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What is the bioeconomy?

The bioeconomy comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea – such as crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms – to produce food, materials and energy. Read more...


Posted on: 18 July 2017

An open competition to get video clips to be showcased during our High Level Event on 16 November 2017 at the Charlemagne Conference Centre.

The YouTube video clips should not be longer than 2 minutes and focus on innovations, new businesses, companies, social projects related to Bioeconomy. The video clips do not necessarily have to be new but should highlight the innovative technologies or services, products developed, research performed, etc.. and highlight specific contributions to other policies (Growth&jobs, regional development, circular economy, climate change, environment) and/or the topics of the sessions.

Update: 31.10.2017
The Open completion is now closed

Posted on: 2 June 2017

High-level policy events during the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Info week

Bioeconomy policy day

During the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Info week taking place in Brussels on 14-17 November 2017 at the Charlemagne Conference Centre, the Commission is organizing, on Thursday 16 November, a Bioeconomy Policy Day to present its review of the European Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, documented as a Staff Working Document, and discuss its findings with stakeholders and policy makers. Furthermore, the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel will present and discuss its Bioeconomy Manifesto, setting out a societal agenda for Bioeconomy development. These discussions will reflect both on the experiences gained over the past four years with Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, and on the possible need for new actions. Separate parallel sessions will follow immediately after the plenary session chaired by 9 relevant Directorate Generals, the co-signatories of the Bioeconomy Strategy.

On the Friday 17 November, there will be two parallel sessions on Digitisation and Blue Growth. The session on Digitalisation will discuss different EU policy initiatives on Digitisation of farming and food sectors and of research and innovation activities contributing to these areas. During the Blue Growth parallel session, discussions will revolve around the wide coverage of Blue Growth's cross-sectorial and interdisciplinary approach to marine, maritime and aquatic research and innovation and its relevance to EU policies and to the blue economy. This session will feature examples of impactful EU projects and their uptake by different stakeholders including policy makers, as well as synergies with other major programmes and initiatives that contribute to the blue economy in Europe and beyond.

On 16 and 17 November there will be a "Bioeconomy village" aimed at showcasing successful projects focused on Bioeconomy.

Posted on: 2 October 2017

This report of the FOOD 2030 Workshop ‘Cities for Food Systems Innovation and Green Jobs’, held on 31 May 2017, emphasises the opportunities and challenges that our cities are facing to make their food systems sustainable and future proof. It presents examples of good practices and recommendations intended to support uptake of a ‘systemic’ approach to food, especially with regards to future research and innovation opportunities. It focuses on the wider FOOD 2030 aim of engaging and mobilising cities to foster improved cooperation and openness amongst multiple food system actors.

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What's New

14 December 2017
  • 22 February 2018 - The final BioSTEP Conference: Effective stakeholder and public engagement in the bioeconomy. The event will be back to back with the 9th Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel meeting. will take place in Brussels.
    More info & registration on conference website
12 December 2017

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