BIOEAST Conference: Bioeconomy in the forefront of national policies | Budapest, Hungary

08 November 2018

In the context of the Global Challenges and Paris COP21 agreement, the role of research and innovation and evidence based policy-making is needed more than ever. The Central-Eastern European Initiative for Knowledge-based Agriculture, Aquaculture and Forestry in the Bioeconomy (BIOEAST) offers a shared strategic research and innovation framework for working towards sustainable bioeconomies in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. 

The conference will take place during the Science Festival "Science Festival: Science without borders" in Budapest on 8 November and is expected to be a cornerstone in the evolution of the BIOEAST Initiative, setting the bioeconomy research and innovation agenda for Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. The high-level meeting is meant to present and validate the research and innovation needs of the macro-region by topics, including agricultural knowledge and innovation systems, fresh water and aquaculture, forestry, sustainable production and processing of biomass. The outcome will feed into the Central and Eastern European Bioeconomies' Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.

The meeting has the following objectives:

- To highlight the context of agri-food and bioeconomy research and innovation;
- To provide data on the state of the macro region's bioeconomies;
- To earmark primary sector specific key themes and topics from the BIOEAST countries;
- To support the partnership and cluster-based thinking.

The event is free and open to the public. 

Expected participants: academia, policy makers, the public sector including regional authorities and the bio-based industries (food/feed, materials, fuel/energy). BBI JU will participate and speak at the event.

BBI JU will be represented at the event by Bill Morrissey, Project Coordinator of AgriChemWhey, who will give a presentation during the panel on Bioeconomy Clusters and Financing.