PLOS – Call for Papers – Sustainability and the Circular Economy

PLOS - Call for Papers - Sustainability and the Circular Economy

“Circular economy aims to reduce or eliminate negative externalities of the agri-food sector while simultaneously promoting a new, sustainable production model that is crucial to achieving the UN’s Sustainable development food and environmental targets. With increasing global demand for food, it is time to focus on agri-food production models and business plans that are capable of achieving sustainable food systems. Therefore, employing the 9Rs strategies for the circular economy can enhance novel policy design targeted towards achieving the goal of feeding the globe through sustainable practices.”

Abiodun Olusola Omotayo
North West University

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Webinar – Reflections on the use of COP Style negotiations for the environamental susta

Webinar - Reflections on the use of COP style negotiations for environmental sustainability

2022 ended with Conferences of the Parties of both the UN Climate Change Conference and the UN Biodiversity Conferences. These large-scale events are a core part of the long-term strategy for advancing environmental sustainability through international negotiation and agreement. We have two participants from the COP 15 of the UNBC held in Montreal in December: Dr. David Castle and Dr. Stuart Smyth. David was part of the official Canadian Delegation while Stuart was there as an expert as part of an industrial group sponsored by Crop Life International. Professor, Peter Phillips will moderate a conversation on their experience and reflections on the COP model of advancing public policy.

 

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ICABR Conference 2023 – Call for Submissions

ICABR Conference 2023 - Call for Submissions

The 2023 ICABR Conference (which will be organized together with IICA in Buenos Aires, Argentina) invites submission of abstracts for research papers, participant panels, posters and symposia that address aspects of and/or factors that affect institutional change as it relates to recent bioeconomy transformations.
I. Institutional Transitions to Improve Sustainability
  • Creating new governance and business models and practices
  • Improving government institutions that provide investments and policies for sustainable bioeconomy value chains
  • Changing scope and impact of international agreements and international organizations
  • Strengthening public-private partnerships
II. Quantification of Improved Sustainability of Value Chains
  • Improving methods for quantitative evaluation
  • Assessing impacts from digitalization of the bioeconomy
  • Making supply chain more sustainable
III. The Role of Policies and Regulations
  • Measuring the impacts of government incentives for sustainability
  • Effects of regulatory burden and government policies
  • Impacts of international agreements on domestic innovations
  • Effectiveness of international climate commitments
IV. The Role for Innovation
  • Increasing opportunities for sustainability-focused public-private partnerships
  • Improving communications to inform and sensitize consumers
  • Generating political support for innovation in bioeconomy
  • Exploring nature-based solutions
  • Capacity building for the generation and use of innovations for the bioeconomy

Colleagues are encouraged to submit abstracts of 200 words, for posters, papers or proposals for organized sessions (3-4 presenters) by logging into or creating an account on ConfTool.

ICABR on Site With its own Session – The Global Food Summit 2022

Global Food Summit 2022 - Ambassadors for Bioeconomy

Foodtropolis: Urban. Circular. Food.

ICABR will have its own Breakout Session at the Global Food Summit 2022!

The focus lies on the motto: The economical value of food bioeconomy.
Armed conflicts, pandemics, and climate crises challenge sustainable development. The recent experience has shown that modern biotechnology has a lot to offer addressing some of the challenges such as the gene editing for the production of more efficient and sustainable crops, animals, energy and medicines. In this session international experts will discuss the economics of bioeconomy innovation in response to crises.

ICABR Speakers:

Climate, war and Covid – Can Bioeconomy Help to Cope With Crises?

The war in Ukraine is affecting food security not only in Europe, but worldwide, and is driving up prices accordingly. Also, fertilizers for agriculture are also becoming scarce and expensive. Global logistics chains continue to be disrupted by covid lockdowns, such as in Shanghai or Beijing, or have not yet returned to pre-covid levels in their interconnectedness. At the same time, India and Pakistan are currently experiencing an unprecedented heat wave that could cause a loss of around 500 kilograms of wheat per hectare, according to initial estimates.

Is a “perfect storm” approaching here? And can bioeconomic production methods in agriculture or food production help to make our food supply more secure and at the same time more climate-friendly in the future?

Participant Overview:

This time we are honored to welcome Brazil and Israel as a partner country at the Global Food Summit on June 8, 2022 in Munich and that His Excellency the Ambassador of Brazil to Germany, Mr. Roberto Jaguaribe, will present “Bioeconomy made in Brazil” in Munich.

Speakers:

See a more detailed speaker list on globalfoodsummit.com.

How About Visiting the Global Food Summit?

June 8, 2022
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Der Alten Kongresshalle
Am Bavariapark 14
80339 München

You can find a complete and more detailed event program on globalfoodsummit.com.

You can buy Tickets on eventbrite.com.

The Global Food Summit will also stream live from the avenue. Be sure to not miss out from where ever you are!

You can find the registration page on globalfoodsummit.live.

Special Issue “Accelerating Bioeconomy Growth through Applied Research and Policy Change”

Global economic growth is slowing, and several economies are suffering from recession, unemployment, and/or environmental destruction challenging sustainable development. These developments are reinforced by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Developments in biology are expected to allow for technical change addressing many of these challenges. Reaching these expectations will require an institutional and policy environment supporting investments and technical change. This Special Issue examines the possible contributions of the bioeconomy to economic growth, employment, and the environment and addresses how institutions and policies can support these contributions.

More details at:
https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/bioeconomy_growth

Post COVID-19 Implications for Genetic Diversity and Genomics Research & Innovation: A Call for Governance and Research Capacity

At a time of significant technological change and digitization in the biological sciences, the COVID19 pandemic has highlighted again the inequities in the research and innovation ecosystem. Based on a consultation with an internationally diverse group of stakeholders from multiple fields and professions, and on a broadly representative set of case studies, this report offers a new approach to the global governance of genetic diversity and genomic research and innovation.

Read the paper here