LignoLink project: Fraunhofer IMW, Thünen – Institute of Wood Research and the German Biomass Research Center visited Competence Centre Ltd.

VINKOVCI, 19.06.2019. – In the framework of LingoLink project, Competence centre Ltd. for research and development and Spačva d.d. hosted German delegation with Urban Kaiser from Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW, Romann Glowacki from German Biomass Research Center and Dr. Jan Lüdtke from the Thünen – Institute of Wood Research.

During the first day of the visit, meetings were held in Croatian Chamber of Economy County chamber in Vukovar with the director Ivan Marijanović and in Croatian forests Forest Administration Vinkovci with the manager Damir Dekanić and the project coordinator Danijel Cestarić. In the Carpentry technical high school in Vinkovci, prof. Josip Jovanovac with his associates presented activities of the Pinokio Student Association and co-operation projects with companies from wood sector.

On the second day, a meeting with the Head of Department for Agriculture and Infrastructure of Vukovar-Srijem County, Andrija Matić, Robert Licht of the Croatian Forestry Institute of the Center for Lowland Forests and Krunoslav Buhač from the Association of Private Forest Owners of Vukovar-Srijem County was organised in the small County Council in Vinkovci. Working meeting held in Spačva company was attended by Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Information Technology of the University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer in Osijek, prof. dr. dr. sc. Drago Žagar, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Forestry of the University of Zagreb, prof. dr. sc. Stjepan Pervan, and as hosts, CEO of Spačva d.d. dr. sc. Josip Faletar, Controller Manager Anđelko Dobročinac and Director of the Competence centre d.o.o. for research and development dr. sc. Ivan Ambroš.

German delegation visited companies Bjelin Otok d.o.o., Spačva d.d., Šišarka d.o.o. and Ura kuhinje d.o.o. The topics of the meetings were cooperation between industry and science on concrete projects for development, research and innovation.

The 2-day visit was concluded by visiting the Forestry Museum in Bošnjaci, located in a building built in 1869. The museum was opened in 2007. and represents a closer and further history of forestry of this region, especially the Spačva basin known for its pedunculate oak forests.

LignoLink project – Development of the European research and innovation network in the field of bioeconomy

LignoLink is a project financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and along with the coordinator Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economics from Leipzig, 15 partners from 12 EU countries participate in the project. The Croatian partners on the project are Competence centre Ltd. for research and development and Spačva d.d., along with the Thünen Institute of Wood Research, Germany; Bioeconomics Cluster from Germany; Natural Sciences University of Estonia; Institute for Research and Product Development in the field of forestry and wood industry MEKA from Latvia; Technological Institute Poznan, Poland; Zvolen Technical University, Slovakia; University of Applied Sciences Berne from Switzerland: Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade, Serbia; University of Sopron from Hungary; National Forestry University of Ukraine: Institute of National Resources Luke from Finland; University of Kaunas from Lithuania and European network InnovaWood.

Duration of the project is from September 2018. to August 2020.

Main objective of the LingoLink project is transformation of the European economy based on fossil fuels into bioeconomy and the circular economy.

Emphasis of the LignoLink project is on the launch and development of European development and research projects in the field of bioeconomy, based on wood raw materials.

The LignoLink project links existing clusters and regions with scientific research capacities to apply existing knowledge in the economies of Central and Eastern Europe.