Two hundred researchers and representatives from European companies got together for three days in Denmark to mark the launch of FACCE SURPLUS research projects.
The food and agriculture sector is one of the areas where collaboration between research and industry is strongest. Expertise and familiarity with practical issues are worth their weight in gold for companies. In return, it is crucial for researchers that their knowledge is exploited for the benefit of industry.
One of the main objectives of the H2020-supported ERA-Net Cofund, FACCE SURPLUS, is to improve the collaboration across the European Research Area in the range of diverse, but integrated, food and non-food biomass production and transformation systems, including biorefining.
To present the 14 funded projects to relevant stakeholders and industry representatives, FACCE SURPLUS hosted a kick-off meeting at Aarhus University, Denmark, in September 2016. The event was part of the International Biorefining Seminar and Partnering Workshop which aimed at facilitating European consortia establishment in the field of biorefining and food production.
The event attracted researchers and companies from seventeen countries, and provided guests with an opportunity to provide valuable insights and feedback to the projects, addressing the potential expectations of stakeholders. Speakers at the meeting included representatives from the LEGO Group, who talked about the need for bio-based plastic, the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), and the European Commission.
Project coordinator Nicolas Tinois is very satisfied with the meeting.