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IAMO Forum 2021

26 January 2021

This year’s IAMO Forum will be held from 7 – 9 June and focuses on the topic "Agrifood systems in the bioeconomy". The conference will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As every year, IAMO China Group is planning multiple organized sessions and is also encouraging individual contributions.

The transition to a bioeconomy could be a game changer that may have large impacts on food and nutrition security, as well as on the ways how agri-food systems are designed and operated. With breakthroughs in biotechnologies and a shift from fossil fuels 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 following topics will be addressed during the IAMO Forum 2021,

  • 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

If you have any questions, please contact forum2021(at) or china(at) for China-related issues.