BioSTEP Forum

Creating Networks for the Transition to a Bio-based and Circular Economy

Thanks for your participation! We hope you enjoyed the event! Please have a look at our final output ---> the final BioSTEP policy paper

29 March 2017, Mundo-b, Rue d'Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

The aim of the conference is to present the results of the stakeholder engagement activities in BioSTEP and its value to the current policy discussions on the bioeconomy and the circular economy. BioSTEP has analysed in three policy workshops the participation processes that are necessary to build and strengthen the new value chains of the bioeconomy. The policy workshops discussed how bioeconomy strategies can be developed in a participatory way, ensuring that the change of economic value chains, necessary for a transition to a bioeconomy, is understood and supported by all stakeholders.

Central challenges were identified when organising the value chains of an economy which reduces the input of primary raw materials and the waste output of emissions and pollution. In the BioSTEP Forum, lessons learned to tackle this challenge will be presented. The conference will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to discuss barriers and opportunities related to the participatory development of bioeconomy and circular economy strategies. The outcomes will feed into a policy paper, which aims to inform the current review of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy.

The outcomes of the BioSTEP Forum will feed into the finalisation of a policy paper which will be published after the conference. The policy paper will provide policy-makers with recommendations for effective stakeholder and public engagement in a bio-based and circular economy. Take a look at the final policy paper. 

Eine Bioökonomiestrategie für Österreich: Welche Rolle spielt die Zivilgesellschaft? (20. Jänner 2017)

Danke für Ihre Teilnahme! Die Ergebnisse des Workshops finden sie hier.

Aktuell wird in Österreich eine FTI-Strategie zur Förderung der Bioökonomie entwickelt. Für die Zukunft ist zudem die Entwicklung einer umfassenden Bioökonomiestrategie angedacht, die über die Bereiche Forschung, Technologie und Innovation hinausgeht und weitere Politikfelder umschließt. Vor diesem Hintergrund stellt sich die Frage, welche Rolle zivilgesellschaftliche Akteure einnehmen können und sollten, um bei der Gestaltung dieser Prozesse mitzuwirken.

Neben Unternehmen und Forschungseinrichtungen ist auch die Zivilgesellschaft direkt oder indirekt von künftigen Entwicklungen im Bereich der Bioökonomie betroffen. Biobasierte Produkte und Prozesse führen zu wirtschaftlichen, sozialen und ökologischen Effekten, die sowohl positiv als auch negativ wirken können. Im Rahmen dieses BioSTEP-Workshops soll diskutiert werden, welche Möglichkeiten für die Beteiligung relevanter gesellschaftlicher Akteure am Prozess der Strategieentwicklung in Österreich bestehen und mit welchen Herausforderungen diese verbunden sind.

Der Workshop findet am 20. Januar 2017 von 9:00 bis 12:30 Uhr im Rahmen der 5. Mitteleuropäischen Biomassekonferenz in Graz statt.

Für Fragen zum Workshop kontaktieren Sie bitte Holger Gerdes (holger.gerdes@ecologic.eu), Ecologic Institut, Berlin.

BioSTEP Policy Workshop "Shaping the Scottish Bioeconomy Together" (18 -20 October 2016)

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Scotland possesses a huge amount of natural resources, on which many small and medium-sized enterprises base their business models. The Scottish bioeconomy is largely focussed on industrial biotechnology and the major policy focus to date has been to support the growth of this sector, to enhance cooperation between technology-based firms and universities, and to invest in skill development.

This BioSTEP policy workshop focuses on local and regional businesses and their role in the regional bioeconomy. It explores a broader model of the bioeconomy (bottom-up, participatory) and discusses how small and medium-sized enterprises, civil-society organisations and further relevant actors can be engaged in the (further) development of a regional bioeconomy strategy in Scotland.

To this end, the workshop discusses what relevant actors need from a bioeconomy strategy to be useful for them and how the engagement process might be structured and set out so that they can bring their needs into the process.

In order to focus the discussion on the practical problems in specific sectors or processes, the workshop will be split into three two-hour meetings:

  • Whisky production - Wednesday, 19 October 2016 - 1.30pm - 3.30pm
  • Forestry - Wednesday, 19 October 2016 - 4.00pm - 6.00pm
  • Mariculture - Thursday, 20 October 2016 - 10.00am - 12.00pm

Please click here for the full programme.

The meetings will be held at the Glasgow Science Centre. We would appreciate your input to this workshop and would like to discuss with you the importance of a Scottish bioeconomy strategy for your work.

Additionally, we offer a half day field trip on the 18 October, which will take participants to a whiskey distillery near Glasgow, which generates heat and power out of waste matter from the whisky production. Participation in this field trip is free of charge. In parallel, the BioSTEP exhibition “Bioeconomy in Daily Life” will be displayed at the Glasgow Science Centre.

 

 

BioSTEP open workshop - 'Stakeholder Engagement in Scotland's Bioeconomy'

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As part of the BioSTEO project, the European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) at the University of Strathclyde will be holding a workshop on Stakeholder Engagement in building Scotland’s Bioeconomy on Monday 27 June. Full details are available here.

Scotland's bioeconomy is an important and growing sector. It supports the low carbon economy and sustainable resource use as well as innovation and economic growth. Therefore EPRC welcomes anyone with an interest in Scotland's bioeconomy and its related agendas, including the low carbon economy, innovation, skills development, the reduction of waste and the development of Scotland's industry.

Evento Regionale Progetto BioSTEP “Plasmiamo insieme la bioeconomia”

Alle ore 9.30 di venerdì 24 giugno l’evento regionale per il progetto BIO-STEP avrà luogo presso la sala Europa di via delle Industrie 19/C Venezia – Marghera.

Tale incontro, organizzato da Unioncamere del Veneto – Eurosportello Veneto, è aperto a tutti quei soggetti attivi sul territorio Veneto desiderosi di contribuire allo sviluppo della bioeconomia nella nostra regione e in Europa, favorendo la transizione dalle fondi fossili a quelle rinnovabili. 

In seguito a una mappatura del territorio, volta a individuare le realtà più attive in Veneto in materia di bioeconomia, Unioncamere del Veneto – Eurosportello Veneto desidera riunire, durante la mattina del 24 giugno, i principali stakeholder provenienti da differenti settori della bioeconomia. Il fine ultimo di tale evento è influenzare lo sviluppo di nuove linee guida regionali sintetizzabili in programmi di misure per la bioeconomia, per trasferire lo stato dell’arte e della conoscenza tecnico-scientifica ai portatori di interesse e ad decisori politici.

Questo workshop rientra nel progetto Biostep, all’interno del Programma Horizon 2020. Per ulteriori informazioni, consultare il seguente sito internet: http://www.bio-step.eu/. 

Per partecipare all’evento si prega di registrare la propria presenza al seguente link:   http://register.unioncamereveneto.it/form/181328.

Programma

Chancen und Herausforderungen von Partizipation am Beispiel der RIS & Bioökonomie in Sachsen Anhalt

Dieser Workshop möchte die für die Bioökonomie und die Regionale Innovationsstrategie (RIS) relevanten Akteure zusammenbringen. Insbesondere sollen die Potenziale und Herausforderungen von Beteiligungsprozessen bei der Entwicklung relevanter Strategien eruiert werden. Dabei sollen Erfahrungen ausgetauscht und Ideen/Vorschläge kurz vorgestellt und diskutiert werden. Der Erkenntnisgewinn soll den laufenden RIS-Prozess, sowie andere partizipative Prozesse positiv beeinflussen. Zudem werden die Ergebnisse in das EU-geförderte Projekt BioSTEP aufgenommen.

Hier können Sie sich das Programm ansehen! Die Registrierung ist leider geschlossen.

BioSTEP Stakeholder Workshop

Thank you for the great event! You can download the workshop proceedings here.

The future is bright, the future is the European bioeconomy?

The aim of this workshop is to identify and discuss challenges, opportunities, and policy gaps surrounding the development of bioeconomy strategies across Europe. The outcome of this process will be a list of targeted policy recommendations for the (further) development of balanced and informed bioeconomy strategies at the regional, national and European level.

We invite you to have a look at the programme and discuss the future of the European bioeconomy with us! The Stakeholder Workshop will take place in the context of the 4th BioEconomy Stakeholder Conference (BioEconomy Utrecht2016)

Timing: Thursday, 14 April 2016 (09:00 - 16:00)
Venue: Hotel NH Utrecht, Jaarbeursplein, 24, 3521AR Utrecht, The Netherlands

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