final conference of progress

Final Conference of PROGRESS in conjunction with the European Biotechnology Week will take place

Wednesday September 27th, 2017 from 9:30 am to 04:30 pm

at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Brussels - Le Palace
(Rue Gineste 3, 1210 Brussels, Belgium).


The one-day conference will bring together experts and policy makers to discuss the current status and future of Industrial Biotechnology in Europe. Besides introducing the outcomes of the project, the objective is to allow further networking and enhance the broader awareness of the EU community at large on opportunities and gaps of Industrial Biotechnology.

In the morning, the goals and approach of the project will be presented, as well as key results from the analysis of the status-quo and future scenarios for different value chains in Industrial Biotechnology (enzymes, bio-based-plastics, lignocellulosic-ethanol, microbiomes, production of biopharmaceuticals, biotech Flavors & Fragrances). The presentations will be accompanied with insights and comments from leading stakeholders in the Industrial Biotechnology scene. In the afternoon, the project team will present recommendations regarding the key R&DI needs and potential actions for Europe. This will be followed by a discussion on the role of different Member States / EU regions and opportunities for stronger collaboration.

Please find the detailed agenda attached.

The Final Conference will be free of charge. 

To register for the conference:

Send an email to with your name, email address and institutional affiliation. Please sign up until September 19th.

Past Event: workshop realization of a vision for industrial biotechnology in europe

The workshop aims at elaborating goals for R&DI policy in Industrial Biotechnology in Europe. 

The workshop will take place in Brussels

Thursday May 18th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm

at the European Commission Covent Garden (COVE) Place Rogier 16, Brussels.


The following steps will be taken in the workshop:

 Key policy-relevant factors for the future development of Industrial Biotechnology will be presented and discussed and modified. For these factors, potential goals for Europe in 2025-2030 will be elaborated by taking into account potential uncertainties and conflicts as well as perspectives of other stakeholders. On this basis actions will be deduced. The goals and actions will be illustrated for certain value chains (bio-based plastics, enzymes, biotech flavors & fragrances) as examples.

The workshop will require your active participation in moderated group discussions. You will have the opportunity to ex-change views with about around 15-20 leading experts from academia and industry and to contribute to setting the course for research and innovation policy in the coming years. The results of the workshop will be used to prioritize R&D&I needs and propose potential actions in later stages of the project.

If you are interested, please  contact us  until the 18.April 2017. Request for travel reimbursement is possible.

Past Event: Value Chain Workshops

The  value chain workshops were key activities of the project. Each workshop covered two value chains, which present key opportunities for Europe, but also are representative to analyze gaps and further needs of action. The following workshops took place

  • Workshop on the value chain “Lignocellulosic bioethanol” and the value chain “bio-based plastics” on March 7 th , 2017 (10.30 am – 5 pm)
  • Workshop on the value chain “Enzymes (with a focus on Laundry & dishwasher detergents)” and value chain “Production of biopharmaceuticals” on March 8th , 2017 (10.30 am – 5 pm)
  • Workshop on the value chain “Flavors & Fragrances” and the value chain “Microbiome for food, beverages, health nutrition” on March 9th , 2017 (10.30 am– 5 pm)

  All workshops will take place in a location nearby the Frankfurt/Main airport in Germany.

In these workshops scenarios of future pathways for Industrial Biotechnology (IB) were elaborated by the participants. The future paths scenarios cover the relevant aspects that have to be addressed to enter those paths, such as technological bottlenecks, market barriers or framework conditions.

Representatives from the scientific communities, from industry, associations, consultancies and policy-making were invited to share their experience and expertise about the prospective IB developments and related impacts in Europe. The different stakeholders groups will reflect together on the vision they have about the future of technology, economy and society for these value chains.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723687.