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.
New BBI JU project: Glaukos, the innovative bio-based response to ocean plastic pollution

New BBI JU project: Glaukos, the innovative bio-based response to ocean plastic pollution

The European Commission and the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking invest 4,1 M€ in a project to drastically diminish ocean plastic pollution. Glaukos a four-year European project that will develop biodegradable and biorecyclable textile fibres and coatings to be used in fishing gear and clothing, kicked off this month. This European research project brings together a prestigious partnership of 14 partners from 9 European countries and is financed with over 4.1 million euro from the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), a public-private partnership between the European Commission (Horizon 2020 programme) and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC).Abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) accounts for about 27% of all marine litter found in European oceans, the equivalent of 11.000 tons ALDFG entering the marine environment each year. Evidence has been mounting that the synthetic fibres which make up much of our clothing and fishing gear, are also a major source of textile-related microplastic pollution in marine environments. Clothes simply wear off during use and in particular during washing. It was found that in a typical wash, up to 700.000 microparticles can be released. Glaukos aims to develop innovative textile fibres and textile coatings that are adapted to the 21st century needs: they reconcile excellent technical performance with a low environmental impact. The focus of the project lies exactly on the two abovementioned ocean polluters: fishing gear and clothing.

The Glaukos project will redesign the complete life cycle of these textiles. As key concept in polymer design to mitigate pollution caused by fibre fragments, the project will build upon triggerable biodegradability to increase the degradation rate of the (micro)plastics. from Glaukos materials compared to conventional (micro)plastics. In parallel, a bio-recycling process will be developed to incentivise collection of the textiles at the end of their life, thereby further reducing pollution. In addition, the supply chain distance will be substantially reduced by scaling up a disruptive fermentation process for value-adding polymer building blocks from several European bio-based feedstocks. This will increase the biobased content of the Glaukos textile products. Glaukos will also develop eco-friendly fishing gear coatings withincreased biobased content and reconcile the product characteristics described above with technical performance and durability, to ensure the effective and long-term use of textile products such as fishing gear and clothing and to significantly reduce their carbon and plastic footprint.

Stakeholder Labs will be set up to involve end-users as well as brands from the clothing and fishing gear industry and consumer awareness will be raised via e.g. influencer marketing. New Life Cycle Assessment methods will be developed to better assess the plastic footprint of textile value chains. Finally, integrated methods to assess the biodegradability and ecotoxicity of microplastics in marine environments will be developed and their standardization initiated.

Zsófia Kádár, Glaukos Project Coordinator says: “We are looking forward to tackling one of the biggest problems our society is facing with ocean pollution. According to the latest studies marine microplastic concentration have been vastly underestimated. Plastic leakage can only be truly mitigated if polymers are developed that are prone to recycling and biodegrade rapidly and completely.Glaukos’ ambition is to pave the way for this transition. We have all the partners
to succeed.”

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Agroinlog final e-Conference – “Promoting the development of bioeconomy in rural areas”

Agroinlog final e-Conference – “Promoting the development of bioeconomy in rural areas”

The H2020-funded AGROinLOG Project, about the valorization of agricultural residues in three European agro-industries to produce biocommodities for new markets, would like to promote and invite interested parties to participate in its final e-conference that will take place next Tuesday 30th of June 2020 from 11:00 to 14:00 CET under the title “Promoting the development of bioeconomy in rural areas”.

The project will finalize next month having assessed the viability of implementing the ‘Integrated Biomass Logistics Centers’ business model in agro-industries from different sectors.
Moreover, speakers from MAGIG and AgroBioHeat EU projects will participate in order to share their experiences developing and promoting biobased and energy chains in different European areas.

This conference is an opportunity to learn first-hand from the experience of these projects and discuss the use of biomass residues and waste in value chains of different agricultural sectors, and thus, about the adoption of the bioeconomy in the agri-food sector.
The event is designed especially for biomass producers, boiler manufacturers, pellet producers, researchers, technicians, policy actors, municipalities, agroindustries, extension services, agrarian associations, farmers, etc.

There is a REGISTRATION FORM at: (which is required for participation).

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1st Webinar on Sustainability | Making the Transition to a Circular Bioeconomy Sustainable and Inclusive

1st Webinar on Sustainability | Making the Transition to a Circular Bioeconomy Sustainable and Inclusive

Among the 114 definitions of the circular economy proposed (Kirchherr, Reike and Hekkert, 2017), it can be stated that the circular economy—defined “as a regenerative system in which resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage are minimised by slowing, closing, and narrowing material and energy loops” (Geissdoerferp et al. 2017, p. 759)—has been enriched by the contribution of the bioeconomy sector, given that a sustainable bioeconomy represents the renewable “segment” of the circular economy (EC 2018).

But how circular is the bioeconomy? And how pervasive it is among small and medium firms? What are the challenges and opportunities associated with a transition to a circular bioeconomy in the post COVID-19 era?

These and more will be discussed during the webinar.

Chair: Prof. Dr. Piergiuseppe Morone

Date: 29 June 2020

Time: 11:00am (CEST) | 5:00am (EDT) | 5:00pm (CST)

Webinar ID: 827 4661 3931

Webinar Secretariat:

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Webinars: Advancing Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy in Central and Eastern European Countries

Webinars: Advancing Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy in Central and Eastern European Countries

Join a series of five thematic and technical webinars organised by the BIOEAST Initiative and it’s supporting action BIOEASTsUP from May to July 2020!

BIOEASTsUP project has launched a webinar series with the title “Advancing Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy in Central and Eastern European Countries”. The main objective of the webinar series is the stakeholder engagement from the BIOEAST countries, to provide a comprehensive overview on how the BIOEASTsUP project helps the BIOEAST countries in developing national bioeconomy strategies & action plans, building a strategic research and innovation agenda (SRIA) for evidence-based policy making.

The webinars will be organised with a maximum of 100 participants, but each session will be recorded and shared.

Registration is available here:


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European Green Deal call

European Green Deal call

What the call aims to do

The Green Deal call will mobilise research and innovation to foster a just and sustainable societal transition aiming at ‘leaving nobody behind’.

Projects are expected to deliver tangible and visible results relatively quickly and show how research and innovation can provide concrete solutions for the Green Deal main priorities.

This is why the call will support

  • pilot applications, demonstration projects and innovative products
  • innovation for better governance of the green and digital transition
  • social and value chain innovation

In addition to technological development and demonstration, the call encourages experimentation and social innovation for new ways to engage civil society and empower citizens.

In relation to the current pandemic, the call will contribute to the green and digital recovery and to increasing societal resilience for example in agriculture, biodiversity acceleration of renewables, clean transport and modernisation towards a clean and circular industry.

How is the call structured?

The Green Deal call is composed of 11 areas

  • eight thematic areas reflect the eight key work streams of the European Green Deal. In each area, one or more topics addresses the challenges outlined in the respective European Green Deal stream. Topics target specific, high-impact technological and societal innovations that can help advance the sustainable transition relatively quickly.
  • three horizontal areas (strengthening knowledge; empowering citizens; and international cooperation) that cut across the eight thematic areas and offer a longer-term perspective in achieving the transformations set out in the European Green Deal.

How can I get involved?

You can help shape the call by taking part in the surveys for each area

Disclaimer: The presentation of draft topics and the opportunity to give feedback provided to stakeholders shall in under no circumstances bind the European Commission in the final formulation of topics for the call. The binding call text will be published following the formal decision by the European Commission on the Funding and tender opportunities portal


Fighting climate change and making Europe climate-neutral by 2050 is one of the main priorities of the European Commission.

In support of this priority, the Commission is reinforcing Green Deal-related research and innovation with this dedicated call for proposals under the current research and innovation programme – Horizon 2020.

Additional research and innovation initiatives will be funded under the next EU research and innovation programme – Horizon Europe.



  • 3 June 2020

    Deadline for giving your online feedback for the call

  • mid-September 2020

    Formal adoption of Green Deal call as amendment to Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-20

  • mid-September 2020

    Publication and opening of the call

  • 22-24 September 2020

    Opportunity to find potential project partners at the EU R&I Days

  • end January 2021

    Deadline for submitting project proposals

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P&G and Biobridges Call for Innovative Solutions

P&G and Biobridges Call for Innovative Solutions

In collaboration with P&G (Procter & Gamble) Biobridges project is launching a call for innovative circular and bio-based solutions to answer the specific needs of these brands. On the 24th of June 2020, in the context of an international webinar, industries, SMEs, Start-ups, Research centres, and other bio-based solution providers, will have a unique opportunity to pitch their ideas to P&G and start a proactive market dialogue with them, discussing on the pros and cons of possible solutions to address the specific challenges pre-identified by the Brands.

Why to apply? To get your circular economy and bio-based solution considered by a global brands and to grab the opportunity to initiate a market dialogue with them!

Who can apply? Bio-based industries, SMEs, Start-ups, Research centres, EU funded projects.

What type of circular and bio-based solutions P&G is looking for?

·         Bio-based liquid solutions for electric shavers cleaning systems (P&G -Braun)

·         Bio-based plastic or alternative disposable cartridge for electric shavers cleaning system (P&G – Braun)

·         Circular and/or Bio-based solutions and materials for manual toothbrushes (P&G – Oral-B)

We believe that you could be interested in participating! Please note that the deadline is the 5th June 2020.

More information and detailed description of the challenges identified by P&G can be found here:

To apply:

For additional information, please contact

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Biomass Trade Summit Europe 2020

Biomass Trade Summit Europe 2020

ACI’s 5th Biomass Trade Summit will be taking place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 9th-10th September 2020

The event will bring together senior executives and experts from the biomass trading industry, biomass producers, energy companies, policy makers, consultants, technology innovators and leading market analysts to discuss the latest challenges and developments within the industry. The two day event will give you an insight into the industry`s latest policy and regulations, recent developments in biomass technologies, biomass planning and logistics management, quality controlling and costs effective ways of transport. ACI’s 5th Biomass Trade Summit will also showcase latest policy and regulations, criteria and certification for sustainable biomass production. The event topics will provide a solid background for the two days discussion on best solutions for sustainable biomass trade in Europe.

Register now to hear insights from: Peltrade, Bioenergy Association of Finland, Ekman, Engie laborelec, Sustainable Resources Verification Scheme GmbH, Suez Trading, Baltpool, ISCC System GmbH, CM Biomass, Hinterland Management, Wild & Partner LLC, European University Institute, European Energy Exchange (EEX) and many more!



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First Belgian BISC-E [Biobased Innovation Student Challenge Europe]

First Belgian BISC-E [Biobased Innovation Student Challenge Europe]

Corona does not stop the student competition BISC-E. On the contrary, the crisis gives students extra time to work on their biobased product or process. TKI-BBE organizes a digital kick-off meeting on Wednesday 15 April at 3:00 PM.

For the first time ever a national Belgian competition of the Biobased Innovation Student Challenge Europe (BISC-E) will be organized in 2020.

Do you want to design a creative bio-based solution as a multidisciplinary student team? The Bio-based Innovation Student Challenge Europe (BISC-E), organized by GREEN-CHEM and, encourages students to explore innovation and business development in the emerging bioeconomy while developing a new biobased product or process. Are you up for the challenge? Register now!

The Challenge

All teams develop a bio-based innovation (product or process) and present their ideas via a participation file and a presentation to a jury of experts from industry and science. The presentation has to be accompanied by a few supporting documents explaining sustainability, technical feasibility and economic viability of your innovation.

The jury will assess these teams via an online preselection. The 3 best teams will be selected for the Belgian finals. Teams who continue through to the finals will have to submit a complete dossier. This dossier consists of the original participation file and presentation, as well as an updated version of the participation file and presentation based on the feedback of the jury that was given during the preselection and bsed on the coaching over the summer. In addition, the group needs to explain their progress and decision making in an extra explanatory letter to the jury.

All rules can be found in this document.

For Who?

The challenge is open for all BSc and MSc students. Due to the multidisciplinary character of the challenge it is recommended to embody multiple disciplines in your team, of which exact science should be one. Team members can come from different institutions.

Everybody wins

Participating in BISC-E will give you valuable experience in the emerging bio-based work field, in developing a new product or process with all its aspects and in presenting innovative ideas for a panel of experts. On top of that there are great prizes to be won.

How to apply

To register for the BISC-E, participants need to fill out this form with your presentation and submit it before 12 june 2020.

To be eligible for the competition you need:

 – A team name

– A team manager (one of the student team members)

– A supervisor

– Fill out the participation form

– Personal details of the team members


The student teams are asked to develop a bio-based product or bio-based process that could be integrated in the current (or near future) economy.

A bio-based product is a product composed in whole, or for a significant part, of biological material derived from renewable biological sources, including plant, animal or marine materials. Where product is defined as: substance, mixture of substances, material or object resulting from a production process, this can be an intermediate, material, semi-finished or final product.

Two tracks can be followed.

1. For innovation concerning a bio-based product.

2. For innovations leading to a bio-based process or bio-based improvements of a process step. Also services or other innovations strongly advancing the bio-based economy not leading to a touchable prototype product that can be presented fall in this category.


12 June 2020 – Submission Deadline

7-8 July 2020 – Online Preselection

1 October – Belgian Finals


First prize  €1000

Second prize €500

Third prize €250



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NATIONAL ONLINE WORKSHOP: Creating a local wool value chain in Italy

NATIONAL ONLINE WORKSHOP: Creating a local wool value chain in Italy

On April 21, 2020 at 10:00 CEST it will be held the interactive online workshop titled “Creation of a Chain of Native Wool in Italy” organized, in the context of the EU funded projects Biobridges and BIOVOICES, in collaboration with the University of Bari.
The workshop aims at creating a new supply chain for the valorisation of native Italian wool and provide innovative solutions to solve current problems.

During the workshop case studies and good practices will be presented, challenges, barriers and opportunities to promote the development of the supply chain that enhances the use of native wool will be identified and discussed aith the audience.
The workshop will be practical and aimed at generating ideas and stimulating possible collaborations among the participating stakeholders and promoting the sustainable and circular development of the bioeconomy in the Italian reality.

The event will be held in Italian.

More info and registration HERE

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ASKFOOD Virtual Workshop: Future Scenarios and New Training Strategies to Enhance Skills and Competences for an Innovative and Sustainable Food System

ASKFOOD Virtual Workshop: Future Scenarios and New Training Strategies to Enhance Skills and Competences for an Innovative and Sustainable Food System

The Alliance for Skills and Knowledge to Widen Food Sector-related Open Innovation, Optimization and Development (ASKFOOD, ), aims at setting, designing and developing tools and training actions and to leverage and boost innovation by strengthening the collaboration and cooperation among all the actors and stakeholders of the food related sectors.

In this workshop, experts from academia and organizations will present new trends and scenarios in the food-related sectors highlighting the future skills and competences to match the future job and market and business request.

Innovative training and educational methods to promote the development of entrepreneurial and professional skills will be presented.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss future scenarios, innovative cooperation and networking activities that can be developed to promote the academia-business interaction towards the innovation of the food sector.


Free Registration

To register click here:

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