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.
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

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2020-10-27
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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:

 

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2020-11-11
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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.

Plastic, construction and bio-waste: too valuable to waste – Mannheim2020 Solution Session

Plastic, construction and bio-waste: too valuable to waste – Mannheim2020 Solution Session

Cities around Europe are piloting and implementing solutions to become more circular. Plastic, construction and bio-waste are three of the waste streams that cities are seeking to reduce or reuse due to their environmental impact and socio-economic value. In this session, we will hear the experience of three cities that have got down to the job. What have they done? What did they learn? The audience will be invited to challenge their approach. Key questions to be answered are: – What approaches are different cities taking to tackle plastic, construction and bio-waste? – Which levers do cities have to effectively close these materials loops? – Can material innovations make cities more circular? – How to turn challenges into opportunities? – Can their solutions be replicated elsewhere? The 90-minute session will be divided in a 50-minute plenary session, featuring 3 speakers (one from each the BioVoices, PlastiCircle and CityLoops projects) and three 40-min breakout sessions, divided by waste stream. All sessions will follow a classical approach (moderation-presentation-interaction), inviting the audience to interact and participate. The event is part of the Mannheim2020 Conference. Registration and more information: https://conferences.sustainablecities.eu/mannheim2020/

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2020-10-02
To date
2020-10-02
EEA SEEDS webinar – Sustainability transitions in an age of demographic and technological change

EEA SEEDS webinar – Sustainability transitions in an age of demographic and technological change

September 30, 2020 (9:30-11:00)

SEEDS is pleased to announce a Webinar to present the European Environment Agency (EEA) report on: The sustainability transition in Europe in an age of demographic and technological change: An exploration of implications for fiscal and financial strategies

This report is one of the results of the fruitful cooperation between SEEDS and the EEA in the context of the European Topic Centre on Waste and Materials in a Green Economy (ETC/WMGE).

  • Chair: Alessio D’Amato (University of Rome Tor Vergata and SEEDS)
  • 9:30 – 9:45 Introduction: SEEDS and the EEA Report – Alessio D’Amato (University of Rome Tor Vergata and SEEDS) and Massimiliano Mazzanti (University of Ferrara and SEEDS)
  • 9:45 – 10:00 Sustainability transition and the European Green Deal – Enrico Giovannini (University of Rome Tor Vergata and ASviS)
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Environmental Tax Reform and fiscal sustainability for the transition – Stefan Speck (European Environment Agency)
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Multiple transition approach to sustainability – Roberto Zoboli (Catholic University of Milan and SEEDS)
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Taking stock of EEA Report conclusions: the road ahead to sustainability – Jock Martin (European Environment Agency)
  • 10:45 – 11:00 Q&A

Interested audience is warmly invited to register for the webinar by September 29th – 6:00 PM – CET by sending an email to the following address: sustainability.transition.eea@gmail.com

A link to access the webinar will be sent by email to registered audience in due time.
This webinar opens a series of specialized one-hour events that will take place in the months of October and November.

Topics will include:

  • Innovation, transition and the European Green Deal
  • Demography, transition and the European Green Deal
  • Finance, transition and the European Green Deal
  • Modelling the transition and the European Green Deal
From date
2020-09-30
To date
2020-09-30
BIOVOICES WORKSHOP at @IFIB 2020 – The hard way to the market: how to support start-ups and spin-offs in the bio-based sector?

BIOVOICES WORKSHOP at @IFIB 2020 – The hard way to the market: how to support start-ups and spin-offs in the bio-based sector?

The Biovoices project is organizing the workshop “The hard way to the market: how to support start-ups and spin-offs in the bio-based sector?” (30th September 2020, 10.00-12.00 CEST) as a satellite event of the IFIB2020 Conference.  

The speakers involved, representing different stakeholders (investors, primary producers, clusters, innovation management, etc.), will discuss about the needs and challenges of start-ups and spin-offs of the bio-based sector in crossing the “Valley of Death”.  

Thanks to the active involvement of the audience during the workshop, providing its thoughts and opinions through the use of smartphones, the workshop aims to define possible solutions and actions to implement, that will be summed up in a policy brief to be presented by Biovoices to the European Commision and stakeholders of the sector. 

Information, agenda and registration are available at the following link: https://www.biovoices-platform.eu/registeredarea/mmls/viewMml/8288   

From date
2020-09-30
To date
2020-09-30
The wool value chain in Europe – BIOVOICES workshop – 14.10.2020 (10.00-12.00 CEST)

The wool value chain in Europe – BIOVOICES workshop – 14.10.2020 (10.00-12.00 CEST)

The European projects Biobridges and BIOVOICES, the University of Bari Aldo Moro, Brebey and CyberEthics Lab organised the workshop titled “The wool value chain in Europe – Decision making process to support the creation of shared values and practices “ (14th October 2020, 10.00-12.00 CEST) as a satellite event of the EU Green Week.

The overall objective of the workshop is to increase dialogue between European stakeholders to promote a more efficient and harmonized policy regulation framework for the market-pull of the wool value chain’s products and applications.

There will be a round table with the main European stakeholders and two interactive sessions with the participants. Thanks to the active involvement of the audience, providing their thoughts and opinions through the use of interactive tools, the workshop aims to be a moment of co-creation and sharing among all the actors involved in this sector.

Information, agenda and registration are available at the following link: www.biovoices.eu/wool

You can write at cohen@fvaweb.it for any further clarification.

Best regards,

The BIOVOICES team

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2020-10-14
To date
2020-10-14
BIOVOICES workshop in the context of the Asebio Investor Day – Building a green future. Would you like to invest on it?

BIOVOICES workshop in the context of the Asebio Investor Day – Building a green future. Would you like to invest on it?

Within the framework of the European Biotechnology Week, the Spanish Association of Bioempresas (Asebio), will organize the third edition of the investor forum, Asebio Investor Day, with 280 attendees, 57 investors from 10 different countries and more than 500 partnering meetings closed.

This year due to the circumstances in which we are because the Coronavirus, the Asebio Investor Day will be online, and like previous years it will have sessions where the current situation of the financing of biotechnological projects in early phases will be discussed and how in recent years they have been incorporated new types of investment instruments such as venture capital companies, corporate investors, crowdfunding, investors and as well as public initiatives.

As a novelty this year and due to the great importance that we believe it has the bioeconomy right now, BIOVOICES project is organizing a session within AseBio Investor Day dedicated to the bioeconomy and its possible investment, so it would be a pleasure for us that you attend this session that will take place on September 28 from 12:00 to 14:00 “Building a green future. Would you like to invest on it? “

You can do the registration here.

If you need more information do not hesitate to contact Beatriz Palomo (bpalomo@asebio.com)

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2020-09-28
To date
2020-09-28