Advancing the Transition to a Sustainable Bioeconomy
The aim of this interactive workshop is to bring BIOECONOMY graduate research school Ph.D. students and researchers together with key stakeholder representatives from industry, governmental, non-governmental and civil society organisations to conduct break out sessions on different thematic areas across the biomass value chain.
Smaller groups will be formed to have discussion on three preidentified themes. The themes are:
- Theme 1 – Sustainable production and supply of biomass (forest, agriculture, aquatic ecosystems and waste). Potential topics for discussions include, but are not limited to: multifunctional crop and land use, changing biomass productivity under climate change, valuing ecosystem services, role of information and communication technologies in forest management and agricultural practices, resource scarcity, food security, potential use of municipal and industrial wastes, etc.
- Theme 2 – Advancements in biomass processing and biobased product development.
- Biomass processing. Potential topics for discussions include, but not limited to: biotechnology, new generation biorefinery models and technologies, wood processing technologies, use of by-products and waste for various purposes, industrial symbiosis, logistics of supply, bioeconomy in a circular economy perspective, etc.
- Biobased products, bio-fuel and energy. Potential topics for discussions include, but not limited to: development of new bio based products, bioplastics, cascade use of bio based products, alternative use of lignin obtained from forest, use of wood in construction sector, role of research and innovation, development of new business models, instruments to support biobased products market penetration and growth, necessary conditions to attract industrial investment etc.
- Theme 3 – Effective governance and coordination of the transition to bioeconomy. Potential topics for discussions include, but not limited to: existing cross cutting policy strategies and measure, actor structures and institutional conditions enabling or constraining the transition, research and development initiatives, innovation strategies, distributed economies, regional value chains and clusters, existing biorefineries-logistic routes-harbours, new business systems and socio economic opportunities, development of bioeconomy indicators for monitoring etc.
Four guiding questions will be addressed by the workshop facilitator: What is your vision? What are the objectives, milestones and goals to achieve this vision? What obstacles/hurdles needed to be overcome? What are the potential solution options? Answers to these questions will help us to have an insight into today’s existing bioeconomy system and the future one we wish to have on local, regional, national or global levels (depending on the workshop participants preferences)
We hope that debate during the workshop will help us better identify how to advance the transition to a sustainable bioeconomy through collaborative relationships across various sectors and you are invited to bring your experience and knowledge, and to take part actively in the discussions.
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13:00-13:15 Welcome / background information / instructions
13:15-15:15 Table discussions and brainstorming (fika/coffee/tea will be available to take to the discussion tables)
15:15-16:00 Feedback presentations from tables, discussions and concluding remarks
The workshop is organised by BIOECONOMY Graduate Research School hosted by Centre for Environmental and Climate Research at Lund University.