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Grasslands as carbon sinks – How carbon farming and grass-based business models can contribute to the EU Green Deal

Grasslands as carbon sinks – How carbon farming and grass-based business models can contribute to the EU Green Deal

Free online webinar

Around 21% of the EU’s total surface area is covered by grassland, which makes grassland management a relevant activity for the maintenance of agro-ecosystems and rural economies. However, most of this resource is mostly left unused. To unlock this potential, the Horizon 2020 GO-GRASS project (https://www.go-grass.eu) is supporting the production of sustainable grass-based products replacing existing fossil-based alternatives, such as fertilisers or plastic-packaging.

At the occasion of the EU Green Week 2022, which focuses on the European Green Deal, the GO-GRASS project will shed light on how increased grasslands and carbon sequestration are delivering benefits for biodiversity, climate neutrality, circular economy and water quality.

This online event, taking place from 14 to 16 CET on 1 June 2022, will present practices and resources that can foster the deployment of carbon farming linked to sustainable grassland management practices and circular agro-food systems in Europe.

The event will provide a chance for entrepreneurs, farmer organisations, policy makers, researchers, rural networks and other European and local stakeholders, to discover circular grass-based business models with high replication potential and solutions for carbon removals.

Link to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x6vb2D6WSYmCZ_kJhBcDVg

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2022-06-01
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2022-06-01
ICA-CoP Bio-Edu Colloquium “Interdisciplinary Education for the Bioeconomy: embedding the mindset of the bioeconomy in the curricula of Bachelor degree programmes”

ICA-CoP Bio-Edu Colloquium “Interdisciplinary Education for the Bioeconomy: embedding the mindset of the bioeconomy in the curricula of Bachelor degree programmes”

The ICA Community of Practice for Bioeconomy Education is organizing a Colloquium about “Interdisciplinary Education for the Bioeconomy: embedding the mindset of the bioeconomy in the curricula of Bachelor degree programmes“, which will be held on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May at the Monasterium Poortackere, Ghent, Belgium.

Useful links:
Colloquium Programme
Call for case studies
Registration

Colloquium focus

The Colloquium will focus on education for the Bioeconomy at the Bachelor level, with the focus on the ambition to develop the mindset of students for the Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy through the curriculum of Bachelor degree programmes.

Students follow many different Bachelor degree programmes which can provide opportunities for careers in the different fields of the bioeconomy represented by agriculture, forestry, horticulture, blue economy, food value chain, biotechnology, and the bio-based economy. However, many graduates on leaving education are not aware of the career opportunities and the scope of the Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy. Employers in these industries need staff who bring the perspective of the Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy to their particular job in the workplace.

These many existing specific Bachelor degree programmes, related to the many disciplines underpinning the Bioeconomy, need to incorporate within the curriculum an understanding of the concept and interdisciplinarity of the Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy.

The goal of the Colloquium is to address how such an interdisciplinarity mindset of the Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy should be embedded in the curricula of these Bachelor degree programmes.

The question is posed in terms of the concept of the structure of degree programmes based on the T principle. How to present the interdisciplinarity of the cross bar of the T in a degree programme with the specialisation portrayed by the vertical bar of the T? How should the balance be made between the cross bar and the vertical bar during the delivery of the curriculum? What learning trajectory steps should be made across the curriculum of a Bachelor degree programme to embed the mindset of the Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy in the student’s experience?

Bachelor and Master stand-alone Bioeconomy degree programmes are not the focus of this Colloquium but will contribute, through their defined learning outcomes, to the discussion of how to embed the interdisciplinarity of the Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy in specific Bachelor degree programmes.

Colloquium themes

Framing the challenge, by reviewing the learning outcomes from specific Bachelor and Master Bioeconomy degree programmes and then defining the learning outcomes required to deliver the Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy mindset.

Developing a learning trajectory for delivering the interdisciplinary concept in Bachelor degree programmes, which can contribute to the Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy.

Specific teaching and learning activities to support the development of interdisciplinarity for the bioeconomy, including cooperation with industry, in Bachelor specific degree programmes.

What strategic approaches are required to embed the delivery of this mindset in all Bachelor degree programmes in a life science faculty/ university.

The Colloquium Outcomes will allow delegates to:

  • Define the overarching learning outcomes for the developing the mindset of the Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy in Bachelor degree programmes underpinning the Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy – for the industry sectors of agriculture, forestry, blue economy, food value chain, biotechnology and the bio-based economy.
  • Define opportunities and learning activities in the learning trajectory to deliver the learning outcomes of the Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy in the curricula of specific Bachelor degree programmes.

Target Audience

Degree programme co-ordinators, lecturers, members of committees responsible for the (strategic) development of curricula. National education advisers are also invited to contribute to the discussion.

Colloquium Format

Each Session of the Forum theme will be addressed by keynote speakers followed by small round table breakout groups to discuss the issues raised, with a concluding report from the breakout groups of the issues raised in the final session.

Colloquium organising committee

  • Josef Glössl, BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
  • Ingar Janzik, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH and Bioeconomy Science Center, Germany
  • Han van Osch (Chair), Avans University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands & Dutch Biobased Knowledge Network
  • Mona-Anitta Riihimäki, Häme University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • George Sakellaris, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague & BioEast
  • Constantinos Vorgias, University of Athens, Greece
  • Simon Heath, ICA Deputy Secretary General
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2022-05-19
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2022-05-20
Bioeconomy strategy development in EU regions – JRC KCB just released a study

Bioeconomy strategy development in EU regions – JRC KCB just released a study

This study aimed to map and analyse the deployment of bioeconomy strategies at regional level in the EU-27. It was conducted from July 2021 to March 2022 and covered regulatory frameworks in place or under development as of November 2021 by the JRC Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy.
The focus was on regions at NUTS 1 and NUTS 2 territorial levels. The NUTS 3 level was only analysed in cases where no relevant information could be found at higher levels. Usually, the research focused on the predominant sub-national NUTS level in each country.
The findings show that 194 regions in the EU-27 have, or are working towards, a strategic framework related to the bioeconomy. Of these, 28 regions have fully dedicated bioeconomy strategies, while one region is elaborating such a strategy. 62 regions have strategic frameworks with strong bioeconomy focus, with other 7 regions elaborating such a strategy. Lastly, 94 regions have strategies with minimum bioeconomy content, while another 2 regions are developing such a strategy.
Overall, there are 359 bioeconomy-related strategies at regional level in the EU-27. Of those, 334 frameworks are published. Of these 334, 324 are regional and 10 are multi-regional strategic frameworks.
The report includes a methodological note, data and visualisations from the mapping, an analysis of commonalities and divergences between regional strategies across the EU based on their general characteristics and a focused summary for each Member State. It is complemented by the underpinning dataset, published separately.

Interested to know a few highlights from the study?:

In the EU-27, there are:
– 28 regions with fully dedicated bioeconomy strategies
– 62 with strategies with a strong bioeconomy focus
– 94 with strategies with minimum bioeconomy content
– 10 with strategies under development
Overall, 194 regions have a bioeconomy-related strategy

In total, there are 324 regional strategies related to the bioeconomy:
– 32 fully dedicated to the bioeconomy
– 209 where bioeconomy is embedded within a wider strategic framework
– 83 cover bioeconomy within a sectoral strategy

The regional strategies are well aligned with the EU bioeconomy strategy: most of them aim to tackle its objectives, especially to manage the natural resources sustainably, reduce dependence on non-renewable resources & create jobs.

The regional strategies show a wide & comprehensive portfolio of policy measures to enable the bioeconomy in the EU regions, like funding of R&I, to ensure policy coherence by improving governance, foster collaboration, promote & raise awareness, etc.

Different types of biomass resources are addressed by the regional strategies, especially those from agriculture, forests and wastes.

These and many more insights available in the report (https://lnkd.in/dQQWzygK). The underlying data is also available for further analysis (https://lnkd.in/dYRZa877)

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2022-05-16
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2022-05-16
The VALUEWASTE pilot experience in Kalundborg: a guided online visit!

The VALUEWASTE pilot experience in Kalundborg: a guided online visit!

On the 31 of May 2022, the VALUEWASTE project organises an exchange trip with Spanish representatives from the project and local policymakers to visit the pilot experience of selective collection of urban biowaste the project is developing in Kalundborg, Denmark.

You can now take part in key parts of the visit through a live streaming programme. More information, registration and updates here!

#Bioeconomy #CircularEconomy #Kalundborg #Denmark

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2022-05-31
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2022-05-31
Seminar on “Digitization of biology for circular bioeconomy applications”

Seminar on “Digitization of biology for circular bioeconomy applications”

The University of Tartu and Estonian Research Council are organizing a networking seminar on Digitisation of biology for circular bioeconomy applications, which will take place on May 31 from 15.00 to 17.00 CET in Brussels, Rue Guimard 11/13.

Registration are open until 23 May at this link.
You can download the full agenda at this link.

The combination of digitalisation and biotechnology provides a powerful opportunity to tackle the EU’s Green Deal challenges. With biology becoming a data-driven engineering discipline aiming to design disruptive biomanufacturing solutions, the EU has the opportunity to capitalise on exponential growth in research and investment in biosustainability. The seminar highlights the strategic approaches from the European Commission and leading R&D organisations, which have the potential to transform EU’s bioengineering and bioproduction sectors.

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2022-05-31
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2022-05-31
New European Commission’s ‘Have your say’ on “Circular economy monitoring framework”

New European Commission’s ‘Have your say’ on “Circular economy monitoring framework”

The European Commission has just launched a new “Have you say” on “Circular economy monitoring framework“. Feedback period open until 03 June 2022  (midnight Brussels time).

In 2018, the Commission adopted a set of indicators to assess progress towards a more circular economy and the effectiveness of action at EU and national level. Citizens can follow progress on a dedicated website (https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/circular-economy). The present revision of the monitoring framework aims to better cover the production stage of the economic cycle and the links between circularity, climate neutrality and zero pollution, in line with the European Green Deal ambition.

All the detailed information are available here.

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2022-05-09
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2022-06-03
Become a Bioeconomy Youth Ambassador!

Become a Bioeconomy Youth Ambassador!

The European Commission opened a call for the next Bioeconomy Youth Ambassador programme.

Are you between 18 and 35 years old and have experience or strong interest in bioeconomy and/or bioeconomy related fields (food systems, forestry, climate change…)?  Would you like to contribute to the sustainable and circular transition of Europe?

Apply by 13 June – 11:59PM CET to join the Bioeconomy Youth Ambassadors programme to:

  • lead by example, inform and inspire others about sustainable and circular bioeconomy
  • reach out to communities, students and civil society, and to engage decision-makers
  • work with social media to raise awareness about the role of the bioeconomy in everyone’s life
  • raise awareness for the bioeconomy especially in youth communities, support the ongoing youth and education related processes of the European Union

Full details are available here.

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2022-05-06
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2022-06-13
BIOSWITCH Final event & Train-the-trainer workshop

BIOSWITCH Final event & Train-the-trainer workshop

The BIOSWITCH Project is hosting its online Final Conference and Train-the-trainer workshop!

BIOSWITCH aims are to bring Europe to the forefront of the bio-based economy, encouraging and supporting brand owners to switching to bio-based approaches.

On 17 May 2022, the consortium partners will present the project results at the same time will directly interact with the audience and talk about the case studies, steps taken in the development of the BIOSWITCH toolbox, lessons learned and experiences from the project!

During the online Final Conference in the morning, we will present an overall picture and  address such issues as:

  • The role of brand owners and consumers in shaping a bio-based transition for Europe
  • Concrete tools to support brand owners in the shift from fossil-based to bio-based approaches
  • How do you build and strengthen bio-based value chains?

During the online Train-the-trainer workshop in the afternoon we will zoom in on a selection of the tools that we developed:

  • Self-assessment tool
  • BIOSWITCH Sustainability assessment tool
  • BIOSWITCH Build me the value chain tool

You can check out the agenda now and register for FREE here https://bit.ly/bioswfe

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2022-05-17
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2022-05-17
Event “Youth for a greener clothing and fashion industry”

Event “Youth for a greener clothing and fashion industry”

The event “Youth for a greener clothing and fashion industry” will take place online on the 18 of May from 15.00-17.30 CEST.

It has been selected by the European Commission among the 36 flagship initiatives of the #TheGreenTrack campaign, which intends to give visibility to young people engaged in activities in favor of the environment ahead of the United Nations’ Biodiversity Conference “COP15”.

The event, organised by the EU-funded ‘ENI CBC Med’ Programme, aims to highlight experiences and practical examples put in place by young fashion designers/creators/entrepreneurs from both shores of the Mediterranean to reduce the environmental impact of the textile production and extend the life cycle of clothes. We will also host a representative of the fashion brand ‘Salvatore Ferragamo’ and of the European Commission which will present the new EU strategy on sustainable textile products.

The announcement of the event, agenda and the registration link, are available on the Programme website at the following link: https://www.enicbcmed.eu/register-now-online-event-youth-greener-clothing-and-fashion-industry

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2022-05-18
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2022-05-18
BIOSWITCH Final event & Train-the-trainer workshop

BIOSWITCH Final event & Train-the-trainer workshop

The BIOSWITCH Project is hosting its online Final Conference and Train-the-trainer workshop!

On May 17, the consortium partners will present the project results at the same time they will directly interact with the audience and talk about the case studies, steps taken in the development of the BIOSWITCH toolbox, lessons learned and experiences from the project!

🔜 You can check out the agenda now and register for FREE here https://bit.ly/bioswfe

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2022-05-05
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2022-05-18