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The workshop “Connecting marine bio-based products for a sustainable future” aims at supporting the strengthening of the local action plans for bioeconomy, and it will be focused on sea and marine bio-based products. The workshop will be based on an exchange of experiences, knowledge and innovations between the Mediterranean área and the northern área. Bioeconomy related research and innovation (R&I) is a priority for most of European countries and regions in the time period 2014-2020. In most of the countries of European Union and Neighboirhood exhisting bioeconomy related aspects in their 2014-2020 R&I priorities and plans. However, denominations of bioeconomy aspects in the different territorial unit scan vary enormously. The International cooperation represents a crucial aspect to standardise and streamline the European Countries bioconomy policy. It focuses on activities where: - the region are facing common challenges and thus where common approaches are most effective; - a shared resource is concerned for which common responsibility needs to be taken, such as the Mediterranean Sea; - partners seek to move jointly towards more integrated economies, and need to work in a coordinated manner on such issues as transport networks or electricity transmissions. Most of the regional cooperation activities support priorities agreed jointly by the partners in Ministerial meetings covering the region. It’s important bring the interaction also at the European Level, in fact International cooperation offers a unique opportunity for people to sit around the same table and be part of a dialogue. As people work together, experiences are shared, relationships built, networks created and common activities carried out. While many of these projects involve technical dialogue with partner governments , civil society and other local stakeholders are also part of this effort. Starting from the analysis of local feedstocks, speakers of the round table will present technologies solutions, innovative ideas, and challenges within the context of Marine bio-based economy. Thanks to interactive tools, the audience will be actively engaged in the co-creation of new solutions, business opportunities and concrete actions to boost local development through the potentialities offered by bioeconomy. Research, authorities and enterprises will discuss on opportunity to exploit, in sustainable way, fishery and aquaculture by-products and marine resources to realize marine biobased products (MBBP) and promote the circular economy. Representative of the fisheries, aquaculture and processing sectors, will also refer about the side effects that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing on the supplies and value-chains, giving suggestions, useful to promote new research strategies aimed to support them.

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From 16 Dec 2020 09:00:00 GMT-12 to 16 Dec 2020 11:00:00 GMT-12

The full development of a sustainable European bio-based industry would represent a suitable pathway for achieving several Sustainable Development Goals. The introduction of Bio-based products and solutions depict a great opportunity to reconcile sustainable long-term growth with environmental protection through the prudent use of renewable resources for industrial purposes. Given this, the introduction of bio-based products in the packaging sector is a prominent topic. According to Eurostat , every European makes large use of packaging: indeed, only in 2017, more than 172 kg of packaging waste was generated per inhabitant in the EU-27, a number that is increasing year after year. In addition to the improvement of the re-using and re-cycling systems, the sector should become more sustainable increasing the adoption by brands and companies of bio-based packaging. In the meanwhile, several R&I activities has been implemented in the last years in order to create bio-based materials able to replace the fossil-based plastics in packaging, in particular in food sector (e.g. new biodegradable materials, increasing their performance, extending product’s life and reducing costs). However, the market uptake of these innovations can be slowed down by the purchase behaviour of consumers: in spite of the general and increasing positive attitude towards green products, consumers could be discouraged in choosing food products with bio-based packaging due to the general higher prices or due to some issues, real or perceived (e.g. possible concerns about functionalities and performances compared to the fossil-based packaging, health and safety concerns, lack of standards and labelling ). Starting from the main results of R&I projects in bio-based food packaging and from the consumers’ expectations and concerns, the workshop will ease the dialogue among quadruple helix stakeholders in order to co-create recommendations and possible solutions to be taken to boost the adoption of bio-based packaging and create a favourable environment for consumers’ habits change. In particular, the discussion will be developed according three pillars of a product life-cycle: the ecodesign, the consumers’ acceptance and its end of life. Event details and relevant documents produced during the workshop will be published and available on the Biovoices Platform. Agenda and more information will be available soon.

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From 9 Dec 2020 14:30:00 GMT13 to 9 Dec 2020 18:00:00 GMT13

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***LINK PER SEGUIRE L'EVENTO*** Per seguire l'evento occorre collegarsi al seguente link: https://bit.ly/32wkyHp Nel 2017 il Governo Italiano ha promosso la creazione di una Strategia Nazionale per la Bioeconomia (BIT) e più recentemente anche il suo aggiornamento (“Una nuova Strategia per la Bioeconomia per un’Italia Sostenibile”, BIT II). Gli obiettivi del BIT II riguardano l’interconnessione più efficiente dei principali pilastri che compongono la Bioeconomia italiana: la produzione di risorse biologiche rinnovabili e la loro conversione in alimenti, mangimi, prodotti a base biologica, prodotti in legno e bioenergia, insieme alla trasformazione e alla valorizzazione dei flussi di rifiuti organici. Per facilitare l’implementazione delle priorità identificate dal BIT II, attraverso gli asset della Bioeconomia circolare sopra citata, sono state individuate azioni operative sotto quattro grandi rubriche sono state individuate nel piano d'azione per l'attuazione (2020-2025) recentemente approvato per l’Implementation Action Plan (2020-2025) for the Italian Bioeconomy Strategy BIT II. L’azione n.2 riguarda il lancio dei pilot a livello locale per supportare la Bioeconomia nazionale e rurale e la Bioeconomia circolare nei settori dell'agroalimentare, della silvicoltura e dei settori marino e marittimo e nelle città. Questa azione si riferisce nello specifico a quanto segue: "In Italia sono presenti più di 6.000 siti contaminati, spesso ex siti industriali (come raffinerie ed impianti chimici). Essi devono essere decontaminati per ridurre i problemi ambientali e sanitari associati. L'opportunità è quella di coniugare questa fase di decontaminazione con la loro reindustrializzazione, con l'installazione di nuove e avanzate bioraffinerie stabilite in sinergia con il settore primario, favorendo la rigenerazione ambientale ed economica dei territori attraverso la creazione di filiere agroindustriali win-win tra agricoltura e bioindustria basata sulla valorizzazione e potenziamento delle infrastrutture, dei servizi, delle competenze e delle professionalità esistenti." Questo evento mira a stimolare l'allineamento di politiche, regolamenti, programmi di finanziamento di R&I e investimenti in infrastrutture nel settore della Bioeconomia. Parimenti si focalizza sulle sinergie tra diverse tipologie di finanziamento (sia pubblico che privato) per la creazione di catene del valore della Bioeconomia circolare basate sulla valorizzazione di colture non alimentari coltivate su terreni locali marginali e/o agroalimentari, forestali o rifiuti organici marini per ottenere differenti tipologie di bioprodotti e biomateriali per valorizzare e rivitalizzare l'economia e la rilevanza ambientale e sociale delle aree contaminate. ***LINK PER SEGUIRE L'EVENTO*** Per seguire l'evento occorre collegarsi al seguente link: https://bit.ly/32wkyHp

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From 22 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT1 to 22 Nov 2020 10:30:00 GMT1

Los proyectos europeos financiado por la Horizon 2020, y la BBI, BIOVOICES y BioBridges junto con la Plataforma de Mercados Biotecnológicos, organizarán un Workshop en la Maker Fair de Galicia con el objetivo involucrar a todos los actores y conocer la importancia de la colaboración y la comunicación en el acceso de los bioproductos al mercado. Durante el workshop se mostraran ejemplos de empresas que trabajan en bioeconomia, y proyectos de investigación, así como casos de éxito en el área de comunicación y discutiremos sobre cómo y cualés son las mejorar las vías de transmisión de la información y de hacer llegar los bioproductos al mercado. Por último, y para recoger el feedback de todos los asistentes se utilizará una herramienta telemática para buscar soluciones a los desafíos que se nos presentan en este campo.

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From 26 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT1 to 26 Nov 2020 10:30:00 GMT1

El proyecto europeo financiado por la Horizon 2020, BIOVOICES organizará un Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Workshop con el objetivo involucrar a todos los actores, con el fin de promover y facilitar el acceso de los bioproductos al mercado. Para ello contaremos con la colaboración del centro tecnológico experto en innovaciones en el sector agroalimentario, AINIA. Durante el workshop discutiremos sobre si la figura de subproducto definida en España representa una gran oportunidad para concebir los residuos como recursos y compartiremos las perspectivas de diferentes actores (agricultores, consumidores, investigadores y empresas de alimentación). Por último, y para recoger el feedback de todos los asistentes se utilizará una herramienta telemática para buscar soluciones a los desafíos que se nos presentan en este campo.

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From 28 Oct 2020 13:00:00 GMT2 to 28 Oct 2020 14:30:00 GMT2

The third edition of BeHEALTH reunited companies, organizations, universities, and public bodies, under the framework of partnerships related to increasing the economic competitiveness. BeHEALTH covered topics such as E-Health and Education, Medical Equipment and Instruments, Translational Medicine, Materials for Health, Health Research Infrastructures, as well as Bioeconomy for Health. The participants synthesised that it is the public-private partnership as the most edible solutions for a large-scale insertion of bioeconomy in the quotidian life, counteracting at the same time the incoming fossil resources shortage and stringent pollution. The pool of attendees covered BBPs such as cleaning and hygiene, personal care and cosmetics, health and biomedical, food packaging, disposable products for catering and events, building, as well as nutraceuticals, environmental bioregulation, and biological sensors.

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The European projects Biobridges and BIOVOICES, the University of Bari Aldo Moro, Brebey and CyberEthics Lab are organising an international workshop on the wool value chain in Europe, focusing on the decision making process to support the creation of shared values and practices. We aim at stimulate the dialogue between European stakeholders and policy makers to facilitate the drafting of an harmonized view, aimed at developing the European wool supply chain. This workshop stems from the Italian online workshop entitled "Creation of a Chain of Native Wool in Italy" held on April 21, 2020, where several challenges and bottlenecks were highlighted. The workshop will also be part of the EU Green Week (www.eugreenweek.eu), which this year theme is nature and biodiversity. * * * Coarse wool is currently a by-product of dairy production, so farms are not designed to be included in an industrial chain. This state of being, combined with the mainly fragmentary condition of the territory, its practices and processes, involved or engageable in an ideal wool supply chain, suggests that this supply chain could well develop in a constellation of local micro value-chains. Heterogeneous and representative. Each in the image of its territory, of its wool, which is the direct and indirect result of it, of its biodiversity: 1. Non-conventional uses of raw wool can contribute to the survival of sheep farming, which is an important and traditional activity in worldwide mountain and arid regions, where there are few alternative forms of production or income. 2. Management of raw wool waste as a biodegradable renewable biomass has social, economic and environmental benefits contributing to the sustainable development concept. 3. Several non-clothing applications of raw wool: building insulation, oil spill sorbents, soil fertilizers, carbon nanofibers and scaffolds for tissue engineering have been developed. On one hand research and local development, on the other global, rustic wool is not a by-product but a precious resource, which must be managed, like everything, with awareness and respect for the entire ecosystem and its rhythms. Finally, the enhancement of the native sheep breeds also takes place through the economic enhancement of the supply chain. Promotion of the European wool value chain to protect the biodiversity of the indigenous breeds, which are now no longer bred or significantly declining. By exploiting wool, the native European breeds are recovered, helping to restore biodiversity in the farming system.

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From 21 Oct 2020 09:30:00 GMT1 to 21 Oct 2020 11:00:00 GMT1

What synergies are possible between the EU Farm to Fork Strategy and the FAO Framework for the Urban Food Agenda? What opportunities for short food supply chains do they offer? What role is there for regional and local actors who want to be change-makers for more sustainable and resilient food systems? This special edition of the consolidated ICLEI Breakfast at Sustainability series builds on the successful session of last year, which was on sustainable food procurement as a means of localising all sustainable development goals (SDGs). With regionality being the new sustainability in the wake of COVID-19, this time the debate will also be on how sustainable (public) food demand can be matched with the Farm to Fork Strategy and with citizens and farmers' expectations on short and alternative food supply chains, regional and local content capturing as well as new governance and resilience approaches. The session is organised by ICLEI - Local Government for Sustainability in partnership with the Committee of the Region's Commission for Natural Resources and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). AGENDA Moderator: Peter Defranceschi, Head of Brussels Office, ICLEI, Belgium. Speakers: Franc Bogovič, Member of the European Parliament; Member of the FAO-led European Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition; Member of the Committee of Regional Development, European Parliament, Belgium. Arno Kompatscher, Member of the European Committee of the Regions, President of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano and Regional Councillor, European Committee of the Regions, Belgium. Ulrika Landergren, Member of the European Committee of the Regions, Member of Kungsbacka Municipal Council, European Committee of the Regions, Belgium. Jamie Morrison, Director, Food Systems and Food Safety Division, FAO, Italy. Thomas Mosor, Programme Manager, Ecobuy Vienna, City of Vienna, Austria. Róża Thun and Hohenstein, Member of the European Parliament, Chair European Food Forum, European Parliament, Belgium. Code: 21WS1107V Format: Workshop Theme: Green Europe Partners: European Committee of the Regions - NAT Commission, Food and Agriculture Organisation, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability Languages: Deutsch (DE), English (EN), Français (FR) Virtual platform: Interactio Event website: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/programme/sessions/1107_en

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From 15 Oct 2020 08:00:00 GMT1 to 15 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT1

As part of the Circular Week 2020, PlastiCircle is organising a virtual study tour to the pilot in Alba Iulia (Romania). City authorities, waste managers, procurers, companies and other plastic stakeholders are invited to join this meeting taking place next October, 15 (10:00 - 11.00 CEST). The PlastiCircle approach will be presented so that others can learn from the project experience, and think about replicating or adapting the solutions, technologies and processes developed and implemented with the goal of transforming plastic packaging waste into valuable products. From smart containers to increase collection rates of plastic waste, to cost-effective waste transport systems connected to IoT cloud platforms, these are some of the innovations being tested as part of PlastiCircle, an EU-funded project. Throughout the virtual study tours, speakers will also share their lessons-learnt. Programme: 10:00 Welcome 10:05 Introduction to the PlastiCircle Project, by César Aliaga (ITENE) 10:15 PlastiCircle in the first pilot city: Valencia, by Las Naves (tbc) 10:25 Video Alba Iulia 10:30 PlastiCircle in the last pilot city: Alba Iulia, by Valentin Voinica (Alba Iulia) 10:40 Q&A More information about the session and project: https://plasticircle.eu More information about the Circular Week 2020: https://circularweek.org/en/ 10:55 Wrap-up & Closing

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