Four Pillars of Wisdom IV: Looking to the Future
In our final interview for the Four Pillars series, we speak to Professor Mark Rudnicki, another advisory board member for the World BioEconomy Forum. Dr Rudnicki is head of the Looking to the Future session at the Forum, and will be moderating the panel: Health and the Bioeconomy at the event in Brazil this year.
Dr Rudnicki is currently a Professor of Practice in Forest Biomaterials in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University where he engages in and coordinates research in forest biomaterials. He has also been the Executive Director of the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute since its establishment in 2016 as a non-profit NGO dedicated to the facilitation of the forest bioeconomy in the State of Michigan.
How do you see the future of the circular bioeconomy developing over the next 10 years? Are you optimistic that the sector will grow and possibly even boom as the pandemic gets behind us?
Dr Rudnicki: As we look increasingly to sustainable solutions, the framework being developed by the bioeconomy is critical. The bioeconomy lays out a pathway to sustainability that harnesses emerging technologies, industry as well as seeking to preserve the rural economies and endemic resources on which the bioeconomy depends.
How do you see the future of bioproduct development in tropical areas?
Dr Rudnicki: Like most regions of the world, the bioeconomy is both established and yet has incredible potential for growth and contribution to a sustainable future. We will hear about several specific efforts in session 4 that should serve to inspire
You will be moderating the final panel of the Forum, Health and the Bioeconomy, what are your expectations when it comes to the content of the discussion?
Dr Rudnicki: We have an impressive line-up of women from around the world who are leading the work on these issues from a wide variety of perspectives/disciplines. I expect these varied perspectives to illuminate our understanding as they converge on the connections to the bioeconomy.