Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

Our participation in the Green Week 2011!

Directorate for Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food of the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission is taking part in the Green Week 2011.

On 26th of May, we are organising a session entitled "The bio-economy: food security & the sustainable management of bio-resources".

Speaker will be :

  • Dr Antonio Di Giulio, Head of Unit Horizontal Aspects, Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Dr Rolf Stratmann, Division 617 Bioeconomy, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
    Prof. Fabio Fava, Professor of Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology, University of Bologna, coordinator of the EU-funded project NAMASTE
  • Prof. Michele Aresta, Director, Inter-university Consortium of Chemical Reactivity and Catalysis (CIRCC), University of Bari, coordinator of the EU-funded project EuroBioRef

More information about our session:
Food security, climate change, healthy living and energy efficiency are all specific societal challenges tackled by the bio-based economy, and they all have an impact on innovation and growth. The bio-based economy - now worth around €2 trillion and supplying over 20 million jobs in Europe - aims to create an overarching framework for policies to help ensure food security and the sustainable management of biological resources. The bio-based economy is recognised as a key component of both the Innovation Union and Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiatives of Europe 2020. The Commission aims to adopt a Communication entitled a "European Strategy and Action plan towards a sustainable bio-based economy by 2020" by the end of this year. With the participation of the German Bio-Economy Council and EU-funded research projects, this session will be an opportunity to review key objectives and actions at a European and national level.

Discover more on the Green Week 2011 website