Call for Showcases

The Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020 will provide opportunities for presentations of your:

–> Biobased business or industrial facilities that are in full and sizeable operation (technology readiness level 9)
–> Communal or public bioeconomy operations that are implemented and run effectively
–> Biobased flagships that have been realized, e.g. sizeable education, art, architecture or infrastructure projects

The organizers of the Global Bioeconomy Summit are looking for showcases and examples of existing and large-scale implementations of biobased innovation and business in a number of fields (see Topics of interest below).

About the Summit

The third Global Bioeconomy Summit (GBS) will be held on 19 – 20 November 2020 in Berlin. The GBS is a high-level, biennial international meeting. It has become the leading event with a format to globally review and discuss emerging opportunities and challenges of bioeconomy. During GBS, visions for future development of sustainable bioeconomy are developed among key actors from governments, science and innovation, business and civil society.

Evaluation and Quality Criteria 

All proposals received within the specified deadline will be evaluated by a jury, which will be composed of representatives from the International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy and the GBS2020 secretariat. The jury will select the showcases that best fit in the GBS program. After having reviewed all entries, the jury will propose the program slots for the selected showcases. Presentations can be featured in a plenary session, in workshops or in an exhibition format.

Showcase proposals will be evaluated along the following lines:

  • Global relevance: the showcase is of relevance to bioeconomy developments in several regions and countries.
  • Thematic relevance: a list of Topics of interest is provided in this call
  • Impact: the showcase can demonstrate economic, social and environmental impact of bioeconomy (for example jobs created, investments, infrastructure development, climate and environmental protection, new feedstock sources, healthier lifestyle)
  • Sharing/ learning opportunities: the showcase provides opportunities for learning and/or international collaboration

Visibility & Presentation

Short descriptions of the showcases will be published in the Conference Proceedings and on the GBS2020 website. During the Global Bioeconomy Summit the showcases might be presented in a plenary session, in a workshop session or in the form of an exhibition (poster or exhibit).

Timeline for Submissions

  • Proposal submission deadline: 30 March, 2020
  • Notification of selection: 30 May, 2020
  • Agreement on presentation format and session: expected by September 2020

If you are interested in submitting your biobased innovation showcase, please send us a short summary (maximum one page) describing the global relevance (for whom is it especially relevant/interesting), thematic relevance, impact and some sharing or learning opportunities of the showcase.

Please submit the summary and any questions to the Conference Secretariat via 

Topics of Interest

1. Artificial Photosynthesis: Renewable energy, Carbon Capture and Usage, CO2 recycling

Examples of showcases:

  • Renewable energy (bacteria, algea, waste streams)
  • Biofuel cells & biobatteries on industrial scale
  • Hydrocarbon (carbon as feedstock for chemical industry, basis for food production)

2. Biocity / Urban Bioeconomy

Examples of showcases:

  • Urban planning (closed material & energy cycles, cascading use of natural resources, biotopes in cities and ecosystem-services)
  • Architecture (bio-inspired design solutions, biobased building materials)
  • Urban Production (green industrial production in cities, urban farming)

3. Biorefinery 4.0 – next generation biorefining and circular approaches

Examples of showcases:

  • Green & zero waste, residues as feedstock, circularity, new biobased products, positive environmental and social impacts

4. New Food System

Examples of showcases:

  • Healthy and sustainable nutrition (alternative sources of protein, sustainable consumption realized in new food concepts, personalized nutrition, healthy diets)
  • Resource-efficient food value chains (zero-waste, sustainable and efficient food production)

5. Sustainable Marine Bioeconomy

Examples of showcases:

  • Sustainable production (ecosystems services, monitoring/modeling/simulation tools, treating marine littering and filtering plastics, etc.)
  • Seafarms (environmentally-friendly cultivation, algae and marine micro-organisms as source for new products, etc.)

6. Sustainable Consumption

Examples of showcases:

  • Education & training (bioeconomy programs for schools, entrepreneurship/business training, information and awareness tools)
  • Consumer involvement and co-creation (sustainable value chains, collaboration in design & product development, sharing economy / collaborative business, etc.)