectives:

The Network brings together scientific communities working on metals in biology to accelerate research relevant to industrial biotechnology and bioenergy. Almost a half of the reactions of life are catalysed by metals. This means that a large proportion of bio-industries depend directly, or indirectly, on the catalytic activities of metals in proteins. Academic members work with biomanufacturing and bioenergy sectors to enhance metalloenzyme activities to generate new products and increase the profitability and sustainability of existing products. Company members work with academia to valorise metal-contaminated wastes, bio-remediating and bio-recovering metals in valuable forms – an important contribution to a sustainable circular economy. Download our flyer here.

Membership is open and free throughout the duration of the network. You can join the Network by completing a membership form here.

You can also access the beta-versions of a metalation calculator here with some further details on the resources pages.


Business interaction vouchers up to £10k, call 9 open (no deadline)

Early career researcher conference travel fund call 2; up to £1.5k

Early career researcher fellowship planning visit fund up to £2k

Collaboration-building workshop fund up to £5k

UPCOMING EVENTS – see also the information on our Events Page

Tuesday 24 May 2022 12:00 UK time
The Role of Technology Metals in Reaching Net Zero & a Resilient Circular Economy for the UK
Frances Wall, University of Exeter; Megan Barnett, British Geological Survey; Guillaume Zante, University of Leicester
Met4Tech brings together world-leading researchers to maximise opportunities around the provision of technology metals from primary and secondary sources, and lead materials stewardship. We will create a National Technology Metals Circular Economy Roadmap to accelerate us towards a circular economy.
At this event, Colin Miles from BBSRC will present on the new funding ‘towards a circular bioeconomy for precious metal recovery and textiles’
Register for this seminar by contacting: [email protected]

Thursday 7 July 2022 09:30 UK time
Industrial Biotechnology versus COVID-19
A 90-minute session to inspire early researchers about a career in industrial biotechnology. More details on both these events will be posted soon.
Register for this seminar using this link

September 4–9th 2022
Bioprocessing Entrepreneurial Skills Training (BEST)
**In person** Durham University
Do you want to find out how your career might develop working for industry and how the industrial environment matches your career ambitions?  At this week-long, intensive residential training programme you will take part in group-based activities and work with real-life industrial case studies. More details here.

We recommend that you join us on twitter