Imagining A Post-COVID-19 Future with the Bioeconomy
The BioMonitor project is teaming up with ICABR for its first webinar called, "COVID-19 and the Bioeconomy". This will be held on July 10 17:00-19:00 CEST.
The COVID-19 pandemic was a tipping point for many sectors that boost economies worldwide. It has also widened the great divide in terms of income distribution and social issues. This was evidently seen in the recent "Black Lives Matter" issue as it illustrated the direct and indirect costs of biases in income distributions that are a result of racial discrimination. Such biases have affected many lives, most especially those less better-off households. As the world waits for a vaccine to emerge, a sustainable economic recovery will be difficult to achieve. The bioeconomy is expected to contribute to sustainable development and to support economic recovery, in particular in rural areas. The challenge remains to what extend the bioeconomy not only can contribute to but also support wider participation in the economic recovery and at the same time reduce discrimination such as with respect to gender, ethnicity, or nationality.
The BioMonitor project is building a robust data and modelling framework which will allow key stakeholders i.e. policymakers. These are based on the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and are in line with the present policies at a European level. To name a few are the New Green Deal, the Circular Economy Action Plan, and the Biodiversity Strategy. This webinar is being organised together with the International Consortium on Applied and Bioeconomy Research (ICABR). It aims to bring leading international experts from policy and science and discuss the importance of the bioeconomy as part of the post-COVID-19 economic recovery action plan. Three of them are part of the BioMonitor consortium: Justus Wesseler (WU, coordinator), Robert M'barek (EU-JRC), and Tévécia Ronzon (EU-JRC).
Topics will include:
· COVID-19 and the bioeconomy: an economic perspective
· Experiences from 25 years of ICABR on innovation and the bioeconomy
· What can we expect from EU bioeconomy policies
· Regulation, the bioeconomy, and COVID-19
· Development of the EU Bioeconomy
The speakers in this webinar are the following:
· Justus Wesseler, Professor and Chair in Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy at Wageningen University (NL)
· David Zilberman , Professor and Robinson Chair, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley (U.S.)
· Carl Pray, Distinguished Professor in the Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Department, the School for Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (U.S.)
· Robert M'barek, Agricultural Economist at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Sustainable Resources (ES)
· Kai Purnhagen, Professor at the University of Bayreuth's Faculty of Life Sciences (DE)
· Tévécia Ronzon, Researcher at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), Directorate for Sustainable Resources (ES)
To register for the webinar, click here.
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