CHAMPION Project hosts virtual kick-off meeting

On 25-26 June, CHAMPION hosted its virtual kick-off meeting. Thirty-four people from the 14 partner organisations plus the BBI JU project officer attended the meeting, held via Zoom due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic. The project will run for 3.5 years and has a total budget of €5.7 million, of which €4.8 million is funded by the BBI JU, under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.

The meeting celebrated the start of the project, which aims to develop and demonstrate that new bio-based polymers can be produced and successfully used in high-performance applications including coatings, textiles, home care and structural adhesives. Each end-user sector is represented in the project, to provide the best opportunity to achieve industrially-relevant outcomes for the project.

Despite some limitations due to the virtual format, it also provided a number of advantages over a face-to-face meeting, including enabling more people to join the meeting than is normally possible due to cost and a significantly reduced time requirement. This is particularly helpful for attendees with part-time roles or commitments outside work that can make travelling a challenge.

The attendees were excited to start the project and are looking forward to meeting the challenging goals. Updates from the project will be communicated through a number of routes including the project website and social media (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn).

This project has received funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 887398.

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 887398. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium.

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