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

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)

Chair : Sofie Dobbelaere, Flanders’ Biobased Valley

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. 

12h30 Networking Lunch

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

Chair : Ignacio Martin, CIRCE

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

14h55 Break

Session 3: Policy approaches and instruments

Chair : Dries Maes, EWI

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. 


Panel discussion 

The synergy between European and regional policies is of crucial importance in this evolution. The European panel discussion reflects on the potential role of regions in the development of rural bioeconomies, and the opportunities for collaboration with European policies.

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

- Friday 21/02/2020 - 8h30 to15h00

8h30 Welcome and registration
11h30 Arcelor Mittal Ghent PDF icon 20200221_carbon_neutral_steelmaking.pdf
12h00 Biobase Europe Pilot Plant PDF icon 20200221_presentation_hendrikwaegeman_bbepp_visitewi.pdf
13h00 North Sea Port


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Dries Maes

Afdeling Ondernemen en Innoveren
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