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20 January 2017

The annual event organised by the CommBeBiz project to take place in London

The CommBeBiz project will hold its annual event in London from 21-22 February. The conference “Bioeconomy Impact 2017 – The journey to innovation”, funded by the European Union, aims to challenge, support and inform researchers on their quest to innovate in the commercial, social and policy arenas.

The first day will be an introductory session with a keynote on the implications of Brexit for UK & EU collaboration, and a workshop on how to create effective websites and social media for researchers. The morning of the second day there will be top tips workshops on topics such as how to protect innovation, ideas for bioeconomy-related projects, and responsible research and innovation, among others. After that, project representatives attending the event will have the opportunity to pitch their projects in front of the audience and an expert panel.

During the afternoon, Tim Benton, professor of Population Ecology, will address the links between bioeconomy and sustainability. The winners of the Bioeconomy Photo Competition and the Awards & Academy Prize will be announced.

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13 January 2017

Free innovation procurement assistance offered to European procurers

The eafip initiative is offering 12 public procurers from EU Member States interested in improving their innovation procurement activities (both pre-commercial procurement and public procurement of innovation) the chance to gain targeted assistance. Selected procurers will be guided through the start-up and implementation of an innovation procurement process, including legal assistance.

Procurers will be selected on the basis of four criteria: concrete interest and commitment to starting a PCP or PPI project, the potential impact of the procurement, geographical balance of the cases across EU Member States, and level of experience in the implementation of innovation procurement projects. To take part, applicants must complete an online questionnaire.

The deadline for applications is 14 February 2017. The EU-funded eafip initiative aims to promote innovation procurement and provide assistance to public procurers to help them carry out the procurement of innovative ICT based solutions. The project runs from 2015 - 2017.

For more information and to apply, visit the eafip website.

9 January 2017

Lille to host the bio-based solutions international conference and exhibition

Plant Based Summit, the bio-based solutions international conference and exhibition, will hold its 4th edition from 25th to 27th of April in Lille, France. The event is focused on promoting innovation and business meetings on the sector.

During these three days, there will be discussions on global topics such as the EU policy environment to boost market demand, financing emerging bio-based business in a time of low oil price, and sustainable sourcing, a driver and a must-have of bio-based product development. There will be some sessions to covering specific sectors: construction, automotive sector, packaging, personal care and innovation. One of the objectives to demonstrate how further use of bio-based solutions in everyday products will benefit consumers and society.

During the Summit, the Agrobiobase award ceremony will take place. This award is given for innovations in the bio-based sector that are evaluated according to three criteria: their innovative features, their bio-based content, and their environmental and socio-economic impact.

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