04 December 2019
The Egg, Brussels

The BBI JU Stakeholder Forum 2019 took place on 4 December 2019 at the Egg Congress and Meeting Center in Brussels.


The BBI JU Stakeholder Forum 2019 brought together the bio-based industries community and facilitated open discussion on the impact, achievements and strategic direction of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking programme, as well as the latest developments in the bio-based industries sector. 


BBI JU presented a comprehensive programme of high-level speakers, who presented their ideas through inspiring keynote speeches, pertinent panel discussions and parallel sessions. There were also networking opportunities and a project exhibition where 100 granted projects showed their work. Besides, nine entities in synergy with BBI JU were present with their stand:

Bringing projects together in one venue with other BBI JU stakeholders, facilitated the exchange of ideas and best practices.


We welcomed more than 600 participants from 39 different countries. The variety of attendees covered all our stakeholders: industry, SMEs, academia, research organisations and policymakers, opinion leaders, EU community, BBI JU projects’ participants and bio-based industries community as a whole.


Find all the short interviews here: MEP Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Philippe Mengal, Rosanna Serra, Nicklas von Weymarn, Jaana Husu Kallio, Eleni Zika and Alex Michine.

Full videos of the sessions will be uploaded soon.

Videos on specific BBI JU’s projects will be uploaded soon.


Find below the PDF versions of the slides.

Opening keynote speeches

Green materials in automotive – Rosanna Serra, FCA Group Director of Materials Labs & Global Material Leader

Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission (no presentation slides)


Plenary session 1 – The socio-economic and environmental benefits of the EU bio-based sector

Pavel Misiga, Head of Circular Economy & Biobased Systems Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission (no presentation slides)

Making the Bioeconomy work in Europe - Dirk Pilat, Deputy Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

The role of consumer behaviour for bioeconomy development - Christine Lang, German representative, International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy


Plenary session 2 – Bio-based Europe: vision and strategic objectives

Benefits of BioeconomyJaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland

Stora Enso: Our role in a growing bioeconomyDaniel Badman, Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability Communications, Stora Enso

Vision 2050 and roadmap for first decade: SIRA 2030Dirk Carrez, Executive Director, Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC)


Plenary session 3 – Stable, supportive and coherent policies: the road to the bio-based products uptake

An Innovative Bio-refinery for absorbent hygiene productsMassimiliano Schietroma, Biorefinery  Leader, FaterSMART

Stable policies for bioeconomy development Raul Kirjanen, CEO, AS Graanul Invest / OÜ Graanul Biotech

Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), European Parliament


Plenary session 4 – Transforming the global bio-based field

Intervention of Giovanni de SantiGiovanni de Santi, Director of Directorate D - Sustainable Resources, Joint Research Centre

Innovating in the BioeconomyNiklas von Weymarn, CEO, Metsä Spring

Developing the Sustainable and Circular BioEconomy in EULene Lange, Vice Chair BBI SC, Director, Professor, PhD et Dr.Scient.“BioEconomy, Research & Advisory”


Final keynote speech

Bio-based materials as a pillar of Michelin Sustainable Strategy - Christophe Rahier, Senior Vice President High Tech Materials, Strategy & New Businesses, Michelin


There weren't slides during these sessions.

Parallel session 1: Sustainable Europe - revolutionising the European market

Patrik Kolar, Head of Department B: LIFE and H2020 Energy, Environment, Resources, EASME, European Commission

Maria Spyraki, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), European Parliament

Jean-Gabriel Levon, Vice President, Ynsect

Joanna Dupont-Inglis, Secretary General, EuropaBio

Sean Finan, Vice President, European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA)


Parallel session 2: Sustainable society - Getting citizens ready for the post-petroleum era

Susanna Albertini, Founder & Managing Director, FVA New Media Research – projects Biobridges, BIOVOICES, LIFT, European Bioeconomy Network

Maria Barbosa, Associate Professor, Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences, Wageningen University

Fabio Fava, Professor of Industrial & Environmental Biotechnology, University of Bologna, Italy, Chair of the BBI JU States Representatives Group

Nelo Emerencia, Director of Programming, Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC)


Parallel session 3: Addressing sustainability goals through bio-based innovation

Justus Wesseler, Professor, Wageningen University

Silvia Nanni, Senior Policy Analyst in IEEP Agriculture and Land Management Programme, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

Christine Goulay, Sustainable Innovation Senior Manager, Kering

Eleni Zika, Head of Programme, Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)