The politics of innovations and our quest for newness

At the end of the summer I attended a one week NOVA PhD course ‘Innovation systems in the Bioeconomy’, hosted by the Forest Bioeconomy, Business and Sustainability (FBBS) group at the University of Helsinki, Finland. This five-day course aimed to provide a systematic overview of innovation, innovation systems, and their role in industrial transformation towards a forest-based…

Why we should be talking more about education

A more sustainable economy should build on social capital, skills and expertise. The bioeconomy, claims to do just that, to leverage the  know-how of existing industries and researchers, put it into practice, and create added value. Even more, the EU bioeconomy hopes to create millions of jobs. However, it is important to remember, that this…

Which came first: the chicken or the egg?

During the last decades, governments in most industrialized western countries have started promoting the transition towards a greener more sustainable economy. The OECD has been mainly acting as a think tank for its member countries, promoting different macro-political concepts that were expected to revolutionize the economy. “High technology”, “national system of innovation”, “information economy”, and…

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…

Bioeconomy and ecosystem services – synergy or conflict?

This was the title of the  Final Conference of COST Action FP1207  Orchestrating forest-related policy analysis in Europe (ORCHESTRA) held between 5-6 September 2016 at the Université catholique de Louvain in the beautiful town of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. (UCL Library in Louvain la Neuve, a beautiful little town with very interesting architecture and intriguing history.  Find out more…