More than 300 delegates from EU, USA, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Latin America and Canada, 40 presentations, 20 scientific posters and a round table on “The role of Shared pilot facilities in fostering the bioeconomy”. These are the numbers of IFIB, the Italian Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy, which opens today to the world in Rome at Palazzo Rospigliosi.
Now in its seventh year, IFIB successfully strengthens the transformation from an Italian event to an International event that brings together bioeconomy stakeholders and high-level keynote speakers to answer burning questions on issues including food security, renewable energy and industrial biotechnology.
Today, to emphasize the support of the Lazio Region, the event is also attended by the regional minister of Economic development, Guido Fabiani, to welcome the international speakers. A powerful combination of pilot scale technology breakthroughs, high profile investment and impressive sustainability credentials are driving more and more organisations to consider the potential of the biobased economy. For a couple of days (today and tomorrow) Rome becomes the bioeconomy world capital, hosting excellence in the field of Scientific and Industrial Research: ENI, Global Bioenergies, Mater Biotech, Ferrero Group but also different research centers, universities and innovative SMEs.
The bioeconomy is a 2 trillion euro industry, employing 22 million people in Europe alone. Its disruptive innovation potential is only going to increase. The event in Rome is another opportunity to shape it. To follow IFIB, follow us on Twitter @bioeconomista