Working Group Leaders

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of Bioeconomy Working Group.

Jorge Molina Villanueva

Jorge Molina Villanueva

Jorge Molina Villanueva

Delegation of the Government of Navarra

Anniina Palmu

Anniina Palmu

Anniina Palmu

West Finland European Office

Angèle Liaigre

Angèle Liaigre

Angèle Liaigre

Pays de la Loire


The Working Group focuses on increasing the influence of regions and their stakeholders in shaping the European circular bioeconomy while also working to increase the awareness of the sector as a whole. The group covers the bioeconomy in the widest sense, tackling issues related to topics such as food systems, forestry, bioenergy, biowaste, bio-based products etc. Seeing the growing role of the bioeconomy in decarbonisation efforts, the group also concentrates on the ecological sustainability of these solutions. The group develops contacts with European policymakers to increase cooperation and projects between European regions in bioeconomy.

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Bioeconomy WG

Future prospects of algae cultivation for a greener and more sustainable society

Anna Tranberg

Algae – being a rich source of proteins, antioxidants, and oils – is becoming increasingly interesting as a sustainable raw material in food, feed, nutrition supplements as well as bioplastics and


Bioeconomy and Energy WG: Opportunities for waste from the agri-food sector


Circularity is a core element of the European Commission’s vision for the EU bioeconomy. Applying the circular economy to the agri-food sector is important to increase resource efficiency and to

WG Events

WG Events

EU Green Week 2020

Nature and biodiversity are the themes of EU Green Week 2020, which will take place in Brussels this coming June. This is the biggest annual event on the European environment policy calendar, providing an opportunity for stakeholder debate at all levels.  While the main events will take place in Brussels, many side events with partner organisations will take place across Europe.  The event will explore possible pathways for change and examine how EU policies, like the European Green Deal, will help to protect, restore and sustainably manage nature. EU Green Week 2020 will take place from…

Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference

The annual Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference has been announced to take place from 4th - 5th May 2020. The event is organised by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee. It is a chance for stakeholders to meet, share ideas, grow networks and learn about EU policy developments in the realm of circular economy.  Further details will follow, read more here. 

JPI Oceans beyond 2020: A stakeholder consultation forum

The Forum will bring together diverse stakeholders to solicit feedback, engagement and discussion on the draft Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of JPI Oceans. This event will represent a crucial step towards the revision of the SRIA 2015-2020. The revised strategy will aim to provide a framework and direction allowing JPI Oceans to add value to national research and innovation efforts, to address European science and policy ambitions and to contribute to global marine and maritime agendas.  Forum participants will be invited to provide feedback to the draft SRIA, reflect on…

Food Waste Fest 2.020

The Food Waste Fest 2.020 is an opportunity to discover solutions to food wastage. The 2020 edition will take a multi-sectoral collaborative approach to take its fight against food waste to new realms.  The afternoon event includes a forum, workshops, a fair and talks with industry and policy specialists, such as Carolyn Steel, Tristram Stuart and Naomi Smith. The day will end with the final of the Food Waste Awards 2020 and a live vote. You can submit your project to the awards until 10th February.  To find more information and to register, click here. 

Financing innovative clean tech conference

To reach its goal of becoming the first climate-neutral bloc by 2050, the EU needs significant investment from both the public and private sectors. As part of the European Green Deal Investment Plan, the Innovation Fund is one of the world's largest funds for low-carbon technologies - at about €10bn over 2020-2030 depending on the price of carbon.  This conference will bring togehter financiers and industry representatives to raise awareness to the financial community about the business and investment opporunities that will subsequently present themselves. Participants will also be able to…

Launch event for the European exposome network

The emerging research interest of deciphering how environmental exposures affect our health, known as the human exposome, is the subject of a network launching in Brussels next week. The European human exposome network is made up of nine Horizon 2020 research projects. The all-day launch event is a chance to learn more about the exposome concept and the aims and ambitions of the network. The European Commission states that increasing understanding of the human exposome will advance Europe's approach to enviroment and health research, healthcare and policymaking.  The event is open to all.…

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

European Commission unveils European Green Deal

Today the European Commission is presenting the ‘European Green Deal’ in the European Parliament. The deal, presented by President Ursula von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans, is pitched to be a response to the challenges of climate change and a bid to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. It is also an integral part of the Commission’s strategy to implement the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. One of the goals is to mobilise European research and foster innovation. The ambitious deal lays out plans for caring for the continent’s natural capacity while…

Searching for project partners participating in EU-call CE-FNR-17-2020

We are Bauhaus-Institute for Infrastructure Solutions ( at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in Germany. Our research topics focus on resource and nutrient recovery from wastewater and biowaste. In the Horizon 2020 work programme the European Union has released the call "Pilot circular bio-based cities - sustainable production of bio-based products from urban biowaste and wastewater" (CE-FNR-17-2020) for which we are going to hand in a proposal. Please find the call attached (or here:…

Bio-based Industries Consortium - bioeconomy platform for regions

Deadline extended to 20 December.  The Bio-based Industries Consortium are launching a digital platform to create partnerships between regions and industries. The concept is based on a digital, partnering platform where regions and industry can make contact based on mutual interest. The platform focuses on creating local value chains and access to finance, namely helping regions and industry bridge the gap about bio-based investment opportunities at the level of regions. Interested regions will be asked to complete a template for their profile in the platform (see online form for submitting…

Call for an updated and stronger EU Forest Strategy

Acknowledging the report from the European Commission on progress in the implementation of the Forest Strategy the undersigned organizations, representing forest owners, managers, contractors and the forest-based industry, call on the European Commission, Parliament and Council to update the EU Forest Strategy with an aim to strengthen its role as a key reference for sustainable forest management.   CEETTAR – European Organisation of Agricultural, Rural and Forestry Contractors CEI-BOIS – European Confederation of the Woodworking Industries CEPF – Confederation of European Forests Owners…

Free pitching and matchmaking opportunity for the bio-economy

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Flanders Biobased Valley, NNFCC and BCNP Consultants are organising ‘Pitch perfect and boost the European bio-economy’, a one-day event of intense cross-border matchmaking and networking, with the aim to create new partnerships for the future and the further development of innovative, cross-border and cross-sectoral industrial value chains in the bio-based economy. This matchmaking and networking event brings together investors, SMEs, startups, about-to-be start-ups, scale-ups, large companies, and ROs as well as organisations offering relevant innovation services…

Roadmap on the update of the 2012 Bioeconomy Strategy (Deadline for feedback: 20 March 2018)

The European Commission has recently published a Roadmap for the update of the 2012 EU Bioeconomy Strategy: The deadline to provide feedback to the document either as a private person, organisation or association is set for 20th March.

Latest Updates

  • By Gaia Ialisa Marotta

On the lookout for regional pilots to "boost rural economies through cross-sector digital service platforms"

ERRIN is looking for regions interested in being partners for the DT-ICT-09-2020 Innovation Action on "Boost rural economies through cross-sector digital service platforms". Proposals are expected to develop and demonstrate cost-efficient and flexible cross-domain applications through large-scale pilots.

  • By Hilary Webb

Scoping paper for workshop on 'Inventory of best practices for the integration of primary producers into the bio-economy'

DG AGRI has published a scoping paper ahead of its workshop on 'Inventory of best practices and available technologies for the integration of primary producers into the bio-economy: cereals, sugar production, and oilseed supply chains'. The workshop will take a more focussed approach to the subject, honing in on key issues raised in previous workshops in 2018 and 2019.

  • By Gaia Ialisa Marotta

TERRALIA-PASS is loooking for partners for several H2020 calls on bioeconomy

The new cluster TERRALIA-PASS is a network of more than 450 members. It gathers companies, research and training organizations and more than 5000 academics and researchers. All actors are spread within the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, South Provence Alpes-Côtes d'Azur and Occitanie (Languedoc-Roussillon) regions.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek

'Evidence informed policymaking' training course by JRC

A 2-day training course is organised on “Evidence informed policymaking” which will aim to introduce participants to useful tools, train them to navigate between different types of evidence and research methods, and reflect on how to deal with the many challenges of evidence-informed policymaking. ERRIN has been invited to nominate up to 3 candidates.

  • By Hilary Webb

HOGENT wants to join consortium in responding to reducing food losses call

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Ghent (HOGENT) seeks a consortium to reply to the 'Reducing food losses and waste along the agri-food value chain' call.

  • By Hilary Webb

Innovative SMEs sought to detect and remove pharmaceuticals from wastewater

The Water Test Network is looking for SMEs with the ability to detect and/or remove pharmaceuticals from wastewater. The funded opportunity includes a chance to test the technology on a full-scale municipal wastewater treatment plant.