Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

Bioeconomy conferences

Following the adoption of the European Commission's strategy "Innovating for Sustainable growth: a Bioeconomy for Europe", Directorate-General for Research and Innovation organised a series of major conferences between 2012 and 2013 in Copenhagen, Brussels and Dublin.

The next one will be in Turin, Italy.

From sectors to system, from concept to reality

8-9 October 2014, Turin Italy

The third Bioeconomy Stakeholders Conference “From sectors to system, from concept to reality” will be hosted by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in collaboration with the European Commission, on 8-9 October 2014.

The Conference builds on the conclusions and key recommendations of the last two Bioeconomy Stakeholders Conferences held in Copenhagen (February 2012) and Dublin (March 2013). In particular, the Italian Conference will trigger discussion on how to integrate the concept of the Bioeconomy into European policies, fostering stronger policy coordination at national, regional and local level, in light of the EU 2020 strategy, the Horizon 2020 overarching goal and the Smart Specialization Strategy.

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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. Read more

Read the report of the conference and its annexes , the Commissioner’s speech and the press release.

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New skills for a European Bioeconomy

20-21 November 2012

The two day conference "New Skills for a European Bioeconomy", organised by the European Commission, looked at the "skills gap" and proposed new solutions to develop a bioeconomy workforce, specialised and trained from the school benches to contribute to this rising and promising area that already today has a turnover of nearly €2 trillion and employs more than 22 million people.

The conference took place in Brussels on 20/21 November 2012.

Read the report and learn more about the conference here and here.

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Partnering for the Bioeconomy in European Regions

12 October 2012

The 12 October conference "Partnering for a Bioeconomy in European Regions" gathered more than a hundred participants for a one day debate on the role of the European Regions in the implementation of the bioeconomy.

Public and private financing opportunities for projects and businesses and concrete examples from regional stakeholders and local partnering initiatives showed the investment possibilities that exist already today in the bioeconomy research and innovation area, highlighting its potential to create jobs and growth at local level.

Check the final report , the photos and the programme of the conference.


Bioeconomy in Action

26-28 March 2012

The Bioeconomy in Action conference took place from 26 to 28 March 2012 in Copenhagen, under the aegis of the Danish Presidency of the European Union.

The three day conference provided a platform to discuss the European Commission strategy "Innovating for Sustainable Growth: a Bioeconomy for Europe" adopted just a month before, in February.

Attendees included Ministers and high level officials from governments, research councils, industry, organisations and NGO's.

Together they discussed the general framework conditions required to implement this strategy and how best to create partnerships across Europe.

Visit the Bioeconomy in Action website.

Download the Copenhagen Declaration for a Bioeconomy in Action here .

The declaration is based upon the conclusions, statements and discussions from the conference that was meant to kick-off the bioeconomy in Europe after its adoption by the Commission.

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