Due to limited capacity participation is by invitation only. Please register here by 8 March at the latest.
The workshop will be held at the BBI JU offices, Avenue de la Toison D’Or 56, in Brussels from 09.00 to 17.00 on Thursday 14 March 2019. Lunch will be provided courtesy of BBI JU.
The specific objective of the workshop is to stimulate interest in creating regional bioeconomy clusters in regions and countries which are less active in the bioeconomy and bio-based sectors via an exchange of knowledge and experiences in developing such clusters.
The final aim of the workshop is to foster support for the bioeconomy in general and for increased participation in the BBI JU Initiative, especially SMEs.
The workshop will bring together experts and representatives of bioeconomy-related clusters, SRG delegates, SCAR BSW members and policy makers at national and regional levels to discuss the key elements of cluster development and their role in supporting the bioeconomy. Participants will include representatives from countries which are currently less active.
The expected outcome of the workshop: Through this workshop, BBI JU SRG and BSW expect to stimulate a transfer of know-how, identify best practices and key drivers for cluster creation in Bioeconomy, so that participation of underrepresented countries in BBI can be further increased. A workshop report will be prepared with recommendations for policy-making supporting the development of clusters based on the outcomes of the discussions. The event will also provide a new networking opportunity for bioeconomy actors with a focus on regions that could play a much more prominent role in the European bioeconomy in future and additionally, this workshop will create a new opportunity of closer collaboration between SCAR BSW and BBI JU SRG delegates and others.
The moderated workshop will include presentations, panel discussions and active participation of all participants. It will be built up around three main sessions:
Policy support for cluster development
Best practices from establishing more general clusters targeting natural resources