Call for Workshop Proposals

The GBS2020 agenda proposes three breakout sessions, each of which will consist of four parallel workshops, for a total of twelve workshops. The organizers herewith launch an open call for workshop proposals to invite participation from the most relevant international bioeconomy networks and initiatives.

For the workshop sessions, the International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy has defined three tracks with a set of nine themes of global relevance. Additonally, there will be a fourth track with an open call for topics.

Tracks and Lead Themes for the Workshops

The workshop sessions will be organized in four parallel tracks. Each of these four tracks will consist of three workshop sessions, each one featuring one specific theme. The themes to be covered in these sessions are listed below. Each workshop proposal for the first three tracks needs to address one of those themes. The additional fourth track, called “Bioeconomy goes regional,” has no pre-defined theme. This call for workshops will enable the participation of the many (and growing in number) regional/local bioeconomy efforts and players, thus promoting the discussion of the topics of common interest that are emerging from these initiatives.

--> Track 1: Science & Research Workshop Session
1.1 Bio-innovations for sustainable agriculture, forestry, fishery and food systems
1.2 Bioeconomy, climate action & biodiversity
1.3 Education, training & capacity building

--> Track 2: Policy & Society
2.1 Methodologies and good practices in bioeconomy strategy development
2.2 Sustainable consumption – demand side bioeconomy policies
2.3 International policy instruments and governance in the bioeconomy

--> Track 3: Industry & Business
3.1 Next-generation bioeconomy
3.2 Sustainable financing and bioeconomy investment opportunities
3.3 Scaling-up and industrial transition to bioeconomy

--> Track 4: Bioeconomy goes regional – thematically open call

Organizational framework

  • Workshop duration: 120 min
  • Expected participants: 100 – 150
  • Room setup: according to your specification, e. g. video projector, high-desks, groups of chairs, side tables
  • Workshop materials: according to your specification, e. g. moderation kits, flip charts, microphones


Responsibilities of workshop organizers

The workshop organizers will be responsible for defining the concept and the agenda of the workshop session. Workshop organizers need to represent and involve international networks and initiatives in the bioeconomy. They will invite and, if required, support international speakers, ensuring diversity at all levels. The workshop organizers will furthermore provide the final agenda and a short description of the workshop by the deadline specified. Each workshop will be featured in the conference report, and the organizers will provide a short report by the deadline specified.

Workshop sponsors have been nominated among the International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy to advise and inform the workshop organizers in the preparation and organization of the workshop. The workshop sponsors will endorse the quality criteria defined below and are prepared to take an active role during the workshop session.

The GBS2020 organizers will provide the necessary facilities, standard materials and logistical support. However, GBS2020 offers no compensation for the implementation or associated travel costs of the workshop.

Depending on the number of received proposals, their quality and complementarity, the conference organizers might approach workshop organizers and ask them to merge suitable proposals to form a joint workshop. This concept was first tested in 2018 and has proved beneficial in stimulating collaboration and fostering diversity. In addition, the conference secretariat typically manages a list of expert speakers willing to participate in the GBS2020 and might ask to assign these to suitable workshops

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 workshop proposals to be considered for the workshop sessions. The jury reserves the right to ask for changes and amendments in the agenda and the workshop organization if deemed necessary.

Workshop proposals will be evaluated along the following lines:

  • Global relevance: the applicant(s) need(s) to represent international discussions and initiatives in the bioeconomy
  • Consistency: the proposal needs to focus on one of the workshop tracks and themes and address the respective key aspects raised in the theme description.
  • Diversity: the agenda and the proposed speakers reflect different perspectives in terms of professional, geographical and institutional backgrounds as well as gender, age and culture. The core values and principles of the GBS need to be respected by all workshop organizers.
  • Interactivity: the limited duration (2 hours) and the flexible number of participants (100 – 150) of the workshop sessions do not favour a classic workshop format. However, in contrast to the plenary session, the workshop sessions should provide opportunities for interactivity, participation and discussions.
  • Compliance: formal requirements, such as word counts and timelines, need to be observed.

Agendas and abstracts of the selected workshops will be published in the Conference Proceedings and on the GBS2020 website. The workshop results will also be covered in the GBS2020 report.

Timeline of workshop preparation and organization

  • Proposal submission deadline: 28 February, 2020
  • Notification of selection: 30 April, 2020
  • Publication of workshop agendas on the GBS2020 Website: expected July, 2020

Please address all questions to the Conference Secretariat:

Submission of workshop proposals

If you are interested in submitting a workshop proposal, please download and fill in the submission form with all the details required. Send the completed submission form as one file (preferably .docx) to In case of technical issues please contact us directly.

The deadline for submission is Friday, 28 February, 2020.