Policies, initiatives, events and publications in support of research and innovation in the bioeconomy

What is the bioeconomy?

The bioeconomy comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea – such as crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms – to produce food, materials and energy. Read more...


Posted on: 8 November 2019

EU team launches citizen-driven transformation of the European food system

Starting on 1 January 2020, the FoodSHIFT2030 project will apply a ground-breaking mechanism for maturing, combining, upscaling and multiplying sustainable food system innovations.

The citizen-driven transition will include a shift to less meat and more plant-based diets and will be initiated in FoodSHIFT Accelerator Labs in nine front-runner city-regions:
Greater Athens, Avignon, Barcelona, Bari, Brasov, Berlin, Greater Copenhagen, Oostende and Wroclaw. The project consortium, led by the University of Copenhagen, includes cities, companies, universities and research institutes from 12 countries.

FoodSHIFT2020 is coordinated by the University of Copenhagen and will receive EUR 7.5 million from the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

For more information please see Foodshift 2030

Posted on: 19 June 2018

Sustainable & circular bioeconomy, the European way
High level event under the Austrian Presidency

22 October in Brussels, Charlemagne Building.

The conference will focus on the need to have a sustainable and circular bioeconomy to enhance the transition in a changed EU policy context and towards a new environmental, social and economic reality.

Registration is now open

To know more about the event and the programme please visit event website

The event will be webstreamed

Posted on: 19 June 2018

Our Atlantic Ocean for Growth and Well-Being

21-22 November 2018, Mindelo, Cabo Verde


In recent years, the Republic of Cabo Verde has developed into an important location for international marine research. On and off the islands, European and international partners operate observatories for ocean and atmospheric research.

Against this background, and with a view to make the most out of the many ongoing activities that have emerged in Cabo Verde through EU funded projects and bilateral initiatives with EU Member States, a high-level event "Our Atlantic Ocean for Growth and Well-Being" will take place on 21-22 November 2018 in Mindelo on the island of São Vicente, Cabo Verde. The event will be hosted at the Ocean Science Centre Mindelo in partnership with the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany and the National Institute for Fisheries Development INDP, Cabo Verde.

For more information please see event website

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What's New

7 June 2019
  • A study report just published on top 20 innovative bio-based products, currently under development from several biomass sources, holding the greatest promise for deployment in the next 5-10 years. The selection includes engineering materials, bio-based plastics, high added-value products for applications in the pharmaceutical and biomedical fields, etc.

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