Track 1: Science & Innovation

How bioeconomy is transforming agriculture

Chinese young farmer harvesting in organic farm.

Timing: November 17, 8-10 a.m. (CET)



The International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR)


Carl Pray

Distinguished Professor Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Department, State University of New Jersey

Regina Birner

Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development at the University of Hohenheim

Thematic focus

The development of the bioeconomy is influenced by two “revolutions” in science and technology: the “biological revolution” and “digital revolution”. Both revolutions have a wide range of applications in crop and livestock production and can thus enhance the productivity and environmental sustainability of producing bio-based resources for the bio-economy. To what extent such innovations will be applied depends on the way in which societies perceive these options and the policies and regulations they adopt. The workshop will benefit from the fact that the Global Bioeconomy Summit brings together professionals and stakeholders from a wide range of countries that represent different perspectives on these technologies.

The workshop’s expected outputs are:

(1) Identification of the most promising biological and digital innovations that have the potential to transform agriculture and lead to a more sustainable production of bio-based resources; and

(2) Identification of policies to promote promising innovations, taking society’s response to different innovations into account.


The workshop is split into two parts to make world wide participation possible. It is not necessary to participate in part one to join part two.

After an introductory plenary part, participants will join one of the working groups (please choose during registration which one you want to join).


All times refer to CET. Current time:

08:00 – 08:10: Introduction to the Workshop – Overview of the program

Regina Birner, University of Hohenheim / Interantional Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR)

08:10 – 08:20: The role of digital innovations in transforming agriculture

08.20 – 08:30: The role of microbiome-based innovations in agriculture and food systems

Angela Sessitsch, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)

08:30 – 08:40: Biological innovations, societal responses and regulatory challenges

Mahaletchumy Arujanan, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)

08:40 – 08:50: How to manage the transformation of agriculture

Monika Schreiner, Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ)

08:50 – 09:00: Questions and answers

All Speakers 

09:00 – 10:00: Parallel sessions (Part 1)

16:00 – 17:00: Parallel sessions (Part 2)

17:00 – 18:00: Final Plenary Synopsis

17:00 – 17:30: Reporting back from the parallel sessions (7 Minutes per group)

One representative of each group

17:30 – 17:45: Joint discussion

Moderated by:
Carl Pray, Rutgers University / ICABR

17:45 – 17:55: Digital voting on most promising innovations and most important policies

Moderated by:
Regina Birner

17:55 – 18:00: Wrapping up and closure

Carl Pray

Parallel working groups