Global Investment in the Bioeconomy

The Bioeconomy can give practical answers to global problems and can contribute substantially to sustainable development. This requires structured international, often multilateral cooperation that can bring synergy into the efforts undertaken by countries and regions. The EU gives key importance for stepping up efforts and working systematically with international partners to scale up the existing innovations in the Bioeconomy. The challenges and opportunities at stake at international level are often similar. For this reason the main part of this EU workshop will be a structured brainstorming discussion with key international and European stakeholders that have an interest in building a stronger international community around the Bioeconomy.

Key topics:

  • Introduction: main outcomes of the Bioeconomy Investment Summit (Brussels, 9-10 November 2015) and new priorities of the European Commission
  • Interactive, participatory discussion on the EU internationalisation agenda of the Bioeconomy
  • Building the international dimension of a revised Bioeconomy Strategy.

Provisional program:

  • 11:30 – 11:40: Introduction by European Commission
  • 11:40 – 11:50: Keynote speech on internationalisation of the Bioeconomy. James Philp
  • 11:50 – 12:50: Discussion in groups on specific questions on internationalisation of Bioeconomy
  • 12:50 – 13.00: Conclusions

11:30 – 13:00, 26th November 2015

CO-Chairs: Szilvia Nemeth & Lino Paula (European Commission)



Szilvia Nemeth works as Policy Officer responsible for International Cooperation in the Bioeconomy Directorate of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission. She has been a member of the team of the 'Strategy' unit since 2007 where she is also in charge of communication activities. Prior to this she had worked in DG Enlargement and DG Agriculture and Rural Development. Before joining the Commission, Ms. Nemeth had gained experience of several years in the private sector and in the public administration of Hungary. As an EU expert she was employed by the department of agro-economics at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Ms. Nemeth has a background in International Economics.

Lino Paula works as a policy officer at the Research & Innovation DG of the European Commission and is currently involved in the Ethics and Gender Unit. He holds a M.A. in Biotechnology Law and Ethics, Sheffield University and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies, University Amsterdam. Before joining the European Commission, Mr. Paula gained several research experiences such as senior lecturer biology and society at the Institute of Biology of Leiden University. Additionally he worked on various projects for the Dutch Parliament and other international studies on the main topics of ethics and life sciences.