Interreg Danube Programme
EU Project "DanuBioValNet"
The Interreg Danube Translational Programme’s ”DanuBioValNet” project aims to establish new biobased value chains. Under the leadership of BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH, 17 partners from the Danube region met on 1st January 2017 to pave the ground for transnational collaboration in the biobased industry. Regional cluster organisations are expected to drive the change from a fossil fuel-based industry to a biobased industry forward and will be given intensive training to help them initiate transnational networking in this sector.
- Translation in a biological context is the process in which the base sequence of mRNA is translated into the amino acid sequence of a protein. This process takes place in the ribosomes. Based on a single mRNA molecule, many protein molecules can be synthesised.
The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) was adopted by the European Union in 2011, and is aimed at developing the economic potential of the Danube region, improving environmental conditions and enhancing the overall prosperity and quality of life of the region’s population. The bioeconomy’s major focus, i.e. promoting the transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to a biobased economy, addresses important challenges in the Danube region. These include creating a sea change in raw material use, which could potentially reduce our dependence on fossil fuels as well as reducing climate-damaging emissions. In addition, innovations in a biobased economy can support regional development by contributing to the diversification of the local economy and providing new employment opportunities, for example by supplying biogenic raw materials that are then processed into intermediate products or by manufacturing biobased final products.
Clusters are important drivers towards achieving a shift in raw material use
In order to make as many companies as possible aware of the emerging new opportunities within the framework of a bioeconomy, mainly cluster organisations were chosen as central contacts for driving the envisaged development forward. Eleven of the 17 DanuBioValNet consortium partners from ten countries (Germany - represented by the state of Baden-Württemberg, Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro) are cluster organisations, four are ministries and two are academic institutions. The project aims, inter alia, to develop new methods and tools for facilitating transnational networking between companies. Cluster managers will be given intensive training on how to organise industry collaborations and ensure the creation of new value chains. Clusters are sustainable partners in the project as they catalyse the implementation of the findings in industry, science and politics. The long-term goal is to create a biobased industry network in the Danube region.
The practicability of the methods and tools developed will be assessed during the implementation phase using three example value chains that will be established across national borders. If other sectors will, as the project progresses, turn out to be promising areas for the creation of biobased value chains, transnational collaborations will also be established in these industries.
The DanuBioValNet project is funded by the European Union (ERDF, IPA) under the Danube Translational Programme (DTP) and will receive around 2.3 million euros for a period of 30 months.
In just under 20 slides, we offer you the possibility to obtain a first graphical overview of the background, topics and prospects of DanuBioValNet. A brief introduction to the Danube region and the project consortium is followed by challenges of a bio-based industry. Subsequently, key points of DanuBioValNet , as well as an outlook and threats of a misunderstood bio-based economy are presented.
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The DanuBioValNet project team has the pleasure to invite you to the BioBased Cluster Excellence Initiative (BBCEI) based on the work of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative to support cluster managers and to increase the visibility of clusters from the Danube region. That's why we have created the accompanying documentation within in DanuBioValNet project (see the link below).
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Successful kick-off conference
The kick-off conference of the Interreg Danube DanuBioValNet project was well attended. As many as 97 representatives from 67 organisations and 12 countries participated in the meeting. Stakeholders from cluster organisations and companies as well as representatives of higher education institutions and policymakers were given information about all aspects of establishing a biobased industry in the Danube region and what is required to turn plans into reality.
The DanuBioValNet consortium started the project with an initial meeting in Prague on 30th March 2017. In addition to best-practice examples, the meeting also featured a brokerage event for cluster organisations. Companies interested in biobased products as well as other stakeholders such as NGOs and politicians were also welcomed to join the kick-off event.
On 5 December, almost 50 stakeholders from the phytopharmaceutical sector in the Danube region gathered in Stuttgart for Phytopharma Day. The event provided insights into the work of collectors and growers of medicinal plants in Germany, Poland and Romania, and featured presentations by Baden-Württemberg companies. The participants also had the opportunity to discuss the extent to which science and industry could increase their networking activities in this sector in the Danube region.