From Naples the Italian bioeconomy opens to the world

Naples will be the Euro-mediterranean capital of the bioeconomy for a couple of days. The Italian Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (IFIB) goes to the wonderful city of Southern Italy from 22 to 23 October 2013 at Castel dell’Ovo (Egg Castle), a seaside castle located on the former island of Megaride, now a peninsula, on the gulf of Naples .

With around 250 delegates in attendance from approximately twenty different countries from all around the world, the conference truly succeeds in its ambitious aim to transform from an Italian event to a Euro-mediterranean congress for the vibrant and dynamic sector of the bioeconomy.

Italy’s impressive local representation will be showcased alongside an exceptional international speaker line. These business and policy leaders will share their insights on strengthening the biobased value chain in order to produce smarter, more sustainable products, processes to create new jobs and generate economic growth.

To animate the forum will be about 40 scientific presentations divided into seven sessions: Healthcare, Biocatalysis, Environment, Energy and Biorefineries, Agro-food, Marine Biotech and Technology Transfer.

Protagonists will be universities, research centers, SMEs and big corporations, such as BASF, DSM, ENI, Mossi & Ghisolfi Group and Cereplast.

But not only that: to discuss the role of clusters in fostering the bioeconomy will be representatives of the main cluster in the world. Manfred Kircher for the German cluster Clib2021, Christophe Luguel for the IAR-Pole (France), Willem Sederel of Bio-based Delta (The Netherlands), Richard Cloutier to represent the Canadian experience, Vladimir Popov for the Russian experience, Roberto Horcajada for the Spanish and Giulia Gregori for the Italian.

From Naples, where the unemployment touches unacceptable levels and is a real social problem, the bioeconomy will be called to give concrete examples of how to reconcile economic growth, environmental sustainability and creation of high-skilled jobs. From here, one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world, the Italian bioeconomy will open to the world, claiming its Euro-mediterranean centrality.

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