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Building the Bioeconomy – Creating Impact through Communication

Building the Bioeconomy – Creating Impact through Communication

2 - 3 December 2014 | Crowne Plaza Hotel Brussels, Belgium - CommNet's 3rd Bioeconomy Forum & Final Conference – Dialogues, Debates, Awards

2 - 3 December 2014 | Crowne Plaza Hotel Brussels, Belgium - CommNet's 3rd Bioeconomy Forum & Final Conference – Dialogues, Debates, Awards

CommNet’s 3rd Bioeconomy Forum & Final Conference - Dialogues, Debates, Awards

CommNet's 3rd Bioeconomy Forum and Final Conference, featuring Trends and HORIZON 2020 communications, Business & Policy Dialogues and the CommNet Impact Awards Ceremony for the best Bioeconomy Communication, will take place on 2 and 3 December 2014 at the Crown Plaza, Place Rogier, Brussels.  

  • 2/12, 9:00 - 16:30 - OPENING: Business & Policy Dialogues on Food Packaging, Biotech, Agri and Forestry. Don’t miss CommNet’s classic matchmaking event -when research meets business and policy.
  • 3/12, 9:00 - 14:00 - 3rd Bioeconomy Forum - High level Lectures on Future Trends in Bioeconomy and Communications. You can expect fresh insights from EU researchers: ‘Healthy food for all’ - do we need to change the Bioeconomy chains? Also on the menu: a keynote speech from the European Commission on HORIZON 2020 and the new communication requirements for EU-funded projects.
  • 3/12, 14:00 - 17:30CommNet Final Conference: Key Learnings and messages for Horizon2020 and presentation of case studies of best pratice selected from Impact Awards entrants. 
  • 3/12, 17:30 - 19:00 - CommNet Impact Awards Ceremony: CommNet will reward its best communication cases with prizes for those EU-funded bioeconomy projects that made a difference in science communication. The prizes will be granted with an award ceremony in the prestigious setting of the Brussels Crown Plaza, followed by a fine cocktail reception.

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2nd December 2014 - 3rd Bioeconomy Forum - Business & Policy Dialogues - Projects from the fields of Food, Biotech and Forestry present - experts comment.

CommNet Business Dialogues  

9:00 - Venue open, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Brussels  

9:15 - Welcome to the CommNet Business Dialogues

9:30 - Bioeconomy projects present their business focus - expert reviewers provide feedback 

Projects and their business potential:
a) SUCCIPACK – Biobased packaging materials. Presented by Christoph Cotillon, Actia, Paris

b) PICK 'N PACK – Intelligent packaging. Presented by John Gray, University of Manchester

c) OPTIBIOCAT – Biobased compounds for cosmeticals. Presented by Anne Langbehn, Biocom, Berlin

d) FOODINTEGRITY - Food quality and food safety. Presented by Christina Steveni, Food and environment Agency Research, York, UK 

Expert reviewers:
a) Olga Martin-Belloso, Dept. of Food Technology, Universidad de Lleida, Spain

b) Susanne BraunDirector Life Scence Research Center, Stuttgart-Hohenheim University, Germany

c) Karolien Vanbroekhoven, Vito, Research Technology Institute, Mol, Belgium

12:00 - Lunch

CommNet Policy Dialogues  

14:00 - Welcome to the CommNet Policy Dialogues - Setting the scene in forestry research and policy

14:15 - The SIMWOOD project, presented by Andreas Kleinschmitt von Lengefeld, Institut Technologique FCBA, Paris

14:30 - The SUMFOREST project, presented by Dr. Mathias Greimel, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of Austria, Vienna

14:45 - Entering into discussion with expert panellists from the European Commission

a) Doru-Leonard Irmie, Research Programme Officer, Directorate General Research and Innovation, Unit Agrifood Chain     

b) Aljoscha Requardt, Secretary General, European Forestry House CEPF, Brussels

c) Steve Smith, Policy Officer, Team "Forestry", Directorate General Agriculture and Rural Development, Unit Environment, Forestry and Climate Change

c) Claus Schultze, Policy Analyst, Directorate General Regional and Urban Policy, Competence Centre Smart and Sustainable Growth 

16:15 - Close


3rd December 2014 - 3rd Bioeconomy Forum: High level Debates on Trends in Bioeconomy and Science Communication in HORIZON 2020.

9:00 - Venue open, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Brussels

9:15 - WelcomeRhonda Smith, CommNet Chair

9:30 - Opening Address: MEP Eva Kaili, European Parliament, Chair STOA Panel, ITRE_Industry, Research & Energy Committee

10:00 - Keynote speeches and Q&A sessions are moderated by Thomas Dodd, EU Bioeconomy Panel, Directorate General Research and Innovation, EU Commission

Keynote I - "Healthy Food for All - Do we need a change in bioeconomy chains?" - Prof. Harry Aiking (emrts.), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Q&A session with: Marc-Olivier Herman, EU Policy Lead, Oxfam EU Advocacy Office; Valentina Pinna, Lombardy Region Office, Head of Research; Brandon Mitchener, Europe Public Affairs Lead, Monsanto.

11:00 - Coffee-break

Keynote II - "Science Communication matters from Day 1 - Trends in HORIZON 2020" - Alexandra Ruete, Communication EU Officer, Directorate General Research and Innovation, EU Commission

Q&A session with: Thomas Ammerl, Bavarian Research Alliance, Head of Environment, Energy & Bioeconomy; Bridget Benelam, British Nutrition Foundation & CommNet WPL Education; Bianca Pop, Communication Officer, Pleasure Project; Rhonda Smith, Minerva Communications & CommNet Chair.

12:30 - Lunch


3rd December 2014 - Final Conference - CommFABnet, key learnings, looking ahead. Chair: Prof. Ronan Gormley

14:00Introduction - Welcome to the CommNet Final Conference from Mario Martinoli,, coordinator of the CommFABnet project 

14:15 - Keynote - “Research must reach out to deliver its promise”, Prof. Ronan Gormley, UCD, University College Dublin

14:40 - Key learnings - Key learnings and messages for Horizon2020”: CommNet’s experience in communicating Bioeconomy research to its citizens, young people, Industry and policy makers and improving researchers’ communication skills  

15:40 - Coffee Break  

16:00 - CommNet projects showcase - Case studies of best practice selected from Impact Awards entrants 

Introduction - How the CommNet network has supported member projects, Rhonda Smith, Minerva, chair of CommNet network   

16:10 - Best practice - Short presentations of projects from food, agriculture and biotechnology by CommNet members shortlisted to the Impact Awards, in the categories of citizens, young people, industry and policy makers           

3rd December 2014 - Communication Impact Awards Ceremony - "And the winners are..." Chair: Rhonda Smith

17:30 - Introduction to the CommNet Impact Awards, Rhonda Smith. Overview of the projects shortlisted for the impact Awards for each category – Prof. Ronan Gormley (CommNet Advisory Board member and Impact Awards judge). 

17:40 - Impact Awards Ceremony - The bioeconomy projects in food, agriculture and biotechnology judged most effective in their communication will receive the CommNet Impact awards prizes. Photo Session with winners, jury and chair.

18:15Cocktail Reception

19:00 - Close


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