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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 9 Oct 2020 09:30:00 GMT-12 to 9 Oct 2020 11:00:00 GMT-12

The Italian Government promoted the setup of a national Bioeconomy Strategy in 2017 (BIT) and, more recently, its update (“A new Bioeconomy strategy for a sustainable Italy”, BIT II, 20193). The objectives of BIT II are to interconnect more efficiently the main pillars composing the Italian Bioeconomy, namely the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into valuable food, feed, bio- based products, wooden products, and bioenergy, along with the transformation and valorization of bio-waste streams. This event aims at stimulating the alignment of policies, regulations, R&I funding programs and investments in infrastructures as well as synergies among different public and private funding sources for lowering the risk for investments in Bioeconomy initiatives (such as Circular Bioeconomy Thematic Investment Platform, established by the European Commission, the Common Agricultural Policy (post-reform), the InvestEU Programme, the future European Innovation Council and the ETS Innovation Fund, Horizon Europe). Registration is open: https://iwebseminar.teleskill.it/forumcompraverde2/register/88251162.html

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From 2 Oct 2020 07:30:00 GMT1 to 2 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT1

Cities around Europe are piloting and implementing solutions to become more circular. Plastic, construction and bio-waste are three of the waste streams that cities are seeking to reduce or reuse due to their environmental impact and socio-economic value. In this session, we will hear the experience of three cities that have got down to the job. What have they done? What did they learn? The audience will be invited to challenge their approach. Key questions to be answered are: - What approaches are different cities taking to tackle plastic, construction and bio-waste? - Which levers do cities have to effectively close these materials loops? - Can material innovations make cities more circular? - How to turn challenges into opportunities? - Can their solutions be replicated elsewhere? The 90-minute session will be divided in a 50-minute plenary session, featuring 3 speakers (one from each the BioVoices, PlastiCircle and CityLoops projects) and three 40-min breakout sessions, divided by waste stream. All sessions will follow a classical approach (moderation-presentation-interaction), inviting the audience to interact and participate. The event is part of the Mannheim2020 Conference. Registration and more information: https://conferences.sustainablecities.eu/mannheim2020/

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From 30 Sep 2020 08:00:00 GMT-12 to 30 Sep 2020 10:00:00 GMT-12

***You can attend the event using the following link***: https://bit.ly/3n0lEUq Start-ups and spin-offs of the bio-based sector face several hurdles to survive the “Valley of Death”. The workshop aims at identifying: • existing needs and challenges, • possible solutions to reach the market safely. This issue is particularly relevant in the bio-based sector since risks could be higher (e.g. technological development), different (e.g. public acceptance) and less known compared to other ones. Investors and large and experienced companies could be reluctant in investing on the new innovative technologies, processes, products and applications, obstructing the market uptake of promising start-ups and spin-offs, able to support social and environmental objectives fixed by European policies (e.g. the updated European Bioeconomy Strategy, European Green Deal). Start-ups and spin-offs could require also the collaboration of other stakeholders to fully exploit the proposed innovations (e.g. the creation of integrated value chain, the collaboration of and with primary producers, changes in the actual legislation, etc). ***You can attend the event using the following link***: https://bit.ly/3n0lEUq

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From 28 Sep 2020 10:00:00 GMT-12 to 28 Sep 2020 12:00:00 GMT-12

One of the great challenges and doubts when creating a bio-based company or working with bioproducts, is to get access to financing and investors. Investors are an important stakeholder involved in bioeconomy, they can give a clearer picture of what the challenges are in this specific topic and what is necessary or how can they be addressed. In the context of the Asebio Investor Day, which is part of the European Biotechnology Week, BIOVOICES is organising an online workshop with the objective of finding ways to make more attractive to invest in bioeconomy.

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In the context of the ICLEI-led event series “Breakfast@Sustainability”, the BioVoices project will organise its next Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) event on the bioeconomy: Deploying regional and local bioeconomies in Europe - strategy and implementation. This session will focus on the overall governance of the bioeconomy in Europe at local and regional level, both in its strategic outlook and its implementation phase. Representatives from cities and regions in Europe will present the challenges, perspectives and strategies of bioeconomies at the local level. The event is directed towards all the stakeholders of the bioeconomy - local administrations’ staff; researchers; interested businesses and civil society organisations. The event will kick off with impulse presentations by regional and city representatives as well as relevant associations and EU projects. The presentations will address challenges and promote success stories with regard to the strategic and programmatic utilization of the bioeconomy for local and regional development and local governments’ levers in promoting the transition to a circular bioeconomy as well as discuss associated EU policies. An interactive element will enable participants to make their voices heard and in the following panel discussion featuring the presenters. Registration is open until 14 September. Agenda* 09:15-09:30 Check-in 09:30-09:40 Welcome & Introduction by ICLEI Europe 09:40-10:40 Impulse presentations Sergi Costa, BIOPRO BW, Coordinator of the INTERREG project GoDanuBio Sebastian Awiszus, Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, Baden Wuerttemberg/GER Consorzio Italiano Compostatori (Italian Composting and Biogas Association) Igor Kos, WCYCLE, City of Maribor 10:40-10:50 Break 10:50-11:35 Interactive panel discussion 11:35-11:45 Concluding reflections by Ruska Kelevska, European Commission, TBC 11:45-11:50 Conclusions & wrap-up 11:50 End of the event *agenda and speakers might still be subject to change

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In the context of ESOF2020*, Biovoices project is organizing an interesting workshop titled "The role of systems’ integrators in facilitating the Quadruple Helix Stakeholders collaboration to co-create a sustainable circular bioeconomy ecosystem" *ESOF2020 Trieste will take place from 2 to 6 September 2020 and in the two weeks preceding and following the main event. The activities include meetings, conferences, seminars and public events such as shows and exhibitions. Over 4000 researchers, educators, business actors, policy makers and journalists from all over the world are expected in Trieste to discuss breakthroughs in science. ---------------- Several initiatives at European level have been launched in the last years to support the creation of an Innovation Ecosystem to promote Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy, ranging from projects funded by the European Commission (e.g. Horizon 2020 programme and BBI JU), networks at European, National and Regional level (e.g. The Bioeconomy Knowledge Center, European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, ENRD and Urban Agenda), research and industrial Clusters.These initiatives act as Innovation Ecosystem Integrators facilitating the QH Stakeholders (Research, Business, Policy, Civil Society) to collaborate and join forces to identify opportunities, address existing challenges and barriers, promoting a sustainable innovation ecosystem in bioeconomy. Nevertheless not all the stakeholders seem to have a central role in the definition of the policy and industrial agendas. Some actors, like the citizens, are not always participating as active players in driving the change, therefore a deeper reflection is needed to maximise the impact of the systems’ integrators activities to boost the innovation ecosystem. In this context the workshop will mobilise QH stakeholders to discuss how to: • transform the research outcomes into Actionable Knowledge for the Stakeholders • ensure that all the “voices” are engaged in the debate, including the civil society • find common objectives and language to facilitate the dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders • transfer knowledge and best practices between sectors and value chains • drive the change raising awareness on bioeconomy and bio-based products The workshop will build on the experience of the European Bioeconomy Network, an alliance of nearly 70 EU funded projects, initiatives promoting the Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy in Europe. The organizers are involved in projects (Biobridges, LIFT, BIOVOICES, BIOWAYS, Dandelion) having promoted more than 130 multistakeholders workshops around EU in last 3y.

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SAVE THE DATE Virtual Meeting (12th June) 2020 – 11.00 – 13.00 AM

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From 30 Apr 2020 08:00:00 GMT-12 to 30 Apr 2020 09:30:00 GMT-12

ONLINE EVENT "The bioeconomy as a response to the COVID-19 economic crisis" LINK REGISTRAZIONE: https://forms.gle/QStEujFHFkiMUsRc7 [Scadenza registrazione: 27 aprile] ---- L’attuale pandemia di coronavirus, oltre che sul piano sanitario, ha generato una serie di gravi conseguenze sociali ed economiche, ponendo una serie di interrogativi su eventuali cambi nei modelli produttivi e relazionali da attuare nel periodo post-emergenziale (la c.d. fase-2) e fino a quando la pandemia non verrà definitivamente risolta. In un quadro simile, qual è il ruolo che può rivestire la bioeconomia per favorire il rilancio di un’economia prossima al collasso e quali sono le possibilità che può offrire alle imprese e alla società? In una fase in cui le attività produttive hanno visto un severo e drammatico rallentamento, può la bioeconomia rappresentare un nuovo sbocco, un metodo di rilancio o una valida alternativa produttiva per le imprese? In che modo la strategia nazionale per la bioeconomia può rispondere alle nuove esigenze e quali ulteriori strumenti devono essere messi in campo? Come aiutare il cambiamento di stile di vita nei cittadini, che sia esso temporaneo o permanente? APRE, con il supporto del progetto Europeo BIOVOICES, organizza una discussione (online) tra rappresentanti di cittadini, ricerca, industria e classe politica per favorire lo scambio di idee innovative, possibili azioni di sostegno all'innovazione industriale, nuovi strumenti di supporto legislativo e finanziario, la definizione di strategie da attuare nel breve/brevissimo termine attraverso la collaborazione tra i diversi attori. Durante l’evento verranno presentati alcuni esempi di come la bioeconomia è stata o può essere utilizzata per affrontare al meglio la sfida lanciata dall'emergenza codiv-19. A seguire, i partecipanti potranno interagire attivamente nella discussione ed esprimere idee e bisogni attraverso l’utilizzo del proprio smartphone. ----

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From 21 Apr 2020 08:00:00 GMT1 to 21 Apr 2020 10:00:00 GMT1

ITALIAN NATIONAL WORKSHOP: Creating a local wool value chain in Italy Workshop Interattivo online sulla Creazione di una Filiera della Lana Autoctona in Italia Il 21 aprile 2020 (10:00 - 12:00) si è tenuto il workshop interattivo online sulla “Creazione di una Filiera della Lana Autoctona in Italia” organizzato in collaborazione con l’Università di Bari, nel contesto dei progetti europei Biobridges e BIOVOICES. Il workshop si proponeva di creare una nuova filiera per la valorizzazione delle lane autoctone italiane e fornire soluzioni innovative per risolvere le problematiche correnti. Durante il workshop sono stati presentati casi di studio e buone pratiche, che hanno fornito spunti per le sessioni interattive, nelle quali sono state identificate e discusse le sfide, barriere e opportunità per promuovere lo sviluppo della filiera che valorizzi l’uso della lana autoctona. Il taglio della giornata ha generato idee e stimolato possibili collaborazioni tra gli stakeholders partecipanti per promuovere lo sviluppo sostenibile e circolare della bioeconomia nella realtà italiana. FRAMEWORK: In Italia oltre il 60% dei tessuti è realizzato in poliestere e altre fibre derivate dal petrolio che hanno sostituito le fibre naturali. Attualmente i consumatori stanno iniziando a chiedere una produzione e un consumo più sostenibile, principalmente per motivi di salute e protezione dell'ambiente. Questo sta spingendo molti produttori tessili a cogliere la sfida del rilancio della filiera della lana, come punto di forza in ambito di economia circolare e bioeconomia, grazie alla produzione di tessuti rigenerati e all’utilizzo degli scarti della lana per applicazioni tessili e non tessili. Il comparto lana non è rappresentato soltanto dal settore tessile ma anche a quello prettamente agronomico. Infatti ogni anno, la tosa delle pecore costituisce un costo ineludibile, aggravato dal fatto che la fibra ottenuta deve essere smaltita come rifiuto speciale o ceduta a raccoglitori a costo irrisorio. La produzione media in lana sucida è pari a circa 2 kg/capo ovino, quindi si può assumere una produzione complessiva di lana rifiuto speciale di oltre 2000 tonnellate. Riscoprire le possibilità di utilizzo della lana significa riappropriarsi di un pezzo di storia rilanciando l'economia di tutte quelle realtà vocate all’allevamento ovino. In tal senso le opportunità di valorizzazione della lana sono molteplici: fertilizzanti (cheratina), cosmetici (cheratina e lanolina), bioplastiche e biomaterili (lana in polvere e ingegneria tissutale), isolamento termico e acustico (edilizia sostenibile), adsorbente (inquinamento marino), pacciamante (ortoflovivaismo). Riscoprire la lana locale potrebbe portare nuove opportunità di sviluppo e diversificazione rurale e industriale, grazie alla richiesta sempre più crescente di prodotti bio-based locali, naturali, ecosostenibili e sani per la salute umana. Il processo di creazione del valore che avviene lungo la trasformazione della lana in applicazioni tessili e non tessili vede dialogare costantemente gli attori che ne sono artefici; gli attori istituzionali, a loro volta, giocano un ruolo cruciale nell'indirizzare la direzione della ricerca e sviluppo nel settore, incentivando i tecnici ad applicare know-how e competenze pratiche per superare le difficoltà pratiche della lavorazione di una lana fuori dal mercato ormai da decenni. La valutazione degli ostacoli e dei limiti a carattere tecnico e la ricerca partecipata di soluzioni per il loro superamento sono punti cruciali nel processo della costruzione sociale del valore derivate dall’uso e dal riuso della lana rustica.

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From 16 Apr 2020 09:00:00 GMT-12 to 16 Apr 2020 10:15:00 GMT-12

Due to the coronavirus, the meeting has been changed into an online meeting. Biobased building materials such as wood and natural insulation materials are in the spotlight. Not only with startups and users, but also with policymakers and the circular building agenda. Biobased building materials help to reduce CO2 impacts and nitrogen emissions during transports. They also become visible in integral solutions and contribute to the desired Environmental Performance (MPG) for planning permission. However, it is too early to cheer. Compared to our neighbouring countries, in the Netherlands the market share of biobased building materials is still small and until now planting trees is mainly seen as good nature practice. How can policies ensure that biobased building materials gain a greater market share? And how can you contribute to this?

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