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Towards a sustainable bio-based society: aligning scientific, cultural and societal agendas for bio-innovation society

Organised by CSG, EGN (ESRC Genomics Network) and GEN-AU, with the support of ESF and the contribution of project VALGEN

6-7 December 2012 - Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Organising Committee

Prof. Dr. Hub Zwart, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL

Prof. Steve YearleyESRC Genomics Network/University of Edinburgh, UK

Mag. Nicole Firnberg, Austrian Research Promotion Agency, AT


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The transformation towards a sustainable bio-based society is one of the big challenges of our era. It has been called a “second” industrial revolution and a “greening” of industry, entailing a plethora of promises as well as concerns. Regions and nations are facing important opportunities, but also potential items of conflict. There is a general awareness that a solid societal embedding is of key importance, so as to forego the biotech debacle of the 1990s. Both scientific and societal agendas are redefined in the light of these challenges and prospects, closely related to emerging bio-based economies and industries, aiming to develop more sustainable forms of energy, food, and bio-based renewable  materials. A successful transformation calls for a close alignment of research, policy and industrial agendas. 

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To learn more about the conference, please see the preliminary programme.

List of accepted posters and short talks

Please find the list of posters here

Please find the list of short talks here

FINAL closing date for ALL registration & fee payment: 20 November 2012 

How to participate

Registrations are now closed. For more info please contact the conference officer.

Practical Information

The conference will be held at Pakhuis de Zwijger:

Piet Heinkade 179

1019 HC Amsterdam

The Conference will start on 6 December 2012 at 9:00 and end on 7 December 2012 at 16.00.

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