Inclusion of Primary Production in Biobased value chains

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donderdag 20 februari 2020 - 09:00 tot vrijdag 21 februari 2020 - 14:00

Inclusion of Primary Production in Biobased value chains

Building new bioeconomy value chains by setting up new agro-industrial cooperation is a challenge for many regions in Europe that want to unlock their bioeconomy potential. The involvement of local farmers is a cornerstone for a sustainable bioeconomy, where technological innovations are able to attract new industrial investment and provide new agricultural income within ecological boundaries.

In fact, both food and biobased product innovations require structural change in the value chains. This means that farmers and industry have to find new collaboration forms, new contracts or networks to put innovations into practice. These changes require careful testing, and can be facilitated by public intermediaries and by multiple policy instruments from a wide spectrum of policy spheres.

This workshop is organised by the region of Flanders in Belgium and the European Chemical Regions Network (ECRN), under the scope of POWER4BIO project. It gathers representatives from different networks ranging from agriculture and rural development, to the chemical and biobased industry and the EU institutions. The overall objective of the workshop is to engage all relevant actors from farmers to industries, researchers, public authorities, and EU institutions:

  • to present concrete case-studies and new developments of agro-industrial value chains that rely on innovative biobased solutions.
  • to discuss the role of public policy and promote successful policy instruments aiming to make new biobased value chains possible in practice.
  • to address common technical, economic and regulatory barriers for the creation of new agroindustrial partnerships.

Date: Thursday 20/02/2020 and Friday 21/02/2020  

Location: Royal Flemish Academy of Science and the Arts, Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels, BELGIUM

Registration: Registration is possible until 5/02/2020

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 818351 



- Thursday 20/02/2020 - 9h00 to 18h00
Inclusion of primary production in biobased value chains: Case studies and policy options

9h00 Welcome and registration


9h40 Welcome word from the region of Flanders

Session 1: Innovations to join agriculture and biobased solutions (Part1)

The Flemish research and innovation system hosts several creative actors that are actively investigating new technologies and make the circular bioeconomy a reality. This section will present the latest developments, collaboration initiatives and R&D structures supporting agriculture and a
biobased development in Flanders. Presentations by :

  • Flemish Technology Institute (VITO)
  • Flanders’ Food (FF)
  • Hasselt University (UH)
  • Research institute for agriculture, fisheries and food (ILVO)
  • Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU)
11h15 Coffee Break
11h40 Session 1: Innovations to join agriculture and biobased solutions (Part2)
12h30 Networking Lunch

Session 2: Case-studies: practical initiatives to include primary production in the bioeconomy

Case studies are presented of successful structural approaches to create new collaborations between primary production and innovative biobased value chains. Presentations by :

  • Innovation Support Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Valbiom
  • ProNatura
14h55 Break

Session 3: Policy approaches and instruments

Policies at regional, national and European level are working on dedicated instruments to stimulate the structural collaboration between primary production and industry. Biobased value chains are transversal and are affected by instruments from agricultural policy, innovation policy and industrial policy at the same time. Presentations by the European Network on Rural Development (ENRD) and ECRN member regions (to be confirmed).

16h30 Panel discussion & Conclusions
17h45 Conclusions of the day, and invitation for the network cocktail

Venue: Royal Flemish Academy of Science and the Arts, Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels, BELGIUM

- Friday 21/02/2020 - 8h30 to15h00
Site visits: Biobased Innovations industrial development in Flanders (!These site visits are restricted to members of ECRN, SCAR, ENRD and Power4Bio!)  

During the Friday site visit, the participants meet the Flemish research and innovation centres, incubators and industrial partners that are crucial actors in implementing industrial biotechnology solutions for new biobased products, for waste valorisation and CCU. 

Practical issues

The program is still subject to change.

The program and site visits are free of charge. Site visits are organised by bus and will depart from Brussels.

Participants should provide their own hotel accommodation and transport to Brussels.

The site visit is by bus. The bus leaves in Brussels, in front of the Royal Flemish Academy of Science and the Arts, Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels.
The site visit ends in Ghent at 14h00. Two options are available :

  • One bus will drive from Ghent directly to Brussels Airport, Zaventem. Estimated time of arrival at the airport is 15h30.
  • One bus will drive from Ghent directly back to the Royal Flemish Academy of Science in the centre of Brussels. Estimated time of arrival is 15h30.

The site visit is restricted to members of ECRN, SCAR, ENRD and Power4Bio.

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Dries Maes

Afdeling Ondernemen en Innoveren
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