Addressing global challenges like climate change, land and ecosystem degradation and growing population forces industries, policy makers, researchers, but also end-consumers to seek new ways of producing and consuming that respect the ecological boundaries of our planet. End-consumers can play a central role in this systemic change toward a more sustainable model promoting growth and development thus preserving the ecosystem. Consumers and their behaviour play a major role in this transformation process. As demonstrated by a number of studies , consumer awareness, knowledge and education on sustainable production, consumption and lifestyles, are important factors determining behavioural changes toward a more responsible consumption. Despite several relevant intents , the bioeconomy policies have been criticised for giving marginal attention to civil society approaches and for their lack of transparency on who is involved in the formulation of policies . Initiatives to engage stakeholders and the public have been rare in the context of the bioeconomy, and most of them have tended to focus on one-way information transmission . Furthermore, the engagement has often been about public acceptance of policies rather than a true possibility to participate in the discussion about the nature of development . This is a missed opportunity as citizens’ involvement is key to identify and address current bottlenecks hampering the bioeconomy uptake, to develop bio-based products and applications that are considered valuable and desirable, to contribute to the design of the bioeconomy industry and policy agendas responding to the needs of civil society, and to accelerate the implementation of Bioeconomy strategies at national, regional and community level. This workshop will contribute to the above mentioned challenges through: • The collection of good practices, needs and requirements related to the citizens' participatory approaches • Transforming the findings into actionable knowledge in the form of lessons learnt and recommendations for the design of the strategies, tools and activities to empower citizens to participate in the bioeconomy. The MML workshop will analyse the following challenges related to the bottom-up participatory approach involving citizens in shaping of the bio-based economy: • How to promote attitudinal, purchase and consumption changes, increasing consumers’ awareness and knowledge of potential benefits of bio-based solutions. • How to enhance the involvement of the citizens through a bottom-up, participative and ‘open science’ approach. • How to empower citizens to become active players in the design, implementation and monitoring of the bio-based industrial and political agendas. • What type of information the bio-based industries and policy makers need to better tailor their products and policies to the needs of civil society. • How to co-design and implement strategies, digital tools and live activities enabling end-consumers to provide direct inputs to bio-based products and applications in a wide array of daily life situations. The seating capacity is limited and interested participants are advised to register as soon as possible.

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From 23 Sep 2019 22:00:00 GMT-12 to 25 Sep 2019 22:00:00 GMT-12

Science is Wonderful! is a free exhibition which brings the world of science to the public. Fighting cancer, slowing down global warming, preventing hunger and drought, facilitating human life in space… it is all part of the variety of activities schools, families and young people can discover at the event. Through hands-on experiments, live demonstrations, face-to-face chats with researchers, Science is Wonderful! shows how science impacts our daily lives. More than 5,000 people took part in the ‘Science is Wonderful!’ event in Brussels in 2018. This year, the European Commission organises Science is Wonderful! together with the first edition of the European Research and Innovation Days (EU R&I Days) which will take place from 24 to 26 September in KANAL – Centre Pompidou, also in Brussels. The EU R&I Days will bring together world leaders to debate and shape the future of research and innovation. Co-creation and engagement with stakeholders will be the main topic of the first European R&I Days. The aim of this event is to help build the strategic priorities for the first four years of the implementation of Horizon Europe (2021-2027), the EU’s next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. BIOVOICES in colaboration with Biobridges, BIOWAYS, BioCannDo and LIFT projects, will share at their stands presentations, activities and games.

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IMPROVE RESOURCES TO ENHANCE BUSINESS CASES - BOOST LOCAL DEPLOYMENT Maker Faire Academy - The economy of the sea: valorisation of marine resources. Balance between environmental protection and economic and social development needs. The sea represents for the Italian territory a great opportunity for growth and economic and social development through the enhancement of the marine ecosystem. The balance between environmental protection and the needs of economic and social development are essential for a sustainable development. In the context of the Mini Maker Faire, BIOVOICES in collaboration with Biobridges and MISTRAL projects organized a regional MML workshop entitled “The economy of the sea: valorisation of marine resources. Balance between environmental protection and economic and social development needs.” The Mini Maker Faire is an initiative organized by Maker Faire Rome and Lazio Innova. A cycle of 7 free training and in-depth meetings dedicated to makers, companies and aspiring entrepreneurs, to develop technological skills. Thursday 26 September from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, a Mini Maker Faire on the economy of the sea will be held at the Spazio Attivo of Latina. In the first part of the day the speakers of the most important realities, including Marevivo, CNR, Legambiente Terracina, Biobridges and BIOVOICES projects will share their good practices, research, ideas, projects and solutions by presenting an overview of the policies, strategies, action plans, technological infrastructures and financial instruments. In the second part of the day, through the testimonies of speakers of the most important realities protagonists of best practices including Enea, SEADS and Mermazing, we will talk about biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, enhancement and promotion of marine protected areas, fight against pollution and to illegal fishing and environmental education to finally address, through the involvement of all the participants, challenges, opportunities and barriers to promote territorial development. To register click HERE Info and reservations: – tel 0660516861 ============================================================================= Maker Faire Academy - L'economia del mare: valorizzazione delle risorse marine, equilibrio tra tutela ambientale ed esigenze di sviluppo economico e sociale L’Italia, con le sue tante coste e i suoi mari, non è esente dal marine litter, anzi, è uno dei Paesi che meno cura la salute delle acque. Il mare rappresenta per il territorio Italiano una grande opportunità di crescita e sviluppo economico e sociale attraverso la valorizzazione dell’ecosistema marino. L’equilibrio tra la tutela ambientale e le esigenze di sviluppo economico e sociale sono indispensabili per uno sviluppo sostenibile. In occasione delle Mini Maker Faire che si svolgeranno presso i singoli “Spazio Attivo” di Lazio Innova avrà luogo il workshop dal titolo “L’economia del mare: valorizzazione delle risorse marine, equilibrio tra tutela ambientale ed esigenze di sviluppo economico e sociale”. Le Mini Maker Faire sono un’ iniziativa organizzata da Maker Faire Rome e Lazio Innova. Un ciclo di 7 incontri formativi e di approfondimento gratuiti dedicati ai makers, alle imprese e agli aspiranti imprenditori, per sviluppare competenze tecnologiche in ambito Impresa 4.0. Gli incontri, della durata di circa 3 ore, si svolgono presso gli Spazi Attivi della Regione Lazio dal 23 al 30 settembre 2019. Giovedì 26 Settembre dalle ore 9:00 alle ore 13:00, si terrà presso lo spazio attivo di Latina una Mini Maker Faire sull’economia del mare. Nella prima parte della giornata gli speaker delle più rilevanti realtà, tra cui Marevivo, il CNR e Legambiente Terracina, vengono chiamati a raccontare le loro buone pratiche, ricerche, idee, progetti e soluzioni presentando una panoramica delle politiche, strategie, piani d’azione, infrastrutture tecnologiche e strumenti finanziari. Nella seconda parte della giornata, attraverso le testimonianze di speaker delle più rilevanti realtà protagoniste di best practices tra cui Enea, SEADS e Decomar, parleremo di conservazione della biodiversità, sviluppo sostenibile, valorizzazione e la promozione delle aree marine protette, lotta all’inquinamento e alla pesca illegale e educazione ambientale per affrontare infine, attraverso il coinvolgimento di tutti i partecipanti, sfide, opportunità e barriere per promuovere lo sviluppo territoriale. Per registrarsi: Info e prenotazioni: – tel 0660516861

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Il prossimo 24 settembre si terrà a Palermo l'evento dal titolo "Aree ad elevato rischio ambientale: dalla bioeconomia circolare alle strategie regionali per lo sviluppo sostenibile". L'evento - organizzato da CNR, dai progetti CISAS e BIOVOICES, in collaborazione con ARPA - ha l'obiettivo di individuare raccomandazioni per una nuova gestione delle aree a rischio a livello nazionale e per uno sviluppo regionale in linea con le strategie europee di innovazione. Insieme - società civile, industria, ricerca e politica - saranno promotori di una visione territoriale volta alla tutela dell’ambiente, degli ecosistemi e della salute per uno sviluppo sostenibile.

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PROMOTE CHANGES IN PURCHASE HABITS Waste management panel and MML Workshop „Plastics ABC – how to reduce plastic waste and select best alternatives“ BIOVOICES Regional Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) Workshop: Pärnu, ESTONIA on 10th August 2019 Festival InAugust is one of the first public festivals to focus on environmental sustainability, waste management and climate change. BIOVOICES is organising a panel discussion about waste management and reduction, during which a regional Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) Workshop will be held, which focuses on plastics in everyday life and aims to facilitate the switch to bio-based. The panel discussion will cover every corner of the waste management today and its future directions. The panel speakers are: • A representative of the policy sector – the “voice“ of the policy makers, bringing the government’s viewpoint and responsibilities, discussing about legislations and directions for the future; • Leader of the local apartment cooperative - representing the „voice“ of the public; speaking about the pros and cons of circular waste management system, and its feasibility at apartments. • Representative of business sector – representing the “voice” of the business sector, a private entrepreneur, who promotes the growth of the circular economy. • Representative of the research and business sector – a material scientist and CEO of waste management company, who believes in circular economy and values a sustainable lifestyle. Civil Society is invited to discuss together with the speakers about the waste management today and in the future. The discussion will continue in the MML workshop, where through a competition the participants gain knowledge about different kinds of plastics and will be introduced to environment-friendly alternatives. The interactive hands-on workshop will focus on the following topics: • What are the positive and negative connotations about bio-based plastic bags and disposable tableware? Which plastic alternatives are best to use? • Do the bio-based and other environmentally friendly plastics have the same features as the regular ones? • How to decrease the use of disposable plastic tableware? What are successful awareness raising concepts/strategies and best alternatives/ideas how to reduce plastic tableware? All attendees are introduced to an Expo area, which demonstrates great environmentally-friendly plastic alternatives, and most active participants will win those as a prize!

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From 9 May 2019 07:30:00 GMT-12 to 9 May 2019 10:30:00 GMT-12

Is it possible to develop environmental and economical sustainable bio-based products from waste in Portugal? What are the potentialities? What are the barriers? The BIOVOICES Project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, and the Biobridges Project, funded by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking, will try to answer these questions, give inspiring examples and ask the audience for potential success stories during the National Workshop #WasteToProducts, hosted by Wastes2019. Agenda 09:30-10:00 – Registrations/ Welcome coffee 10:00-10:15 – Introduction of Lipor and BIOVOICES & Biobridges EU projects: scope and activities 10:15-11:15 – What products are we already producing from (municipal) waste? The experience of LIPOR, entity responsible for the waste management of 8 municipalities (Espinho, Gondomar, Maia, Matosinhos, Porto, Póvoa de Varzim, Valongo and Vila do Conde) and their organic farming fertiliser NUTRIMAIS. How to better target farmers as end-users of these products? Q&A moderated by LOBA, coordinator of Biobridges and partner of BIOVOICES 11:15-11:30 – Cofee Break 11:30-12:30 – What actors need to collaborate to create local circular value chains from municipal waste? Q&A moderated by LOBA, coordinator of Biobridges and partner of BIOVOICES

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It is essential to create awareness about bio-based products among the youngest people, who will be the citizens of the future, and even more, among the children whose ethics are being formed at this age. Giving them a better understanding of bioeconomy and bio-based products is key to the future of these disciplines, and their way of dealing with waste in homes, or when demanding non-fossil-based products. We therefore believe that it is essential to reach out to schoolchildren to give them the necessary knowledge about bio-based products and to show them how important they are in terms of sustainability.

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