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About the Author: Ana Casillas

Innovation Consultant - Ana holds a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry, which she completed in the Bioremediation department of Queen’s University (Kingston – CA) through the TASSEP Program, and a M.Sc. degree in Applied Plant Biology, both from the Complutense University of Madrid. She started her professional career developing projects in BIOPLAT (the Spanish Technology and Innovation Platform ‘Biomass for the Bioeconomy’) and continued as a Bioeconomy Advisor in the bioeconomy area of the Andalusian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development. Ana defines herself as a defender of the environment and critical thinking.

On November 21, Innovarum attended the Circular Bioeconomy Forum in Seville, organized by the Circular Bioeconomy group of the General Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Food of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development of the Andalusian Regional Government, in collaboration with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in Seville, and the Andalusian Institute for Research and Training in Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Organic Production (IFAPA). The event resulted in a meeting point for administrations, institutional leaders, public-private entities, entities representing civil society and those responsible for circular bioeconomy projects, both at regional and national, European and Central American levels.

After the opening of the day by representatives of the Andalusian Regional Government and the JRC, the event was structured around four round tables. During the morning sessions, bioeconomy policies and strategies from different regions were discussed, as well as the weaknesses, threats, strengths and opportunities established by the circular bioeconomy model. In the afternoon roundtables, there was an exchange of success stories and developed practices, examples of bioproducts and biomass resources generated by the different sectors, and there was a discussion on bioeconomy and resilience to environmental and climate challenges.

 

During the coffee and lunch breaks, attendees were able to visit the exhibition area where numerous projects related to the circular bioeconomy were on display, such as Oleaf4Value, focused on the valorization of olive pruning by-products, which Innovarum and Natac were presenting. MainstreamBIO was also present at the event and coincided with sister projects such as BioRural and SCALE-UP, both also working for the development of the rural bioeconomy, as well as the ROBIN project, which belongs to the recently created Rural Bioeconomy Alliance (RBA).

The event concluded with a review of the main topics discussed during the day, highlighting the need to collaborate between sector agents at various territorial levels, to communicate experiences, and to create knowledge exchange networks, as the most effective way to promote the acceptance and implementation of the circular bioeconomy.