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May  2016
 The BBI JU 2016 Call for Proposals
 
Attractive funding opportunities for the EU forest-based sector in the new BBI JU Call
In its third Call for Proposals, the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) will mobilize up to €189 million of new funding for research and innovation. With relevance for the European forest-based sector, the BBI JU Call will provide funding for actions that contribute to increasing productivity and improving sustainability of forest wood biomass, enhancing valorisation of lignin and other side-streams, increasing efficiency of biorefineries and developing advanced biomaterials for smart food packaging. The submission deadline for proposals is 8 September 2016.
 
FTP strongly advises proposal writers to describe in detail the potential impact of their research project, as well as how it focuses on, or potentially addresses, the BBI JU’s 2016 strategic orientations:
  1. ‘Sufficient and sustainable biomass feedstock supply’ at affordable prices incorporating feedstock suppliers as partners in the value chains
  2. ‘Development of biorefinery technologies’ and efficient processes to increase the competitive position of the biobased industries in Europe
  3. ‘Higher market demand and customer awareness’ through the development of innovative products and applications in partnership with actors in the end consumer markets and as well as setting the framework for successful market uptake.
Download BBI Annual Work Plan
 
A further €189 million funding for research and innovation for biobased industries
With the 2016 Call, the BBI JU introduces 27 new topics that include 12 research and innovation actions, nine demonstration actions, two flagship actions and four coordination and support actions. Through innovative partnerships, this year’s Call aims to appeal to all those involved in the biobased industries, including small and medium-sized businesses, academia, and new previously unconnected industry players. The Call intends furthermore to reach out to innovators who can turn their research into new and improved industrial processes.
 
The BBI JU is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), designed to support the coherent development of Europe’s biobased economy. The BBI JU features a total budget of €3.7 billion to be invested in biobased innovations in the period 2014-2020. The EU contribution through Horizon 2020 will be €975 million while its private partners, the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), will contribute €2.7 billion. FTP is an Associate Member of the BIC and played a key advisory role in establishing the BBI JU. 
 
Access the 2016 BBI JU Call for Proposals
 
FTP stakeholders' consultation open until 31 May
Until 31 May, forest-based sector stakeholders are invited to submit to FTP their views and opinions about the research and innovation areas that should be given higher priority during the final years of Horizon 2020. Representative associations, confederations and the research community from various value chains within the forest-based sector, as well as FTP network partners - from 25 Member States - are expected to provide valuable input to this process. The outcome of this broad, inclusive and transparent consultation will enable FTP to enhance its advocacy work and elaborate a sharp approach with policy makers while they prepare the Work Programme 2018-2020 of Horizon 2020.  
 
Don’t miss this chance to influence the EU forest-based sector research agenda. Please contact your National Support Group and share your ideas.
"What could be more boring than a room filled with sharp minds who have exactly the same opinion?"
In the opinion of Thad Maloney, the new President of the European Fibre and Paper Research Organisations (EFPRO), alignment with industry stakeholders is crucial to stimulate new research and training opportunities while contributing to a renewal of the traditional paper industry.  The recipient of a number of awards, Maloney is an American professor who has been teaching at the Department of Forest Products Technology at Aalto University (Finland) for more than 20 years, and who has recently taken up the presidency of EFPRO. Speaking to the FTPNewsletter about the positive effects of reconciling the industry and academic research priorities, he highlighted his ambition to strengthen cooperation with FTP
 
“EFPRO hopes to make the plethora of talent and ideas available from its members, more transparent to the industry stakeholders that are constantly hunting for good ideas and exciting technical breakthroughs,” he affirmed. “Scientific discovery and innovation is a messy process where divergent views are not only desirable, but are absolutely needed. What could be more boring than a room filled with sharp minds who have exactly the same opinion? Ultimately, the industry stakeholders will filter through the research offerings and decide where best to invest their available research, development and innovation funds,” he explained.
 
EFPRO is one of the research umbrella organisations that cooperates with FTP, together with InnovaWood and the European Forest Institute (EFI). A volunteer-based organisation, EFPRO brings together about 30 research institutes and universities which, collectively, represent a major part of the European expertise on paper and lignocellulosic materials. The idea behind its creation was to develop a forum where research providers could come together to build joint projects and give collected advice regarding upcoming funding opportunities.

Today, EFPRO supports cross-fertilization between research suppliers, in the form of short scientific missions, and is also engaged in Early Stage Researcher Training, in the form of the joint CEPI/EFPRO Research Symposium held annually at European Paper Week. “In the near future, we plan to enhance our efforts to support European PhD student training and networking,” Professor Maloney concluded.
 
 
Seminar debate of cross-sectorial synergies to unleash innovation potential for forestry, fuel and transportation
Unleashing innovation potential through cross-sectoral synergies and cooperation was the focus of the seminar ‘Innovation in Forest, Fuel and Freight’ hosted by three Swedish advocacy platforms for sustainable forestry, renewable transportation fuels and transport innovation, under the auspices of the Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova, during an event organised in Brussels on April 28th.
Representing the views of the forest-based sector, FTP Managing Director Johan Elvnert emphasized the contribution of the sector to the European biobased economy. Elvnert pointed to the speedy progress that has been achieved for example in wood-based textiles, wooden building and integrated biorefineries. The high-level performance of the forest-based sector was also acknowledged by Waldemar Kütt, Head of Unit with the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) at the European Commission, who praised the driving role of the forest-based sector in the European bioeconomy.
 
Bringing together the European Commission and representatives from the forestry, fuels and transportation sectors, the event provided participants with the opportunity to discuss sectoral developments and remaining bottlenecks, in the light of research and innovation actions.
Download FTP presentation

Share your images and help FTP showcase innovation
FTP is looking forward to making visible the impact and positive transformation resulting from research and innovation activities carried out by the forest-based sector in all member states. You can contribute to this initiative by sharing your pictures with the FTP Secretariat. We are eager to publish attractive pictures that illustrate innovation and research areas in all value chains within the sector: images of new products, revolutionary applications, technological breakthroughs, demonstration projects and innovative manufacturing processes or business models. We are looking forward to receiving images that show sustainable forest management practices seen in all corners of Europe and portraying diverse regional landscapes.
 
Would you like to contribute and share your images with FTP? Please contact the FTP Secretariat, Ms Heini Hyrkkö, heini.hyrkko@forestplatform.org and we will provide you with further information.
FTP in the media

The appointment of Lena Ek as the new Chair of the FTP Board attracted the attention of Swedish and European trade media, with over 30 articles published in online trade media outlets over a one- week period in April. The significant role of the forest-based sector in shaping the European biobased society, was the core message featured at headline level in the English-speaking trade press. At European level, FTP’s strategic role in unlocking the full potential of EU funding programmes, such as Horizon 2020, was underlined by Lena Ek in an interview published by the Swedish online news portal Skog Supply.


EUBA calls for EU global leadership in the bioeconomy
On the occasion of ‘BioEconomyUtrecht2016’, the fourth Bioeconomy Stakeholders’ Conference, that took place on 12 and 13 April 2016, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) called on the EU to lead a worldwide transition towards a renewable, low-carbon economy. Before the conference, EUBA members, together with experts of the biobased community, produced a set of 15 recommendations on how Europe can promote biobased products in public procurement.
 
During the two-day conference, the Dutch EU Presidency - the organiser of the event -  launched the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Manifesto. The document is a compilation of the major challenges connecting bioeconomy and development issues, as expressed in the opinions of multi-stakeholder groups during various dialogues, exercises and high level events.

As a next step, the EUBA and FTP will monitor, together with DG GROW and DG RTD, the extent to which the Manifesto will influence a new strategy for the bioeconomy in Europe.
 
Download the European Bioeconomy Manifesto

Germany: the Fibres & Paper 2030 project looks ahead to the future of fibre-based materials
New innovative ways of using paper will become an integral part of everyday life, even in areas where it still remains unthinkable today. Visioning the future of fibre-based materials, a total of 640 innovative and feasible ideas about the future with paper were identified as the outcome of the 'Fibres & Paper 2030' project, led by the German research institute Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) during 2014–2015. The full report is downloadable here.

During the work which spanned 15 months, a detailed study of eight important areas of daily life and industry came up with various possible applications for paper, with the potential to create sustainable solutions and new high-added value for customers. The thematic areas covered were nutrition, health & hygiene, mobility, information/communication/education/knowledge, logistics, future cities & architecture, living & working, and general conditions.

The 'Fibres & Paper 2030' project predicts that the demand for sustainable, biobased, economic concepts will continue to grow steadily. The aim of the project was to identify concrete options and courses of action for companies in the pulp and paper sector. The results of the project were compiled by an interdisciplinary team of 18 professionals, together with more than 100 people from all sections of the pulp and paper value chain, who participated in guided brainstorming workshops.

About additive manufacturing?
Or does it sound more familiar when you come across expressions such as ‘3D printing’, ‘rapid prototyping’ (RP), ‘direct digital manufacturing’ (DDM) or ‘agile manufacturing’? Despite not being synonyms, all these terms have been used to name or describe the “process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies.”
 
In 2009 the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) adopted ‘additive manufacturing’ (AM) as the official industry standard term to identify this innovative technology and defined a set of standards to classify the various AM processes according to their methods of layer manufacturing, materials or technology used, amongst others. Therefore, expressions such as ‘material jetting’, ‘sheet lamination’, ‘binder jetting’, ‘material extrusion, ‘directed energy deposition’, ‘powder bed infusion’, and ‘VAT photopolymerisation’ are also frequently used as the same as AM.
 
Because its applications seem to be endless – from building prototypes or models for visualization, to manufacturing highly customized end-use products as well as small amounts of production parts, and even replacing traditional machinery in the production line – AM has been considered a disruptive technology that could rapidly create new markets and extinguish traditional value chains.
 
FTP is looking forward to hearing from its stakeholders and network partners about possible developments with AM. Let us know your opinion!
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13th Wood Technology Conference
30 & 31 May 2016 (Opatija, Croatia)

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EU Green Week 2016
30 May to 3 June 2016 (Brussels, Belgium)


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12th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries
30 May to 1 June 2016 (Ghent, Belgium)

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drupa print media fair
31 May to 10 June 2016 (Düsseldorf, Germany)

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CEPF General Assembly
1 & 2 June 2016 (Paris, France)
 
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Forest of the Future:  Czech contribution to challenges for European research and policies 
2 June 2016 (Brussels, Belgium)
 

European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
6 to 9 June 2016 (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
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Building the bioeconomy: insights from European strategies
7 June 2016 (Helsinki, Finland)
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International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials
13 to 16 June 2016 (Grenoble, France)

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European Conference on Industrial Technologies
22 to 24 June 2016 (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

 

 
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