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EU Industry Days 2022: Pitching contest

EU Industry Days 2022: Pitching contest

Registration for the EU Industry Days Pitching contest is now open!

The European Commission is organising an EU Industry Days Pitching contest for all business ideas supporting the transition to a sustainable, digital and resilient economy.


The finals of the pitching contest will take place on 10 February 2022 in Brussels – four finalists will pitch their business ideas live and get expert feedback from business experts and investors, as well as the audience.

Finalists will get group and individual coaching sessions in advance of the event, travel and accommodation expenses to Brussels covered – and a chance of winning a prize.


If you would like to showcase your innovative idea, apply before 18 January 2022.

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Call for CBE JU Scientific Committee members open

Call for CBE JU Scientific Committee members open

Are you one of the 15 circular bio-based industries experts we are looking for? If you have the relevant research and professional experience, apply to become a CBE JU Scientific Committee member and advise on the partnership’s scientific priorities and activities.

As a Committee member, you will help highlight the scientific achievements of the programme, suggest corrective measures when necessary, and provide independent scientific advice on specific issues.

Express your interest by 23 January 2022 noon CET.

More info about how to apply and selection process are available at this link.

About CBE JU Scientific Committee
The Scientific Committee is an advisory body of the Circular Bio-Based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU). Its objective is to provide advice on the scientific priorities to be addressed in the CBE JU’s work programme in line with the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and the Horizon Europe strategic planning. The Committee members will help highlight scientific achievements of the programme, suggest corrective measures for the programme implementation when necessary, and provide independent scientific advice on specific issues on the request of the CBE JU’s Governing Board.

The CBE JU Scientific Committee members will be appointed for three years, with the possibility to renew their term once for three more years.

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LANDSUPPORT final workshop “Save Our Soils”

LANDSUPPORT final workshop “Save Our Soils”

In the context of the project final conference, LANDSUPPORT is organising the “SAVE OUR SOILS” Workshop (in person) next Wednesday, 27 – Thursday, 28 April 2022, at the University of Naples in Portici, near Naples, Italy.

The project will open up to researchers and stakeholders to share and discuss results towards a very ambitious goal: the development of decision support tools – as well as other projects’ and initiatives’ insights – for key agriculture and environmental policies implementation including SDGs, CAP, New Green Deal.

This workshop will be a unique opportunity to bring together current research on this topic and policy makers and it will include project contributions to: tools for policy implementation in agriculture, land degradation and land take, and ecotourism and biodiversity. This will include the findings from the Horizon2020 LANDSUPPORT project as well as other International, European and national projects (e.g. Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, EJP-soil, LIFE+). It will be enriched by speakers’ insights on these topics and roundtables to discuss common challenges and possible solutions towards SDG policy implementation.

If you wish to participate, please fill in the registration form by Monday, 24 January 2022, to secure your participation.

Agenda and instructions
Register for the event

In case of any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to reach out to the project management team at Modis via:

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Three new publications on entrepreneurship education and women’s entrepreneurship

Three new publications on entrepreneurship education and women’s entrepreneurship

The Publications Office of the European Union has recently made available for free download three new publications on entrepreneurship education and women’s entrepreneurship.

Below you can find per each publication a short introduction and a direct link to download the PDF copy.

Peer-learning in entrepreneurship education and in women’s entrepreneurship – Executive summary

Authors:  Volkmann, Christine; Tømmerbakke, Jarle; Rancakova, Dagmar; Grünhagen, Marc; Melleri, Minna; Hostak, Juraj; Lilischkis, Stefan; Recheva, Tomislava


This Executive Summary is a final output of the project Peer-Learning Activities in Entrepreneurship Education and in Women’s Entrepreneurship, implemented 2018 to 2021. The project organised six highly interactive workshops with experts from all over Europe. Three workshops focused on EE, three on WE. Altogether, the project involved over 300 experts. The recommendations in this Summary are derived from the workshops as well as related online communities and surveys of participants. Literature reviews complemented personal experience with empirical insights. The report recommends the following key actions to foster EE and WE in Europe. Entrepreneurship education: Develop EE competence of leaders and teachers in education institutions. Encourage cooperation of EE stakeholders about policies and curricula. Communicate what EE is and what benefits it brings. Measure and compare EE practice and impact in pan-European research. Share EE knowledge and experience to enhance teaching and learning. Women’s entrepreneurship: Raise acknowledgement and awareness about the importance of WE. Improve access to finance for female entrepreneurs. Ensure life-long entrepreneurial learning especially for women. Build a pan-European umbrella organisation and network for WE. Collect and analyse data about women’s entrepreneurship. Moreover, mechanisms such as the European Semester, the Next Generation EU Recovery fund, and European funding instruments can support EE and WE take-up.

A guide for fostering women’s entrepreneurship

Authors: Rancakova, Dagmar; Hostak, Juraj; Lilischkis, Stefan


Europe needs to acknowledge the social and economic importance of women entrepreneurs. With the challenges of the digital and green transition as well as the COVID-19 pandemic’s implications for the labour market, women’s entrepreneurship (WE) could be reinforced as a viable career option – for women of all ages. This Guide is a final output of the project “Peer-Learning Activities in Entrepreneurship Education and in Women’s Entrepreneurship” (2018-2021). The target group of this Guide is decision makers in governments, educational institutions, civil society organisations, businesses, and their associations – on the local, regional, national and European level. The project led to recommendations with five themes that decision makers can target. These recommendations are interlinked and reinforce each other mutually. For example, promoting entrepreneurship as a career path requires role models, sufficient funding, and networks. A new women´s entrepreneurship funding platform requires a sound base in the education system to bring out competent, motivated, and ambitious women entrepreneurs.

A guide for fostering entrepreneurship education
Five key actions towards a digital, green and resilient Europe

Authors: Volkmann, Christine; Tømmerbakke, Jarle; Melleri, Minna; Grünhagen, Marc; Lilischkis, Stefan


Europe needs more people who tackle pressing societal challenges: above all the twin transition to a digital and green society as well as pandemic recovery. Entrepreneurship education (EE) can unleash the potential of Europeans to master climate change and digitisation and to build a more resilient society. In order to enhance European cooperation and strategy building in EE, the European Commission implemented the project “Peer-Learning Activities in Entrepreneurship Education and in Women’s Entrepreneurship” (2018–2021). This Guide is a final output of the project. The target group is decision makers in governments, schools and higher education, civil society, and business – on local, regional, national, and European level. The project identified five main areas where decision makers could become active: training educators, ensuring stakeholders’ cooperation, sharing knowledge, raising awareness of EE benefits as well as conducting research and analysis about EE. These areas are interlinked and mutually reinforce each other: Develop EE competence of leaders and teachers in education institutions: Increased uptake of EE depends on the degree to which entrepreneurship competences of teaching staff and leaders at schools and in higher education are developed through both initial and continuous teacher training. In addition, a pan-European peer-to-peer network of EE teachers could reinforce training. Encourage cooperation of EE stakeholders about policies and curricula: Scaling up EE requires collaboration between multiple stakeholders at local, national and European level. Governmental bodies, education institutions, businesses, and civil society actors could link up to develop strategies, policy agendas, and EE curricula. A strong European platform for EE would be helpful. Communicate what EE is and what benefits it brings: Show how EE builds the necessary competences for the future success of students at all ages. Education institutions, parents, government officials and the wider community need to better understand what EE is and what its benefits are: EE is about learning how to turn ideas into reality for the benefit of society. Measure and compare EE practice and impact in pan-European research: Collecting and analysing data about EE shall support evidence-based policy-making. It will allow EE to contribute to key policy agendas: the Green Deal, a digital Europe, the European Skills Agenda, and the social economy. Share EE knowledge and experience to enhance teaching and learning: EE stakeholders could increase their efforts to share insights on how to improve EE teaching and learning. They could build local communities of practice as well as national and international networks. They can draw from each other’s knowledge, methods and content, including innovative digital approaches such as artificial intelligence. Moreover, mechanisms like the European Semester, the Next Generation EU Recovery fund, and European funding instruments can support EE take-up.
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FoodSafety4EU pre-forum “Sustainable food: how to keep it safe?“

FoodSafety4EU pre-forum “Sustainable food: how to keep it safe?“

The first edition of the Pre-Forum is planned for the 15th December 2021 (10.00-12.00 CET, online) and the registration is open to all interested stakeholders.

FoodSafety4EU pre-forums are events organised with the purpose to ease the discussion and collaboration among researchers, consumers, policymakers, food business operators of the whole value chain, associations, food safety authorities and all other actors working in the food safety domain.

The topic of this edition is “Sustainable food: how to keep it safe?“ and it will be organised into three sessions.

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OECD conference “Technology in and for Society”

OECD conference “Technology in and for Society”

The OECD conference “Technology in and for Society” will take place as a virtual conference on 6-7 December 2021.

The multi-stakeholder meeting aims to explore values, design principles, and a possible practical agenda for leveraging good governance for critical socio-technical transformations. It seeks to develop a policy agenda to pair the transformative potential of emerging technology with the necessity of good governance: how can we innovate both more and well, i.e. within inclusive processes, with values at the centre, and with lasting positive impact.

Conference aims 
  1.  To explore how the design of policies related to upstream technology governance can help open pathways for needed sociotechnical change while building public trust in the STI system, and preventing or correcting potential negative effects
  2. To pool practical ideas, experiences and knowledge to anticipate longer-term practices, uses and impacts of emerging technologies and develop capacities to promote, steer and cope with sociotechnical change
  3. To explore what kinds of frameworks and multilateral approaches are needed for promoting values-based technology, responsible innovation, and inclusive transitions.

Register to join online and visit the website for more information and to view the detailed agenda.

DAY 1: Monday 6 December

11:30  – 11:50 | Welcome and scene-setting by Mathias Cormann, OECD Secretary General
11:50  – 13:30 | High-level roundtable: Rethinking technology for inclusive transitions
13:40 – 14:10  |  Keynote by Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University
14:20 – 15:35  |  Panel 1: Building inclusivity upstream: engaging diverse actors in the development of emerging technology
15:45 – 16:20  |  Fireside conversation: Values-driven development of emerging technologies in an international context

DAY 2: Tuesday 7 December

11:45 – 11:55 |  Introduction to Day 2 and Panel 2 (parallel)
12:00 – 13:15 |  2a) Harnessing responsible neurotechnology for brain health
|  2b) Realising net carbon neutrality: the role of carbon management technologies
|  2c) Innovating global health: Collaborative action where markets fail
13:25 – 13:40 |  Panel 3. Setting goals and agendas through foresight and participatory processes
15:10 – 16:20 |  Panel 4. Tools of upstream technology governance: soft law, standards, and ethics-by-design
16:25 – 16:50 |  Concluding remarks and next steps

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World BioEconomy Forum awards 2021: winners to unfold their stories in panel discussion

World BioEconomy Forum awards 2021: winners to unfold their stories in panel discussion

The World BioEconomy Forum will be holding a special Roundtable on 2 December 2021 from 3:00 PM, which will feature the winners of the awards speaking about the importance of sustainability and the circular bioeconomy to their own business sectors.

The Forum was concluded 20 October 2021 in Belém, Brazil. Over 1,300 delegates from 44 countries around the world attended the event – 400 in person and 900 online – taking part in the dialog with 60 prominent speakers and panellists. The World BioEconomy Forum also held its prestigious 2021 Awards at a gala dinner held during the event. The Awards recognise special efforts made by companies and individuals in an effort to promote and enhance the global circular bioeconomy.

The winners were:

Bio Act of the Year: Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI), nova-institute
Bioproduct of the Year: Billerudkorsnäs for “The Paper Bottle project”
Bio Person of the Year: Cristiano Teixeira, CEO, Klabin
Start-Up of the Year: De Mendes, Chocolate de Amazonia

To register for the Awards Roundtable on 2 December please visit:

Christopher vom Burg of the nova-institute said of winning the Bio Act of the Year Award: “A big thank you to the World BioEconomy Forum for granting us the Bio Act of the Year Award 2021. This caught us completely by surprise, but we are absolutely honoured to see that our hard work has been recognised! The award is a confirmation that we are on the right track, and it motivates us to continue developing the RCI and to push for the transition of the chemicals and materials sector from fossil to renewable carbon.”

The World BioEconomy Forum 2021 featured an excellent variety of side events, performances, and special guests both in Belém and online who made the event memorable and special. You are now able to relive and experience the Forum through the event videos provided on our YouTube channel.

The Forum is now looking towards the season for 2022, which will again be packed with circular bioeconomy dialogue opportunities including Roundtables and Insider Insights based on the four-pillar structure.

More information:
Jukka Kantola
+358 40 552 8880


The Four-Pillar Structure of the World BioEconomy Forum

The Forum strictly operates under the Four-Pillar Structure: I The Bioeconomy: People, Planet, Policies, II Global Leaders and the Financial World, III Bioproducts Around Us and IV Looking to the Future. Using the Four-Pillar Structure enables the complete evaluation of the status of the circular bioeconomy and thereby facilitates developments across the whole of the sector. This makes the Forum and its activities extremely powerful and effective, enabling the facilitating of a holistic bioeconomy and thus making significant conjoined efforts in the mitigation of climate change.

All Forum programs and activities are aligned with the Four-Pillar Structure, including all Roundtables and the annual Declaration. This four-pillar structure ensures that all relevant stakeholders in the circular bioeconomy have a voice and a platform.

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INTRINSIC Project Final Conference

INTRINSIC Project Final Conference

First International Conference on Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education will be held on Thursday 25 November from 9.00 – 16.30 CET and on Friday 26 November from 9.00- 13.00 CET, and delivered online from BOKU, Vienna.

The Conference, organized as part of INTRINSIC project final event, will Blend the Three Colours of Sustainability, Entrepreneurship Education and Higher Education for Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education.  

Download the conference agenda and register at the project website.

The focus of the conference is to inspire and engage higher education teachers to embed Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education in Life Science degree programs.



Delegates will take back to their universities their reflections of:

  1. a framework for supporting the development of students’ sustainable entrepreneurial
    skills at life science universities, in stand-alone entrepreneurial degree programmes and
    across the curriculum in discipline specific degree programmes.
  2. an understanding of the delivery of sustainable entrepreneurial education in the context
    of the SDGs with new perspectives for future developments.
  3. the set of tools developed by the INTRINSIC Project to support the delivery of the
    learning outcomes for sustainable entrepreneurship education.

A Network of university staff and university stakeholders, who have a commitment to
implement education for sustainable entrepreneurship in their teaching and their students’
learning, engaged in the Special Interest Group focusing on Sustainable Entrepreneurship
Education within the Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA, ).


Lecturers, degree programme coordinators, and vice deans and vice rectors for education,
researchers in entrepreneurial education.


Session 1 is directed primarily towards lecturers and degree programme coordinators,
Session 2 is directed towards curriculum decision makers in higher education institutions,
degree programme coordinators, and vice deans and vice rectors for education.

Conference agenda

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EUCircularTalk on Circular Public Procurement

EUCircularTalk on Circular Public Procurement

Circular public procurement is a powerful tool that policymakers can use to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. But what are the best practices? How can we drive this agenda forward?

Policymakers from across the European Union, from the European Commission down to cities, will be sharing their experiences and lessons learned with implementing circular public procurement activities at the upcoming #EUCircularTalks. This is an opportunity for policymakers across different countries to exchange ideas and best practices. You are invited to participate in the webinar “Could mandatory circular procurement drive the European Circular Economy Action Plan?“. This webinar will be online on 25th November 2021, 10.00 – noon CET.

This webinar is organized by the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platforms leadership group on circular procurement, in partnership with Circular Flanders, the Norwegian Agency for Public and Financial Management, Zero Waste Scotland, Interreg North Sea Region ProCirc, and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

You can register for the webinar here.

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ICA CoP Bio-Edu WEBINAR (follow-up): Status and Future of Bioeconomy Education – Learning from EU projects

ICA CoP Bio-Edu WEBINAR (follow-up): Status and Future of Bioeconomy Education – Learning from EU projects

As the follow-up to the webinars held on 4 and 5 November, the Association for European Life Science Universities and the European Community of Practice for Bioeconomy Education, with the support of EuBioNet, will held the Workshop “Status and Future of Bioeconomy Education – Learning from EU projects“, which will take place on Friday 19 November 2021 from 9.00 CET.

The Workshop aims to consolidate the current perspective for innovation in education for the Bioeconomy at all levels from schools through vocational education and training (VET), universities, life-long learning and society in general through an open discussion among bioeconomy education stakeholders.

At this link you can download the agenda.

Topics to be discussed as result of the Webinar in the Workshop

In the two previous webinars the focus was on how projects have impacted on the different target groups and identification of the need for new developments in education for the sustainable circular Bioeconomy.

As a result of the discussion the following topics and questions – among others – have been identified, that need to be addressed in the community of Educators:

  • Communication with respect to terminology and Acronyms. Do the different
    stakeholder have the same understanding about topics of the bioeconomy? How are
    “sustainability” and “circular economy” perceived in relation to the bioeconomy? Are
    related acronyms (like “SDG” or the acronyms of the projects) known and used?
  • How to inform/educate the different recipient levels (public, school pupils, students,
    employees, industry, politicians, funding organizations, investors etc.): To whom?
    When? What to deliver?
  • Is there a special focus for Bioeconomy in the macroregions (like CEE) and/or rural
    regions and does this have an impact on the delivery of Bioeconomy education? What
    counts as Bioeconomy in the different marcroregions? Should low value bioproducts
    be integrated? And how can education support the development of high value,
    innovative bio-products in these regions? How can politicians be convinced about the
    need to transition to the sustainable circular Bioeconomy and away from the fossil
    fuel economy?
  • How to realise “post project exploitation of results”, which includes the use of
    different platforms and the need of maintenance. How much is this a prerequisite for
    future developments? How can we benefit more from the achieved tools and
    knowledge? And how to integrate this in the development of new projects?

Expected outcomes

  • Guidance in embedding the outcomes of the bioeconomy educational projects in
    curricular and other learning environments
  • Extracting opinions and suggestions on designing new projects on bioeconomy
  • Enhancing and vitalizing networks in bioeconomy education in Europe to promote
    structures which push the development of thematic priorities relating to bioeconomy
    education in EC frameworks.


Please register online for the Webinar at .
There is no registration fee. Participants of the Webinar (Part A) will receive the login-information of the workshop automatically.

The deadline for new registrations for the Workshop is 17 November @ 17.00.
You will be sent a link to the Webinar venue by email on Thursday 18 November.
The Webinar will be managed from Avans University of Applied Sciences, NL.

Forum Organising Committee

Ingar Janzik, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH and Bioeconomy Science Center, DE; George
Sakellaris, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, CZ & BioEast; Han van Osch, Avans University of Applied Sciences, NL; Simon Heath, Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA)

The event is supported by EuBioNet





For more information please contact
Simon Heath
ICA Secretary General
Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA)


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