ROBOCOOP-EU Consortium meeting

Robocoop Bio-circular economy - Agro-inspired rural innovation:

Putting cooperatives at the centre of product development and business models

From 18 to 20 June, CIHEAM Bari (Cosimo Lacirignola Campus) will host the ROBOCOOP-EU project consortium meeting, organised in collaboration with the University of Extremadura (UEX), Spain.

ROBOCOOP-EU, a project co-funded by HORIZON EUROPE and CIRCULAR BIO-BASED EUROPE, aims to propose a breakthrough cultural change in the agri-food sector. The project focuses on the development of regional and circular bio-based business models to exploit waste streams generated by three key agricultural sectors: grape, olive and stone fruit production.

This two-day event will foster collaboration between 18 partners from seven countries: Belgium, Greece, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Spain and the UK. The consortium brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including research institutions (universities and research centers), industry partners (companies in the bio-economy sector), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and innovation and technology hubs.

On the first day, partners will share progress on each work package and updates until month 12 of the project life.

In the afternoon of the second day, an additional meeting will be held in Ruvo di Puglia at the Bio-Distretto delle Lame. This meeting is addressed to Apulian stakeholders and producers of the primary sector, especially those active in grape and olive cooperatives. The Bio-Distretto delle Lame serves as a powerful tool that enables farms and cooperatives to adopt modern practices for managing all resources within their agro-ecosystems, thus promoting sustainability in the region.

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