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Day 1 - 30 September 2013
The SQUARE 3, Place Coudenbergh, 3rd floor,
1000 Brussels (Bus stop "Royale" or "Bozar"; Metro: Gare Centrale) 

Day 2 - 1 October 2013
EU Commission, Brussels DG Research RTDI;
COVE 2 Bldng., 7th Floor, Room Number: 7183
Place Charles Rogier, 16
1210 Brussels

Day 1 - Morning Agenda 8:30-13:00

Global Challenges and the Bioeconomy – part of the solution or part of the problem? A Communication Case  

8:30 - Welcome and coffee by Rhonda Smith, chair of CommNet network

9:00 - Opening, European Commission, Thomas Dodd, DG RTDI, Bioeconomy

A.) Food Security – the bioeconomy trilemma between food-feed-fuels Prof. Tim Benton, UK Champion for Global Food Security, & Professor of Population Ecology, Leeds University

B.) PlantGenetics – a worldsaver against hunger and climate threats Prof. Heribert Hirt, President of the EU Plant Science Organisation EPSO, INRA, France

C.) OCEANs – Is there still potential for blue growth with littered and polluted seas? Prof. Jan Calewaert, European Marine Board, Oostende, Belgium

11:00 Panel debate with:

  • Wolfgang A. Weber, BASF; 
  • Dirk Carrez, CleverConsult, EFIB Advisory Board;
  • Pekka Pesonen, Copa Cogeca (Agriculture);
  • Jo M. Wills, EUFIC, (Consumers);

13:00 - Lunch


Day 1 - Afternoon Agenda 14:30-17:30

14:00Workshop: Bioeconomy Communication drives Innovation and Society - 6 Best / Worst Cases in Bioeconomy Communication:

  • The BIO-TIC Study – Identifying Hurdles to Industrial Biotechnology in Europe. by Claire Gray, BIO-TIC project coordinator; 
  • BiOCROPS – fewer pesticides; by Garlich von Essen, European Seed Association (possible: the ABSTRESS Project et al.)
  • OPTIMISC – success stories on energy plants by Olena Kalinina, Project Manager, Hohenheim University
  • BIOCONSEPT – A game to explain the biorefinery by Anne Deft, Tygron / Ellen Fehtke, RTD services
  • NAWATECH – EU-India cooperation in water technology and management: research - efficient communication with SME in the Bioeconomy from EU and India, by Lucia Doyle, ttz, Bremenhaven
  • HORSE MEAT – worst case: Flight or fight – how similar are scientists and horses in their reaction to crises? Focus on food fraud not health fears by Rhonda Smith, Minverva Comms, UK

    Launch of CommNet PR desk - Innovation Catalogue / Poster-Session with CommNet articles on CommNet projects.

17:30 - Cocktail together with EFIB/ Europabio at THE SQUARE, Exhibition Area, Brussels

Day 2 Agenda - upon invitation only

Two round table talks with retailers, SME organizations, technology transfer experts, BioPlastics industry, consumer organizations. On business prospects of CommNet Projects.

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Online registrations are now closed. Please contact if you wish to attend.


The Forum takes place in the premises of the conference centre THE SQUARE, Brussels. Entrance: Coudenbergh Place, close to bus stop “Royale” or “Bozar”. After registration you will receive a confirmation, including the ways how to get there. There is free entrance, free coffee, free lunch and a free cocktail for the visitors at the 2nd Bioeconomy Forum.

This forum is a side-event of the EFIB, European Forum of Industrial Biotechnologies, which charges an entrance fee. If you wish to attend the EFIB on 1 - 2 Oct 2013, please register extra on the site:

CommNet and the participants of the 2nd Bioeconomy Forum will network with the EFIB visitors on 30th September during the Cocktail in venue: THE SQUARE.
For just 99€ you also can attend the EFIB Marketplace (1 – 2 Oct), an exhibition of 50 firms showcasing the latest developments and products (biomaterials, enzymes, bio-plastics, etc.)


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