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Bio-based Plastics – How do we Grow the EU Industry?

1 December 2014, Brussels

This workshop aims to identify workable solutions to the major hurdles hampering the development of the bio-based plastics sector in the EU. We are especially interested in PLA and PHA as we consider these bio-based plastics as having the highest potential for deployment in the EU. Input from market, policy and technological experts within the area of bioplastics is crucial to allow us to develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry.

Today, bio-based plastics have an established market, demonstrating rapid growth both in Europe and globally. While Europe is currently the largest producer and user of bio-based plastics, this situation is expected to change in the future with production increasingly being based in countries where feedstocks are cheaper and where production costs are lower. Even with increasing fossil fuel prices expected to make bio-based plastics more competitive compared to fossil-derived plastics, ensuring the cost-competitiveness of EU bio-based plastics production compared to other regions globally is expected to become an increasingly difficult challenge.


Renaturing Cities: Systemic Urban Governance for Social Cohesion

1-2 December 2014, Milan, Italy

The EU Conference on "Renaturing Cities: Systemic Urban Governance for Social Cohesion", under the auspices of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU aims to to inspire Research and Innovation policies on sustainable urban development by bringing together scientists, policy makers, the business sector and representatives of the civil society.

The conference will focus on multilevel governance for urban and peri-urban areas and highlight the relation between supranational, national and sub-national scales, as well as the interplay of actors within these scales. Therefore, new instruments of urban governance based on a strong public-private partnership will be explored in order to facilitate the interplay between policy-making, market-driven actions and grassroots initiatives.

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International Year of Family Farming: lessons learnt and post-2014 priorities

2 December 2014, Brussels

Cirad, a French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, organises once per year an after work meeting bringing together EU officials, researchers and other stakeholders to share views and reflect on agricultural research and global challenges.


The 2014 edition is dedicated to "The International Year of Family Farming: lessons learnt and post-2014 priorities". 


The case for a systemic approach to eco-innovation

2 December 2014, Lyon, France

Current patterns of growth lead to the irreversible damage of our planet’s natural environment while resources are over-consumed. Furthermore, prices of raw materials are becoming more and more volatile and Europe is almost entirely dependent on imports. The traditional linear model of production and consumption, where resources are extracted processed used and disposed of, needs to be changed.

 

Single eco-innovative solutions have already been developed but they are often too local and sector-related. To achieve an absolute decoupling of growth from use of resources, society needs to adopt a different way of thinking. One solution is to move to a systemic eco-innovation approach, where society generates and shares economic and environmental benefits, where waste becomes a resource, consumers become users and sharing replaces owning. Speakers: Francoise BONNET, ACR+, Association of Regions and Cities for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management – Secretary General Marco MATTIELLO, Contarina Spa – International Relations Manager Luisa PRISTA, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Directorate Climate Action and Resource Efficiency – Head of Unit "Eco-Innovation" Hanane TAIDI, PlasticsEurope – Director Communications 


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Use of IB in Biosurfactants

3 September 2014, Berlin, Germany

The BIO-TIC project has organised this workshop with the aim to identify technological, non-technological and market hurdles for the uptake of industrial biotechnology in bio-surfactants and develop recommendations and solutions to overcome the identified hurdles. Input from market, policy and technological experts is crucial to help us develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry and further build on the roadmaps being developed as part of this project.

Biobased surfactants can be produced either from oils and fats via oleochemical production or from sugars, e.g. molasses by fermentation. Biobased surfactants can be used for a wide range of applications, the largest of which are currently detergents, followed by personal care products and industrial and institutional cleaners. The BIO-TIC project estimates that in 2030 the biobased surfactants market in Europe could have a market value of between 0.8 MEUR and 1.8 BEUR. The market value could be greater than this if the various hurdles to biosurfactants are addressed.


Open Architecture Control Systems Summer School

29 August - 2 September 2014, Międzyzdroje (Poland)

The iLOAD event will take place in Międzyzdroje, Poland, We would like to host all young researchers who are interested in control system issues and want to extend and share their knowledge and ideas. During our event there will be the possibility to become familiar with the latest trends in programming of National Instruments and ifm electronic equipment. An additional attraction will be a trip to Cargotec factory and visiting laboratories of the West Pomeranian University of Technology.


5th Nordic Biogas Conference

27-29 August 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland

NBC is a biennial conference and the largest biogas event in the Nordic countries. NBC 2014 will cover small scale biogas systems, aquatic substrates, liquid biogas, landfill gas, LBG/CBG within road bound transportation as well as future biogas systems. In addition NBC 2014 offers an extensive exhibition, a poster session and a study tour.


26th Annual International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Conference

24-28 August 2014, Seattle, USA

Registration will begin in early 2014.


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