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Leading the way to a new European bioeconomy strategy

10 May 2017, Berlin, Germany

Join us at this ThinkForest seminar to discuss the bioeconomy, in the light of the review and updating of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy.

  • How can bioeconomy contribute to sustainable and circular economic development?
  • What makes a successful bioeconomy strategy?
  • How can we move from strategy to action?

Our keynote speaker is Christian Schmidt, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, Germany.

Our panel includes: Joanna Dupont Inglis, Chair of the EU Bioeconomy Panel Cristina Narbona, Council Member, CSN, Spain (Minister of Environment, Spain 2004‐2008) Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair of UN International Resource Panel, (EU Commissioner 2004-2014) Waldemar Kütt, Head of Unit - Strategy, DG Research and Innovation

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Cities for Food Systems Innovation and Green Jobs

31 May 2017, European Commission - DG Research and Innovation, Covent Garden, Place Rogier 16, 1210 Brussels

This full day FOOD 2030 workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the role of cities in fostering food systems innovation and green jobs at the local level.  The main objectives of the event are to discuss and share experiences related to 1) the importance of adopting a systems approach for sustainable and healthy food production and consumption in urban areas, 2) the potential for green job creation, and 3) future research, innovation and investment opportunities.

During the event, preliminary results of an ongoing European study focusing on ‘Food in Cities’ will be presented and used as a basis for interactive discussions. Participants will discuss the added value and challenges that 'cities' face – both as place-based ecosystems and local authorities - in enabling broad-based innovation, green jobs and the empowerment of communities.

Targeted stakeholders for this workshop include city representatives, researchers, SMEs, entrepreneurs, living labs, NGOs and civil society associations.

The workshop is part of the FOOD 2030 initiative that focuses on future-proofing our food systems through European Research and Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security.

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EUBCE 2017 – 25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 12-15 June 2017

12-15 June 2017, Stockholm, Sweden

The European Biomass Conference and Exhibition will celebrate its 25th edition in Stockholm from 12th to 15th June 2017.

Participate in one of the world’s leading R&D biomass conference and present your results to specialists and decision makers operating at the top end of the biomass and bioenergy sector.

Call for Papers Deadline: 31st October 2016

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Vitamin D Nutrition & Health Current and Future Perspectives

5-6 September 2017, Cork, Ireland

This international conference on vitamin D will be an important forum for presentation, discussion and exchange of ideas on current research in the area of vitamin D.  The conference coincides with the closing stages of the ODIN R&I project and the main scientific findings from the project will be presented together with several invited international keynote speakers on topics related to vitamin D and health.

This conference will be of interest to many, with health professionals, food industry decision makers, food/nutrition policy regulators, as well as academics, researchers and students expected to attend.

The main symposia will focus on:

  • Dietary Requirements for Vitamin D
  • Evidence-base for food strategies for tackling inadequacies of vitamin D intake and status
  • Issues in relation to Vitamin D and Health in Adults, as well as at Key Life Stages
  • Safety and population surveillance

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Forum for the Future of Agriculture - FFA2017

28 March 2017, The SQUARE, Brussels Meeting Center, Brussels, Belgium

The FFA will see its 10th Anniversary as the premier meeting place in Brussels to discuss sustainable agriculture and environmental security.

Meeting the food and environment challenge

The Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) has been contributing to the debate on agriculture and the environment in Brussels since 2008. The FFA is now firmly established as the premier event where agriculture and environment meet each year.

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One-Day Symposium on New Research Data from the EU-funded project ODIN - Food Based Solutions for Optimal Vitamin D Nutrition and Health Through The Life Cycle

24 March 2017, 1050 Brussels, EU Commission Building Research & Innvation, 21 Rue du Champ de Mars, Rooms SDR1 and SDR2 (Floor 1)

This one‐day event promises to be an exciting and informative day in which the implications of new research data on dietary requirements for vitamin D during childhood, adolescence and pregnancy and in dark-skinned adults residing in northern Europe will be discussed. ODIN researchers will present their latest research findings and there will be contributions from invited speakers. Please find the preliminary agenda for the day attached.

The objectives of the symposium are: 

1. To share new data on dietary requirements for vitamin D in Europe using dose-response randomized controlled trials in targeted population groups.

2. To gather decision makers together to discuss potential implications for food and nutrition policy.

3. To provide a forum for discussion, feedback and dialogue in relation to how research can address outstanding research bottlenecks.

ODIN is an EC-funded project focusing on food-based solutions for optimal vitamin D nutrition and health throughout the lifecycle. The ODIN Project ( is in the final year of a 4-year programme of research and involves a multidisciplinary consortium of 30 partners from 18 countries.


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Innovative Energy Solutions for European Regions and Cities

24 March 2017, European Committee of the Regions - Room: JDE 52

This conference will launch the KEP 2017 theme of Energy, with more events to follow later.

High-level speakers will come together with the latest on energy-related research and innovation, ranging from policy specialists of the European Commission to hands-on best practice from Europe's regions.


The Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) is a concept jointly developed by the European Committee of the Regions and DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission. It is aimed at presenting new R&I solutions, innovative products and best practices in response to societal challenges facing the regions and cities of Europe. In 2016, the KEP addressed the themes of Bioeconomy and Key Enabling Technologies.  

CommBeBiz: Bioeconomy Impact 2017 - The Journey to Innovation

21-22 February 2017, London, United Kingdom

CommBeBiz's annual event, funded by the EU, is designed to challenge, support and inform researchers on their quest to innovate in the commercial, social and policy arenas.

Researchers receiving EU public funding have to demonstrate the value they have added to society and commerce from the investment made in them.

Through keynote speakers and workshops, this event will enhance key skills (e.g. RRI, social media, IPR, PR, funding) needed to drive the innovation process, & provide valuable networking opportunities and insights into innovation success stories and stumbling blocks, in bringing Bioeconomy Research to life.

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