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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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Regional Bioeconomy Investment Forum

Regional Bioeconomy Investment Forum

The first edition of the Regional Bioeconomy Investment Forum was inaugurated on September 14th and 15th, organized by Consorzio Italbiotec in collaboration with the Lombardy Green Chemistry Association in the context of the MPowerBIO project and the Towards Green Transition Facility.

The initiative represented an opportunity for ten of the most innovative Italian biotechnology companies to pitch their sustainable business models in front of investors, financial consultants, and venture capitals.
Our congratulations to the three winning companies:

  • Vegea, producer of organic, cruelty-free fabrics obtained from grape marc;
  • Packtin, start-up that converts waste from the food supply chain into biodegradable supplements, gels and coatings;
  • Rewow, which gives new life to exhausted food oil to produce biopolymers.

Read the press release (language: italian) here.

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Bioeconomy Ireland Week

Bioeconomy Ireland Week

From the 18th to 24th October 2021 will take place the Bioeconomy Ireland Week.

Visit the website: https://lnkd.in/ejtrgqXP to view some of the early advertised events and to register with Bioeconomy Ireland Week if you plan to hold a Bioeconomy event.


Natural. Circular. Sustainable

Bioeconomy Ireland Week is an annual week-long event held each October to highlight and raise awareness of Ireland’s rapidly growing bioeconomy. The celebration is a collaboration of events involving industry, local communities, producers, researchers and students throughout Ireland. This year we are all about what is natural, circular and sustainable – and we’re asking ourselves, what do these words really mean?

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Promote education, training and skills across the EU bioeconomy First study workshop

Promote education, training and skills across the EU bioeconomy First study workshop

Online participatory workshop: 26 October from 9:30 to 16:30 CEST

Deloitte, Empirica and Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (FGB) are organising an online participatory workshop, together with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD) as part of its study on “Promote education, training and skills across the bioeconomy”.

Workshop objectives

The workshop aims to gather a wide-range of stakeholders in the field of bioeconomy education training and skills (education institutions, private and public sector, academics and scientists), in order to discuss current trends and future skills needs in the European bioeconomy towards 2030 and 2050.

Moderated by Joanna Inglis-Dupont, this highly interactive one-day online workshop will welcome renowned speakers in the field of bioeconomy education and skills.

Susanna Albertini (FVA, Transition2BIO, EuBioNet, BIOBec, BIOVOICES, LIFT, Biobridges, BIOWAYS) will give the speech “Inspiring Young Generations”.

Below you can read the complete Agenda:

Participants will also have multiple occasions to exchange with the study team and to meet with peers.

Join us in shaping the future of skills in the EU bioeconomy!

Click here to find more information and register.

The registration will be open until 14 October, but the spots are limited.

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EuBioNet yearly partners’ workshop – Bioeconomy Communication and Stakeholders’ engagement in times of COVID-19

EuBioNet yearly partners’ workshop – Bioeconomy Communication and Stakeholders’ engagement in times of COVID-19


The world pandemic crisis changed the way we live, communicate and behave. How this change over affected the work of the CSA projects (Coordination and Support Action) and other players involved the circular bioeconomy communication?

The European Bioeconomy Network, the alliance of nearly 70 EU funded projects dealing with Bioeconomy promotion, communication and support, promotes a Mobilisation and Mutual learning workshop to discuss and share ideas and solutions to maximise the impact of project’s activities in the current times.

The workshop, was organised in collaboration with BIOVOICES, aimed to stimulate the discussion in light of the Global Bioeconomy Summit (16-20 Nov 2020). Inspirational ideas and good practices were provided for the future EuBioNet partners’ activities and have been explored collaboration opportunities among projects and initiatives for the 2021 action plan (responding to the updated 2018 bioeconomy strategy).


  • Facilitate the awareness and exchange of inspirational good practices
  • Stimulate a problem oriented discussion on how to overcome the limitation due to safety constrains
  • Improve the quality and impact of communication and stakeholders engagement activities for the next months

Expected outcomes 

  • Identify collaboration opportunities among projects and initiatives for the 2021 action plan (responding to the updated 2018 bioeconomy strategy)

Discussion topics

  1. CSA projects have changed the way they deploy their communication and stakeholders engagement activities to respond to the new reality. What are these new challenges (for example fatigue, competition, uniqueness of contents, new formats) and what are the opportunities (e.g. budget/time available, freedom to test new formats, more “relaxed” atmosphere)?
  2. What activities, tools, messages, channels and formats have demonstrated to be effective for communication and stakeholders engagement? Lessons learnt and success stories from the last 8 months: What worked? (activities, tools, messages, channels and formats (10 Minutes); What should be re-think? 
  3. How to maximize the impact of future activities? (e.g. organising knowledge exchange among EuBioNet partners, find new target audiences like TV)


Mobilisation and Mutual Learning workshop:

  • brief presentations of 7/8 inspirational case studies from different projects (Some EuBioNet members will share their success stories in communication and stakeholders engagement in times of Covid-19).
  • interactive panel discussion supported by online collaborative tools
  • collaborative definition of the 2021 action plan

Inspirational case studies

  • LIFT – Alexandre Almeida – Attracting 1200 stakeholders worldwide through 4 thematic workshops (March 2020)
  • BIOVOICES – Michela Cohen – Responsive Social media strategy during COVID-19
  • Biobridges – Beatriz Palomo Belbel – #BioHeroes leveraging social media influencers to spread the bioeconomy to large public
  • BLOOM – Norbert Steinhaus – Can you hear me? Learnings from social distancing needs for Bloom’s outreach activities
  • BIOEASTsUP – Magdalena Borzęcka – How COVID-19 taught us to be more efficient in engaging stakeholders
  • BE-Rural – Aleksandar Chebotarev -Bridging pandemic challenges for stakeholder engagement – the case of BE-Rural region “Strumica”
  • AlpBioEco – Anna Bäuerle – Engage local stakeholders in online workshops experimenting participative approaches (e.g. Lego Serious Play)
  • POWER4BIO – Christine Beusch – From offline to online: adapting our measures to enable knowledge exchange and networking between regions

How the new projects Allthings.bioPRO (Anne Warning), BIOSWITCH (Ana Martinez) and Transition2BIO (Matteo Sabini) are planning to deal with the COVID-19 situation in their communication and stakeholders engagement activities?

Finf the agenda here: EuBioNet concept workshop_2020


If you missed the event you can…

Access all the presentations HERE

Watch the full video of the event:


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BioCannDo Think Biobased Challenge for students

BioCannDo Think Biobased Challenge for students

Think Biobased Challenge

The Think Biobased Challenge invites European College or University students, to design Biobased educational material that students will never forget.
Help creating a better environment and win prizes just by doing so!

We are all on the verge of a transition to a world in which we want and need to be less dependent on fossil raw materials. In the transition to this world, we aim for an economy that runs on biomass as a raw material.
For this transition to a Biobased Economy we need brilliant minds in the future. The road there already starts in primary education (9-12 years old), secondary education (13-16 years old) and secondary vocational education (17-22 years old).

You are an European College or University student and we challenge you to develop innovative teaching materials that can be used to draw attention to the Biobased Economy. Not in a boring lesson, but in such a way that this learning experience can always stay with you. How cool is it when students throughout Europe get to work with a Biobased Lesson that you have created? Moreover, a total prize money of € 9.000,- will be divided among the best entrants!


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On 13-14 November 2018 in Rome (IT), BIOVOICES project will organize a Focus Group to define what challenges should be addressed to support Bioeconomy and Bio-Based market uptake. The workshop will bring together experts in the Bioeconomy field from Business, Research and Education, Public Administration, Civil Society and Users aiming to discuss and validate the project’s findings on the key challenges that must be addressed at European and national level, drawing in this way the framework of the Mobilization and Mutual Learning (MML) activities that will follow.

This document gives an overview about the BIOVOICES Focus Group.

The European Bioeconomy Network supports this activity: partners involved in the following projects will join: AlpBioEco, Biobridges, BioCannDo, BioSTEP, BIOVOICES, BIOWAYS, CommBeBiz, InnProBio, ISABEL, RoadToBio, STAR-ProBio, Transition to Green Economy

Are you interested in being involved in the Focus Group?
Please contact Iakovos Delioglanis (responsible for BIOVOICES of the Focus Group).

Lesson Learnt from Eu funded projects – Brussels 28 March 2018

Lesson Learnt from Eu funded projects – Brussels 28 March 2018

The launching event of the European Bioeconomy Network took place in Brussels, on the 28 of March 2018 and was hosted by the European Commission.

The 23 participating projects (BioLinX, ISAAC, BIOPOLIS, BIOWAYS, SuperBIO, ISABEL, BioHorizon, RoadToBio, DEMETER, BIOrescue, STAR4BBI, BioCannDo, BIOPEN, STAR-ProBio, SIM4NEXUS, BLOOM, BIOVoices, BIOSMART, BIOBRIDGES, T2gE – Transition to Green Economy, BioSTEP, CommBeBiz, EMBRACED, PLATFORM, OPEN-BIO, InnProBio, KBBPPS), presented, shared and discussed lesson learnt from their projects, identifying best and worst practices and expressed the willing to define a common action plan to align projects’ activities.

The outcomes of the workshop can be found here

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