Blue Bioeconomy Forum

Expertise: Green economy

Project contact: Andreas Ligtvoet

Planned publication date: Winter 2019

Technopolis Group  is supporting European Commission  (DG MARE and EASME) to set up and run the Blue Bioeconomy Forum. The Forum brings together a partnership of industry, public authorities, academia, and finance in order to strengthen Europe’s competitive position in the emerging blue bioeconomy: that part of the economy that focuses on aquatic environments and innovative, biobased resources that are used and produced in these environments. 

The aim of the forum is to develop a shared understanding of the current status of the blue bioeconomy and to collectively identify strategic developments, market opportunities, appropriate financial assistance, regulatory actions and research priorities to advance the blue bioeconomy in Europe. The forum seeks to exploit synergies between sectors that can benefit from innovative uses of aquatic biomass. It looks into biomass sourcing for particular (novel) purposes, such as animal feed and feed additives, food products (functional, fermented or fried), pharmaceuticals, or cosmetics. Particular attention is also given to the valorisation and use of remainder for other applications (e.g. valorisation of chitin, shells and other bioactive components). 

The Forum organises workshops, two large conferences, an online information portal and regular newsletters, as well as developing a sectoral roadmap and identifying promising projects. 

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