The World BioEconomy Forum is based on the idea that there needs to be a global platform for Circular Bioeconomy stakeholders to get together, exchange views and come up with a joint agenda on this increasingly important topic. Jukka Kantola, founder of the Forum, realised with his partners a couple of years ago that the time is right to launch this new incentive and work started on the forming the first event which was held in September 2018.
This kind of event would not occur without a sound network of influential stakeholders from the Circular Bioeconomy. One of the first tasks the organisers of the Forum had was to form an Advisory Board which has now successfully attracted representatives of the Circular Bioeconomy from all over the world. This has proved to be one of the most important guarantees that the content of the programs at the events is always of the very best quality.
Pretty soon after the Advisory Board was established Kantola teamed up with Aida Greenbury, and Mark Rushton, who together form the core team of the World BioEconomy Forum. Later the team was completed with the joining of Jin Hailiang and Anna Nikkilä.
First events have been held in Ruka, Finland, a resort town in northern Finland, provided excellent facilities and pristine nature for the event. It has been part of the spirit – relaxed environment with hard talk – the perfect setting for providing insightful dialogue between speakers and delegates from all over the world.
The Forum is now evolving quickly and other locations are being determined as to where to hold the event on a bi-annual basis in the future. A new plan has been devised that will see the main Forum being held every second year in Ruka and the year in between at another location around the world. This is to introduce various other examples of bioeconomies into the mix as it is clear that there is no one-fit-all when it comes to the global bioeconomy. By moving the event to various locations the Forum will seek to showcase other versions of regional bioeconomies and bring it to the attention of its global audience.
Communication with the World BioEconomy society is continues. In order to maintain the talk between the parties we are arranging World BioEconomy Rountables online following agenda and themes has been set for the season.
The World Bioeconomy Forum welcomes all stakeholders of the Circular Bioeconomy to join in this journey.