BIOWAYS, the project that aimed to increase awareness of bio-based products and applications supporting the growth of the European bioeconomy has come to the end of its two-year research. BioWatch, one of the projects online tools has remained a valuable output and continues to help strengthen the bioeconomy outside of BIOWAYS.
The EU-funded H2020 project, BIOWAYS, was launched in October 2016 and recently closed at the end of September after its planned two years. However, one valuable and key output of the project is the continuation of the free online platform, BioWatch.
BioWatch was a significant product of BIOWAYS and so it is with great interest that the platform continues to provide projects, policy makers and expert groups in the bioeconomy sector with up-to-date current news.
The platform is active and is now managed by the science communications agency, Insight Publishers. BioWatch’s online presence is a place for projects in the bioeconomy to position themselves alongside one another and communicate their results directly to industry, political stakeholders, the media and the general public in an engaging and accessible format.
Projects that are interested in joining BioWatch can easily register. Once involved the projects’ information is presented on the website in the form of a multi-media digital brochure, or SEED. This SEED becomes part of the BioWatch thematically-categorised e-library – which is expanding and growing esteem, daily.
Unlike project websites, the information displayed on BioWatch is more engaging and encourages a stronger level of engagement and collaboration between research topics, organisations and universities that is otherwise not established on a normal project website.
The project’s SEEDS can be viewed, and the projects communicated with directly by interested stakeholders and general members of the public. There is also the option to follow interested SEEDS and receive push notification updates.
BioWatch is just one of the numerous tools the project BIOWAYS produced in its two years, to raise people’s awareness of bio-based products and their benefits to society. Other materials the project successfully used and employed included the development of promotional and educational materials and design, and the implementation of public engagement activities based on this material.
The project is delighted that BioWatch can successfully continue with its concerted efforts to achieve the goal of raising awareness of the bioeconomy and of the project’s bio-based research findings.
To find out more about what the BioWatch platform can do for you, visit the website.