The aim of BioEconomyUtrecht2016, the fourth Bioeconomy Stakeholders’s Conference, is to detect the needs of the European BioEconomy. How can we together, bring the BioEconomy forward? The first day we will set the scene. Interesting speakers and successful Dutch entrepreneurs will inspire you. On the second day, stakeholders from business, civil society and public authorities are invited to share their experiences and ideas in the BioEconomy. These two days in Utrecht will accumulate into a Manifesto on the European BioEconomy.

12 April

09:00 to 21:00 hours

08:00 – 09:00


09:00 – 09:10

Practical Information

Welcome by Rabobank - Wiebe Draijer, Chairman of the Rabobank Executive Board

Practical information by moderator - Jan Staman, former director of Rathenau Institute

09:10 – 09:40


  • Robert Jan Smits, Director General of DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Bertholt Leeftink, Director General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of The Netherlands

09:40 – 10:00

Inspiration on BioEconomy as part of the Circular Economy

10:00 – 10:20

Keynote on cornerstones of the BioEconomy

10:20 – 10:50

Network break

10:50 – 11:50

Inspiration by key stakeholders

Moderator - John Bell, Director of Bioeconomy, in Directorate-General Research and Innovation, European Commission

There are several interactive workshops, where you will visit outstanding Dutch companies in the field of BioEconomy. In the registration form you can leave your preferred first and second choice.
18:00 – 21:00
Reception with Dutch Network

13 April

09:00 to 16:30 hours

08:00 – 08:30


08:30 – 09:00

Retrospect day 1

Retrospect day 1 by moderator - Jan Staman, former director of Rathenau Institute
supported by video and interactive tools

09:00 – 10:15

Building blocks for Manifesto

Keynotes speeches on the major topics of the Manifesto. Reflecting on information gathered already on day 1, and inspiring the discussion on the selected topics. Content of this part of the program will be shaped by the ongoing discussions on the focus of the Manifesto.

10:15 – 12:30

Working sessions towards Manifesto

A World-cafe style session to collect ideas from stakeholders. In small groups challenges and opportunities of the BioEconomy will be discussed. Active contribution of all participants is envisaged to identify effective (policy) steps from stakeholders for the transition towards a Bioeconomy.

12:30 – 13:45

Lunch break

13:45 – 15:00

How to organise the Governance in the Bioeconomy?

Moderator – Aldo Longo, Director Agriculture and Rural Development in DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Speeches by:

15:00 - 16:00

Towards an integrated BioEconomy

Who is taking a role to organise the BioEconomy?
Moderator - Fulvia Raffaelli, Acting Head of Unit Clean Technologies and Products DG Grow, European Commission

Interview with:

16:00 – 16:30

Conclusions - presentation of Bioeconomy Manifesto

Martijn van Dam, Minister for Agriculture of the Netherlands


The Innovation Expo accerelates innovation, thus encouraging economic growth and quality of life in The Netherlands. It consists of both the biennial event and the accompanying network of more than 4000 entrepreneurs, policy makers, academics and engaged citizens. Together they work towards technical breakthroughs and innovations that will make a difference in the future.

The next event, the closing day of the sixth edition of the Innovation Expo, will take place on April 14th 2016 and will focus on ‘Sustainable Urban Delta’. In the run up to the event, there will be a search for innovations that can be further stimulated.

The Innovation Expo connects and inspires (future) innovative initiators. It offers a stage for concrete projects that contribute to smart, sustainable and social cities of the future. It crosses the borders of different sectors and connects public to private.


The use of biobased materials in building and construction is on the rise. More and more products are available that are good alternatives to conventional building materials such as concrete and bitumen. Biobased material are made from biomass. This will decrease our dependency on fossil resources. To give an impulse to biobased building, the Innovation Expo on April 14 in Amsterdam will show a biobased house including home interior. Around 40 companies (suppliers, builders, architects, start-ups, etc.) will contribute to the house. This shows what is already possible and applicable in biobased building. By putting down a complete biobased house a new cooperation structure between various participants is taking shape.

SWG sustainable bioresources for a growing bioeconomy

Monday, 11 April 2016

13.00 uur

RVO zaal

Jan van Esch

SWG onder SCAR

15- 20

on invitation


Food and Nutrition Security – role of the JPIs

Monday, 11th of April 2016

13.00 - 18.00




On invitation only


Bioeconomy - not accepted ? Kickstart the debate

Monday, 11 April 2016


RvO - Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Croeselaan 15, 3521 BJ Utrecht



on invitation only


International Bio economy Forum

Wednesday, 13th April   

2 hours in the afternoon






Scar Dagelijke Bestuur (SCAR WG)

Thursday, 14th April


Jaarbeurs Meetup


Eric Regouin

40 max



The future is bright, the future is the European bioeconomy? Exploring sustainability, policy issues and engagement

Thursday, 14 April 2016 

09:00 – 16:00

Hotel NH Utrecht, Jaarbeursplein, 24, 3521AR Utrecht - The Netherlands

Ecologic Institute, Germany



International Photosynthesis Workshop

April 25th & 26th


Orion Building, Wageningen Campus, Wageningen, the Netherlands



Invitation only



Side event online application

Side events are meetings that are organized on the fringes of the BEU2016, preferably before or after the main conference, so as to not draw any audience away from the main event.They can be open to anybody, or can be closed to include the regular attendees of such meeting.

In order for the organizers of the main conference to be aware of the existence of side events, we request that you register them with us. They will then be mentioned on the webpage of BEU2016. 

The coordinators of the side events are responsible for locating, arranging, and paying a venue for their meeting. For some side events, the organizers of BEU2016 will be able to provide some assistance.

Where can you meet?

More information on some possible venues is available through these links:

As part of the on-going efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the Conference, please make the registration etc. of the side available in electronic form only.

Innovation expo

The next event, the closing day of the sixth edition of the Innovation Expo, will take place on April 14th 2016 and will focus on ‘Sustainable Urban Delta’.

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