Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Bioeconomy Policy Day

Looking ahead to a new Bioeconomy strategy.
European Commission

The event is an appropriate moment not only to announce the outcomes of the review on the Bioeconomy strategy presented in a Staff Working Document, but also and discuss how to move the Bioeconomy forward.


  • Present and receive feedback on the findings of the review of the Bioeconomy strategy
  • Raise awareness about the importance of an inclusive, widely shared agenda for Bioeconomy  that is responsive to societal needs and aspirations
  • Present points of interest and highlight synergies with the different Directorates Generals that have a bearing on Bioeconomy.

Target audience

  • Stakeholders, including the members of the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel
  • Policy makers, including national and regional level
  • EC staff
  • SC2 project participants
  • Media


The programme will include:

• a plenary session highlighting the outcome of the Staff Wording Document on the revue of the Bioeconomy strategy;

• video clips focus on innovations, new businesses, companies, social projects related to Bioeconomy;

• a presentation of the Bioeconomy Manifesto, setting out a societal agenda for Bioeconomy development;

• 9 parallel sessions managed by 9 General Directorates, the co-signatories of the Bioeconomy Strategy.

A "Bioeconomy village" with 20 booths will be showcased during the days 16 and 17 November.

Download the agenda: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/image/document/2017-45/bioeconomy_policy_day_EB0CDD88-F4C9-22F4-577B522C474C6796_48202.pdf

More information about the speakers:  http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/image/document/2017-46/bios_speakers_be_policy_day_sessios_20108257-D47C-BFCB-0F59BC6927CBBF0E_48272.pdf

Photo gallery: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ImGGve11Nhs6PYX43

The event has been webstreamed:

High-level Introduction (De Gasperi room) https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/info-day-horizon-2020-societal-challenge-2-calls-for-proposals-2018-11-16-gasp/2958

Session on Innovation in the bioeconomy:  new opportunities for rural areas (DG AGRI- De Gasperi room)https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/info-day-horizon-2020-societal-challenge-2-calls-for-proposals-2018-11-16-gasp/2959

Session on Ecosystems as the productive basis of the bioeconomy – health, resilience and productivity (DG ENV- De Gasperi) https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/info-day-horizon-2020-societal-challenge-2-calls-for-proposals-2018-11-16-gasp/2960

Session on Indicators for the bioeconomy: what do we need, what do we have, what are the gaps? (JRC- De Gasperi) https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/info-day-horizon-2020-societal-challenge-2-calls-for-proposals-2018-11-16-gasp/2961

Climate benefits of the bioeconomy (DG CLIMA- Mansholt room) https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/info-day-horizon-2020-societal-challenge-2-calls-for-proposals-2018-11-16-mans/2962

Bioeconomy and Smart specialisation in regions (DG REGIO- Mansholt room) https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/info-day-horizon-2020-societal-challenge-2-calls-for-proposals-2018-11-16-mans/2963

Practice of food waste prevention as implementation of policy of circular economy (DG SANTE- Mansholt room) https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/info-day-horizon-2020-societal-challenge-2-calls-for-proposals-2018-11-16-mans/2964

The role of bioeconomy in advancing circular economy (DG GROW- Jenkins room) https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/info-day-horizon-2020-societal-challenge-2-calls-for-proposals-2018-11-16-jenk/2965

The integrated roles of biorefineries and bioenergy in the bioeconomy (DG ENER- Jenkins room) https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/info-day-horizon-2020-societal-challenge-2-calls-for-proposals-2018-11-16-jenk/2966

A dive into the blue bioeconomy (DG MARE- Jenkins room) https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/info-day-horizon-2020-societal-challenge-2-calls-for-proposals-2018-11-16-jenk/2967

Practical information

This event forms part of the Horizon 2020 Societal challenge 2 InfoWeek which will take place from 14 to 17 November.

As for other events, participation is free of charge but participants are asked to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Registration for all events in the Infoweek is now open here. It will close on 20 October at the latest. We may close registration earlier if the maximum number of participants is reached.