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Pitch Perfect and Boost the European Bioeconomy 2021

Pitch Perfect and Boost the European Bioeconomy 2021

A one day physical event of intense cross-border pitching, matchmaking and networking in the heart of Europe

28 September 2021, 10 am – 5 pm
Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel

This pitching, matchmaking and networking event brings together the networks of six important bioeconomy platforms: Pilots4U, Tech4Biowaste, BioeconomyVentures, Smartbox, Waste2Func and Bio Base Connect.

As such, we can guarantee a diverse attendancereaching from investors, SMEs, start-ups, about-to-be start-ups, scale-ups, large companies, 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 15 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 INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

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2021-09-28
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2021-09-28
BIOSWITCH Match event – Sustainable and bio-based packaging

BIOSWITCH Match event – Sustainable and bio-based packaging

This online event is part of the EU-funded project BIOSWITCH, which aims to bring Europe to the forefront of the bio-based economy by encouraging and supporting brand owners to switch to bio-based products, and it is organised in collaboration with Enterprise Europe Network.

It will consist of two parts:

  • Webinar
    A presentation of the BIOSWITCH project and the main results of its work.
  • Matchmaking meetings
    A matchmaking session to facilitate new contacts between suppliers of bio-based components and packaging materials, brand owners, private companies, and researchers.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more on the benefits to switch from fossil-based to bio-based approaches, and to generate new business contacts, meet potential cooperation partners and technology providers.

Register here: bioswitch-match.b2match.io

 

AGENDA

  • 13:00 – Welcome and introduction to BIOSWITCH.
  • 13:10 – Success cases for switching to bio-based.
  • 13:20 – Perceived risks, needs and incentives for switching to bio-based.
  • 13:30 – Consumer attitudes towards bio-based products.
  • 13:40 – What is the effect on climate and environment of shifting to bio-based?
  • 14:00 – Match-making session.
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2021-09-21
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2021-09-21
Biobord network: Digital Forestry – joint agenda

Biobord network: Digital Forestry – joint agenda

Biobord network: Digital Forestry – joint agenda

Second joint agenda of the Biobord network is now out! The second agenda, improving performance by facilitating innovations closing digital gaps and streamlining data-use (in the forestbased value chain), focuses to solve the wicked problem of the industry, recognized by the three partner regions of the ConnectedByBiobord -project:

” The digital value chain in the forest industry does not have a continuous flow of information: The potential for increased economic, social, and environmental sustainability is significant. The technical solutions for data collection, storage and sharing are largely developed or under development. Many actors seek to solve the technical challenges associated with the gaps in the digital value chain, while the organizational challenges remain unresolved. This is the wicked problem in the digital value chain of forestry. ” – Technology report of the Forest Group, ConnectedByBiobord.

Involved partners are:
Norwegian Wood Cluster (Tretorget)
Paper Province
JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Bioeconomy, and ICT Institute
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Please find the joint agenda canvas, and supporting Technology Analysis -report from here:https://forum.biobord.eu/t/biobord-network-joint-agenda-digital-forestry/2465

If you are interest to join us to solve this wicked problem, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Riikka Kumpulainen
Project Manager RDI2CluB & ConnectedByBiobord, network secretary of Biobord network
Phone & Whatsapp +358 505759454
E-mail: riikka.kumpulainen@jamk.fi

Biobord.eu
rdi2club.eu

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2021-07-01
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2021-07-01
AGRIMAX Training Webinar for End Users

AGRIMAX Training Webinar for End Users

AGRIMAX Training Webinar for End Users

Webinar training session on agricultural byproducts valorisation through bio-refineries. This training session aims to share the results on Circular Bioeconomy obtained in the
AGRIMAX project to be used in the food industry or for packaging companies.

Date: 1st July, 2021; Time: 9:0 h to 13.00 h (CEST)

Registration: Link to Registration Form

Platform: ZOOM Webinar

Languages: English, Spanish (translation available)

Agenda

8.45 Opening of the waiting room
9.00 Agricultural cooperatives as suppliers and consumers of bioproducts – Mr. Antoni
Galceran. R&D board representative. Catalan Federation of Agricultural
Cooperatives (FCAC)
9.10 Goals and organization of the webinar – Mr. Domènec Vila. FCAC
9.20 Presentation of the biorefinery processes in AGRIMAX. Description of the pilot
plants developed. Mr. Andreas Staebler. FRAUNHOFFER
Food applications module
9.50 Ultrasonic Assisted Extraction of polyphenols from olive waste at pilot scale – Mr.
Óscar Rodriguez . IRIS Technology Solutions SL
10.20 Agrimax Spanish Pilot Plant: food ingredients and bio-fertilisers from by-products –
Mr. Antonio Cruz. INDULLEIDA SA
10.50 Validation and demostration for food products – Mrs. Ingrid Aguiló, Mrs. Maribel
Abadias and Mrs. Gemma Echeverria IRTA
11.20 Break
Packaging applications module
11.30 Valorization of ferulic acid from wheat bran to obtain bio-based polymers for
packaging applications – Mr. Claudio Gioia. Università di Bologna
12.10 Fine-tuning of bio-waste derived compounds as materials for industrial
processing of sustainable packaging Applications – Mrs. Soraya Sanchez. ITENE
12.50 Conclusions – Mr. Domènec Vila. FCAC
13.00 End of session

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2021-07-01
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2021-07-01
Join the Agrimax project as it launches two new processing facilities to create value from crop and food waste.

Join the Agrimax project as it launches two new processing facilities to create value from crop and food waste.

Date: Tuesday 20th July 2021, 10am – 12pm (CET) via zoom

Register today. 

To mark the construction and commission of its two multi-feedstock pilot plants (biorefineries), the BBI JU-funded Agrimax project is hosting an online event to showcase the ground-breaking new facilities in Spain and Italy.

The Italian pilot plant is based at family-run farm, Chiesa in the North of Italy and is processing waste from tomatoes and cereals to produce biobased compounds such as lycopene, ferulic acid, cutin, and hydrocompost. Whilst the Spanish pilot plant, based at fruit processing company Indulleida in Spain will do the same for olive, tomato, cereal and potato waste to produce polyphenols, fibres, proteins and aromas.

Join consortium partners from across Europe, to hear how they have worked together to develop a range of high-value, biobased products for the food-ingredients, food-packaging and farming sectors. In addition to developing innovative processes, the pilot plants are adopting novel methods for coordinating and managing the provision of waste feedstocks, by using an online stakeholder platform to coordinate the provision of waste from many regional producers.

(please note this event will be held via zoom (link to be sent prior to the event), delivered in English and it will also be recorded).

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 720719.

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2021-07-20
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2021-07-20
Biobord Innovation Process Guide out now!

Biobord Innovation Process Guide out now!

The innovation process guide is a practical handbook for planning and organizing innovation processes that connect different stakeholders to a co-creation dialogue. The innovation process is built on an iterative process involving 3 phases:

1) Co-learning (definition of problems and solutions);

2) Co-design (testing, piloting, validating solutions); and

3) Co-effectuate (analyzing viability, desirability, and feasibility).

In each step, a strong stakeholder dialogue is necessary.

The framework for our innovation process builds on the expertise of Krinova Incubators and Science Park with regards to the innovation process and on the expertise of JAMK University of Applied Sciences with regards to organizing collaborative learning and co-creation dialogue online. This expertise was applied in three innovation pilots implemented in ConnectedByBiobord -project during spring 2021.

Our innovation process knows no borders

The innovation pilots connected expert teams and stakeholders from at least three regions and countries to work together on defining and solving innovation challenges in the field of bioeconomy. All co-working took place completely online. The guide elaborates on the experiences of these practitioners when applying the innovation process and selected working methods for creative co-working in international teams and for building stakeholder dialogue in online setting.

Study our Innovation Toolbox!

In the guide, we present the steps of an international innovation process and the co-learning approaches implemented in the three innovation pilots. Finally, we introduce some of our working methods in detail – hackathon, field demonstration and the Joint Agenda Canvas. The working methods are presented with checklists for organizers compiled based on the pilot experiences. The working methods are defined with special consideration to the cross-cultural and cross-sectoral communication, as well as the online settings.

All Biobord Network Partner Guides are available at https://forum.biobord.eu/t/guides-for-biobord-network-partners/.

Download the innovation process guide here: Biobord Partner Guide 3: Innovation Process

Learning starts here!

Innovation guide is a tool for us in the Biobord Network that supports planning and implementing future co-operation initiatives and projects as well as the co-working on our joint agendas. Furthermore, the guide offers practically applicable insights for innovation actors from the fields of academy, policy, and business.

We hope you enjoy taking part in our innovation journey and are inspired to start planning international innovation co-operation with us!

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2021-06-29
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2021-06-29
Biobord partners are developing an innovative approach for monitoring of wild and free-ranging animals

Biobord partners are developing an innovative approach for monitoring of wild and free-ranging animals

The currently applied methods for monitoring the populations of wild animals and free-ranging livestock are time and cost intensive. That limits the opportunities for effective monitoring and data-based decision making in wildlife management and connected business areas, such as forestry, agriculture, and recreational hunting. New technologies such as drone-based remote sensing can help to improve evidence-based decision making and allow co-operation opportunities for sustainable management of animal populations.

 

As part of the ConnectedByBiobord project, four partner organizations from Latvia, Finland, Norway, and Poland joined their forces to develop an innovative, technology-based approach for the detection and monitoring of wild animals and free-ranging livestock.

 

The video documents the main challenges tackled with the help of technologies, the obtained results and the most important lessons learnt – https://youtu.be/NSu8kxxpaUk . Based on this experience, the partners have developed a plan for further cooperation to continue exploring and exploiting the technological capabilities for more sustainable management of natural resources. If you find this theme and our ideas interesting, do not hesitate to contact the Biobord network.

 

For more information about the ConnectedByBiobord project and the Biobord network, please refer to https://forum.biobord.eu/t/remote-sensing-for-monitoring-of-wild-animals/2195

 

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2021-06-28
STAR-ProBio’s success story – Better standards and certifications for more successful bio-based products

STAR-ProBio’s success story – Better standards and certifications for more successful bio-based products

Europe needs more bio-based products to ensure future generations inherit a sustainable society, but the success of such products can only be built on trust. The EU-funded STAR-ProBio project are conscious of the challenges ahead. They built a new framework to help create better labels, standards and certifications that will allow for that trust to be built, ultimately benefiting all EU citizens.

There is no alternative. If the world has to become anything else than a gigantic dustbin, it will have to transition to bio-based products. This means phasing out fossil-based products in favour of plant and waste-derived materials, building biorefineries using renewable resources to replace their polluting counterparts, and transitioning to an economy focused on circularity.

The number of challenges ahead would make anyone’s head spin, but projects like the EU-funded STAR-ProBio project have been tackling them head-on. “Our project focused on sustainability assessment schemes (labels, standards and certifications) as well as uncertainties related to market uptake,” says Piergiuseppe Morone, professor of Economic Policy at the University of Rome Unitelma Sapienza and coordinator of the project.

For the former, the project team identified a set of environmental, social and economic indicators covering land use change and transition from linear to circular production models. For the latter, they investigated drivers that could push both consumers and producers to warmly welcome bio-based products, including those aspects specifically related to sustainability schemes. As Morone explains: “We conducted a three-round survey with a large panel of consumers and professionals. It helped us find out how they think and how this thinking influences buying decisions. Additionally, we conducted an experiment involving 360 consumers in a branch of a multinational company selling furniture, furnishings and household articles in Italy.”

A pathway to consumer acceptance

The results of this experiment are quite enlightening. They show the existence of a ‘green premium’ – that is, increased consumer willingness to pay for bio-based over conventional products – as well as a ‘certified green premium’, which means they’re willing to pay even more for certified bio-based products than they do for non-certified ones. “The experiment also shows that demand for conventional products – for instance hand soap, food bags or coloured pens – is generally more elastic than demand for bio-based and certified bio-based products. This means that the introduction of an instrument mix combining an eco-label based on a certification of sustainability, a tax on conventional products and a subsidy on certified sustainable goods may support the market uptake of certified sustainable bio-based goods,” Morone notes.

STAR-ProBio’s findings were continuously submitted for evaluation by the likes of policymakers, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), value chain actors and consumer associations as the project moved further in its work. This work took place over 3 years and resulted in the SAT-ProBio framework – a blueprint of sustainability certification schemes for bio-based products. As Morone explains: “The framework includes two key tools. The Sustainability Certification Tool (SCT) describes the SAT-ProBio methodology and its underpinnings so that the framework can be integrated into the current certification landscape. Meanwhile, the Integrated Assessment Tool (IAT) guides companies in assessing specific bio-based products. By using it, they can identify areas of improvement related to 33 aspects of sustainability, based on 48 different indicators.”

The project ended in April 2020, but work has continued ever since to accelerate the creation of standards for bio-based products. The consortium’s last contribution is a process of pre-standardisation built around the IAT in December 2020 in collaboration with the Italian National Standards Body. This process is expected to be finalised and published by the end of 2021.

 

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/research-and-innovation/en/projects/success-stories/all/better-standards-and-certifications-more-successful-bio-based-products?fbclid=IwAR0UrYth7l-yJoLI0ti5W9EUu5xYta5kT1d9heaHTDbq_U0AZa-KvloUFCA

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2021-06-25
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The World BioEconomy Forum enhances awareness of bio-based products with the launch of #Bioproductday

The World BioEconomy Forum enhances awareness of bio-based products with the launch of #Bioproductday

08 June 2021 – The World BioEconomy Forum is delighted to announce the launching of World Bioproduct Day on the 7 July this year. World Bioproduct Day is part of the Forum’s campaign to enhance and increase awareness of the importance of bio-based products for the protection of the planet.

Members of the World BioEconomy Forum have been taking time to reflect about the role and importance 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, and step away from non-renewable feedstocks.

Every single one of us has come across a bioproduct. Whether it be reading about one, owning one, or contributing to the formation of one. It may be as simple as a wooden chair or more complex such as a bio-based chemical you have encountered. The possibilities of bioproducts are endless. Bioproducts are now emerging faster than ever, and they are all around us.

Jukka Kantola, Founder of the Forum says, “We are launching a new movement, “World Bioproduct Day” on 7 July in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of bioproducts around us and how they contribute to the larger goal of environmental sustainability and climate action.

“We invite you all to share your experiences and stories of bioproducts you use or own by posting a photo or video of a product made from renewable resources, whether it be at home or the company you work for.  We ask you to share your post via LinkedIn or Twitter with the accompanying hashtag, “#Bioproductday”. We will showcase and share your posts on our social media channels so we hope all of you will participate and join us shining a spotlight on the benefits of bioproducts to the future of the Earth, to the future of our home.”

The next World BioEconomy Forum will be held in partnership with the state of Pará, and major bioeconomy associations in Brazil, ABAG and Ibá.  The Forum 2021 will be held in the recently developed and renovated riverside venue Estação das Docas in Belém. The city has been recognized as a Creative City of Gastronomy by Unesco. The Forum is expecting 60+ top speakers on circular bioeconomy from all over the world.

 

More information: Jukka Kantola

info@wcbef.com

+358 40 552 888

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The World BioEconomy Forum launches world’s first news app for the global circular bioeconomy

The World BioEconomy Forum launches world’s first news app for the global circular bioeconomy

The World BioEconomy Forum launches world’s first news app for the global circular bioeconomy 

22 June 2021 – The World BioEconomy Forum has launched the world’s first breaking news app for global stakeholders operating in the circular bioeconomy.  The app, which is available for both Android and IOS devices, will alert users to the very latest breaking news and developments taking place in the rapidly growing sector.

The circular bioeconomy is increasingly being seen as pivotal concept for the mitigation of climate change, as well as a way to conserve the planet’s vital raw materials. The concept encourages the use of products and services that utilize renewable resources as their base for production and operation, as well as encouraging recycling and reuse wherever possible.

“We are really excited about our new app,” says Jukka Kantola, Founder of the World BioEconomy Forum. “It will allow us to further develop our platform for information sharing in the circular bioeconomy sector. Already our events – including regular Roundtables, our annual Forum, monthly newsletters and bulletins – are proving very popular with stakeholders operating in the circular bioeconomy sector. The breaking news app adds a further dimension to the important information we are sharing and providing.”

The app will cover all the latest news emerging from the global circular bioeconomy, and importantly will fit into the World BioEconomy Forum’s four thematic pillars of; People, Planet, Policies; Global Leaders and the Financial World; Bioproducts Around Us and Looking to the Future.

The app is available for download from the Apple App Store for IOS and for android devices by searching for World BioEconomy News. Companies, entities and individuals operating in the circular bioeconomy can send their latest news for publishing to news@wcbef.com

The launch of the app comes hot on the heels of another World BioEconomy Forum launch just last week of World Bioproduct Day, a campaign to enhance and increase awareness of the importance of the use bio-based products for the protection of the planet.

The next World BioEconomy Forum will be held in partnership with the state of Pará, and major bioeconomy associations in Brazil, ABAG and Ibá.  The Forum 2021 will be held in the recently developed and renovated riverside venue Estação das Docas in Belém. The city has been recognized as a Creative City of Gastronomy by Unesco.

 

More information:  Jukka Kantola

info@wcbef.com

+358 40 552 88

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2021-06-22
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