BBI JU STAKEHOLDER FORUM 2017, BRUSSELS

06 December 2017 to 07 December 2017
Location: 
The Square, Brussels, Belgium

BBI JU Stakeholder Forum 2017

ABOUT THE EVENT
The BBI JU Stakeholder Forum 2017 brought together the bio-based industries community to facilitate discussion on the strategic direction for the BBI JU programme through constructive and open dialogue with stakeholders by encouraging cross-collaboration between them.

The inaugural Stakeholder Forum took place in Brussels on 6 and 7 December dedicated to engaging directly in dialogue with BBI JU’s projects and stakeholders. It brought together all of BBI JU ongoing projects who were given an opportunity to present their consortium and details of their project in a dedicated exhibition and in thematic workshops. More than 600 participants took part in the event and the two-day programme provided ample opportunities for networking, including a joint networking event with the European Investment Bank iin the project exhibition area.

THE PROGRAMME
BBI JU presented a comprehensive agenda of inspiring keynote speeches, parallel sessions, networking sessions and project exhibition and engaged with stakeholders to discuss how the BBI JU programme can further contribute to the development of bio-based industries across Europe and how to best mobilise society to speed up the transformation to a bio-based economy.

On 6 December the BBI JU welcomed its projects in a day dedicated to facilitating an exchange of ideas and providing opportunities to network and find potential areas of common interest and natural synergies. Projects were grouped together thematically and invited to bring up to three representatives to talk about their work in the project. 

On 7 December the BBI JU welcomed the public to attend a day full of information, to listen to speakers and expert panellists discuss the strategic importance of the bio-based economy andthe BBI JU's key role in implementing this across Europe. Participants attending were drawn from a range of industries and sectors, SMEs, academic and research organisations, local and national government and included policy makers, thought leaders, the EU community, projects and bio-based industries community as a whole.


Agenda 6 December - Projects Day

Welcome & messages from Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)
Philippe Mengal, Executive Director, BBI JU
Eleni Zika, Head of Programme, BBI JU

Why are Coordination & Support Actions (CSAs) relevant for all BBI JU projects?
Moderator: Polyvios Hadjiyiangou, Programme Unit, BBI JU

Thematic Sessions
Aquatic biomass
Moderator: Paloma Mallorquin, Programme Unit, BBI JU
Waste as feedstock
Moderator: Doga Arslan, Programme Unit, BBI JU
Agri-food
Moderator: Dieter Brigitta, Programme Unit, BBI JU
Forest- and lignocellulosic-based biomass
Moderator: Pilar Llorente, Programme Unit, BBI JU

Supporting innovation in the bio-based economy
Jürgen Lucas, Deputy Head of Unit, DG RTD.F2, European Commission (EC)

Messages from Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC)
Dirk Carrez, Executive Director, BIC

Conclusions & take-away messages
Philippe Mengal, Executive Director, BBI JU


Agenda 7 December

Plenary Session 1 - Bio-based Europe: defining the roadmap

- Moderated by Vivienne Parry, O.B.E, Writer & Broadcaster
The value for a shared responsibility for the sustainability of the European bio-based economy
Jack Metthey, Deputy Director-General (act), DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Ingredients for a successful renewable chemistry cocktail
Tom van Aken, CEO, Avantium N.V.
Bio-based in the spotlight
Mathieu Flamini, Co-founder, GFBiochemicals

Plenary Session 2 - Strategic context of the BBI JU initiative

- Moderated by Vivienne Parry, O.B.E, Writer & Broadcaster
Delivering a low-carbon, circular economy: the role of bio-based industries
John Bell, Director, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
The CAP and the Bioeconomy
Nathalie Sauze-Vandevyver, Director, DG Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission
Opportunities for biorefineries generating jobs and growth in the circular economy
Carlo Pettinelli, Director, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
BBI JU’s mission, objectives and key messages against progress made
Philippe Mengal, Executive Director, BBI JU
Q&As with moderator & panel

Plenary Session 3 - Achievements, lessons learned & sector development

- Moderated by Vivienne Parry, O.B.E, Writer & Broadcaster
The future for the European bioeoconmy strategy
Waldemar Kutt, Head of Unit, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
Industry investment in Europe
Dirk Carrez, Executive Director, Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC)
Leadership of science for transforming society
Kevin O’Connor, Professor, School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science, University College Dublin, Ireland & Chair of BBI JU Scientific Committee
BBI JU initiative as a catalyst for change
Mat Quaedvlieg, Vice-President, Strategic Business Projects, Sappi Europe S.A.
Widening the reach across Europe
Fabio Fava, Professor, Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna & IT Representative in H2020 SC2 program committee & Vice Chair of BBI JU States Representatives Group

Workshop Session 1 - The role of the primary sector in building bio-based industries

Chair: Fabio Fava, Professor, Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna & IT Representative in H2020 SC2 Program Committee & Vice Chair of BBI JU States Representatives Group
Rapporteur: Dave Songer, Journalist, Bio-based World News
Panel:

  • Jannes Maes, President, European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA)
  • Pekka Pesonen, Secretary-General, COPA
  • Juha Hakkarainen, Forest Director, MTK FInland, Member of Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF)
  • Helena Vieira, Associated Professor, Faculty of Sciences of University of Lisbon & Executive Director, Bluebio Alliance
  • Elodie Bugnicourt, Head of Innovation Unit, IRIS, Agrimax project
  • Yvon Le Hénaff, General Manager of Agro-Industrie Recherches et Développements (ARD)

Workshop Session 2 - Industrial innovation - defining the direction for sciencebased innovation

Chair: Kevin O’Connor, Professor, School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science, University College Dublin, Ireland & Chair of BBI JU Scientific Committee
Rapporteur: Lisbeth Kirk, Former Editor-in-chief, EU Observer
Panel:

  • Nelo Emerencia, Programming Manager, Bio-based Industries Consortium
  • Marcel Wubbolts, Chief Technology Officer, Corbion
  • Lieve Hoflak, Grants Acquisition Manager, Bio-base Europe Pilot Plant
  • Joanna Dupont-Inglis, Director, Industrial Biotechnology, EuropaBio
  • David Winickoff, Senior Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Wouter van Winden, Principal Scientist Fermentation at Royal DSM N.V., BIOFOREVER project

Workshop Session 3 - The value for Europe’s citizens – aligning economic & societal expectations & needs

Chair: Christian Patermann, Advisor to the State Government of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW), Germany
Rapporteur: David Burrows, Freelance Journalist
Panel:

  • Markku Markkula, First Vice-President, European Committee of the Regions (CoR)
  • Pierre-Marie Aubert, Senior Research Food and Agriculture Policies, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
  • Martin Behrens, Senior Advisor, Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR), BioCannDo project
  • Lambert van Nistelrooij, Member of European Parliament
  • Susanna Albertini, Managing Director, FVA sas di Louis Ferrini & C, BIOWAYS project
  • Bill Morrissey, Bioeconomy Lead, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Limited

Workshop Session 4 - New markets, new products

Chair: Ward Mosmuller, Director of EU Affairs, Royal DSM N.V.
Rapporteur: Luke Upton, Editor & Co-Founder, Bio-Based World News
Panel:

  • Marcello Somma, Associate Director, AHP-R, Fater SpA
  • Nelleke Van Der Puil, Vice-President, Materials, LEGO Systems A/S
  • Neil Parry, Research Programme Director & Biotechnology Science Leader, Unilever Research and Development, Unilever
  • Sophie Mather, Founder and Material Futurist, biov8tion
  • Mattias Bodin, Sustainability Business Expert, Materials & Innovation, H&M
  • Luigi Capuzzi, Director-Research & Development, Novamont SpA, First2Run project
  • Mats Hjornevik, Marketing Manager, Borregaard, Exilva project

Plenary Session 4 - Rapporteurs feedback

Moderated by Vivienne Parry, O.B.E, Writer & Broadcaster
Workshop 1: Dave Songer, Journalist, Bio-based World News
Workshop 2: Lisabeth Kirk, Former Editor-in-Chief, EU Observer
Workshop 3: David Burrows, Freelance Journalist
Workshop 4: Luke Upton, Editor & Co-Founder, Bio-Based World News

Final Keynote

Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission