Author: Selenia Marinelli

PITCH PERFECT and Boost the European Bioeconomy 2022

PITCH PERFECT and Boost the European Bioeconomy 2022

JOIN THIS PHYSICAL NETWORKING EVENT ON 26 SEPTEMBER AT THE SHERATON BRUSSELS AIRPORT HOTEL

Click here to download the event programme

This pitching, matchmaking and networking event brings together the networks of seven important bioeconomy platformsPilots4UTech4BiowasteBioeconomyVenturesThe ProteInn ClubWaste2FuncBIOMAC and Bio Base Connect. As such, we can guarantee a diverse attendance reaching from SMEs, start-ups, scale-ups, large companies/corporates, investors, research organisations, technology providers to organisations offering relevant innovation services such as access to finance, scale-up trials, application testing, business plan writing, feedstock analysis, life cycle assessment, social acceptance, etc.

Participants are invited to submit a pitch application for a 6 minutes pitch. As we are organising 6 pitch sessions of 90 minutes each, we are looking for at least 66 inspiring pitches. Not to exclude any interesting developments, pitch categories are not defined upon registration but should be relevant for further development of the bioeconomy.

The matchmaking are one-on-one meetings of 20 minutes aimed at finding new partners. The scheduling of these meetings will be supported by an online matchmaking system, easy to use on a smartphone or laptop.

More info at this link.

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2022-09-26
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2022-09-26
The Bioeconomy Strategy Progress Report has been adopted and published

The Bioeconomy Strategy Progress Report has been adopted and published

Requested by the Council of the European Union in 2019, this report assesses the progress made in the implementation of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy from 2018 and its action plan, and identifies gaps for possible future EU bioeconomy action and initiatives.

The report reflects on the increased importance of the bioeconomy in the new political environment, framed by the European Green Deal. With our current fossil-based economy having reached its limits, the transition towards a new societal and economic model, based on the sustainable and circular use of biological resources, has become one of the Union’s core tasks. The bioeconomy, with its potential to improve policy coherence, and identify and resolve trade-offs, for example on land and biomass demands, enables countries and regions to design transition pathways according to their specific challenges and opportunities. Hence, the bioeconomy plays a crucial role in achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal, and help us to find solutions for the current food security and energy independence crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The report further shows that the actions set out in the Bioeconomy Strategy of 2018 are on track in achieving the strategy’s main objectives:

  • An increasing number of national and regional bioeconomy strategies promote cross-sectoral cooperation and sustainability principles, and invest in bioeconomy innovation.
  • Progress on bioeconomy deployment has been achieved in Central and Eastern European countries, aided by significant EU funding contributions and the establishment of new fora and networks.
  • Mobilisation of private investments, start-ups and research and innovation in food and other bio-based industries are increasing and show promising developments. Europe has a strong position in the global market for bio-based chemicals and materials.

Yet, the report also identified gaps in the implementation of the action plan that require further action. First, increased focus on how to better manage land and biomass demands to meet environment and economic requirements in a climate neutral Europe. Second, work on more sustainable consumption patterns to enhance environmental integrity.

Following the relevant links to the report and the related documents:

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2022-06-13
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2022-06-13
Conference ‘How to engage with the Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030” – A Mediterranean Lighthouse’

Conference ‘How to engage with the Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030” – A Mediterranean Lighthouse’

The hybrid high-level Conference ‘How to engage with the Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030” – A Mediterranean Lighthouse’ will take place the 13-14 June 2022 in Marseille.

The event is organised by the European Commission together with the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur Region, cluster “Pôle Mer Méditerranée”, City of Marseille and Aix-Marseille University.

It will focus on the Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030” implementation and its planned actions to accelerate the transition to zero pollution in the Mediterranean Sea. In particular, this event will outline the co-creation process of the Mission Charter by discussing with stakeholders and youth how to get involved in the Mission.

On the 13 June, there will be a series of side events, an exhibition, and a symbolic torchlight initiative. The high-level conference will take place on the 14 June.

Registrations are open at this link.
Please make sure you register by Wednesday 1 June.

You can explore the last version of the draft programme of the event and read more about the Mission here.

Should you not be able to join us in person at the Aix-Marseille University, Jardin du Pharo in Marseille, there will also be the possibility to follow the event and participate virtually.

Please do not hesitate to contact the helpdesk: MissionOcean2030@vo-europe.eu  should you have any questions.

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2022-06-13
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2022-06-14
Transition2Bio Co-creation workshop “Future skills for Bioeconomy: Forestry”

Transition2Bio Co-creation workshop “Future skills for Bioeconomy: Forestry”

The University of Bologna, the University of Eastern Finland and the Horizon 2020 funded project Transition2BIO organise the co-creation workshop ‘Future skills for Bioeconomy’ – Forestry, which aims to identify the future skills and related educational needs in the European bioeconomy. The workshop will take place on 14 June from 15.00 CET/16.00 EET.

The workshop will focus on the Forestry sector and is the second of five co-creation workshops ‘Future skills for Bioeconomy’ focusing on different bioeconomy sectors. These workshops will be organised by Transition2BIO and the University of Bologna, together with external institutions leading each sector.

Providing the needed skills and meeting the educational needs in the European bioeconomy are key challenges for a change in our economy. The European Commission stated in its Updated Bioeconomy Strategy that “The systemic and cross-cutting nature of new and emerging bioeconomy approaches and new value chains will need new education and skills”.

Among its objectives, Transition2BIO will facilitate the identification of the educational and training needs towards the creation of an innovation ecosystem for the bioeconomy. The results of the co-creation workshops will be summarised in a public report and will be used for the delivery of a policy brief aimed to inform policymakers and other stakeholders about the issues and possible solutions to meet the identified skills and educational needs.

‘Future skills for Bioeconomy’ activities will use a bottom-up approach to identify and define the skills for the development of the new workforce in the bioeconomy, involving all the key stakeholders.
The participants will have the opportunity to provide their opinions and points of view on this topic, contributing to the research of the University of Bologna within the H2020 project Transition2BIO.
During the event, the main objectives and outputs of the project will be presented, as well as the results from previous projects and initiatives on bioeconomy education. Inputs from participants will be collected through an online survey and a moderated discussion using an online interactive platform.

The Agenda is available here.

Registration
Please register online for the workshop at this link:
https://forms.office.com/r/2PaA3hZrJ8
Participants will receive the link for the virtual meeting by email.
The deadline for the registration is 10th June 2022.

For more information, please contact Marco Maria Grande – marcomaria.grande@unibo.it

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2022-06-14
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2022-06-14
Glaukos Stakeholder Workshops “Tackling microplastics pollution: can biodegradable textile and coating be a solution?”

Glaukos Stakeholder Workshops “Tackling microplastics pollution: can biodegradable textile and coating be a solution?”

Glaukos project, in collaboration with the EuBioNet, is organizing a multistakeholder workshop “Tackling microplastics pollution: can biodegradable textile and coating be a solution?”, which will take place online on 20 June 2022 from 10.00 to 13.00.

CONTEXT:

Microplastic pollutions is becoming one of the world’s environmental main concerns, since is widespread in the environment threatening human health[1] and biodiversity. The European Green Deal (EGD), the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) and the EU Plastics Strategy announce measures to tackle pollution from microplastics that are intentionally added or unintentionally released into the environment (from e.g. synthetic textiles). According to the EU Action Plan ‘Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil’ states that by 2030 the EU should reduce plastic litter at sea by 50% and microplastics by 30%[2].  The Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters” ambition is to meet these objectives and targets to restore the health of the EU’s ocean and waters by 2030.To respond to these challenges, there is an urgent need to explore innovative solutions to address microplastic pollution. Biodegradable plastics can play a role in reducing the accumulation of microplastics in the environment, especially for applications where it is difficult or expensive to remove it from the environment, but, according to the SAPEA Group of Chief Scientific Advisors[3] “biodegradable plastics are not a ‘silver bullet’ to solve the problem of plastic pollution”, since they also present certain challenges.The EC funded several projects and initiatives to investigate under which conditions biodegradable plastics (and microplastics) can ensure long term positive impacts on the ecosystems.

[1] https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/default/files/research_and_innovation/groups/sam/ec_rtd_sam-mnp-opinion_042019.pdf
[2] Microplastics pollution – measures to reduce its impact on the environment (europa.eu)
[3] Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment – SAPEA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Glaukos workshop will start with a session to frame the problem, the political scene, the business context and the market perspective. Then, there will be three sessions with some  “setting the scene talks” in order to stimulate the discussion along the following specific life cycle stages:

  • safe and sustainable by design
  • purchase and usage
  • end of life

EXPECTED OUTCOMES:

  • scientific/research community
  • policy makers
  • textile and coating industries
  • multipliers and innovation ecosystem enablers (associations, clusters, NGOs, Institutions, initiatives, etc.)
  • Investors
  • standardisation and certification bodies
  • civil society representatives

TARGET PARTICIPANTS:

  • scientific/research community
  • policy makers
  • stakeholder related to fishing and clothing (primary sector, industries, SMEs, retailers)
  • multipliers and innovation ecosystem enablers (associations, clusters, NGOs, Institutions, initiatives, etc.)
  • Investors
  • standardisation and certification bodies
  • civil society representatives

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

The workshop is free of charge.
To participate, please register at: https://forms.gle/eNnubap8H5Xvjd6q6
You can find the Agenda at this link.
For more information: Selenia Marinelli: marinelli@fvaweb.it

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2022-06-20
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2022-06-20
Call for collaboration – EuBioNet is promoting the knowledge exchange among ongoing H2020 projects and new Horizon Europe projects supporting the bioeconomy!

Call for collaboration – EuBioNet is promoting the knowledge exchange among ongoing H2020 projects and new Horizon Europe projects supporting the bioeconomy!

Are you a EU funded project involved in bioeconomy communication, education and stakeholder engagement? Do you want to share your outcomes, or presenting your newly funded project during this workshop?

Next 5 October from 10.00 to 13.00 CET in Brussels, the European Bioeconomy Network, in collaboration with Transtition2Bio and BioGov.net, is organizing a Mobilisation and Mutual learning workshop, as satellite event of the High Level Bioeconomy Conference, taking place on the 6 and 7 October 2022.

The workshop “Projects2Projects” will maximise the exploitation of lessons learnt and heritage of H2020 bioeconomy projects in communication, education and stakeholder engagement to effectively kick-off the newly funded Horizon Europe ones.

Expected outcomes

Improve the quality and impact of communication and stakeholders engagement activities for the next months, facilitating collaboration among ongoing, concluded  and recently funded projects

Format

  • brief presentations of 7/8 success stories from different projects, with a special focus on exploitable assets
  • interactive panel discussion supported by online collaborative tools

Target participants

  • Partners of the European Bioeconomy Network
  • Other EU funded projects
  • CBE JU/EC
  • Civil society / Feedstock providers
  • Industry / Investors
  • Research / Education
  • Public administration / Policy Makers

Write to Susanna Albertini – albertini@fvaweb.it for further information.

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2022-10-05
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2022-10-05
Call for “Young Bioeconomy Entrepreneurs” – Tell us your story!

Call for “Young Bioeconomy Entrepreneurs” – Tell us your story!

The EU funded project Transition2Bio and the European Bioeconomy Network, in collaboration with the BBI JU funded project BIObec and the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU), are producing a series of short video interviews (max 10 minutes) in order to promote the excellence of European young entrepreneurs involved in the Sustainable and Circular Bioeconomy. 

The aim of this initiative is to inspire, inform and attract young generations towards educational and working careers in the bioeconomy, therefore contributing to raise the future generation of workforce informed and interested in this domain.

  • Are you a young sustainable entrepreneur under 35?
  • Are you willing to participate in our initiative sharing your business idea in circular bioeconomy?
  • Tell us what inspired you, your study and career path, what are/was the main challenges in your activities and share your experience with students!

Contact Selenia Marinelli at this email: marinelli@fvaweb.it and make your voice heard!
We will conduct a video interview that will be part of a social media campaign in early summer.

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2022-05-17
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2022-05-17
World Bioproduct Day: submit your bioproduct!

World Bioproduct Day: submit your bioproduct!

The World BioEconomy Forum is promoting this year’s World Bioproduct Day in a collaboration with Biovoices. The initiative is also supported by Transition2Bio, The European Bioeconomy Network and the SPRING – Italian Cluster of Circular Bioeconomy. During the campaign any stakeholders of the circular bioeconomy can share their story of their favourite bioproduct via social media by using the hashtag #bioproductday2022 and/or #bioproductday. The ten most interesting stories will be interviewed by Biovoices and the three most interesting stories selected by the World BioEconomy Forum will have the opportunity to showcase their bioproduct story at the World BioEconomy Forum 2022.

World Bioproduct day 07 July 2022 – Key Facts

The World Bioproduct Day was launched in 2021 to be held annually on 7 July. The purpose of bioproduct day is to raise awareness of the importance of bioproducts around us and how they contribute to the larger goal of environmental sustainability and climate action via social media campaign. The Forum recognises the importance of
the role of bio-based products in superseding non-renewable options. Through the adoption of more bio-based materials we can move towards solutions that are more sustainable and healthier for us and the planet by stepping away from fossil fuel feedstocks.

We encourage individuals, companies, institutes, and other organizations to share their narrative on their favourite bioproducts by using the hashtag “#bioproductday2022” on their social media platforms. This year, the social media campaign is going to be coordinated from 7 June to 7 July 2022. The campaign for this year is to be officially launched on 30 May 2022.

The social media campaign is arranged via the following social media platforms:

We invite interested parties to share their narrative and experience on the selected social media channels by using the hashtag #bioproductday2022. The posts should showcase a bioproduct(s) which you want to share as part of either your own personal experience or on behalf of your company’s/institutes.

We request that the post includes some basic information of the bioproduct case:

  • A photo(s) and/or a short videoclip of the bioproduct
  • A short text on what your bioproduct is, what it does, and why is it your favourite bioproduct?

In addition, you are also welcomed to provide your case by submitting it directly via email to tammy.moilanen@wcbef.com. All submissions must be written in English and must exclusively be submitted the respective social media platforms mentioned or via email. The PR & Media manager will be responsible for overseeing all submissions.

The campaign will be organised by World Bioeconomy Forum and Biovoices and supported by international parties including:

The World BioEconomy Forum will select three favourites out of all the posts and submissions which will be displayed at the World Bioeconomy Forum 2022 in the beginning of the third session, Bioproducts around us.

Biovoices will organise interviews with their top 10 favourite submissions.

Timeline

02 June 2022: Official launch for Bioproduct day and submissions open
7 June – 7 July 2022: Bioproduct day campaign
7 July 2022: World Bioproduct Day
July 2022 Bioproduct day and favourite cases announced

Contact

Tammy Moilanentammy.moilanen@wcbef.com
Selenia Marinellimarinelli@fvaweb.it
Susanna Albertinialbertini@fvaweb.it

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2022-06-07
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2022-07-07
Bioeconomy Day 2022

Bioeconomy Day 2022

The Bioeconomy Day 2022 took place in Ravenna, Italy, hosted by Alighieri Theatre, on the 25th and 26th of May. The initiative was launched by the Cluster SPRING (the Italian Cluster of Circular Bioeconomy),  in collaboration with Assobiotec-FederchimicaRaul Gardini FoundationAPRE and FVA representing the European funded project Transition2BioNovamont and Re Soil Foundation and the European Bioeconomy Network.

The two days stimulated the debate on the importance  of embracing a radical paradigm shift in the current model for the economic development, with the aim of making it more sustainable. The event engaged major Italian players from the economic and financial sectors (e.g. Novamont, Confagricoltura, Coldiretti, Orogel, ABI, Intesa San Paolo, etc.) but also important stakeholders, representatives of the Academia and policymakers. The festival also hosted Gunter Pauli, economist, entrepreneur, author and founder of the Blue Economy model. Together with the round tables and speeches, the awarding ceremony of the school competition “Bioeconomy4YOU” took place during the second day of the festival, which was entirely dedicated to young generations and their role in the green transition.

The first round table was about the role of circular bioeconomy as pillar of the ecological transition, with a special focus on the importance of communicating the bioeconomy, an activity promoted by many European funded projects like BIOVOICES and Transition2Bio, in this occasion represented by Chiara Pocaterra (APRE) and Susanna Albertini (FVA). The book for kids “what’s bioeconomy”, translated in 12 languages and distributed in more than 20.000 copies, was presented as a success story.

“The circular bioeconomy is necessary to drive the ecological transition and increase the competitiveness of our country”, said Catia Bastioli, A.D. of Novamont and President of Cluster SPRING, who also added that this operation requires a systemic approach to support the  value chain creation, as well as to develop eco-design and increase the biodegradability of products.

Two key examples on how bioeconomy in Italy is a strong sector lead by women were also presented with the participation Silvia BuzziCaviro Extra’s HSE & Sustainability Manager and Carla Marchioro, Director of the R&D division of Endura SpA. Silvia shown how her company – which is part of the largest wine cooperative in Italy – is engaged “in extracting added value compounds from all residues products of winemaking”. On the other hand, Carla explained how her company is a world leader in the production of Piperonyl Butoxide (PBO), which can be extracted from sassafras oil, but also synthesised by recycling solvents.

During the two days of the festival, the BioArt Gallery exhibition was displayed in the “Sala Corelli” with 24 panels showcasing the potential of the circular bioeconomy in everyday life, through practical examples of application of renewable materials, including residues, to produce bio-based solutions in different sectors.

Bioeconomy4YOU, the role of young generations

The second day of the Bioeconomy Day, was entirely dedicated to students, young people and teachers and the main event was the awarding ceremony of the Bioeconomy4YOU school competition, organized by Re Soil Foundation in collaboration with Cluster SPRINGRaul Gardini FoundationNovamont and Transition2Bio (APRE e FVA). The aim of the contest was to raise awareness, inform and educate young generations on these topics, collecting and awarding the most creative ideas on how they imagine their future in the circular bioeconomy.

41 applications were submitted to the competition, which was divided in four different categories:

  1. Primary schools
  2. Secondary schools
  3. High Schools, with two different categories, “bio-product” and “Our bio-future”
  4. Teachers

The jury selected the best ideas, taking into account the originality and creativity of the proposal, the correct identification of an environmental problem, the quality and clarity of presentation and the consideration of the entire life cycle of the product.

Winning students and teachers were awarded with money prizes, educational materials, bio-based gadgets, books and magazines.

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2022-05-25
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2022-05-26
Startupper School Academy 2021-2022 award ceremony

Startupper School Academy 2021-2022 award ceremony

Last June 1, 2022 the award ceremony for the school competition Startupper School Academy was organized in partnership with Lazio Innova and took place in presence but also live streamed on the Lazio Region social media channels.

A specific Bioeconomy Prize was established within the competition and several capacity building activities will be organized by Transition2BIO in collaboration with BIObec project, the EuBioNet and high-level partners (also involved in the competition) like Novamont, Cluster SPRING and ReSoil Foundation.

Transition2Bio representatives participated in the event on behalf of the bioeconomy team and awarded the students competing for the bioeconomy prize with several bio-based gadgets and the possibility to be interviewed and to participate to large scale events such as the EU Researchers’ Night and Maker Faire.

The BioArt Gallery was also exhibited in the main room where the ceremony took place.

The award ceremony was attended by, among others: Paolo Orneli, councilor for Economic Development, Commerce and Crafts, Research, Start-up and Innovation of the Lazio Region; Nicola Tasco, president of Lazio Innova and Luigi Campitelli, operative director of Spazi Attivi in Lazio Innova.

Startupper School Academy 2021-2022 involved 108 schools, 5,380 students and 253 teachers during this last edition, for a total of 141 business projects and 20 prototypes realized throughout the region. Overall, 1,000 institutes, 44,694 students and 1,720 teachers were involved in 7 editions, with 548 business models and 132 prototypes realized.

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2022-06-01
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2022-06-01