On October 20, 2020, the 11th Annual EUSBSR Forum will take place online, with the main theme “Towards a Decade of Innovation and Sustainability”. This year, the workshops of EUSBSR Annual Forum will be held before the actual event.

The workshop “The Sustainable Bioeconomy: Trends and Value Chain Opportunities” will take place 7 October 2020 9:30–11:30 (CET)  and aims to provide participants with the most recent insights into BSR trends and value chain opportunities for the sustainable bioeconomy and link these with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The workshop will introduce key findings from two new reports on sustainable bioeconomy and smart specialization value chain mapping in the Baltic Sea Region. The Nordic Council of Ministers will launch its recent report, Baltic Sea Region and Nordic Arctic – 10 Trends for the Sustainable Bioeconomy. The report details current trends and provides policy insights for sustainable bioeconomy development, based on the results of a literature review, expert interviews, and a survey, involving a total of 350 bioeconomy professionals in the process.

Key trends from 14 countries and autonomous regions in northern Europe will be presented in this workshop, providing insight into current developments on topics including biofuels, local branding, and circular economy, with special attention paid to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the panel discussion regional bioeconomy and supply chain experts will discuss key themes from these new reports, exploring links to EU policies and identifying particular opportunities for the Baltic Sea Region. The panel discussion will be followed by an audience Q & A, where attendees will be able to pose questions to the panel. Maija Kale, Advisor for Sustainability and Digitalization from the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia, will take part in the panel disussion. 

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