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.
Biovoices workshop at ESOF 2020 – “The role of systems’ integrators in facilitating the Quadruple Helix Stakeholders collaboration to co-create a sustainable circular bioeconomy ecosystem”

Biovoices workshop at ESOF 2020 – “The role of systems’ integrators in facilitating the Quadruple Helix Stakeholders collaboration to co-create a sustainable circular bioeconomy ecosystem”

In the context of ESOF2020, the BIOVOICES project is organizing an interesting workshop titled “The role of systems’ integrators in facilitating the Quadruple Helix Stakeholders collaboration to co-create a sustainable circular bioeconomy ecosystem“.

ESOF2020 Trieste will take place from 2 to 6 September 2020 and in the two weeks preceding and following the main event. The activities include meetings, conferences, seminars and public events such as shows and exhibitions. Over 4000 researchers, educators, business actors, policy makers and journalists from all over the world are expected in Trieste to discuss breakthroughs in science.

Several initiatives at European level have been launched in the last years to support the creation of an Innovation Ecosystem to promote Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy, ranging from projects funded by the European Commission (e.g. Horizon 2020 programme and BBI JU), networks at European, National and Regional level (e.g. The Bioeconomy Knowledge Center, European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, ENRD and Urban Agenda), research and industrial Clusters.These initiatives act as Innovation Ecosystem Integrators facilitating the QH Stakeholders (Research, Business, Policy, Civil Society) to collaborate and join forces to identify opportunities, address existing challenges and barriers, promoting a sustainable innovation ecosystem in bioeconomy. Nevertheless not all the stakeholders seem to have a central role in the definition of the policy and industrial agendas. Some actors, like the citizens, are not always participating as active players in driving the change, therefore a deeper reflection is needed to maximise the impact of the systems’ integrators activities to boost the innovation ecosystem. In this context the workshop will mobilise QH stakeholders to discuss how to: • transform the research outcomes into Actionable Knowledge for the Stakeholders • ensure that all the “voices” are engaged in the debate, including the civil society • find common objectives and language to facilitate the dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders • transfer knowledge and best practices between sectors and value chains • drive the change raising awareness on bioeconomy and bio-based products The workshop will build on the experience of the European Bioeconomy Network, an alliance of nearly 70 EU funded projects, initiatives promoting the Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy in Europe. The organizers are involved in projects (Biobridges, LIFT, BIOVOICES, BIOWAYS, Dandelion) having promoted more than 130 multistakeholders workshops around EU in last 3y.

MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION HERE 

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2020-09-02
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2020-09-06
From New Zealand to the World – the bio-logical (International) approach to making wood based chemicals a market reality

From New Zealand to the World – the bio-logical (International) approach to making wood based chemicals a market reality

23rd September 2020, 3PM (CEST) on-demand.

Aligning the supply and value chain is one of the greatest challenge towards developing new materials, technology and construction of a biorefinery. In this webinar Futurity will talk through their unique approach to collaboration and demonstrate the importance of bringing together key players within the value and supply chain to facilitate adoption of materials for end consumers.

Join Futurity, Sweetwater Energy, METGEN and Bio Market Insights, as we talk process optimisation and feedstock procurement, working with world leading technology suppliers and enabling application and utilisation of advanced biobased materials to outperform oil for brand owners.

More info and registration HERE

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2020-09-23
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2020-09-23
How high throughput technology will accelerate your R&D in the conversion of renewables.

How high throughput technology will accelerate your R&D in the conversion of renewables.

9th September 2020 – 3PM (CEST) on-demand

Novel chemical processes that convert renewable feedstocks into high-value products are very important, since they allow a more sustainable use of resources and foster the growth of the circular economy but selecting the correct one can be a challenge. Making this choice and identifying the best catalyst is key to develop and commercialize effective catalytic processes. In this practical and results focused webinar, we focus on how high throughput experimentation technology, an established tool to decrease time-to-market of novel developments and to generate large data for holistic insights and understanding of a catalytic process can help solve this challenge.

More info and registration HERE
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2020-09-09
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2020-09-09
Call for Applications for Bioeconomy Youth Champions of the Global Bioecocnomy Summit (GBS)

Call for Applications for Bioeconomy Youth Champions of the Global Bioecocnomy Summit (GBS)

The International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy (IAC) is looking for young champions motivated to engage with the global bioeconomy youth during the virtual Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020, 16th – 20th November 2020.

The GBS is a high-level international conference that takes place on a biennial basis and is organised by the International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy (IAC). The GBS brings together around 700 high-ranking representatives from politics, science, civil society and the business sector to discuss the latest developments and opportunities of the global bioeconomy.

The objective for this call of application is to identify young champions motivated to engage with the global bioeconomy youth during the virtual Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020, 16th – 20th November 2020.

For more info, visit the page https://gbs2020.net/.

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2020-08-24
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2020-09-01
Bridge2Brands: FCA and Biobridges Call for Innovative Solutions

Bridge2Brands: FCA and Biobridges Call for Innovative Solutions

The research centre of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (CRF – FCA) is looking for circular and bio-based solutions to turn cars components more sustainable, in collaboration with Biobridges project.

The full development of a sustainable European bio-based industry would represent a suitable pathway for achieving several Sustainable Development Goals. The introduction of Bio-based products and solutions depict a great opportunity to reconcile sustainable long-term growth with environmental protection through the prudent use of renewable resources for industrial purposes.

However, introducing bio-based products and solutions in consolidated business practice of a Brand is a complex process, which does not simply require innovative technologies from the supply-side, but also regulatory and societal transformations based on a multi-actor process in which the involvement of brand owners is crucial.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, according to its last Sustainability Report, is involved in the reduction of the environmental footprint of its products by embracing the concept of the circular economy. In this process, sustainable design plays a key role, since it is committed inselecting recycled, recycling, bio-based and/or bio-filled materials helps to reduce the overall environmental impact of the vehicles we produce ”.

Given this, a call for innovative solutions has just been issued in collaboration with the Biobridges project.

The call is targeting SOLUTION PROVIDERS of innovative BIOBASED MATERIALS. 

More info HERE

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2020-08-01
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2020-09-24
Survey on Wool value chains in Europe

Survey on Wool value chains in Europe

The European projects Biobridges and BIOVOICES, the University of Bari Aldo Moro, Brebey and CyberEthics Lab are organising an European workshop on the wool value chain in Europe, focusing on the decision making process to support the creation of shared values and practices.

The workshop will be part of the EU Green Week (14 October 2020, 10:00 – 12:00) and is the follow-up of the Italian online workshop entitled “Creation of a Chain of Native Wool in Italy” held on April 21, 2020, where several challenges and bottlenecks were highlighted. The outcomes of the workshop are available HERE

The questionnaire – it will take you about 10 minutes! – is a fundamental key to express your opinion, that will help us to design and identifying the most relevant challenges and topic to be discussed during the international workshop.

To make the event valuable and impactful for the wool stakeholders we need your participation! Thank you in advance!

Click HERE to fill the questionnaire!

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2020-08-01
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2020-09-15
IMPLEMENTATION ACTION PLAN (2020-2025) FOR THE ITALIAN BIOECONOMY STRATEGY BIT II

IMPLEMENTATION ACTION PLAN (2020-2025) FOR THE ITALIAN BIOECONOMY STRATEGY BIT II

The National Bioeconomy Coordination Group (NBCG) of the Presidency of Council of Ministers (active in the frame of the National Committee Biosecurity, Biotechnology and Life Sciences of the same Presidency, involving representatives of 4 Ministries and of all Regions and Provinces, the National Agency for Cohesion and the main relevant National Technology Clusters (public private partnerships), who developed BIT II (Bioeconomy in Italy), prepared the present Implementation Action Plan (IAP). The IAP is addressed to translate some emerging BIT II priorities into distinct actions and related monitoring, to ensure an operational roll-out of the Italian Bioeconomy potential across Italy in the next 5 years. It is consistent with the other national strategies relating to the production of bioresources, their mobilization and use within the ecological limits. The NBCG will facilitate the actions and yearly monitor the IAP adoption. NBCG will also closely interact with the coordinators of the Bioeconomy strategies active in the other EU Member States to promote common positions in the review of the IAP of the EU strategy on the Bioeconomy launched on 2018. This will facilitate the exchange of best implementation actions and practices, enhance inter-country cooperation and joint activities, promote the overall implementation of the Bioeconomy strategiesin all EU Countries and the shaping of a concrete agenda of joint actions and recommendations, aiming at strengthening the development of the Bioeconomy in the EU as a whole. This will also facilitate the alignment of Italian priorities with those of the Water framework directive, the “biodiversity” and “farm to fork” strategies, part of the EU Green Deal, and the ones of the cluster 6 of Horizon Europe “Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment”, and its related Missions and Partnerships.
The proposed document after presenting the national context with particular reference to the role of Bioeconomy in Italy in coherence with the recently revised national Bioeconomy Strategy (BITII), describes:

  • how circular Bioeconomy model can be valued in this particular critical period from the
    health and socio-economic point of view and its key role in the Post-COVID 19 phase;
  • a detailed action plan 2020-2025 including a series of relevant targeted actions which have
    been clustered into 4 main macro areas (policy/standards, pilot actions, regeneration of
    ecosystem services and stakeholders engagement);
  • flagship projects ready for deployment at national levels are presented in order to provide concrete examples of Bioeconomy investments which can act as catalyst of socio-economic growth;
  • legislative and proposals for their overcoming is described. A plan for dissemination and monitoring of IAP results is included in the document as well.The full document is available at:  http://cnbbsv.palazzochigi.it/media/1959/bitii_implementationactionplan_cnbbsv_watermark-logged.pdf
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2020-07-21
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2020-08-31
Fill the Biobridges survey on consumers’ awareness on bio-based products

Fill the Biobridges survey on consumers’ awareness on bio-based products

How much do you know about bio-based products? What are your opinions, concerns and purchase habits about them? What is your point of view as a consumer?

Have your say and help us to increase the dialogue with brand owners and bio-based industries!

Biobridges believes that consumers’ opinion is essential in shaping and developing the future of the bioeconomy sector, as well as the market uptake of bio-based products. Moreover, starting from consumers’ perspective is essential to reinforce the collaboration with bio-based industries and brands, overcoming the obstacles that hinder their collaboration.

Because of this, Biobridges launched a survey aimed to assess consumers’ awareness about bio-based products and to understand their purchase habits.

The survey is available in 9 different languages (English, Croatian, Estonian, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish) and asks people to reply as a consumer, having in mind the choices made in their every-day lives.

The questionnaire – it will take you only 10 minutes! – is a fundamental key to express your opinion and to discover more on bio-based products. Your opinion will help us to design recommendations and activities for boosting the dialogue between consumers and companies and foster the bio-based products market uptake. The recommendations designed thanks to your contributions will be presented to the European Commission and to Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking.

Fill the survey (avilable in 9 languages) here: https://www.biobridges-project.eu/survey-for-consumers-/

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2020-07-15
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2020-09-10
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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2020-06-26
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2020-07-30
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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedXTc3yOIKCU6AS5buXj3B4ZTwlw-RkoQNUc0EQaXkcMbiHA/viewform (which is required for participation).

Tina Papasideri
INASO-PASEGES
Athens-Greece

-Papasideri ( papasideri@paseges.gr )

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2020-06-30
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2020-06-30