Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2019 will take place across Ireland between Friday 11 October – Friday 18 October 2019.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D., has announced ‘Bioeconomy Ireland Week’. Bioeconomy Ireland Week will place a spotlight on Ireland’s Bioeconomy through a series of events and activities led by the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine and the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment. The events are in collaboration with Bioeconomy leaders including Beacon SFI Bioeconomy Research Centre, Irish Bioeconomy Foundation and the BioConnect Regional Cluster based in Monaghan.
The bioeconomy uses renewable biological resources sourced sustainably from land and sea such as crops, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, micro-organisms and animals and converts these resources and their processing by-products into value added biobased products including proteins, feed, fertilizers, plastics and energy.
Commenting, the Minister said: “Following on from last year’s very successful Bioeconomy Ireland Day held at the National Bioeconomy Campus in Lisheen, Co. Tipperary, it is important to maintain momentum in highlighting the positive contributions the Bioeconomy is making to society and industry, and in realising the many opportunities it offers to our primary producers, as well as the agri-food, marine, forestry, waste management, energy, pharma and bio-technology sectors.”
Two of the main events taking place over the course of Bioeconomy Ireland Week include: the Launch of the BioConnect Innovation Centre (11th October, Monaghan), which has been established to create a biotechnology centre of excellence through the provision of research and laboratory services and a regional cluster to accelerate development of Bioeconomy opportunities; and the Launch of the National Bioeconomy Forum (14th October, Dublin) to liaise with relevant industry bodies and other stakeholders in the bioeconomy to provide advice and guidance on the policy framework needed for future development of the Irish Bioeconomy. In addition, a social media campaign - #FacesoftheFuture - running across the Bioeconomy Ireland Week will highlight the ground-breaking work of research students to develop Ireland’s bioeconomy.