Celebrating Science at Queen's
Celebrating Science at Queen's

Public Engagement

Since 2013 ReNEW partners have been spreading the message of ReNEW to many different stakeholders across North West Europe - from primary school pupils to policy makers.

From visiting schools and inviting young people to view our facilities, we’ve also attended some of largest events focused on resource recovery and the circular economy (link out).

Among them Resource in London (March 2015), the leading event for businesses approaching resource efficiency and circular economy, and the Green Week Conference, held in Belgium in June 2014. This was open to the public and focused on saving resources and job creation.

One of the highlights of the ReNEW project was the highly successful networking event in Brussels in May 2015, which saw over 70 participants from research, industry and government attend a one-day workshop.  Read more about the event

In Germany our partners from Cologne University of Applied Sciences, AREBS, WRAP and VITO attended the European Resources Forum (ERF) in Berlin in November 2014, hosted by the Federal Environment Agency. Around 370 decision-makers and experts from policy development, industry, academia, civil society and the media from over 40 countries took part.

As part of the European Week for Waste Reduction 2014, Ireland's national Technology Centre for Biorefining & Bioenergy (TCBB) held the anchor leg of the ReNEW Network National Roadshow Ireland in Co Kildare. A range of possibilities were highlighted for extracting more value from by-products and wastes. Roadshow attendees were surpirsed to learn about the gaining more value from bark for food additivies and the biomass fuel potential from composted horse manure.

Additional venues for the Irish national roadshow were in Limerick, Sligo and Dublin.

More than 250 students got the chance to visit VITO's lab in Mol, Belgium as part of the Flemish government initiative, Spotlight on Science programme. Aimed at 17 year-olds, the event gives them the chance to take part in practical taster sessions, to encourage them to pursue a career in science.

Meanwhile, a networking event examining the technical, economic and environmental aspects of Innovative Solid Waste Valorization was held at the University of Liege in November 2014, organised by AREBS, Val+ and Ulg as part of the framework of action 15.

Secondary school students who took part in VITO's
Secondary school students who took part in VITO's "Spotlight on Science" programme

Other events included: 

  • Celebrating Science at Queen's University exhibition

  • Balmoral Show, Northern Ireland

  • Metamorphoses, Belgium

  • School visits by St Colmcille's Primary, Ballymena, Northern ireland