Eight work packages have been designed in order the FIBRA project to achieve its main target which is “to link the research activities carried out on both EU and China and to provide a long term vision on future common research activities on fibre crops and will improve researchers’ training opportunities”.
In WP1 entitled “Fibre crops optimisation for multiple uses” a resource efficient system via optimisation of raw material from fibre crops for multiple uses (crops breeding, crops agronomy, logistics, and integrated assessment) will be developed through three tasks. The first task will concentrate on the genetics and genomics, the second task on the ecological adaptation and the agricultural practices and the third on harvesting, processing and logistics of the fibre crops in both EU and China. In all tasks the collected information will be based on EU research programmes (EU Framework Programmes and EU Member States’ national programmes) and research projects that have been coordinated by China national institutes.
In WP2 entitled “Biorefinery production chain of fibre crops” effective production chains for fibre crops according to the biorefinery concept the work will be developed through three tasks. Task 2.1 dealing with the products that can be derived from the fibre crops (fiber-based, green chemicals, compounds, composite and energy products), Task 2.2 dealing with to the products to existing or emerging markets and Task 2.3 in which the socio-economic and environmental issues in relation to the production of fibre crops will be presented mainly on the literature review and on collected information from research projects that have been carried out in EU and China.
In WP2, WP3, WP4, WP6 and WP7 FIBRA will facilitate future collaborations between European and Chinese industries in the field of fibre crops and bio-based products. In WP2 (task 2.1 and 2.2) the markets and the products of the fibers crops in both sides will be recorded (two companies from FIBRA consortium and one from Chinese Advisory Board will strongly contribute on that). In WP3 (Broad networking) it will be achieved through the thematic workshops (Task 3.1), in WP4 (Large set twinning events) through the large set twinning events, in WP6 (Long term vision) through the long term vision and targeted dissemination actions to industry (WP7). Apart from the FIBRA network, the Chinese Mirror Group supported by CAAS will strongly facilitate the future collaborations between EU and Chinese industries.
In WP3, WP4 and WP5 the wide range networking will be accomplished. In WP3 the broad FIBRA networking will be achieved through three key thematic workshops (Task 3.1), videos that will be produced and will highlight the basic topics and findings as well as posters and leaflets distribution (Task 3.2). The themes of the workshops will be: genetics and genomics of fibre crops, agronomy and logistics and fibre crops in a biorefinery concept. The presentations that will be made as well as the discussion that will take place in round tables thereafter will be consolidated in fact sheets that will complementary act to the designed work in WP1 and WP2. In WP4 the wide-range networking will be ensured through the organisation of two large set of twinning events(one in Europe and one in China) in which current projects coordinators will be invited to make presentations and to deliver a Feedback report after each twinning event (Task 4.1). Additionally, in task 4.2 exchange of information (data, material, methods, protocols, etc.) will be organized after each twinning event (Task 4.2). In WP5 the wide-range networking will be carried through the organization of two summer schools; one in Europe and one in China (Task 5.1).
In WP5 the training opportunities of the European and Chinese scientists on fibre crops will be improved. This will be done through the two summer schools (Task 5.1) as well as through the training courses and exchanges of researchers that will be organized in Task 5.2. Two summer schools and three training courses will be organized, while a number of exchanges of researchers will be supported.
In WP6 a long term vision on future common research activities that will contribute to the international policies of the EU. The high level information that will be collected and evaluated by: a) the FIBRA consortium and the Advisory board both having outstanding expertise on fibre crops and b) the wide coordination activities through the workshops, twinning set events, exchange and training opportunities of researchers and FIBRA conference will build the long term vision of fibre crops on future research activities in EU and China that will include wider industrial participation and improved training opportunities of researchers. All gathered information from FIBRA’s WPs will be further analysed and articulated in a comprehensive critical review aimed at: i) pinpointing major bottlenecks and possible solutions for fibre crops development (Task 6.1), and ii) drawing scenarios for long-term joint research actions and programmes on fibre crops between EU and China (Task 6.2). A science- and policy-based consultation with the honourable members of the Advisory Board and the Chinese Mirror Group will give more confidence in scenarios for the future being on the right track.
In WP7 the FIBRA results will be dissemination in WP7. In task 7.1 a whole dissemination plan will be created (it will include articles in journals, conferences, link with relevant projects and organisations, etc.) that will presented in the kick-off meeting and will be updated on yearly basis. A FIBRA conference with title “Boosting market share of fibre crops between EU and China: a roadmap for enhancing trade relations” will take place at the end of the project (Task 7.2).