• 18.-19.11.

    4th International BioSC Symposium in Cologne

    Natalie Laibach and Neus Escobar will be presenting two posters on the progress of STRIVE component 2 at the 4th International BioSC Symposium which will be held at Maternushaus (Cologne) on November 18-19th. Good opportunity to catch up on the latest findings about the sustainability of bio-based plastics and Key Enabling Technologies implementing cascading uses and circularity.

  • 19.06.

    UNFCCC side event on “Ensuring Climate Action in Forests is Stable and Resilient”

    This event will discuss why it is important to prioritize the protection and restoration of primary forests for climate change mitigation and adaptation and takes place on the occasion of a SBSTTA (Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice) meeting of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This SBSTTA meeting will include discussion on whether forest climate action will be included in market mechanisms; whether the important role of indigenous people and biodiversity and ecosystem integrity in delivering robust climate outcomes will be considered; and whether actions with perverse outcome for communities, ecosystem integrity and the climate are avoided. Improving the rights of indigenous communities and benefit sharing will play a role as well as debates about wood-based bioenergy production and infrastructure development in forests.

    Date: June 19, 2019 | 11:00 h – 15:00 h
    Venue: ZEF, Genscherallee 3, 53113 Bonn. Right Conference Room.

    More information: here.

  • 18.-21.06.

    13th International Conference of the European Society of Ecological Economics in Turku, Finland

    Neus Escobar will take part in the 13th International Conference of the European Society of Ecological Economics to be held in Turku (Finland) from 18 to 21 June 2019. She will specifically present their ongoing work on estimating “Induced Land Use Change and emissions from major bioplastics” in the special session on “Advancing a quantitative perspective on sustainability issues related to bioeconomy transitions in the social-ecological system”, in which the project STRIVE is directly involved.

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  • 26.-30.05.

    SETAC Europe 29th Meeting in Helsinki, Finland

    “Bio-based industries: sustainability benefits of technological innovation and closed loop approaches across supply chains”

    Neus Escobar and Natalie Laibach will take part in the 29th Annual Meeting of SETAC Europe, to be held in Helsinki (Finland) on 26-30 May 2019. They will present their scientific contribution “Sustainability check for bio-based technologies: a LCA review” in the session “Bio-based industries: sustainability benefits of technological innovation and closed loop approaches across supply chains”, which will be co-chaired by Neus Escobar together with Daniel Garrain (Spain), Diego Marazza (Italy) and Tarmo Räty (Finland).

    The session will explore, from a Life Cycle Assessment perspective, methodological issues and technological challenges for the implementation of circularity principles in bio-based production.

    Late abstract submission will open mid-February.

    The scientific programme can be found in full in the following link:

  • 23.05.

    Workshop „Which policy for transformations in the bioeconomy“ in Berlin

    STRIVE senior researcher Jan Janosch Förster participated in the high-level workshop “Which policy for transformations in the bioeconomy” on May 23, 2019 at the Frauenhofer Institut in Berlin.

    Participants from policy, industry, research and other actors from civil society engaged in a discussion on role of policy in processes of transformation associated with the Bioeconomy.

  • 12.-13.11.

    3rd International BioSC Symposium in Bonn

    Thomas Dietz, Neus Escobar and Jan Janosch Förster contributed to the session on “Socioeconomic Perspectives within a Sustainable Bioeconomy” chaired by Prof. Dr. Jan Börner at the 3rd International BioSC Symposium which was held in Bonn on November 12-13, 2018. The aim of the Symposium was to put together experts from academia and industry to discuss about recent results and new developments towards a sustainable Bioeconomy from different points of view.

    Neus Escobar presented the most recent outcomes from the STRIVE Component 2 on the sustainability of relevant bio-based sectors and commodities considering land use change and international biomass trade. Thomas Dietz gave a talk on the outcomes from a qualitative content analysis of 41 national bioeconomy strategies carried out under Component 3 to provide systematic answers to the question of how well designed these are in order to ensure the rise of a sustainable Bioeconomy.

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