Periodic Reporting for period 2 - Phoenix (People for tHe eurOpean bioENergy mIX)
Reporting period: 2017-12-01 to 2019-11-30
1. To address identified knowledge gaps (WP 1-3) through international and inter-sector research collaboration and by clearly identifying the technology and knowledge chain for the development and leverage of European expertise.
2. To bridge the gap between industrial innovation and education (WP 4-5) in order to enable the conversion of creative ideas into innovative products, services or processes in the area of bioenergy.
3. To create a network of integrated research and industrial infrastructures (WP 6) and develop programmes for collaborative post-graduate research, building on the curricula developed in the EU-funded BioEnergyTrain project3.
These three main objectives can be broken down into specific research and innovation challenges that were addressed by the Phoenix project:
A. Addressing identified knowledge gaps in the use of non-conventional bio-resources;
B. Bridging the gap between industrial innovation and education;
C. Creating a network of integrated research and industrial infrastructures and developing programmes for collaborative research training.
The field of utilising non-conventional bio-resources is very much at the starting point, and so it necessarily requires a very strong innovation development. At this critical point in the evolution of the field the Phoenix project creates a viable interdisciplinary and trans-sectorial, developing “innovation community” that shares a common agenda as well as a synergetic use of infrastructure and knowledge. The advantages of remaining within such a network – or indeed of joining it – will increase as the progressively important use of renewable resources becomes evermore central and the idea of an overall European bio-economy really starts to evolve.
- total number of secondees is 51,
Secondees for the period until 2019 represent a diverse group:
- 25 Experienced Researchers,
- 24 Early Stage Researchers and
- 2 Managerial
Representative from 6 European Academic Partners, 2 Third Country Partners and 3 European Business Partners.
- 53%, the majority is in the 25 – 35 age bracket, with 27% aged between 35 – 50 and 12% in the 50 – 65 year range.