PRAXI Network / Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas, the National Contact Point (NCP) for BBI-JU (Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking) in Greece, organized together with the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), a National Info Day in Athens, in order to present the new European Bio-based Industry Joint Undertaking as well as the better implementation of Bioeconomy actions in Greece. The event took place on Thursday, January 16, in the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy premises, and covered the following topics:
Prof. Konstantinos Aravosis, Secretary General for Environment and Water (Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy) and Dr Maria Christoula, Director of International Cooperation Directorate (GSRT) opened the info day and addressed their salutations to the audience. They also presented the next actions and steps that will take place on national and regional level, aiming at preparing the Greek companies and research centres for the transition to the circular economy.
Ms Eleni Zika, BBI-JU Head of Programme, presented the new European Bio-based Industry Joint Undertaking objectives and the annual work plan and budget for 2020. Ms. Eleni Zika also presented the 2020 Call participation process, which was of great interest for the audience. PRAXI Network as the National Contact Point (NCP) for BBI-JU in Greece presented its services and underlined the support offered to all Greek organizations with an interest to participate in European funding projects.
In the discussion panel that followed, Greek SMEs, academic institutions and clusters shared their success stories as coordinators and partners in BBI-JU funded projects.
Mr Vasileios Liogkas, expert advisor to the Secretary General for Environment and Water, closed the info day with a thorough presentation of the Greek Strategy on Circular Economy. He also expressed the need to design and implement a national Bioeconomy strategy as well as the need to plan activities supporting Bioeconomy for national organizations.
More than 60 stakeholders attended the event representing a variety of the Bioeconomy sector, including the areas of biomass processing and new bio-products development. Leading academic institutions and major focus groups such as the Centre for Research and Technology – Hellas (CERTH), the Benaki Phytopathological Institute (BPI), the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES), the Hellenic Biomass Association (ΗΕLLΑΒΙΟΜ), the Federation of Hellenic Food Industries (SEVT) and the Hellenic Association of Biogas Producers (HABio) also participated as they all have common interests and research output in the areas covered during the event, like bioeconomy, biochemistry, waste management and food biotechnology.
A BBI-JU Info Day was also organized by PRAXI Network and the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) in Heraklion (Crete) on Friday, January 17, in the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas. Mr Yiannis Talianidis, IMBB Director opened the event and Ms Eleni Zika, BBI-JU Head of Programme, presented the new BBI-JU 2020 Calls for Proposal.