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EcoPlastiC General Assembly III

The third EcoPlastiC General Assembly (GA) took place on 17 May 2024 in Belgrade (Serbia). The GA provided an opportunity for all European partners from Ireland (TUS), Belgium (Avecom), Portugal (NOVA), Serbia (IMGGE) and Sweden (KTH)to meet in person, share the latest updates for each Work Package (WP), and discuss the future steps.

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EcoPlastiC presented at the BioICEP Final Event

EU-funded Horizon 2020 BioICEP project (Bio Innovation of a Circular Economy for Plastics) organized a ceremonial event marking the completion of the project.

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Fifth EcoPlastiC Steering Meeting

The fifth online EcoPlastiC Steering Meeting (SM) took place on 12 April 2024 where partners presented the latest results within their respective Work Packages and discussed further actions, especially on potential commercialisation opportunities.

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13th Congress Of Microbiologists Of Serbia - Mikromed Regio 5

The 13th CONGRESS OF MICROBIOLOGISTS OF SERBIA - MIKROMED REGIO 5: “From Biotechnology to Human and Planetary Health” was organised by the Serbian Society for Microbiology in Belgrade (Serbia).

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EcoPlastiC at the EFB “Plastics: Challenges and Biotechnological Solutions”

The European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB) and the Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB) organized an online conference on “Plastics: Challenges and Biotechnological Solutions” to explore the range of new bio-based materials that are becoming available.

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EcoPlastiC at the 3Bs Materials 2024 Conference

Keynote lecture “Microbial polymers: novel biomaterials with improved properties” by Filomena Freitas and Maria A. M. Reis was presented at the 3Bs Materials 2024 Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics International Conference.

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Targeting Bacterial Nanocellulose Properties through Tailored Downstream Techniques

This study focuses on the strain Komagataeibacter medellinensis ID13488, a strain with the ability to produce high yields of Bacterial nanocellulose (BNC) under acidic growth conditions and a promising candidate to use for industrial production of BNC.

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Biotechnological model for ubiquitous mixed petroleum- and bio-based plastics degradation and upcycling into bacterial nanocellulose

In this study, a model system for the sustainable management of mixed (petro-bio)plastic waste is presented, demonstrating a biotechnological route through synergy-promoted enzymatic degradation of PET–representing petrochemical polyester plastic–mixed with thermoplastic starch (TPS)–as a model bioplastic.

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European Researchers’ Night ‘Researchers in Schools’ continues in 2024

As part of the ERN initiative ‘Researchers in schools’ funded by the European Commission, the IMGGE team members visited several schools across Serbia to present the EcoPlastiC project in a talk: “Can microbes mend the landfills’ plastic blend?”

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EcoPlastiC at the TUS Research Week 2024

At the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) in Athlone Campus, Ireland, the TUS Research Week took place from 12-16 February 2024. The conference was conducted in a hybrid format, combining both in-person and virtual attendance modes.

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Fourth EcoPlastiC Steering Meeting

The fourth online EcoPlastiC Steering Meeting (SM) took place on 26 January 2024 where partners presented the latest updates within their respective Work Package and communicated plans for the future.

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EcoPlastiC at the European Researchers Night 2023

The European Researchers' Night is a Europe-wide public event, which displays the diversity of science and its impact on citizens' daily lives in fun and inspiring ways. In 2023, the event took place in 26 countries counting more than 1.5 million visitors and our partners from Portugal (NOVA) and Serbia (IMGGE) took part.

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Boosting bacterial nanocellulose production from chemically recycled post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate

In this study, the possibility to modify the expensive Hestrin–Schramm medium for bacterial nanocellulose (BNC) production was evaluated from laboratory scale to fermentation at pilot scale.

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Exploring Microorganisms from Plastic-Polluted Sites: Unveiling Plastic Degradation and PHA Production Potential

A publication examining the plastic degradation potential of microorganisms isolated from sites with prolonged plastic pollution was published.

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EcoPlastiC at MIKROBIOKOSMOS 2023

A plenery lecture and two poster presentations discussed the EcoPlastiC project at the 10th International Conference “MIKROBIOKOSMOS” – All microbes for a sustainable future.

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EcoPlastiC Year 1 Review Meeting

The EcoPlastiC Year 1 Review Meeting with the Project Officer Ester Iacovelli took place on 23 November 2023 online. All scientific experts and the Project Officer were pleased with the progress of the project, the consortium communication and are looking forward to future results.

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EcoPlastiC presented at the Avecom webinar

Our partners from Avecom organized a free online webinar Unveiling the Role of Biodegradation in a Circular Economy. The EcoPlastiC project was presented by one of our Project Ambassador, Helena Koninckx.

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EcoPlastiC at “Green chemistry for a circular economy and a sustainable future”

EcoPlastiC was presented by Dr Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic in a talk “Bioplastic from plastic waste – using green conversion” at the “Green chemistry for a circular economy and a sustainable future” event organized by the Center for Cleaner Production of Serbia.

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EcoPlastiC and Microplastics – what does the future hold?

The European Commission took a large step towards assuring a greener future and adopted measures that restrict MPs that are intentionally added to products, which was done under the EU chemical legislation REACH. This was an important topic for the media, and our partners from IMGGE in Serbia were invited to give their expert opinions and outlooks on these restrictions.

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EcoPlastiC at CoMBoS2 congress

Two lectures presented the EcoPlastiC project on the 2nd Congress of Molecular Biologist of Serbia (CoMBoS2) that took place in Belgrade (Serbia) on October 6-8, 2023.

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Second Online General Assembly

The second EcoPlastiC General Assembly (GA) took place on 20 September 2023 online. The GA was an opportunity to present the latest updates within each Work Package (WP) and give an overview of the future experimental plans. The Project Officer Ester Lacovelli also attended the meeting and expressed positive feedback on the presented results.

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Third EcoPlastiC Steering Meeting

The third online EcoPlastiC Steering Meeting (SM) took place on 28 July 2023 where partners presented the latest updates within their respective Work Package and communicated plans for the future.

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EcoPlastiC at FEMS2023 congress

EcoPlastiC project members presented at the 10th Congress of European Microbiologists “FEMS2023”.

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Triangular Silver Nanoparticles Synthesis: Investigating Potential Application in Materials and Biosensing

EcoPlastic project has been acknowledged in the published scientific paper Triangular Silver Nanoparticles Synthesis: Investigating Potential Application in Materials and Biosensing

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EcoPlastiC at the ENVIROCHEM2023 symposium

9th Symposium Chemistry and Environmental Protection “ENVIROCHEM2023”, a national conference with international participation, was organized by the Environmental Chemistry Section of the Serbian Chemical Society in Kladovo (Serbia).

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Second EcoPlastiC Steering Meeting

The second online EcoPlastiC Steering Meeting (SM) took place on 26 May 2023 where all partners presented the latest updates within each Work Package and communicated plans for the future.

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IMGGE presents EcoPlastiC at the 65th International Technical Fair in Serbia

More than 13.000 visitors to the 65th International Technical Fair in Belgrade (Serbia) got acquainted with the newest technological achievements including the EcoPlastiC project such as films of bacterial nanocellulose.

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EcoPlastiC presentation at the BioICEP webinar

BioICEP project organized an online webinar Europe Towards a Circular Society: Circular Plastic Challenge and EcoPlastiC project participated with a presentation.

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Together towards plastics circularity: EcoPlastiC & Buddie-Pack

EcoPlastiC is clustered with Buddie-Pack, as both projects contribute towards plastics circularity. While our project is focused on developing new biopolymers from plastic waste that would be infinitely bio-recyclable, Buddie-Pack aims to find profitable and comprehensive solutions for plastic reuse in the food and cosmetic/personal care industries.

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EcoPlastiC at the TUS Research Week 2023

EcoPlastiC project's Ph.D. students excel in TUS Research Week - Diana Garza won best mid-stage research, and Jeovan Araujo won in the art & design poster category.

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Web of Sustainability: Plastics & Websites

With our holistic approach to sustainability, we went further than working on solutions for plastics pollution. Aware of the environmental impact of web technologies, we developed a best-in-class, eco website to promote EcoPlastiC.

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First EcoPlastiC Steering Meeting

The first online EcoPlastiC Steering Meeting (SM) took place on March 31st 2023 where all partners presented the latest updates within each Work Package and communicated plans for the future.

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TV report on the EcoPlastiC project

Our project is already attracting the attention and interest of the media! A TV crew from Radio Television Vojvodina (RTV, Serbia) visited our partners from IMGGE and interviewed our associates to make a television segment on the EcoPlastiC project.

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Highlights of the first EcoPlastiC General Assembly

The first EcoPlastiC General Assembly (GA) took place on 25 January 2023 at AIMPLAS facilities in Valencia (Spain). The GA was an excellent opportunity for all international partners to meet in person and present the latest updates within each Work Package (WP) and do a recap on all priority actions.

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First general assembly at AIMPLAS

We are delighted to confirm details for our EcoPlastiC General Assembly Meeting which is being held on 25th January 2023 at AIMPLAS facilities.

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EcoPlastiC Kick-off Meeting

The kick-off meeting enabled an introduction to all beneficiary partners and established a common understanding of project aims, objectives, and work plans.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe EIC Pathfinder programme under grant agreement No 101046758

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The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe EIC Pathfinder programme under agreement No 101046758

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