The need for partnerships and collaboration, whether on an EU or national level, in the form of public-private partnerships or as industrial joint ventures, was a topic that came up repeatedly at the European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin. Collaboration is seen as being absolutely key to successful and sustainable innovation across the value chain.
In his keynote speech "The EU Bioeconomy Strategy & Bioplastics", Alfredo Aguilar Romanillos who works at the European Commission noted, among other things, that "Europe was good at translating Euros into scientific papers," but relatively poor at the commercialization aspect of new developments. This needs to change if Europe is to remain competitive in the field of bioplastics. Under the Horizon 2020 EU funding program for research and innovation, public-private partnerships in the biobased industries will become possible, he said, although "extremely tough selection criteria will apply."...