Author: Michela Cohen - BIOVOICES project

BIOVOICES is a 36 months proposal aiming at engaging all relevant stakeholder groups “voices” (policy makers, researchers, the business community and the civil society) in order to address societal, environmental and economic challenges related to bio-based products and applications. The platform developed by BIOVOICES builds on the concept the concept of Mobilisation & Mutual Learning Platforms (MML) and methods developed previously in European projects with the ultimate objective of delivering an Action Plan addressing the challenges of raising awareness of and engaging with the citizens on the bio-based products. 1) Define a framework for MML by reviewing barriers and opportunities for the development of bio-based value chains, identifying stakeholders and expected benefits from mutual learning and mapping bio-based products based on stakeholders' interests. 2) Launch the BIOVOICES multi-stakeholders community and social platform to support and enable discussion, workshops, mobilization and mutual learning events. 4) Improve framework conditions for new bio-based market opportunities including action plans and processes, by involving in more than 50 co-creation events, at European, National and Regional level attracting at least 2.840 experts. 5) Transform the experience of the BIOVOICES community in Actionable Knowledge for the different stakeholders, publishing recommendations and policy briefs (at least four) to address the challenges related to bioeconomy. 6) Ensure that the BIOVOICES outcomes will have an impact on the different stakeholders, though and early impact, dissemination, communication and exploitation strategy. The BIOVOICES Consortium merges a variety of complementary expertise, aiming to build a consistent multi-actor approach integrating 13 partners from 10 EU Member States from Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean area to central and eastern European countries.
MPOWERBIO LAUNCHES NEW PROGRAMME FOR BIO-BASED SMES & SCALE-UPS

MPOWERBIO LAUNCHES NEW PROGRAMME FOR BIO-BASED SMES & SCALE-UPS

MPowerBIO launches new programme for bio-based SMEs & scale-ups

MPowerBIO Business Support Programme will gather high-potential start-ups/ SMEs and scale-ups from bio-based industries, providing them with experienced start-up coaches, investors, industry experts and an entrepreneurial environment.

A six-week immersive online training delivered by MPowerBIO in-house growth experts will provide SMEs and scale-ups with tailor-made sessions covering various topics such as reporting and exit strategies, market validation, financial planning, IPR protection, matching company growth and EU funding opportunities, creating and delivering a compelling investor pitch deck, and many more.

The best part about the programme is that it is completely free and offers direct access to investors at regional and final events.

Interested? Visit mpowerbio.eu and apply now!

From date
2021-10-29
To date
2021-10-29
The BIOVOICES Final Event

The BIOVOICES Final Event

The BIOVOICES final event will be held online, via WebEx, on the 22nd of April from 10:00 to 13:00 (CEST)

Europe is building a “different world” for the future generations, promoting a more sustainable consumption, production and lifestyle, through the EU Green Deal policies and the initiatives supporting bioeconomy, in particular the 2018 updated Bioeconomy Strategy.

Despite these efforts, the large public is often unaware of the bioeconomy related terminologies, the bio-based applications in every-day’s life and the technologies behind the innovations produced by the bio-based research and industry.

The HORIZON 2020 project BIOVOICES (www.biovoices.eu) has implemented in 40 months a number of activities to respond to these challenges in order to increase awareness of the environmental, social and economic benefits of sustainable and circular bioeconomy and its sectors, in particular bio-based sectors among citizens.

BIOVOICES outcomes and activities will continue in the Transition2BIO project, aiming at promoting the successful transition towards a more sustainable consumption, production and lifestyle.

During the final BIOVOICES event there will be a session dedicated to the European Bioeconomy Network (EuBioNet), a live interaction with the bioeconomy projects, to refine the common vision/mission for the EuBioNet, to make it more responsive to the projects members needs and increase the EuBioNet impact and effectiveness.


The following points will be discussed in an interactive session:

  • How to exploit the EuBioNet assets to maximise the impact of the projects?
  • How to scale up its effectiveness in enhancing collaboration among partners and beyond?
  • Define a shared action plan of project’s activities.

Your contribution is important, I hope you will be participating!

More information about the event and agenda are available HERE

Registration available HERE

From date
2021-04-22
To date
2021-04-22
LET’S GET KIDS ON BOARD THE BIOECONOMY

LET’S GET KIDS ON BOARD THE BIOECONOMY

We are delighted to announce the release of the new book for kids ‘What’s Bioeconomy?’. With this initiative, the BIOVOICES  and Transition2BIO projects aim to educate young children about the bioeconomy in an easy and comprehensive way.

The official launch event took place on 30th March, under the patronage of the European Parliament and with the support of the most relevant stakeholders of the bioeconomy scene including the European Commission and the Bio based Industries Consortium (BIC).

The wider public is often unaware of bioeconomy-related terminologies, bio-based applications in everyday life and the technologies behind the innovations produced by the bio-based research and industry. As Peter Wehrheim (European Commission, Head of Unit DG RTD, Bioeconomy & Food Systems Unit) said «raising awareness and engaging stakeholders is of utmost importance for the future development of Bioeconomy».

What’s Bioeconomy? is the first book ever written for kids on the bioeconomy, sustainability and circular concepts. Aspiring to realize the full potential of the future bioeconomy, the book promotes the knowledge and adoption of bio-based solutions and products in an easy and comprehensive way, raising awareness of sustainable production, consumption and lifestyles through education. To achieve this, it uses graphic illustrations to engage children aged 5 – 8 years old, their parents, grandparents, teachers and other adults who will read the book with them.

As Christian Patermann – better known as the “father” of the European bioeconomy- stated «this book for kids is just the beginning of an educational path on the bioeconomy that all schools should include». Nelo Emerencia from the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) also stressed the concept that among today’s kids are tomorrow’s industry leaders.

Strengthening the knowledge and sensitivity of future generations on environmental issues, sustainability and circularity through information and education programmes that target the younger generation can contribute to raising informed future citizens, decision-makers and a workforce with a strong interest in the bioeconomy.

The pilot version will be printed in more than 10.000 copies in 11 languages – English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, Dutch, German, Romanian, Slovak, Estonian, Hungarian – and will be distributed in selected schools, bookshops, museums for children and other institutional contexts. All information has been validated by 32 experts from academia and industry (Scientific Committee).

 

Further information on the book is available HERE

Now stay tuned for the national activities!

Any idea on how to exploit the book around Europe?

We are sure that we could create more impact with your support!

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2021-03-30
To date
2021-03-31
THE BIOVOICES BOOK FOR KIDS “WHAT’S BIOECONOMY?” – OFFICIAL LAUNCH EVENT

THE BIOVOICES BOOK FOR KIDS “WHAT’S BIOECONOMY?” – OFFICIAL LAUNCH EVENT

Europe is moving to build a “different world” for future generations, promoting more sustainable consumption, production processes and lifestyles, through the EU Green Deal and the related sectoral policies such as, for instance the Strategy for Bioeconomy, updated in 2018.

Nevertheless, to achieve the ambitious sustainability goals set by the European Union it becomes crucial to involve and educate the new generations: it is precisely for this reason that the BIOVOICES project has created the book “What’s Bioeconomy?”, dedicated to children between 5 and 7 years old, which will be presented on March 30, 2021 (10.00 – 12.00) during an online event that has obtained the patronage of the European Parliament.

The book aims to explain the Bioeconomy and Bio-based products of daily use, while promoting sustainable lifestyles and consumption: in addition to children, the volume is also aimed at their parents and teachers, thanks also to the ad hoc training courses provided by the Transition2Bio project, which supports BIOVOICES in the dissemination of the book.

What is the bioeconomy?” will be printed in 11 languages ​​(including English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German etc.) and will be distributed in selected schools, bookstores, children’s museums and other institutional settings. 30 experts – gathered in a Scientific Committee – from industries, universities, research centers and associations from all over Europe, provided the technical-scientific contents for the creation of the book, then reworked by BIOVOICES in a simple, clear and understandable language for children and adults.

The creators of the book Chiara Pocaterra (APRE) and Susanna Albertini (FVA), Roberta Metsola, first Vice President of the European Parliament (with a pre-recorded video) and Alistar Illustration (illustrator of the book) will take part in the event. In the second part of the event, some representatives of the Scientific Committee of the book will intervene: Peter Wehrheim, European Commission (DG RTD, Bioeconomy & Food Systems Unit), Maria Teresa Borzacchiello and Luisa Marelli, European Commission – Joint Research Center Knowledge Center for Bioeconomy and Nelo Emerencia, Bio based Industries Consortium (BIC).

Finally, the event will end with an interactive session in which participants interested in receiving copies and ensuring the dissemination of the book will be able to interact with the creators, thus defining possible collaborations to be carried out in the coming months.

Further information and event’s registration: www.biovoices.eu/book

Both Biovoices and Transition2Bio projects are led by APRE – Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea and funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme Horizon 2020.

Biovoices (01.01.2018 – 30.04.2021) is a 40 months project aiming at engaging all relevant stakeholder groups “voices” (policy makers, researchers, the business community and the civil society) in order to address societal, environmental and economic challenges related to Bio-based products and applications.

Transition2BIO (01.01.2021-31.12.2022) project is proposing an integrated package of activities addressing a wide range of stakeholders (demand side, supply side, multipliers and supportive environment). It will valorise and exploit sectoral communication tools and activities, raise public awareness of bioeconomy and contribute to the transition towards more sustainable production through engagement and education activities.

For more information on the event and on the Biovoices and Transition2Bio projects: biovoices@apre.it; lacolla@apre.it

 

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2021-03-30
To date
2021-03-30
Call for experts in clothing and fishing gear sector to join the first Glaukos Stakeholder Labs workshop

Call for experts in clothing and fishing gear sector to join the first Glaukos Stakeholder Labs workshop

We are looking for stakeholders to be involved in our experts working group for the first Glaukos Stakeholder Labs workshop, titled Biopolymers eco-design to address sustainability challenges for the ocean’s protection.

The workshop will take place online on the 3rd of March 2021 from 15:00 till 17:00 CET.

Glaukos project, funded by BBI JU under H2020, aims at developing innovative alternatives for textiles to significantly reduce the carbon and plastic footprint of clothing and fishing gear.

This workshop will bring together different actors to discuss and jointly address common challenges for the design of more sustainable bio-based textiles for fishing gears and clothes.

The objective of the Stakeholder Labs workshop is to ensure that Glaukos will respond appropriately to the different needs and requirements, considering the specific challenges, barriers and bottlenecks of the two targeted sectors.

 

Participation is free of charge, but the registration is mandatory. Please fill in the form HERE

The agenda is attached. More information about the event is available HERE

Feel free to suggest colleagues or other stakeholders you believe might be interested.

 

For any doubts or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Michela Cohen

cohen@fvaweb.it

Michela Cohen, FVA new media research

We need YOUR CONTRIBUTION for the interactive session of the EuBioNet yearly partners’ workshop – Bioeconomy Communication and Stakeholders’ engagement in times of COVID-19

We need YOUR CONTRIBUTION for the interactive session of the EuBioNet yearly partners’ workshop – Bioeconomy Communication and Stakeholders’ engagement in times of COVID-19

On the 11th of November took place the EuBioNet yearly partners’ workshop – Bioeconomy Communication and Stakeholders’ engagement in times of COVID-19.The workshop, organised in collaboration with BIOVOICES, aimed to stimulate the discussion in light of the Global Bioeconomy Summit (16-20 Nov 2020). Inspirational ideas and good practices were provided for the future EuBioNet partners’ activities and have been explored collaboration opportunities among projects and initiatives for the 2021 action plan (responding to the updated 2018 bioeconomy strategy).

The presentations stimulated several insights that drived the discussion. What can we learn from these experiences? In your role of EuBioNet partners we ask for your contribution!

Please find HERE the link to access the interactive discussion and give your contribution before November 20, in parallel with the end of the Global Bioeconomy Summit.

 

If you missed the event you can…

Access all the presentations HERE

Watch the full video of the event HERE

 

 

Competition policy and the Green Deal

Competition policy and the Green Deal

DG Competition has published a call for contributions on questions about how competition rules and sustainability policies work together.This follows the announcement in a speech on 22 September 2020, at an event hosted by MEP Stephanie Yon-Courtin, by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, of her intention to launch a European debate on how EU competition policy can best support the Green Deal.  As EVP Vestager said “Competition policy cannot replace environmental laws or green investment. The question is rather if we can do more, to apply our rules in ways that better support the Green Deal. We are looking for input from everyone with a stake in this issue – including from industry, from environmental groups, consumer organisations, as well as competition experts”.

The call for contributions will run until 20 November 2020. The consultation documents will be made available in all official languages. This will be followed by a conference early in 2021 to bring together the different perspectives on this important topic.

More info HERE

From date
2020-10-27
To date
2020-11-20
EuBioNet yearly partners’ workshop – Bioeconomy Communication and Stakeholders’ engagement in times of COVID-19

EuBioNet yearly partners’ workshop – Bioeconomy Communication and Stakeholders’ engagement in times of COVID-19

Context

The world pandemic crisis changed the way we live, communicate and behave. How this change over affected the work of the CSA projects (Coordination and Support Action) and other players involved the circular bioeconomy communication?

The European Bioeconomy Network, the alliance of nearly 70 EU funded projects dealing with Bioeconomy promotion, communication and support, promotes a Mobilisation and Mutual learning workshop to discuss and share ideas and solutions to maximise the impact of project’s activities in the current times.

The workshop, was organised in collaboration with BIOVOICES, aimed to stimulate the discussion in light of the Global Bioeconomy Summit (16-20 Nov 2020). Inspirational ideas and good practices were provided for the future EuBioNet partners’ activities and have been explored collaboration opportunities among projects and initiatives for the 2021 action plan (responding to the updated 2018 bioeconomy strategy).

Objectives 

  • Facilitate the awareness and exchange of inspirational good practices
  • Stimulate a problem oriented discussion on how to overcome the limitation due to safety constrains
  • Improve the quality and impact of communication and stakeholders engagement activities for the next months

Expected outcomes 

  • Identify collaboration opportunities among projects and initiatives for the 2021 action plan (responding to the updated 2018 bioeconomy strategy)

Discussion topics

  1. CSA projects have changed the way they deploy their communication and stakeholders engagement activities to respond to the new reality. What are these new challenges (for example fatigue, competition, uniqueness of contents, new formats) and what are the opportunities (e.g. budget/time available, freedom to test new formats, more “relaxed” atmosphere)?
  2. What activities, tools, messages, channels and formats have demonstrated to be effective for communication and stakeholders engagement? Lessons learnt and success stories from the last 8 months: What worked? (activities, tools, messages, channels and formats (10 Minutes); What should be re-think? 
  3. How to maximize the impact of future activities? (e.g. organising knowledge exchange among EuBioNet partners, find new target audiences like TV)

Format

Mobilisation and Mutual Learning workshop:

  • brief presentations of 7/8 inspirational case studies from different projects (Some EuBioNet members will share their success stories in communication and stakeholders engagement in times of Covid-19).
  • interactive panel discussion supported by online collaborative tools
  • collaborative definition of the 2021 action plan

Inspirational case studies

  • LIFT – Alexandre Almeida – Attracting 1200 stakeholders worldwide through 4 thematic workshops (March 2020)
  • BIOVOICES – Michela Cohen – Responsive Social media strategy during COVID-19
  • Biobridges – Beatriz Palomo Belbel – #BioHeroes leveraging social media influencers to spread the bioeconomy to large public
  • BLOOM – Norbert Steinhaus – Can you hear me? Learnings from social distancing needs for Bloom’s outreach activities
  • BIOEASTsUP – Magdalena Borzęcka – How COVID-19 taught us to be more efficient in engaging stakeholders
  • BE-Rural – Aleksandar Chebotarev -Bridging pandemic challenges for stakeholder engagement – the case of BE-Rural region “Strumica”
  • AlpBioEco – Anna Bäuerle – Engage local stakeholders in online workshops experimenting participative approaches (e.g. Lego Serious Play)
  • POWER4BIO – Christine Beusch – From offline to online: adapting our measures to enable knowledge exchange and networking between regions

How the new projects Allthings.bioPRO (Anne Warning), BIOSWITCH (Ana Martinez) and Transition2BIO (Matteo Sabini) are planning to deal with the COVID-19 situation in their communication and stakeholders engagement activities?

Finf the agenda here: EuBioNet concept workshop_2020

 

If you missed the event you can…

Access all the presentations HERE

Watch the full video of the event:

 

From date
2020-11-11
To date
2020-11-11
Free tickets for Planetiers World Gathering – Lisbon 22,32 October 2020

Free tickets for Planetiers World Gathering – Lisbon 22,32 October 2020

PLANETIERS 

THE WORLD`S BIGGEST EVENT FOR SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION

LISBON – OCTOBER 22-23, 202

The European projects BIOVOICES and Biobridges offering free tickets for PLANETIERS reserved to the European Bioeconomy Network partners.

Do you want a ticket?

Send us an email to info@biobridges-project.eu and we will send you the instructions.

From date
2020-10-12
To date
2020-10-23
EuBioNet Yearly partners’ workshop – Bioeconomy Communication and Stakeholders’ engagement in times of COVID-19

EuBioNet Yearly partners’ workshop – Bioeconomy Communication and Stakeholders’ engagement in times of COVID-19

Save the date for the yearly Workshop organised by the European Bioeconomy Network

11 November 2020 h 10.00-12.00 CET online

Context   The world pandemic crisis changed the way we live, communicate and behave. How this change over affected the work of the CSA projects (Coordination and Support Action) and other players involved the circular bioeconomy communication?

The European Bioeconomy Network, the alliance of nearly 70 EU funded projects dealing with Bioeconomy promotion, communication and support, promotes a Mobilisation and Mutual learning workshop to discuss and share ideas and solutions to maximise the impact of project’s activities in the current times.

The workshop aims to stimulate the discussion in light of the Global Bioeconomy Summit (16-20 Nov 2020). It will also provide inspirational ideas and good practices for the future EuBioNet partners’ activities.

Objectives /Expected outcomes            

  • Facilitate the awareness and exchange of inspirational good practices
  • Stimulate a problem oriented discussion on how to overcome the limitation due to safety constrains
  • Improve the quality and impact of communication and stakeholders engagement activities for the next months
  • Identify collaboration opportunities among projects and initiatives for the next events/activities

Discussion topics

  • How the global health emergency landscape changed the way Circular Bioeconomy is communicated?
  • How CSA projects have changed the way they deploy their communication and stakeholders engagement activities?
  • What activities and tools have demonstrated to be effective for communication and stakeholders engagement?
  • What messages are more effective to raise the interest of the target audiences? What channels?
  • Lessons learnt and success stories from the last 8 months
  • What worked?
  • What should be re-think?
  • How to maximize the impact of future activities?

Format

Mobilisation and Mutual Learning workshop:

  • brief presentations of 7/8 case studies from different projects (Some EuBioNet members will share their success stories in communication and stakeholders engagement in times of Covid-19).
  • interactive panel discussion supported by online collaborative tools
  • wrap-up and recommendations

Case studies  already confirmed    

  • LIFT – Attracting 1200 stakeholders worldwide through 4 thematic workshops (March 2020)
  • BIOVOICES – Social media strategy responsive to trends in public perceptions and during COVID emergency
  • Biobridges – #BioHeroes leveraging social media influencers to spread the bioeconomy to large public
  • BLOOM – how to overcome the “zoom fatigue”? What online outreach activities might mean from a social learning point of view?
  • BioEASTup –  (title to be defined)
  • ENABLING – (title to be defined)

How the new project are planning to deal with the COVID-19 situation in their communication and stakeholders engagement activities?

  • Allthings.bioPRO
  • BIOSWITCH
  • Transition2BIO

More information here EuBioNet concept workshop_2020

Do you have a success story you would like to share?

Contact us at info@eubionet.eu before the 23rd October.