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#BIW2023 – More in store!

Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2023, 16th to 22nd October, was a stunning demonstration of the diversity of organizations engaged in bioeconomy development in Ireland, and their activities. At the Circular Bioeconomy Research Group, we enjoyed every minute of this much anticipated Irish bioeconomy showcase, with daily events and two bioeconomy-themed StoryMaps.

That’s not all though!

The touring BioBus is making its way across the country until November 17th (powered by biodiesel made from hydrotreated vegetable oil), providing tangible examples of a bio-based economic transformation in towns all across Ireland. Check out the tour map to find out if the BioBus is coming to a town near you soon – or just keep an eye out for a bright orange real-life Magic Schoolbus! We were delighted to catch the bus at the Munster Technological University Kerry campus in Tralee on October 27th!

Circular Bioeconomy Research Group staff standing outside the BioBus

Speaking of schools – with Irish business Wool in School, the Circular Bioeconomy Cluster South-West and Shannon ABC, we are offering Wool Education Boxes for winning entries in our Secondary School competition

Picture of a wool education box

Entries for these comprehensive Irish wool education toolkits are open until November 3rd. If you and your classmates or students would love to know more about this versatile Irish bio-based material, check out the instructions and entry form! For more wool education resources, check out the Wool Hub and Wool in School!

The final event of the #BIW2023 Fringe will be the CircBioCityWaste workshop on Transforming Urban Wastes into Agricultural Fertilisers and Bioproducts on November 17th, at the University of Limerick campus. This event invites you to join researchers from the CircBioCityWaste project and Irish industry experts to exchange knowledge about waste valorization, including black bin waste, food waste, wastewater treatment, dairy processing sludge, plant biostimulants and fertilizers, and contemporary regulations. If you want to be part of accelerating the circular bioeconomy, and breathing new life into waste, or just want to know more about the possibilities, this event is for you!

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In case you missed them...

What did we get up to during Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2023? Let’s take it day by day…

16th October: Launch event: Communities, Regions & Cities – The ‘Bioeconomy in Action’ in your Region
As part of the Bioeconomy Ireland Week launch event, we hosted an interactive workshop exploring available supports and necessary linkages to support successful bioeconomy implementation at national, regional & local level. The results from this hybrid in-person and online workshop, led by CircBio’s Robert Ludgate and James Gaffey, and IKC3's Zoe Rush, will contribute to the European Union-funded ROBIN project!
#BIW2023 ROBIN storymap
17th October: Opportunities for Irish biomass and biochar to contribute to Ireland’s sustainable bioeconomy
A range of industry and research experts discussed opportunities for biochar in Ireland, based on recent projects and experience, including the Bio-based feedstock Environmental Risk Assessment (Bio-ERA). Featuring: - The Irish Bioenergy Association (Irbea) - CircBio's Carmen Dominguez and Dr. Wriju Kargupta (InformBio project) - Bernard Carey (Biomass to Biochar project) - CircBio’s Dr. Hadil Alaydi (Grow Green Burn Blue project) - Dr. George Bishop (InformBio project)
#BIW2023 Bio-ERA storymap
18th October: Skills required to grow the bioeconomy industry in Ireland
An online forum focused on skills for growing Ireland’s bioeconomy, with Matthew Halpin (Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine), Dr. Helena McMahon (CircBio & IKC3), James Claffey of CAP Network Ireland and Billy Goodburn of the Irish Cooperative Organization Society (ICOS) Skillnet discussing opportunities, skills needs and upskilling initiatives. Fiona Scott-Hayward (CircBio & CE4RT) presented plans for an Irish bio-based education centre, developed in collaboration with the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation through the European Union-funded BIObec project. The centre will be Ireland's flagship destination for bioeconomy skills and training - watch this space!
BIObec project
18th October: Sustainability Series Workshop on Food Waste
The International Energy Agency Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Bioenergy) hosted a hybrid workshop addressing sustainability issues associated with food waste, with speakers from UCD School of Biosystems & Food Engineering, FoodCloud, and CircBio. CircBio’s Dr. Tracey O’Connor presented some of the economic implications of food waste at different value chain stages, and opportunities for food waste reduction across the value chain, including our exciting new Science Foundation Ireland-funded project with Angela Ruttledge FoodCloud and Dr. Tamara Hochstrasser and Dr. Pablo Lucas of University College Dublin, the Food Resource Efficiency Decision Support (FRED) project.
FRED project
19th October: Introduction to the BISC-E: Online Session
Zoe Rush (IKC3 - Ireland’s Knowledge Centre for Climate, Carbon and Community Action) hosted an online introduction to BISC-E: the Bio-based Innovation Student Challenge – Europe. BISC-E invites students from all disciplines to design solutions that contribute to a sustainable and circular economy. These innovative products or services can tackle technological, environmental or societal challenges, as long as they are bio-based (wholly or partly derived from renewable biological sources).
20th October: MIIN in Kerry – Blue Bioeconomy Perspectives
We rounded off Bioeconomy Ireland Week with the regional Marine Ireland Industry Network (MIIN) event in Tralee. This blue bioeconomy event brought together national and regional marine stakeholders and blue bioeconomy experts, including Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Circular Bioeconomy Cluster South West, and a host of marine industry companies with expertise in the blue bioeconomy. The blue bioeconomy holds great potential for local development in Kerry, and it was a delight to be part of this event that saw diverse perspectives coming together with a vision for sustainable marine development.
Marine Ireland Industry Network
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While Bioeconomy Ireland Week is drawing to a close, we are preparing for the Kerry Science Festival, which kicks off on November 13th, with many circular bioeconomy-related events in store, including at MTU Kerry’s North campus in Tralee! 

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