BIOWAYS project launched BIOWATCH, an online, interactive platform that provides projects in the bioeconomy sector with a free service to position themselves alongside one another and communicate their results directly to industry, political stakeholders, the media and the general public in an engaging and accessible format.

The overall aim of BIOWATCH is to raise awareness of bio-based projects and bio-products, and also promote further collaboration between research bodies, organisations and universities.

In this online research library, projects are presented in the form of multi-media digital brochures, named SEEDs. Please click here to see STAR-ProBio SEED.

First STAR-ProBio Focus Group Webinar

STAR-ProBio’s first Focus Group Webinar on Sustainability Assessment Factors for Bio-Based Products took place on January 29, 2018.

The discussion was moderated by Luana Ladu (TU Berlin) and comprised experts with a EU perspective and representatives from various stakeholder groups from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands.

Five questions built the foundation for the discussions:

  • Which sustainability parameters/criteria should be considered by a sustainability assessment scheme for bio-based products?
  • Which factors should be mandatory in such a scheme and which ones should be voluntary?
  • Are particular parameters/criteria needed to assess specific bio-based products/product groups?
  • How should the compliance of these parameters be communicated to consumers?
  • Which particular needs regarding sustainability assessment parameters/criteria does your specific stakeholder group have?

The key conclusions of the event were summarized as follows:

1 Fossil-based products should be subject to the same sustainability criteria as bio-based products.

2 The only main difference for bio-based products is that the raw material is biomass. Therefore additional criteria regarding the production of biomass could/should be added.

3 Sustainability criteria for biomass for bio-based products should/could be similar to those applying to biomass for energy applications where binding criteria exist.

4 Regarding whether there should be a minimum percentage of bio-based content, different influencing factors have to be considered; in particular technology issues and consumers’ expectations.

5 Environmental criteria are more obvious than social and economic criteria.

6 The origin of biomass is also of importance (as shown by the bioenergy discussion).

7 Criteria that were explicitly referred to included: GHG emissions, bio-based content, and health-related aspects.

The results will enrich the current sources for the preparation of a Delphi survey and also support various other current project activities.

More Focus Group activities on specific stakeholder- and product-related topics will take place within the duration of the project.

STAR-ProBio @BBI JU Stakeholder Forum 2017, Bruxelles

Piergiuseppe Morone (Unitelma Sapienza), Francesca Govoni (Unitelma Sapienza) and Sergio Ugarte (SQ Consult) will attend the BBI JU Stakeholder Forum 2017 (6-7 December 2017 – Bruxelles) and present STAR-ProBio project.

The event will include plenary keynote speeches and high-level discussions with expert panels and facilitate discussions on the strategic direction for the BBI JU programme through constructive and open dialogue with stakeholders by encouraging cross-collaboration between them.

More information, details of speakers and the agenda are all available on the registration website

1st Meeting of the General Assembly, Rome – 19-20/10/2017

The 1st Meeting of the General Assembly took place last week at Unitelma Sapienza University of Rome (Viale Regina Elena, 295 – 00161 Rome). The first day of the meeting was reserved exclusively for partners (WPs Parallel Meetings were scheduled on this day) while the second day saw the participation of the Project Officer and External Advisory Board members.


It was a very productive meeting and we are looking forward to future developments of the project!