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The Blue Bioeconomy Forum brought together industry, public authorities, academia, and finance in order to strengthen Europe's competitive position in the emerging blue bioeconomy.

The aim of the forum was to develop a shared understanding of the current status of the emerging blue bioeconomy in Europe and to collectively identify strategic developments, market opportunities, appropriate financial assistance, regulatory actions and research priorities to advance the blue bioeconomy in Europe. The forum sought to exploit synergies between blue bioeconomy sectors that can benefit from innovative uses of aquatic biomass. It looked into biomass sourcing for particular (novel) purposes, such as animal feed and feed additives, food products (functional, fermented or fried), pharmaceuticals, or cosmetics. Particular attention was also given to the valorisation and use of remainder for other applications (e.g. valorisation of chitin, shells and other bioactive components).

The Blue Bioeconomy Forum consisted of a steering group and several working groups, supported by a secretariat managed by Technopolis Group and Wageningen University and Research. To ensure the engagement of the wider community of stakeholders, consultations on promising new initiatives and the roadmap has been organised  through open stakeholders’ events and open online discussions. Blue bioeconomy information and news can be found in the “News and events" section.

The Roadmap and the Highlights brochure

(including a selection of viable and innovative projects) have been published!

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This project was funded under EASME/EMFF/2017/1.3.1.5./SI2.777939 MARINE BIOECONOMY FORUM. It was closed in December 2019. This page is no longer actively maintained.

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Blue investment booster starts up

The Blue Invest platform, set up with financial support from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), will provide a range of support for blue economy small companies and entrepreneurs. Daniela Cedola, which will manage the Blue Invest platform, outlined the opportunities for those with strong blue economy business ideas.

Last update: 02/07/19

First ways forward for the blue bioeconomy

Around 140 stakeholders were spread around the 10 table-topics set up for the three-rounds of World Café exchanges on the BBF’s proposed Roadmap for the Blue Bioeconomy. By necessity, participants were chosen for their vast experience and diverse backgrounds in the blue bioeconomy, including policymakers, national/regional bodies, industrial platers, and the researcher community.

Last update: 02/07/19

Some 'blue-tinted' magic at the Blue Bioeconomy Forum Conference

Summary of discussions during the Blue Bioeconomy Forum conference on 25 June 2019 in Brussels

Last update: 02/07/19

Key learnings from the Blue Bioeconomy Forum March working groups

While the BBF working groups are divided across topics, challenges and ways forward often overlap, and this summary aims at giving a first glimpse of what the Roadmap may include.

Last update: 03/04/19

Save the Date: Blue Bioeconomy Forum Second Conference

BBF second stakeholder event will take place in Brussels on 25 June

Last update: 03/04/19

A green and blue revolution to save the planet and our health

Interview with Pierfrancesco Morganti: how to move towards sustainable biobased plastics and making the most of fish waste

Last update: 01/04/19

Making the most of marine invaders

A Blue Bioeconomy success story: the EU-funded Amalia project has developed ways to create value out of invasive seaweeds

Last update: 01/04/19

Study to support investment for the sustainable development of the blue economy

Competitive multiple framework service contracts for the provision of studies related to the future development of cohesion policy and the ESI funds (Lot 3) : investment platform recommendation - Study

Last update: 01/03/19

The BBF Stakeholder Event Report is available!

The event report includes information on participants, discussions and results of the working groups.

Last update: 11/02/19

Blue Bioeconomy Forum Activities October – December

Official launch, first stakeholder event, draft State of Play report, how to join the Community, working groups and pipeline of projects

Last update: 19/12/18