International Knowledge-Based Bioeconomy Forum
Launched in 2010, the International Knowledge-Based Bioeconomy Forum (KBBE Forum) is a scientific cooperation initiative between the European Commission, Australia, Canada and New Zealand to address the global challenges affecting the bioeconomy.
Its main objective is to enhance the research and innovation policy dialogue and scientific cooperation between the four partners regarding the most important issues of the bioeconomy.
The Forum is a unique cooperation initiative – it brings around the table four key international cooperation partners that consider building the bioeconomy at national and global level as a priority area.
From the EU side, this was clearly expressed in the Commission’s Communication "Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe", which stresses among others the need to engage internationally and to promote international cooperation.
Through this multi-partner cooperation model, all partners benefit from different expertise and complement the project-based cooperation with a strategic programme level cooperation and policy-related discussions and scientific cooperation in all bioeconomy sectors.
In the long run, the Forum partners are expected to promote improved productivity and returns, improved sharing and access to new technologies and best practice for researchers and end-users, and reduction in overall costs – economic, social and environmental.
After the opening meeting that took place in Brussels in 2010, the second annual meeting of the Forum was hosted by Canada on 5-6 October 2011 in Ottawa.
The third annual meeting of the Forum was held by New Zealand on 6-7 October 2012. Next to these annual meetings, teleconferences are regularly held, and several workshops have been organised in each of the Forum’s working group: Sustainable Agriculture (New Zealand as leader), Fisheries and Aquaculture (EU as leader), Industrial Bio-based Products (Canada as Leader), and Food and Health (Australia as leader).
As a consequence of these strategic discussions, several joint projects with substantial involvement from all partner countries were launched.
For the European Union, the International KBBE Forum is seen as a part of its strategic efforts for International Cooperation in Research and Innovation, as defined in the European Commission Communication "Enhancing and focusing EU international cooperation in research and innovation: A strategic approach".
The Australian, Canadian and New Zealander KBBE Forum partners:
- Australian Department of Industry
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- The New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment
Biotriangle, the FP7 financed project that supports EU participation in the KBBE Forum