We talked to Bioeconomy policy experts. Here’s what we found out

By Alex Giurca and Sebastian Weickert Our graduate school organized an excursion to Berlin in order to visit bioeconomy policy experts. Each of the experts were kind enough to make time for us and discuss their understanding and expectations of the bioeconomy in Germany. We visited a diverse mix of stakeholders such as the Federal … Continue reading We talked to Bioeconomy policy experts. Here’s what we found out

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 … Continue reading Do we need more sandboxes?

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 … Continue reading The politics of innovations and our quest for newness

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 … Continue reading Why we should be talking more about education

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 … Continue reading Which came first: the chicken or the egg?

Why export resources when you can export ideas?

"...the global economy has been transformed from a material-based economy into a knowledge-based economy. Previously the main sources of wealth were material assets such as gold mines, wheat fields and oil wells. Today the main source of wealth is knowledge. And whereas you can conquer oil fields through war, you cannot acquire knowledge that way. … Continue reading Why export resources when you can export ideas?

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 … Continue reading The Virtual Bioeconomy: Digital Services for the Forest Sector?