Bioeconomy Youth Champions

The International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy (IACGB) was looking for young champions motivated to engage with the global bioeconomy youth during the virtual Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020, 16th – 20th November 2020.

For this reason, the IACGB decided to have a call. The objective of this call was to bring together an eclectic and geographically diverse leadership group of young people, from across the globe, who will act as ambassadors for the bioeconomy at GBS2020.
Young people with a strong interest in global bioeconomy development could apply for it, e.g. high school and college students, young researchers and academics, young professionals, policymakers and entrepreneurs, young non-profit leaders, journalists and social media influencers.

The Jury was extremely impressed by the diversity and quality of the more than 100 submissions, making it a very tough decision. However, the jury has selected eight Youth Champions for the Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020 and we are all very proud to present them.

Members of the Bioeconomy Youth Champions


Creating our Future Together: A Collective Roadbuilding Workshop.

Date & Time
November 19, 12:30 – 2:30 pm (CET)

Expected Outcomes
A draft of an inclusive bioeconomy roadmap & a global bioeconomy youth community

Thematic Focus

A sustainable bioeconomy should ensure inclusive economic growth by allowing increased participation and economic opportunities for all. This workshop session will facilitate a dialogue with youth from across the globe to identify pathways for a more inclusive and sustainable bioeconomy.

The focus of the workshop will be threefold:

Identifying challenges in the bioeconomy that young people witness in their country contexts or have already experienced

Identifying current and future opportunities that would arise from a stronger inclusion of young people in the bioeconomy

Identifying developments and key actions that could be initiated and role players that need to be involved to build an inclusive sustainable bioeconomy


The workshop is a 2-hour session that will focus on key components of the bioeconomy from a youth perspective and ways to build a global bioeconomy youth community. The session will further identify cross-border activities from youth involved in the bioeconomy.

Breakout discussions will be held in four key components of the bioeconomy: Agriculture, Health, Energy and Education. Participants in these breakout sessions will work through the development of the roadmap.