26 Nov 2013
Brussels (BE)

Bioeconomy observatory - First stakeholders round table

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission is organising in Brussels on 26 November 2013 the first stakeholders round table of a three-year project to set up the bioeconomy observatory.

On 13 February 2012, the European Commission published a Communication "Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe" (COM(2012)60).
In this Communication, the bioeconomy is defined as encompassing "the production of renewable biological resources and the conversion of these resources and waste streams into value added products such as food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy". The Communication presents a Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan which includes as Action No6 to "Establish a Bioeconomy Observatory that allows the Commission to regularly assess the progress and impact of the bioeconomy…"

Within the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is responsible since March 2013 for the coordination of a three-year project to set-up the Bioeconomy Observatory (project acronym BISO, for Bioeconomy Information Systems Observatory).

The Bioeconomy Observatory will aim to provide regular data and analysis for policy makers and stakeholders to monitor the development of the bioeconomy and accordingly to support the implementation of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy. Data and information will be collected and disseminated about the three key pillars highlighted in the EU Bioeconomy Strategy:

  1. Investments in Research, Innovation and Skills (research pillar)
  2. Reinforced policy interaction and stakeholder engagement (policy pillar)
  3. Enhancement of markets and competitiveness in bioeconomy (markets pillar)

The three-year project timelines can be shortly summarised as:

  • Year 1 (Q2-2013/Q1-2014): methodology definition
  • Years 2-3 (Q2-2014/Q1-2016): methodology implementation i.e. data collection and dissemination

All along the project, the JRC will closely associate stakeholders to the development of the Bioeconomy Observatory. In this frame, the three-year Work Programme of the Bioeconomy Observatory project includes the organisation of three stakeholders events focused on the Bioeconomy Observatory (not the whole bioeconomy) respectively in the 4th quarter of 2013, 3rd quarter of 2014 and 3rd quarter of 2015.

The "Bioeconomy Observatory Stakeholders Round Table" organised by the European Commission JRC in Brussels on 26th November 2013 is the first of the three stakeholders events planned in the project Work Programme.

The focus of this first "Bioeconomy Observatory Stakeholders Round Table" will be on the methodology for the Bioeconomy Observatory.

Key questions on methodology to be addressed during the 26th November event include:

  • Data identification: which data/information should be collected by the Bioeconomy Observatory? (be it on bioeconomy research, policy and markets)
  • Data analysis: which key indicators should be produced by the Bioeconomy Observatory? (be it on be it on bioeconomy research, policy and markets)
  • Data supply: which data/information sources should be used by the Bioeconomy Observatory? (be it on bioeconomy research, policy and markets)

The programme will be divided into three sessions addressing the three pillars around which both the Bioeconomy Strategy and the Bioeconomy Observatory are structured (i.e. in short Research, Policy and Markets pillars).

Each session will include:

  • Presentations from the JRC about the proposed methodology for monitoring bioeconomy research, policy and markets
  • Presentations from Bioeconomy Observatory partners about their expertise, expectations and possible cooperation with the Bioeconomy Observatory
  • Discussions with the audience about the methodology for monitoring bioeconomy research, policy and markets

The key objective will be to collect stakeholders' feed-back, comments and expectations regarding the Bioeconomy Observatory methodology.

In addition to stakeholders feed-back during the 26th November event, further comments and information will be collected through the ad hoc Functional Mailbox: JRC-Bioeconomy-Obs@ec.europa.eu 

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Presentations

Presentation of the Bioeconomy Observatory project

  • Damian Plan, Coordinator of the Bioeconomy Observatory project (BISO project - Bioeconomy Information System Observatory), Scientific Support to Innovation Union, Foresight and International Relations Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
    The EU Bioeconomy Observatory

 

Session I - Methodology and partners for the research pillar

 

Session II - Methodology and partners for the policy pillar

 

Session III - Methodology and partners for the market pillar