Conference: Research and innovation pathways towards a circular bio-economy – University of Copenhagen

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Managing the transition to a smart bio-economy: Food - Feed - Fertilizer - Fuel - Future

CONFERENCE 25-26 OCTOBER 2016 – COPENHAGEN

Research and innovation pathways towards a circular bio-economy

Developing a future bio-economy has become a key goal for Nordic policymakers across Europe and around the world. The bio-economy is considered critical for several reasons: the need for sustainability of resource use, the growing demand for both food and energy, and the need to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

A transition to the bio-economy rests upon both increased sustainable production, and consumption of bio-based and renewable resources but does also draw attention to the growing economic value of organic rest-resources from bio-industries and households; the circular aspect of the bio-economy. Exploiting the full potential of all these resources as possible new sources for food, feed, fertilizer, energy or other innovative use requires increased innovation, systemic change as well as better regulation and governance.

This conference presents research and innovation pathways to increase resource utilization in bio-based value chains and a shift towards a circular bio-economy. The aim of the conference is to gather research organisations across different research disciplines, industry and governmental organisations from different European countries to facilitate knowledge transfer, networking and spur future innovation and collaboration between industry and research organisations as well as between countries.

The conference will put emphasis on cycle thinking in technology, foresight exercises and transitions related to different aspects of the bio-economy, and future challenges and possibilities for both researchers and industry.

We plan a combination of keynote presentations held by carefully selected speakers, short lightening input sessions, and poster presentations from research projects, industry, government and relevant EU or Nordic funded research projects. PhD students are also encouraged to present their work at poster sessions during the conference.

Location:

DGI byen
Tietgensgade 65, Copenhagen, Danmark

The conference is jointly organised by three research projects funded by the BIONÆR programme of the Research Council of Norway.