The Bioeconomy Menu

– An interview with Martin Reich – Increasing population, depleting resources, environmental degradation, and climate change are some of the major challenges to our current (fossil-based) economy. The bioeconomy has emerged as a concept that promises to tackle these issues. To date, most of the proposed solutions to these global challenges have mainly focused on…

Do we need more sandboxes?

Knowledge-transfer, technology development and innovation are central pieces for the bioeconomy transition. However, rapidly growing industries powered by advanced technologies are developing very fast, outpacing the regulatory frameworks governments have in place today. The fast evolving knowledge-based economy brings both challenges and new opportunities, but how can our governments keep up with it without hampering development…

What (Social) Science can Tell Us about the Forest-based Bioeconomy

The latest ‘What Science Can Tell Us’ study from the European Forest Institute is titled: ‘Towards a sustainable European forest-based bioeconomy- assessment and the way forward‘.  The study presents the scientific evidence from different disciplines and provides a synthesis of existing knowledge for policymakers on the importance of forests and the forest-based sector in contributing to…

Replace, Upgrade, Circulate and Collaborate- the Nordic style

Nordic countries  joined forces under a formal policy and strategy forum called the Bioeconomy Panel. The panel’s main job is to draw up proposals for a Nordic strategy for the bioeconomy, outlining options and practical measures to promote sustainable bioeconomies in the Nordic region. In preparation for the upcoming strategy,   the panel produced a catalogue…

The Virtual Bioeconomy: Digital Services for the Forest Sector?

Virtual reality (VR) is no longer a thing of the future and is already revolutionizing industries such as gaming, travel and real estate. But what about the forest sector? Could VR transform this sector as well? A group of researchers from Finland claim that a “virtual bioeconomy” is the next big thing for the otherwise…

Is Bioeconomy a totalitarian approach?

The Bioeconomy concept has been definitely gaining momentum in recent years. In fact, it can be counted among recent emerging macro-political concepts that are defining entire science and technology policies in Western countries and beyond. However, most of the discussion is still at a conceptual level, and the concept is passed around mostly between science (research…