Last modified: 01. July 2024


  • Title of the Project: Recyclable elastomeric plastics safely and sustainably designed and produced via enzymatic recycling of post-consumer waste streams (Grant Number 101057971)
  • Start date: 01/09/2022
  • End date: 30/06/2026
  • Proposal ID of the Hop-on REPurpose project: 101118532
  • Expected start date of the Hop-on REPurpose project: 01/09/2023
  • Coordinating Organisation:BIO BASE EUROPE PILOT PLANT VZW, Belgium
  • MATE’s budget: 318.625 EUR

MATE's Institute for Aquaculture and Environmental Safety joined a Horizon Europe project
The MATE-AKI Institute has been awarded a Hop-On grant under the horizontal action of the Horizon Europe framework project. In the course of the proposal, the so-called "widening countries" could join to granted Horizon Europe projects. Although the submitted application was selected for funding, MATE, as a university led by a public interest trust, is not eligible for support from European direct and indirect funding programmes under the European Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/2506 (15 December 2022) and, therefore, could not conclude a grant contract.
Therefore, after negotiations with the project coordinator (Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant VZW, Belgium), MATE applied for a national fund at NRDIO and was successful in obtaining a grant to implement the RDI activity. Subsequently, MATE joined the consortium as a so-called "associate member" in the framework of a contract amendment with the original scope of the tasks undertaken in the application. The costs of the tasks are covered by the Government's own resources in the form of a non-reimbursable grant of HUF 130 253 900.
As a result, the Institute of Aquaculture and Environmental Safety of MATE has joined the REPurpose (Grant Agreement No 101057971) ( project, where Hungarian experts will carry out a complex ecotoxicological assessment of new raw materials produced during the processing of plastic industry waste. With annual plastics production approaching 380 million tonnes and expected to double by 2035 and quadruple by 2050, finding new ways to increase recycling is essential. With a total budget of more than €6.5M, the project builds on the concept of "Safe and Sustainable Design", using new solutions for recycling. The project has a duration of 4 years, and MATE joined in autumn 2023.

Stay tuned for more news on REPurpose's upcoming results!

See the news on the project website: REPURPOSE | Home (

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Second biannual Consortium Meeting in Wien
The second biannual consortium meeting took place last week in Vienna (11-12/10/2023).
We were hosted by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), a partner of the REPurpose project. We visited all the BOKU facilities, and they were very well received!
During this face-to-face assembly, it was possible to discuss the project's success in its first year, analyse all the WPs and have breakout sessions to plan the project's next steps.
As a new partner, two researchers from the Institute of Aquaculture and Environmental Safety of MATE, Dr Edit Kaszab and Dr István Szabó, participated for the first time in the project meeting. They introduced our university and the research team that undertook the tasks. The meeting was intense and very positive.
Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed during this time. There are still many amazing achievements to come!
Thanks to the organisers for their hospitality!


Third consortium and 1st review meeting in Milan
10-11 April, 2024

REPurpose's 3rd consortium and 1st Project Review Meeting took place in Milan on 10-11 April, chaired by the meeting's organiser, Italbiotec. The first day of the meeting was dedicated to discussing all the activities achieved since the last consortium meeting. The partners shared results and discussed strategies, and the session sessions were used to plan the next phases of the project.
On the second day of the meeting, the 1st Review Meeting took place, where the consortium presented its achievements so far to the reviewers and the committee. On this occasion, Dr István Szabó and Dr Zsolt Csenki-Bakos represented our institute at the consortium meeting.


Primary school programmes under the RePurpose Horizon Europe project »