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2 years after the selection of the project in January 2018 and its official launch in September 2018, FLOWER is almost half way of its duration (end: September 2022). This article gather the actions carried out by the 8 partners Université de Bretagne Sud, INRA Nantes, Universities of Portsmouth and Cambridge, Kaïros, EcoTechnilin, Teillage Vandecandelaère and Howa-Tramico in the last few months. Scientific and technical activities Technical activities could start and intensify with the acquisition of the necessary and the recruitment of missing staff. In addition to the administrative and technical staff already working in each partner’s organisation and dedicating a certain amount of time to FLOWER, the partnership is composed 6 full-time people: a project manager, 4 PhD students (2 INRA and 2 UBS) and a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Portsmouth. The main actions either carried out jointly by the partners or individually are the following: Selection…

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1 year after the 1st conference held in Nantes (organised by partner INRA), we are pleased to announce the second FLOWER conference intitled: “Advanced Biobased Materials and Composites for Engineering Applications“. The event is hosted by University of Portsmouth and will take place on Thursday 2nd April 2020. Topics Fabrication, processing parameters  and influences on properties Environmental aspects, long term durability, aging and characterisation of natural composites and biocomposites Plant biobased materials physico-chemisty /functionalities /mechanical properties Structure and properties relationship of natural fibre composites and biocomposites Natural fiber composites applications and end of life (EoL) evaluation Recycling Call for papers and registration 4 sessions of oral presentations are planned, as well as 2 keynotes (M. Sain, University of Toronto (Canada))and 1 invited speaker. Posters will be displayed during breaks. If you’d be interested in submitting an abstract, please email Professor Hom Dhakal, University of Portsmouth with the following information: a…

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We are happy to announce that the first conference organised by the FLOWER project is scheduled next 24,25, 26th April 2019 and will take place in Nantes in Westotel Nantes Atlantique (La Chappelle sur Erdre, 44, FR). This event is organised by the partner INRA, jointly with the GDR SYMBIOSE. All the information for submission and registration can be found in the conference website: https://symbiose-flower.sciencesconf.org/ The registration for these three days is free but mandatory. You can join us by submitting an abstract before 05th March for an oral presentation or a poster or just participate without communication. The organisation of these common days has a twofold aim: On the first hand, the idea is to bring together scientific communities having mutual concerns about cell walls knowledge, relation between structureand performances of these walls and research of application solutions. On the other hand, the respective contribution of these two groups…

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After the kick-off last September, we are happy to communicate the date of the new event of FLOWER project The first conference will be organised by INRA – Nantes and held April, 25th 2019 in Nantes (Westotel). FLOWER got associated with GDR SYMBIOSE (INRA) to organise a Common Day More information with practical details and call for abstracts will be communicated in January. Save the date in pdf version here

The highlights of November were several working meetings between FLOWER partners: meetings and conference calls were scheduled between academics and industrial partners to launch the technical and scientific activities. The first steps were dedicated to the specifications of the new reinforcements and the quality and choice of varieties of the flax fibres necessary for the semi-products. After INRA’s PhD students in October, the partner University of South Brittany welcomed at the beginning o the month the 2 new PhD students who will be working on the scientific subjects and issues of FLOWER. A warm welcome to Maxime Gautreau (INRA), Emmanuelle Richely (INRA), Delphin Pantaloni (UBS) et Alessia Melelli (UBS) in FLOWER team ! The University of Portsmouth is currently recruiting as well, expected for beginning of 2019 : Click here to find the job description and apply for the job !   The other key event of the month was…

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FLOWER Partners had the opportunity to meet several times during October: October, 3rd : Partner University of South Brittany went to INRA, Nantes for two meetings. The morning was dedicated to the organisation of the next conference scheduled for april 2019 in Nantes. The afternoon, they discuss about the first actions to implement for the thesis of Maxime Gautreau, co-supervised by Johnny Beaugrand and Fabienne Guillon from INRA and Alain Bourmaud from UBS.  (→ More information abouth the thesis).   October, 16th: Partners UBS, INRA, Depestele and Kaïros met in Concarneau (Kaïros) to define the specifications of the reinforcement developed by Depestele that will be integrated in the foiler sailboat. It was also the opportunity for Emmanuelle Richely, Maxime Gautreau (new PhD students in INRA) and Davy Duriatti (Depestele) to visit Kairos premises.   Two days later, on October 18th, all the FLOWER partners gathered together in Paris to attend the…

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Kick-off FLOWER – Lorient – 20/21 September 2018   After being completely approved by the cross-border cooperation Programme  Interreg France (Channel) England, the official launch event of FLOWER[1] project took place on Thursday,  September 20th in the University of South Brittany, Lorient. This day was the occasion to gather more than 60 participants, directly or indirectly concerned by the project developments.  In the morning, the 8 FLOWER’s partners[2] their respective companies or laboratories and their objectives in the project. In the afternoon, different guest speakers addressed several issues related to the project, from technical and scientific aspects on the interest of flax fibres in composites materials to the presentation of collaborative projects on biocomposites.You can find below the programme of this day.     The following day, FLOWER’s partners met in the Research Centre for an internal working session: administrative issues, PhD students presentations, discussions and implementation of the work…

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