Bioeconomy Days, Dublin 14-15 February 2013
“The bioeconomy's employment potential can certainly kick-start economies and reinvigorate communities in some of our most peripheral and deprived areas," was the main message given by Research and Innovation Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn at the opening of the conference ‘Bioeconomy in the EU: achievements and directions for the future’ held in Dublin on 14-15 February 2013.
As well as serving as the launch platform for the new EU Bioeconomy Observatory that will monitor progress and impacts across the Union, the conference brought together stakeholders from across Europe – including policymakers, academics, NGOs and industry. Session topics included: ‘The bioeconomy value chain’, ‘Driving growth in the bioeconomy’ and ‘Is the bioeconomy delivering?’
The framework for these discussions was set by the Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, who opened the conference saying, “The grand societal challenges of the 21st century place enormous pressures on all of us to change the way we do things at a Member State, European, and indeed Global level. Our objective is clear … we need a more innovative and low emissions economy, reconciling demands for sustainable agriculture and fisheries, food security and the sustainable use of renewable resources for industrial processes, while protecting the environment.”
The Dublin conference is the second in a series of annual bioeconomy stakeholder events intended to engage with civil society and promote informed public debates that keep the developing EU bioeconomy high on the agenda. The next stakeholder conference will be held in Rome in 2014.