Challenge-oriented Bioeconomy Research – Solving Trade-offs

This roundtable will provide a platform for discussing key issues in science-based policy advice. What experiences have been made in different countries? In what form and to what end has policy advice been provided? What role does science or, respectively, do scientists play? Are there tensions between challenge and excellence-oriented research strategies? What is the significance of regulatory frameworks, how should they be devel-oped further? What are options for future collaboration among those concerned with soliciting or offering policy advice on bioeconomy-related re-search and innovation strategies?


16:30 – 16:35 Welcome and short introduction, Session Chairs, Mr. Broers and Mr. Grethe

16:35 – 18:15 Impulse presentations and Q&A

  • One bioeconomy…or many? How to make bioeconomy solve real problems, U. Schurr, Bio SC Jülich, Germany
  • The role of industry as an important partner and driver of the bioeconomy, L. Broers, Bioeconomy Council, KWS, Germany
  • Role of biotechnology in sustainable development of agriculture, C. Zhang, Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
  • The 4th SCAR foresight exercise – the first in the bioeconomy, E. Saggau, Standing Committee on Agr. Research Foresight Group, EU
  • Land and agricultural policy needed towards a sustainable bio-economy in Germany, H. Böttcher, Ökoinstitut, Germany
  • Bioeconomy development and policy monitoring in the Middle East / Iraq, A. Al-Lami, Chief Scientist, Iraq
  • Impacts of increasing bioenergy demand on global food markets, H. Lotze-Campen, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
  • How does SCAR support the policy advice in the bioeconomy: EU Member State viewpoint, J. van Esch, SCAR, EU
  • Design of a systems analysis tools framework for the EU bio-based economy strategy (SAT-BBE), H. van Meijl, Wageningen UR, EU
  • Modeling the bioeconomy: regional approaches, H. Grethe, Scientific Council for Agriculture, Nutrition and Consumer Protection, Germany

18:15 – 18:30 Moderated discussion among Roundtable participants

Rene van Ree has over 25 years working experience in the energy sector with a current main focus on bioenergy, advanced biofuels and biobased products. Since 2007, Mr. van Ree has acted as leader Bioenergy & Biofuels at Food & Biobased Research Wageningen and has also been the coordinator of the IEA Bioenergy Task 42 Biorefining. Additionally he holds memberships in the Steering Committee European Biofuel Technology Platform (EBTP), the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Bioenergy as well as in the Energy Advisory Group at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Mr. van Ree has a master’s degree in chemistry.

Gerfried Jungmeier has been the Austrian Team Leader in IEA Bioenergy Task 42 Biorefining since 2007. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Graz University of Technology and wrote his PhD on ‚Greenhouse gas balance of bio energy systems’ (1999). From 1993 on Mr. Jungmeier has been worked Joanneum Research mbH where he is currently responsible for energy systems and strategies. His research focuses mainly life cycle assessment, bioenergy, emission and energy balances. Additionally Mr. Jungemeier is operating agent in Task 19 Life Cycle Assessment of Electric Vehicles of the IEA Implementing Agreement Hybrid and Electric Vehicles and lecturer at several Austrian universities.