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CommBeBiz launches photography competition to help EC-funded bioeconomy researchers demonstrate their work


Communicating ‘science’ to a general audience can be challenging. For publicly-funded researchers, who are increasingly expected to demonstrate their work, it can be difficult to know how to convey complex ideas clearly and with impact.
But where technical descriptions and graphics can be hard to decipher, a photograph can be an effective way of capturing ‘the story’ of a project and sharing key messages with a broad audience, at a single glance.

That’s why CommBeBiz, an EC-funded project that enables effective transfer of knowledge between bioeconomy researchers, the marketplace and society, has launched a photography competition – to help scientists across Europe communicate more effectively with their target stakeholders.
If you’re involved with an EC-funded bioeconomy research project and have a keen eye for photography, your images could provide an exciting insight to current bioeconomy research innovation across Europe and win you a great prize.
The judging panel of the Bioeconomy Photo Competition expect to see creative, effective photographs which convey some aspect of research in any sector of the bioeconomy – food, agriculture, forestry, biotechnology and marine. Five finalist images will be displayed on the CommBeBiz web platform and produced as canvas prints at Bioeconomy Impact 2016, a conference hosted by CommBeBiz in February 2016. The winner will be announced at this event and receive a €500 voucher.

Frank O’Mara, Director of Research at Teagasc, a CommBeBiz partner, said, “Teagasc is proud to sponsor this very worthy public engagement initiative. The Bioeconomy Photo Competition encourages researchers to communicate effectively with scientists and non-scientists alike and it’s a very creative way of promoting research within the bioeconomy. When a well-taken photograph catches your eye, you are drawn into finding out its backstory – this is a great way to get the public interested in the multitude of research going out at a European level to develop the bioeconomy.”
The competition is open to all CommBeBiz members. Anyone involved in a European bioeconomy research project can sign up for free membership on the CommBeBiz website and access a host of benefits including instant access to support actions such as networking, training and business coaching, along with fantastic opportunities to connect with the right people to further their research.

Rhonda Smith, Co-ordinator of the CommBeBiz project, added, “We’re thrilled to launch this opportunity for research projects to demonstrate their work in such a creative way. These projects may be dealing with ground-breaking or innovative ideas and we hope to prove that it doesn’t have to be difficult to convey complex research to a variety of audiences. Showcasing research in just a few pictures will raise our members’ profiles and make them instantly more accessible to relevant stakeholders.”
Submissions for the photography competition are now open on the CommBeBiz website and will close on January 14th 2016. For more information go to http://www.commbebiz.eu/photo2016