LIFE FARBioTY funded

On 18 March 2016, Euroquality and the FARBioTY team received a positive answer from the European Commission for the funding of the LIFE project which had been submitted in October 2015.

The LIFE FARBioty project, coordinated by the French SME Teillage Vandecandelaere, has the ambition to reduce the environmental footprint of the transport industry by enlarging the use of biocomposite materials in the transportation sector through the development of a fireproof flax fibre-based-biocomposite and demonstration of its efficiency and safety.

Following the revision phase, the project team just received the Official Grant Agreement which will be completed by the end of the summer for a project starting in September 2016, the 1st.

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Invitation to the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry for presenting and discussing the first IMPRESA results

On 22 March 2016, the Euroquality team members Myriam Doghmi and Cécile Fligny, leading the work package on ‘Agricultural research activity data’ (WP2) were invited with the IMPRESA project coordinator, Professor Peter Midmore, by the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry (MAAF) in Paris to present the first IMPRESA results.

The audience at the AgroParisTech facilities was composed of ministry and research representatives, including Michel Beckert and Frédéric Lareyrie (Ministry of Higher Education and Research, MENESR), MAAF members Corinne Bitaud, Nathalie Commeau, Valérie Dehaudt, Emmanuèle Leblanc-Sylvestre, Madeleine Lesage, and Elisabeth Lescoat, as well as Egizio Valceschini (INRA).

The session started with a presentation provided by the Euroquality team covering the results on research activity data (WP2), and by Professor Midmore on the case studies on science-based innovation (WP3) and quantitative research impact assessment (WP4). This was followed by an in-depth discussion on the results obtained so far, notably concerning the French case, but also on the methodology used for efficiently measuring the actual impacts of research.

The IMPRESA team wishes to thank again the attending audience for its kindness and interest in the IMPRESA project.

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Invitation to present the IMPRESA results to the SCAR Group meeting in Brussels

On 24 May 2016, Myriam Doghmi (Euroquality), leading the IMPRESA project WP2 accompanied Professor Peter Midmore (Aberystwyth University), coordinator of the IMPRESA project and leader of WP4, and Prof. Davide Viaggi, leading the IMPRESA WP3, to Brussels to attend the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) group meeting.

This meeting was dedicated to revise the SCAR strategy, and follow up progress made in Bioeconomy.  Prof. Peter Midmore had some time to present the first IMPRESA results to the group of European experts. These results were then discussed during a dedicated session.

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It’s not that we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas.

(Edwin Herbert Land)

While the world evolves and societies change with the logic of globalisation, countries have to deal with consequences of the 2008 financial crisis. In this context, “innovation” is used as a key word expressing a solution for competitiveness, economic growth and recovery.