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EU Bioeconomy Conference 2022

Wednesday 6 October – Friday 7 October 2022 


Bioeconomy is one in which basic building blocks for materials, chemicals, and energy are derived from renewable biological resources. It has a central role in a more sustainable economic model for the European Union and investments will help Member States meet targets, as well as ensuring a fair and just transition for citizens. Knowledge and other outputs (e.g., new technologies) from Horizon Europe as well as evidence-based policies will support the bioeconomy and develop long-term solutions for European Green Deal objectives. It is also an opportunity for maintaining or reviving rural areas, creating employment in primary production and food sectors, boosting rural economies, and contributing to sustainable growth. A thriving bioeconomy will reduce migration to cities and attract newcomers to rural areas, supporting generational renewal in the agricultural sector.  

Bioeconomy innovation ecosystems can help guide development of sustainable solutions, reducing food waste and loss, upcycling waste streams, reducing CO2 emissions, improving income opportunities, and supplying services. This can be achieved through design of local bioeconomy policy strategies, creation of appropriate governance models for public-private partnerships, and formation of networks and financing systems that support technological innovations and innovative business models.  

What is more, major European financial institutions, like the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund, are willing to finance bioeconomy-based companies with ready-to-market products and services. These programmes fund companies, research organisations, and local policymakers, and create opportunities for new business networks to rise and thrive. Development of bioeconomy sectors also allows countries to be more autonomous in sourcing resources for energy and real estate sectors by replacing imported materials with alternatives that are more sustainable.  

A central theme of this conference was the importance of European youth and the education sector in boosting transition to a new bioeconomy-based economy. New skills and innovative mindsets are needed in coming years to drive the shift from profit-centered to more sustainable and mindful. 


The European Commission hosted the EU Bioeconomy Conference 2022, a two-day event for major European stakeholders in the bioeconomy industry. Bioeconomy encompasses all sectors and associated services and investments that produce, use, process, distribute, or consume biological resources. Bioeconomy is already one of the Union’s largest sectors, be it the food we eat or the furniture in our home, or the clothes we wear. Thus, bioeconomy is core to European Green Deal transformation. 


  • QU Dongyu – Director-General at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
  • Joanna Drake – Deputy Director-General at European Commission 
  • Maired McGuinness – European Commissioner for financial services, financial stability and Capital Markets Union at European Commission
  • Ladislav Miko – Advisor to minister at Ministry of Environment 
  • Catia Bastioli – CEO at NOVAMONT SPA 
  • John Bell – Director at European Commission 
  • Wolfgang Burtscher – Director-General at European Commission 
  • Petri Peltonen – Under-Secretary of State at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
  • Frans Timmermans – Executive Vice-President at European Commission 
  • Joachim von Braun – Professor at Bonn University, Center for Development Research (ZEF) 
  • Luc Bas – Head of Coordination, Networks and Strategy at European Environment Agency 
  • Annica Bresky – President and CEO at Stora Enso 
  • Patrick Child – Deputy Director-General at European Commission 
  • Hannah Mowat – Campaigns coordinator at Fern 
  • Henry Neufeldt – Head – Impact Assessment and Adaptation at UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre 
  • Pierre Bascou – Director at Commission européenne 
  • Carlos Calvo Ambel – Senior Director, non-road policy and analysis at Transport & Environment 
  • Maria Helena Semedo – FAO Deputy Director-General at The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
  • Acacia Smith – Senior Policy Manager at The Good Food Institute Europe 
  • Pieter Nachtergaele – EU Bioeconomy Youth Ambassador – Educator and Researcher at Ghent University 
  • Giulia Cancian – Secretary General at EBA 

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R&I Days

European Research and Innovation Days 2022

28th – 29th  September 2022

This year’s European Research and Innovation Days gave participants the opportunity to discuss how EU research and innovation can help build the world we want to live in.

Young researchers and innovators brought out-of-the-box ideas to tackle big challenges, such as climate change, plastic pollution, and food security. Most valuable, however, were the richness of discussions in the programme panels, networking possibilities, opportunities to interact with committee staff in the so-called village, and first-hand experience of research innovation projects in the exhibitions; both the village and exhibitions were virtually platforms.

In July, the European Commission adopted a New European Innovation Agenda that aims to put Europe at the forefront of a new wave of high-tech innovation and start-ups, helping Europe meet societal challenges. Building on significant work that has been already done to foster innovation in the EU, this new agenda aims to accelerate development and scaling up of innovations through a coherent set of actions. For now, working closely with the Member States, the focus has shifted to implementation of 25 dedicated actions including funding for scale-ups, provision of space and public procurement, and fostering and retaining talent. Significantly, this new agenda recognises new innovations developed by startups and students as well as more traditional innovators in research.

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship online Research and Innovation event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate. The fourth annual event brought together more than 13500 people from more than 100 countries.

EITFood Annual Event 2022

Monday 17 October – Tuesday 18 October 2022 


The current geopolitical situation is impacting Europe’s food system and the interdependencies between food systems, the environment, and socio-economic status. Many new projects aimed at improving current food systems were presented during the event, exploring how various actors are working to improve transparency, resilience, and fairness of agrifood supply chains, meet net-zero goals, and limit global warming.  

One highlight of the event was the presentation of the new education services offered by EIT Food – EIT Food Learning Services – which supports employers in staff development, skills intelligence, and recognition and certification of innovation competencies.  

During parallel sessions, we (EuroFIR) met stakeholders working in the nutrition and health domain and had the chance to gain insights into their innovative projects.  

Overall, the event was fruitful, promoting networking and opportunities for new partnerships as well as advancing understanding of EIT Food ( and other European institutions working to improve the quality of European food systems. 


EIT Food’s Annual Event brings together their community of partners and external agri-food stakeholders around the common goal to create healthy food systems. This was the fourth annual event. 

Main speakers: 

  • Michiel de Ruiter – Chairperson, EIT Food’s Supervisory Board 
  • Andy Zynga – CEO, EIT Food
  • Lukas Visek – Member of Cabinet, Executive Vice-President
  • Frans Timmermans, European Commission 
  • Klaus G. Grunert – Professor of Marketing at Aarhus University 
  • Angelo Riccaboni – Professor and Chair of PRIMA Foundation 
  • Hila Cohen – Head of Business Development and Chief of Staff, WFP Innovation Accelerator 
  • Rakesh Sharma – R&D Director, PepsiCo 
  • Maarten Vanderkamp – Director of Education, EIT Food 

News 2022

Mirjana Gurinovic (RS), member of the European Commission (EC) high level expert group (HLEG)

Strengthening food systems science policy interfaces

The European Commission (EC) has established a high-level expert group (HLEG) to assess needs and options for strengthening the science policy interface (SPI) for improved food systems governance.

Consisting of 19 international experts from different disciplines and continents, the HLEG mandate was to assess needs, options, impacts, and possible approaches for an international platform for food systems science (IPFSS) that can work in close cooperation with DG Research & Innovation and other Directorates.

The final report Everyone at the Table: Transforming food systems by connecting science, policy and society | European Commission was published in June 2022.

HLEG concluded that food system transformation must be better supported through more ambitious interlinked science-policy-society interfaces, and recommended the following: multilateral institutions i) must strengthen and adapt existing SPIs with additional resources and broader mandates to engage across sectors and scales; ii) cooperate with EU MS to fund a series of dedicated taskforces to fill knowledge and data gaps; and iii) collectively invest in a global coordination hub to build capacity and convene regional assessments as well as forecast and model trends.

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