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IAMO Forum 2021

Entitled "Agrifood systems in the bioeconomy", IAMO Forum 2021 will focus on the transformation of food and agricultural systems in the transition to a bioeconomy. The conference takes place from 7-9 June 2021 online. Together with the International Bioeconomy Conference (9-10 June 2021) IAMO Forum will be part of the Bioeconomy Week Halle.

The transition to a bioeconomy is a potential game changer that may have a large impact on food and nutrition security, as well as on the ways in which agrifood systems are designed and operated. With breakthroughs in biotechnologies and a shift from fossil to renewable resources, the bioeconomy holds the potential to contribute to the sustainable development of agriculture and the countryside. At the same time, such game changing technologies and trends raise questions about the creation and evaluation of new markets and value chains, direct and indirect ecological effects at different scales and the effects of social inclusions and exclusion. Given that the bioeconomy is a relatively new field, there is significant demand for economic and interdisciplinary research to understand the potential of agricultural food systems in the transition to a bioeconomy.

The IAMO Forum 2021 will address the following topic areas:

  • Land and labor market effects of bio-based products
  • Land use effects of biomass production
  • Trade-offs between sustainable development goals in the bioeconomy
  • To own, to share or to cooperate? – social innovations in agrifood systems
  • Governance instruments and institutions of the bioeconomy
  • Bioclusters and regionalized value chains
  • The role of innovation policy in regional economic development
  • Economic effects of new bioeconomy crops
  • The place of the agricultural sector in the circular bioeconomy
  • No limits? – ethical and public debates around sustainability and new (bio)technologies

The conference language is English.

*** IAMO Forum & Covid-19 ***

Due to the unpredictable course of the Covid-19 pandemic, IAMO Forum 2021 will be held in an online format.

IAMO Forum 2021
Agrifood systems in the bioeconomy
07 – 09 June 2021 │ online

Bioeconomy Week Halle, 7 - 10 June 2021

In the German Science Year Bioeconomy, Halle (Saale) hosts the Bioeconomy Week with two international conferences – the IAMO Forum 2021 and the 9th International Bioeconomy Conference.

The IAMO Forum is an annual platform for presenting international research in agricultural and related disciplines and stimulating exchange with policy makers and practitioners. The IAMO Forum 2021 (7 - 9 June) is dedicated to agrifood systems in the bioeconomy.

The International Bioeconomy Conference is one of the most important bioeconomy events in Germany, which annually brings together science and industry to discuss the latest developments and potentials in the field of plant-based bioeconomy. The 9th Bioeconomy Conference (9 - 10 June) is jointly organized by ScienceCampus Halle and BioEconomy Cluster. This year, special attention is given to the countries of the Baltic Sea region.

The jointly organized morning session on the 3rd day of the Bioeconomy Week is open to all registered participants.


Sina Lehmann

Sina Lehmann

Public Relations
Room: 211

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Dr. Franziska Schaft

Dr. Franziska Schaft

Deputy Head of Department Structural Change
Scientific coordinator IAMO Graduate School
Room: 137

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Anna Feshchenko

Anna Feshchenko

Event Management
Room: 149

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