Business and Science Forum Programme

Business and Science Forum „THE DEVELOPMENT OF BIOECONOMY IS A PREREQUISITE FOR LONG-TERM COMPETITIVENESS AND WELFARE CREATION“

The purpose of the forum is to discuss the challenges and opportunities of modernization of bioeconomy sectors and innovative solutions for developing a competitive bioeconomy and creating economic, social and environmental welfare and rural areas vitality.

Thursday, 26th September

14.00 – 15.30 1 panel discussion: BIOECONOMY DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES: HOW TO STRENGTHEN THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ECONOMY, SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT? 

 Moderator: Virginija Kargytė, Manager of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Project “Unlocking the Potential of Bio-based Value Chains in the Baltic Sea Region” (BalticBiomass4Value).

 Themes of the panel discussion:
– The role of bioeconomy development in climate change mitigation.
– Transition from narrow specialization to industrial symbiosis strategy
– Boundaries of bioeconomy and prospects of biotechnology and genetics to satisfy increasing demands for bio-based resources and products.
– Key factors of success in shifting from non-renewable fuels and other resources based economy to bio-based economy, which would be higher value-added, more socially inclusive and environment-friendly.

 Panel discussion speakers:
Dovilė Almanytė-Zdanavičienė, Head of the Climate Change Management Policy Group at the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania
Zigmas Medingis, Counsellor of the Division of Crop Production and Agri-Environment at the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
Kęstutis Juščius, CEO and the main stakeholder of the AUGA group, which is one of the largest groups of companies in the Baltic region managing agricultural companies and implementing socially and environmentally sustainable eco-business model
Tomas Andrejauskas, Founding Partner of SatiMed, the company researching, developing and manufacturing phytocannabinoid-based medicinal, nutritional and cosmetic products; and Vice President of the Lithuanian Biotechnology Association
Dr. Monika Kavaliauskė, CEO of CasZyme, the startup company aiming to develop new discoveries, innovative applications and top-quality research in the field of CRISPR based Molecular Tools and to support researchers and companies practicing gene-editing worldwide

15.30-16.00 Coffee break and discussion
16.00-17.30 2 panel session. HOW SOCIAL INNOVATION CAN HELP RURAL AREAS TO BECOME SMARTER?

 Moderator: Vilma Atkočiūnienė, Professor of Business and Rural Development Research Institute, Vytautas Magnus University

 Indicative questions for open discussion:
– How Social Business Keeps Rural Communities Vitality?
Key speaker: Jurgita Ribinskaitė-Glatzer, Director of Public Institution „Geri noraiLT“, head of the international organization “Reach for change” for the Baltic States.
– How to Develop Regional Food System in the Context of Bioeconomy?
Key speaker: Dr. Talis Tisenkopfs, Baltic Studies Centre Director, Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia

Other debaters:
Giedrė Kvieskienė – Professor, Vytautas Magnus University
Knickel Karlheinz – Visiting Research Professor at RURALIS – Institute for Rural and Regional Research / Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway; Research Coordinator at Instituto de Ciencias Agrarias e Ambientais Mediterranicas (ICAAM) at Universidade de Évora, Portugal; Research Associate at PRAC – Policy Research & Consultancy in Bad Soden, Germany

More information will be available soon.