Author: Daniela Brucoli

LOOPS: the end of season I

Ladies and gentlemen, we finally got to the epilogue of this incredible eye-opening journey through the planets of innovation that are being explored by the H2020-funded projects. To end with a bang, we decided to conclude the session by addressing one of the most pressing issues of our time: the management of water in remote areas of the Mediterranean territories. Because of water scarcity, the Mediterranean Regions face significant challenges…

Circular economy in Europe: alliance building on the radar

One of the main buzzwords that resonates from the talks about circular economy is the term “collaboration” on multiple fronts, among different actors and at various levels of governance. Building bridges is indeed an extremely crucial engine in the creation of a well-oiled circular machine. However, turning this principle into a pragmatic action is not that simple and some territories might be better equipped or with ideal existing conditions that…

Loops#7: Driving change has never been more literal

On the 19th of May, another episode of Loops was brought to life, and another journey into the unknown world of innovation originated from it. This time, the change happens on the comfortable seats of our cars, thanks to the research of two projects through which we will be able to drive the future vehicles of the world. Veltha is delighted to introduce you to CarE-Service and Si-Drive, two H2020…

Loops #6: circular economy and digital technologies land on the soil of agriculture

On the 13th of May, Veltha hosted the 2021 6th episode of Loops, where the agriculture sector took centre stage thanks to the contribution of CYBELE and WATER2RETURN, two innovative projects that are following the ambition of revolutionising one of the strongest systems deeply rooted in tradition: the agricultural sector. Agriculture nowadays face multiple challenges: 9.1 billion people are expected to populate earth in 2050 and with an increasingly small…

Circular economy and Regions: how do they become familiar with each other?

Circular economy is often perceived and described as a complex system, in need of a new set of skills, knowledge and expertise channelled at structurally reorganising the existing mechanism of today’s economy. This is in fact undoubtedly true. Moving to a circular model implies growing responsibilities mainly focused on re-examining the allocation, use and type of resources, seeking and providing new forms of support, devising new policy frameworks, coordinating the…

Circular economy and climate change: what’s the underlying thread?

Recently, we all have witnessed that the concepts of circular economy and climate change have started to make their way in the current talks in combination with each other, in the definition of what would be the preliminary conditions for a successful strategy to move out of the current crisis and avoid the potential threat of its consequences. Those that at first seem to be two separate and stand-alone aspects…

A new LOOPS – a new step closer to our common destination

It’s been more than three months since we streamed live our first episode of Loops and it keeps on going at full force. Yesterday, on the 22nd of April, our fifth episode of Loops took place, and another side of the multifaceted innovation was unveiled. What we brought in the spotlight this time, was the current situation of composite materials and the innovative approaches that are being produced to move…

The textile wears innovation – a trip to the discovery of REACT and NEW COTTON

We’ve all become quite familiar with what LOOPS represents to us. And every episode is an occasion to catch up with the avant-garde research to gain a few insights into what is going on in the world of innovation. Episode #4 of LOOPS features a discussion about one of the largest sectors in the world in which both consumers and producers are equally protagonists – the industry of textiles. Behind…

Time to step up the game: the European Innovation Council comes into play!

“This is the opening verse of the opening chapter of the book of endless possibilities” This is the readjusted quote from Rudyard Kipling that Mark Ferguson, Director-General of Science Foundation Ireland, selected to open the ceremony for the official launch of the European Innovation Council (EIC), a key novelty of Horizon Europe inaugurated on the 18th of March 2021, conceived to be the most ambitious innovation initiative that Europe has…

CLAIM and PlastiCircle: two different tracks, same destination.

Another episode of LOOPS has ended, but what has left behind is an open door to the world of innovation, and the changes it can truly bring to the planet we are living in. The topic of this discussion addresses one of the largest challenges of our current time: the pollution and waste of plastics, a composite material whose use is so deeply ingrained in our habits, that makes it…