German EU Council Presidency organises high-level conference, publishes Cologne Paper
On May 30th 2007 in Cologne (Germany), a high-level conference "En Route to a Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy" was organised by the German EU Council Presidency. High-ranking political representatives of the German government and the European Commission addressed the topic and renowned experts from science and industry have presented their views in lectures and a panel discussion. One of the highlights was the presentation of the Cologne Paper.
In this paper European experts have formulated their visions and forecasts for science, industry and politics. The paper sets out developments, trends and strategies and, together with the results of the midterm review of the EU biotechnology strategy.
Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) can be concisely defined as "transforming life sciences knowledge into new, sustainable, eco-efficient and competitive products". Renowned experts from academia and industry were invited to contribute to an expert paper which outlines the perspectives of a KBBE within the next 20 years.
The resulting so-called 'Cologne Paper' presents the findings of six workshops which were held between January and March 2007. The participants (see report) discussed the following aspects:
- Biomaterials and Bioprocesses
- New Concepts and Emerging Technologies.
Source: EU & EuropaBio
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