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The Blue Bioeconomy Forum brought together industry, public authorities, academia, and finance in order to strengthen Europe's competitive position in the emerging blue bioeconomy.

The aim of the forum was to develop a shared understanding of the current status of the emerging blue bioeconomy in Europe and to collectively identify strategic developments, market opportunities, appropriate financial assistance, regulatory actions and research priorities to advance the blue bioeconomy in Europe. The forum sought to exploit synergies between blue bioeconomy sectors that can benefit from innovative uses of aquatic biomass. It looked into biomass sourcing for particular (novel) purposes, such as animal feed and feed additives, food products (functional, fermented or fried), pharmaceuticals, or cosmetics. Particular attention was also given to the valorisation and use of remainder for other applications (e.g. valorisation of chitin, shells and other bioactive components).

The Blue Bioeconomy Forum consisted of a steering group and several working groups, supported by a secretariat managed by Technopolis Group and Wageningen University and Research. To ensure the engagement of the wider community of stakeholders, consultations on promising new initiatives and the roadmap has been organised  through open stakeholders’ events and open online discussions. Blue bioeconomy information and news can be found in the “News and events" section.

The Roadmap and the Highlights brochure

(including a selection of viable and innovative projects) have been published!

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This project was funded under EASME/EMFF/2017/ MARINE BIOECONOMY FORUM. It was closed in December 2019. This page is no longer actively maintained.

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Call for participation

Last update: 03/07/18

Blue Bioeconomy Portfolio

A pipeline of promising blue bioeconomy initiatives will be presented here, to provide inspiration and to identify and analyse projects’ needs.

Last update: 03/07/18

First activities of the Blue Bioeconomy Forum

Set up of the Steering group and announcement of first working groups

Last update: 04/07/18

The Blue Bioeconomy Forum at BlueInvest 2018

The Blue Bioeconomy Forum (BBF) team attended the Blue Invest 2018 event in Brussels on 17 May to meet blue bioeconomy innovators, take stock of their needs and inform them about the role of the Forum.

Last update: 03/07/18

BioMarine Business Convention

Place: Cascais, Portugal

Start date: 02/10/2018 (All day)
Last update: 03/07/18

Sea Tech Week

Place: Brest, France

Start date: 08/10/2018 (All day)
Last update: 03/07/18

Algae Tech Conference

Place: Munich, Germany

Start date: 19/09/2018 (All day)
Last update: 03/07/18

Biotechnology conference "Blue Biotechnology in Baltic Sea Region – from Science to Business"

Place: Greifswald, Germany

Start date: 22/08/2018 (All day)
Last update: 03/07/18

Oceans inspire new antibiotics to tackle resistance

Front-line antibiotics are struggling to keep up with the emergence and spread of resistant bacterial pathogens which affect health outcomes in everything from surgery to biofilms in prosthetic devices. European researchers have turned to the oceans, or more specifically microalgae, for inspiration.

Last update: 03/07/18

Turnkey version of UniferteX ©Pierre Guérin SAS-TASCMAR Smart, sustainable ways to cultivate the ocean’s bounties

Marine ecosystems offer a rich variety of molecules with complex origins and fascinating potential. A European research team has developed patented new technologies and clever cultivation processes to turn marine molecules into bioactive ingredients for everything from new drugs and food sources to anti-ageing treatments. Here’s how they do it…

Last update: 03/07/18


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