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   The Knowledge-based bio-economy
CONFERENCE - Brussels, Charlemagne Conference Centre, 15-16 September 2005
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Links to websites relevant to the bio-economy

This list contains links to a wealth of bio-economy resources on the web. It is by no means exhaustive but is meant as a starting point.

EU links

The Lisbon Strategy
In March 2000, EU leaders agreed to make the Union "the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion". This is detailed in the Lisbon Strategy.

Working together for growth and jobs. a new start for the Lisbon Strategy
On 22-23 March 2005, the Spring Council discussed the Commission's mid-term review of the Lisbon strategy for economic, social and environmental renewal. The key elements of the Lisbon reforms are more focus on growth and employment, simplification and national ownership via national action plans.

Biosociety research on-line
This Commission website seeks to stimulate interactions between biotech researchers, social scientists, economists and ethical experts active in the field of life sciences. It also informs and opens a dialogue with interested citizens on relevant European policies and research activities.

This Commission website provides information on EU-backed research and development. It includes a news service, a database of Union-funded projects and guidance on how to apply for European research funding.

Life Sciences and Biotechnology: a strategy for Europe
In January 2002, the Commission adopted a Strategy for Europe on Life Sciences and Biotechnology (COM(2002)27). It proposes a comprehensive roadmap up to 2010 and puts the sector at the forefront of those frontier technologies which are helping to take the European Union towards its long-term strategic goal established by the Lisbon European Council in March 2000. This website provides information on this strategy.

Towards a European knowledge-based bioeconomy
Report from an EU-funded workshop held at York University in 2004 (PDF file).

RTD info
RTD info is a quarterly magazine published by the European Commission presenting a mix of research results and debate on scientific subjects of interest to a wide, non-specialised readership.

International organisations

Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture
Website of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.

OECD Biotechnology
OECD biotechnology page, including the OECD publication, The Bioeconomy in 2030: a Policy Agenda in PDF format.

The emergence of industrial and environmental biotechnology as a growing segment of the new bioeconomy
An article published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in November 2001.


A website listing EU-funded research on biological materials for non-food products.

Website of the European Biosafety Association (EBSA). This is a non-profit organisation which aims to provide a forum for its members to discuss and debate issues of concern and to represent those working in the field of biosafety and associated activities.

Website of the European Association for Bioindustries.

Fostering the bioeconomic revolution
Publication of the US government’s Biomass Research and Development Board.

Greenpeace on Genetic Engineering
Section of the environmental group Greenpeace International’s website dedicated to genetic engineering.

Friends of the Earth Europe
Environmental group Friends of the Earth Europe has dedicated a section of its website to biotechnology and GMOs.