The BIOVOICES consortium organized with great success the Focus Group Workshop on November 13th and 14th, 2018, in Rome, Italy. The workshop brought together 59 multidisciplinary experts in the knowledge fields of bioeconomy representing consumers/ general public, business community, research community and policy and public administration.

The first day of the Focus Group workshop was devoted to validating, enriching or revising the challenges identified by BIOVOICES to date and exchanging ideas on how to better address them during Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) events, namely: Which are the key discussion topics that better address each challenge and in which application sector(s) is each challenge more evident. The second day was devoted to discussing the organization of BIOVOICES MML events and particularly at which level (local/regional, national or European) each challenge should be (better) addressed during a mutual learning event and who should be involved.

During the workshop, many valuable ideas and arguments were shared and the BIOVOICES team got very good messages to adjust activities and all participants had a very good chance for networking and sharing information.

The European Bioeconomy Network supported the BIOVOICES Focus Group, integrating the valuable knowledge of projects AlpBioEco, AgriMax, Biobridges, BioCannDo, BioHorizon, BIOPEN, BIOREGIO, BioSTEP, BIOVOICES, BIOWAYS, BLOOM, CommBeBiz, InnProBio, ISABEL, RoadToBio, STAR-ProBio, Transition to Green Economy in the discussion.

PEDAL Consulting is a partner in the Biovoices Project