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Projects with EPSO

BECOTEPS - Project

The Bio-Economy Technology Platforms join forces to address synergies and gaps between their Strategic Research Agendas

Starting date: 1 March 2009
Duration: 24 months
EU funding:   699.989 EUR

Main result: The European Bioeconomy in 2030 - Delivering sustainable growth by addressing the Grand Societal Challenges, March 2011 (the White Paper from the BECOTEPS project)

Nine European Technology Platforms (ETPs) active in the Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) sector are joining forces in this support action funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the creation of a strong KBBE in Europe. For information on the project and contact details of the Coordinator and the participating ETPs and partners.

Table of content:

 BECOTEPS White Paper - a major result of the project
It will be drafted based on the recommendations from the workshops for coherent European policies in the KBBE area. It will be used in discussions with policy makers, funding organisations and decision makers at national, multinational and EU level, and at the KBBE Conference held by the Commission in 2010. It will be fine-tuned according to the feedbacks. The final BECOTEPS White Paper will be disseminated to the ETPs, national TPs, national research funding organisations (ERA-NET, KBBE-Net), European Commission, European Parliament and the press.

The BECOTEPS White Paper, endorsed by the nine KBBE ETPs, is a strategic document and will contribute to the creation of a strong KBBE in Europe.

The Coordinator
EPSO is the coordinator of the project. Contact person for scientific issues is Silvia Travella. Contact person for financial and legal issues is Karim Trabelsi.

The Partners and ETPs involved in the BECOTEPS project


ETP represented by the partner, and contact person:

Associated ETPs:


Work Packages and Workshops: for more information, click here.


Star-COLIBRI - Project


The Star-COLIBRI project is led by 5 European Technology Platforms and 5 major European Research organisations. The Star-COLIBRI project (Strategic Research Targets for 2020 – Collaboration Initiative on Biorefineries) is a Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for 2 years starting on November 1st 2009. The project involves 5 European Technology Platforms and 5 major European Research organisations.

Star-COLIBRI aims at overcoming fragmentation and promoting cross-fertilization in the area of biorefineries research. The project will support innovations by speeding up and facilitating industrial exploitation of research results in the biorefinery field, as well as promote coordination in the field of future R&D funding and facilitate the creation of Public-Private Partnerships. 


Plants for the Future ETP

‘Plants for the Future’ (Plant ETP) is a stakeholder forum for the plant sector with members from industry, academia and the farming community. It published the Vision for the plant sector in 2004 and a final Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) in 2007.

The vision of the Plant ETP is to develop the plant sector in Europe to meet the increased demand for healthier, higher quality and more diverse food and feed, and to address sustainability with the development of novel biomaterials (including pharmaceuticals and chemicals), bioenergy and renewable resources.

Plant ETP is now developing the implementation plan of the SRA. To foster implementation of the SRA, the Plant ETP will promote and advocate strategic and internationally competitive research. Education, communication and innovation embracement (including general policy statements) will be complementary tasks.

European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) is an independent academic organisation that represents more than 204 research institutes, departments and universities from 29 countries in Europe and beyond. EPSO's mission is to improve the impact and visibility of plant science in Europe.

Roles in the project 

Plant ETP/EPSO will mainly contribute to the information handling and collection of biomass availability in Europe and in other parts of the world, to the collection of information on biorefinery research funding and projects. They will also participate to the identification of potential Star-projects via its National Support Groups and to the development of a common European 2030 Vision and of a Strategic Research Roadmap for Biorefineries 2020. They will be supporting the Star-Cluster coordination and ensure the dissemination of the project results.


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EPSO is an independent academic organisation currently representing 61 institutional members bringing together more than 204 research institutes, departments and universities from 29 countries in Europe and beyond.