Category: Events

Online workshop “Young people for Mediterranean cooperation”

Online workshop “Young people for Mediterranean cooperation”

The online workshop “Young people for Mediterranean cooperation” will take place on the 13th of October from 11.30 to 13.00 CEST in the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities.

As 2022 marks the European Year of Youth, the workshop aims to showcase inspiring cooperation stories of young people from both sides of the Mediterranean – including representatives of ENI CBC Med projects – and celebrate their contribution to positive and constructive Euro-Mediterranean relations. To find out more information about the event, please visit the Programme website.

If you wish to attend the event, you can register at your earliest convenience at the following link: https://bit.ly/3SiZiNn (Workshop code – 13WS22471). You will need to create an account and then add the event to your agenda but it only takes a few minutes.

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2022-10-13
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2022-10-13
The first CBE JU call attracts 125 project proposals

The first CBE JU call attracts 125 project proposals

The CBE JU has received 125 project proposals by the 22 September deadline for the 2022 call. Applicants have requested over €600 million in CBE JU funding, against the indicative call budget of €120 million.

The CBE JU team will now check the admissibility and eligibility of all the proposals submitted. The evaluation of the proposals will start in October 2022 with the help of external experts, and the applicants will receive information about the outcome of the evaluations by the end of February 2023 (at the latest).

Once the grant agreement preparation with the proposals retained for funding is completed, CBE JU expects to sign the grant agreements by the end of May 2023.

More information here.

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2022-09-26
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2022-09-26
Eu Survey on “Food waste prevention along the food supply chain”

Eu Survey on “Food waste prevention along the food supply chain”

The European Commission launched a survey to collect data on food loss and waste prevention initiatives along the whole food supply chain.

This survey aims to collect relevant information on both ongoing and concluded food waste prevention initiatives in order to analyse their efficiency, effectiveness, and impacts. This information will allow us to identify those initiatives that delivered the best results.

The deadline to participate and provide inputs is 3 October 2022.

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2022-09-21
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2022-10-03
Cluster meeting: Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects contributing to the EU Plastics Strategy

Cluster meeting: Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects contributing to the EU Plastics Strategy

8 Novembre 2022 , 14:00 – 17:30

Organized by: European Research Executive Agency (REA)

On 16 January 2018, the EU adopted its European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy. The strategy is part of the EU Action Plan for Circular Economy, and builds on existing measures to reduce plastic waste. The EU Plastics Strategy is a key element of Europe’s transition towards a carbon neutral and circular economy as set out in the EU Green Deal and Research&Innovation actions are paramount to ensure such transition. Since 2018, Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe (EU’s research and innovation framework programmes) have funded projects which develop innovative solutions to boost the circular economy for plastics. The meeting wants to showcase the contribution of Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects to the EU Plastics Strategy and therefore to the EU Green Deal. The meeting will see the participation of around 20 ongoing Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects contributing to the EU Plastics Strategy and EU Action Plan for Circular Economy from different angles: from improving the sorting separation and recycling of multi-layers materials, to removing hazardous substances in plastics, from better understanding and monitoring the impact of plastics in the environment (including pollution) to tacking specific plastics challenges in agriculture.

The Horizon 2020 projects involved in the meeting have already taken part in other clustering events, where some cluster representatives / ambassadors have been appointed. This cluster meeting wants to be also a follow-up of previous clustering meetings, with the additional contribution of recently-signed Horizon Europe projects. Relevant project activities and solutions that have the potential to contribute to EU policy developments in the area of circular and sustainable plastics will be presented and further clustering opportunities will be identified.

Session chairs

REA representative (TBC)
Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe cluster representatives (TBC)

Programme

14.00-14.05 Opening
Speaker from REA (TBC)

14.05-14.20 Overview of EU’s funding opportunities and relevant initiatives in support of the EU’s plastics strategy
Speaker from REA (TBC)

14.20-14.30 Green Innovation with EIC Accelerator
Speaker from EISMEA (TBC)

14.30-15.50 Short presentations of H2020 and HE projects, with a special focus on their contribution to the EU Plastics Strategy and opportunities for projects clustering 
Project representatives (TBC)

15.50-16.00 Addressing challenges to unlock bio-plastics potential: the contribution of EU-funded projects
FVA New Media Research, European Bioeconomy Network, Glaukos

16.00-16.25 Q&As, discussions and next steps for clustering
Moderator from REA (TBC)

16.25-16.30 Closing
Speaker from REA (TBC)

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2022-11-08
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2022-11-08
Download the Final Results of the EU project on “Promoting Education, training and skills across the bioeconomy”

Download the Final Results of the EU project on “Promoting Education, training and skills across the bioeconomy”

On Thursday 15 September 2022 from 9.00 to 17:00 CET, Deloitte, empirica and Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (FGB) organised a Conference, together with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD), as part of the project on “Promoting education, training and skills across the bioeconomy”.

During the conference the results of the project and the recommendations for the development of education at higher education, VET and entrepreneurship levels,  were presented and discussed in order to empower the future workforce with the skills required in an evolving, circular and sustainable bioeconomy.

The results are now publicly available and you can download all the material at the following links:

Policy brief

https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/da7a3790-330c-11ed-975d-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF/source-266382205

The bioeconomy, as a catalyst for systemic change, tackles the economic, social and environmental aspects of the European Green Deal, seeking new ways of producing and consuming resources while respecting our planet’s limits and moving away from a linear economy based on extensive use of fossil and mineral resources. As defined in the European Commission’s updated Bioeconomy Strategy of 2018, the bioeconomy covers “all sectors and systems that rely on biological resources (animals, plants, micro-organisms and derived biomass, including organic waste), their functions and principles. It includes and interlinks land and marine ecosystems and the services they provide; all primary production sectors that use and produce biological resources; and all economic and industrial sectors that use biological resources and processes to produce food, feed, bio-based products, energy and services.” The transition to a sustainable and circular bioeconomy will be achieved through the five goals of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy: Ensuring food and nutrition security; Managing natural resources sustainably; Reducing dependence on non-renewable, unsustainable resources; Limiting and adapting to climate change; Strengthening European competitiveness and create jobs. This transition presents opportunities for jobs and economic growth. In particular, the Bioeconomy Strategy forecasts that one million new jobs could be created by 2030, supported by the “strong and fast-growing start-up ecosystem in the biotechnology sector”.

 

Final report

https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/6a5f6dd4-3312-11ed-975d-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF/source-266382552

This is the Final Report of the study on “Promoting education, training and skills across the bioeconomy” conducted by Deloitte, Empirica and Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini Srl SB (FGB), mandated by the European Commission’s DG Research & innovation (DG RTD). The study assesses the current and future (2030 and 2050) needs for professional profiles and skills, bringing together a quantitative forecast exercise and a qualitative ‘foresight’ activity, which incorporates expert insights on the future of the bioeconomy. This assessment is compared against the current education and training provision in the bioeconomy at three levels: higher education, vocational education and training, and entrepreneurship training. This comparison highlights key unmet training needs that need to be addressed to realise the opportunities that the bioeconomy can provide in the future. Recommendations are provided for each of the education levels to address these skills needs, including model curricula which draw on case studies of good practices. These recommendations cover both the content of model curricula, as well as approaches to developing and updating programmes to meet the changing needs of the bioeconomy.

 

Factsheets:

Higher education

https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/82c681fc-2fef-11ed-975d-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF/source-265943753

Europe needs more professionals with dedicated skills to drive the transition to a sustainable and circular bioeconomy, a core component of the Green Deal. A study was made to support the development of educational and training content, methods, tools and structures to achieve a mainstreaming of the bioeconomy in education and training. The following recommendations aim to promote upskilling and reskilling bioeconomy professionals to meet this challenge.

 

 

 

Vocational education and training

https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/8898756d-2ff1-11ed-975d-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF/source-265943548

Europe needs more people with the skills needed to drive the transition to a sustainable and circular bioeconomy, a core component of the Green Deal. A study was undertaken to support the development of educational and training content, methods, tools and structures to achieve a mainstreaming of the bioeconomy in education and training. It includes recommendations to train people to work in the bioeconomy.

 

 

Entrepreneurship education

https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/e98d595a-2fee-11ed-975d-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF/source-search

Europe needs more professionals with dedicated entrepreneurship skills to drive the transition to a sustainable and circular bioeconomy, a core component of the Green Deal. A study was made to support the development of educational and training content, methods, tools and structures to achieve a mainstreaming of the bioeconomy in education and training. It includes recommendations that aim to promote upskilling and reskilling bioeconomy professionals to meet this challenge.

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2022-09-16
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2022-09-16
Transition2BIO 3rd Co-creation workshop ‘Future skills for Bioeconomy’ – Blue Bioeconomy

Transition2BIO 3rd Co-creation workshop ‘Future skills for Bioeconomy’ – Blue Bioeconomy

The University of Bologna, the EurOcean Foundation and the Horizon 2020 funded project Transition2BIO organise the co-creation workshop ‘Future skills for Bioeconomy’ – Blue Bioeconomy’, which aims to identify the future skills and related educational needs in the European bioeconomy. The event will take place next 27th of September 2022 at 2:00 pm CEST.

The Agenda in available at this link.

Registration
Please register online for the workshop at this link:
https://forms.office.com/r/yUh5a81him
Participants will receive the link for the virtual meeting by email.
The deadline for the registration is 23rd September 2022.

The workshop will focus on the Blue Bioeconomy sector and is the third 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 Transition 2BIO.
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.

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

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2022-09-27
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2022-09-27
Jornadas técnicas: manejo de la jara pringosa para la obtención de bioproductos

Jornadas técnicas: manejo de la jara pringosa para la obtención de bioproductos

This is an in person event in Spanish, which will take place in two towns in Guadalajara (Spain). It is about obtaining bioproducts from Cistus Ladanifer, a very common species in the Mediterranean countries. The rest of the info is in Spanish.

For more info, check our website:

And you can download the program here.

El mercado global de bioproductos está en auge impulsado por una demanda creciente de compuestos de origen natural sustitutivos de materiales de origen fósil y de compuestos químicos sintéticos.

La jara pringosa (Cistus ladanifer), es una especie exclusiva de la cuenca mediterránea que se utiliza desde la antigüedad para la obtención del ládano, y que actualmente se emplea para la obtención de distintos productos que destinados al sector de perfumería y cosmética. La jara está presente en España en más de dos millones de hectáreas y formando jarales densos en más de medio millón de hectáreas. Andalucía, Extremadura, Castilla-la Mancha y Castilla y León en ese orden, cuentan con las mayores extensiones de jaral. Actualmente se explotan unas 20.000 ha de jarales en todo el territorio nacional, principalmente en la región de Andalucía, donde existen varias empresas que recogen y procesan la jara para la obtención de goma de ládano y aceite esencial.

En las comarcas de La Sierra Norte de Guadalajara y Lozoya-Somosierra de Madrid, se concentran aproximadamente 40.000 ha de jarales en distintos estados de desarrollo que, actualmente no son objeto de ningún aprovechamiento. Las actuaciones que se llevan a cabo consisten únicamente en la realización de algunos desbroces financiados por las CCAA como tratamientos preventivos contra incendios.

El aceite esencial y los extractos de C. ladanifer, tiene también un gran potencial en la industria farmacéutica, alimentaria y fitosanitaria debido a sus propiedades antimicrobianas y antioxidantes. Por tanto, debemos acometer nuevos proyectos que impulsen el desarrollo de nuevas aplicaciones de estos bioproductos a la vez que se optimiza la cadena de valor en sus eslabones más débiles como son la gestión de los jarales existentes, así como su cultivo y recolección.

Los proyectos BeonNAT y BIOCISTUS 4.0 están desarrollando investigaciones sobre la jara, con el objetivo de poner en valor esta especie, estudiando distintos aspectos de la cadena de valor, desde la gestión de los jarales existentes a la comercialización de los productos: selección genética, cultivo, recolección, manejo, destilación y extracción, caracterización de bioproductos y mercado de los mismos. Aunque los proyectos están aún en progreso, se han obtenido ya algunos resultados, y los participantes en los mismos desean realizar unas jornadas que sirvan para poner en común los avances obtenidos y debatir sobre los mismos en dos municipios de la comarca de La Sierra Norte de Guadalajara, donde se están llevando a cabo una gran parte de las investigaciones y demostraciones dentro de los mencionados proyectos.

En el marco de estos proyectos, se van a organizar unas jornadas técnicas de dos días de duración en Hiendelaencina y Bustares (Guadalajara) sobre el manejo de la jara pringosa para la obtención de bioproductos.

La jornada técnica del día 21 va dirigida a todos los interesados en la transición hacia una bioeconomía sostenible y en particular, emprendedores, técnicos, promotores, científicos, académicos y políticos son bien recibidos.

El taller del día 20 va enfocado a la promoción del emprendimiento rural centrado en la obtención de bioproductos de alto valor añadido en base a las materias primas que se pueden obtener de la jara pringosa.

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2022-10-20
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2022-10-21
Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030”: an Atlantic-Arctic lighthouse

Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030”: an Atlantic-Arctic lighthouse

On 24 – 25 November 2022, the European Commission, with the support of Ireland, will organise an event Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030: an Atlantic-Arctic Lighthouse.

This event, taking place at the National Maritime College of Ireland in Cork, aims to mobilise a wide range of stakeholders to join the Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030”, and particularly the Atlantic-Arctic lighthouse. The event will focus on the political commitments to implement the Mission and agree on concrete measures and actions in the Atlantic-Arctic basins to protect and restore marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity, and boost coastal resilience.

Please note that due to the room capacity, a first come first serve principle will be applied. In the event that you are unable to attend this event in person, you will have the possibility to join virtually.

More information will be published in this page.

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2022-11-24
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2022-11-25
Save the date! On 5 October in Brussels, EuBioNet is promoting the knowledge exchange among ongoing H2020 projects and new Horizon Europe projects supporting the bioeconomy!

Save the date! On 5 October in Brussels, 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 9.00 to 12.30 CET at the EC Building CDMA (Address: Rue du Champ de Mars 21, 1050 Ixelles / Elsene, Belgium), the European Bioeconomy Network, in collaboration with the European Commission and the projects Transition2Bio, BIOEASTsUP, BIObec 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.

The workshop is free of charge – Registration is mandatory.

Register at this link.

Updated agenda at this link.

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

Mobilisation and Mutual Learning workshop:

  • brief presentations of success stories from different projects, with a special focus on exploitable assets
  • walking brainstorm thematic sessions

The session will be organized in four thematic working groups around specific topics:

  • bioeconomy communication and education/future skills for the bioeconomy
  • enabling the bioeconomy ecosystem at European, National and Regional level (governance perspective)
  • enabling the bioeconomy ecosystem at European, National and Regional level (boost circular economy and bioeconomy sectors perspective)
  • standardisation, certification, labelling and monitoring

Target participants

  • Partners of the European Bioeconomy Network
  • Other EU funded projects
  • CBE JU/EC

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

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2022-10-05
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2022-10-05
Win 5 vouchers to participate for free to the World Bioeconomy Forum 2022!

Win 5 vouchers to participate for free to the World Bioeconomy Forum 2022!

After the fruitful collaboration among the European Bioeconomy Network, Transition2Bio and the World Bioeconomy Forum in the context of the World Bioproduct Day, the EuBioNet is awarding 5 vouchers to participate for free to the World Bioeconomy Forum annual conference. The event will take place online next 7–8 September 2022 and will be coordinated live from a studio located in Ruka, Finland.

The World BioEconomy Forum is a global platform for circular bioeconomy stakeholders to share ideas and promote bio-based solutions.

You can find all the details about the program of the 2022 conference at this link.

To participate, fill in this form – among the applicants, EuBioNet will extract 5 participants that will get a free voucher for the event.

The winners will be contacted by Monday 5 September.

 

MEET THE WORLD BIOPRODUCT DAY WINNERS

In July 2022 the World Bioproduct Day campaign engaged many stakeholders of the circular bioeconomy that shared their stories via social media by using the hashtag #bioproductday2022 and/or #bioproductday, or by submitting via email their bioproducts.

Transition2Bio and EuBioNet  selected the 5 most interesting submissions, following specific categories:

The winners will be interviewed by Transition2Bio and the EuBioNet and they will be part of a social media campaign in the following months, to give more visibility to their circular bioeconomy stories!

 

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2022-08-24
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2022-09-05