Political Forum Programme

Political Forum “Bioeconomy for Rural Areas Development”

Keywords: Innovations, Integrity and Bio-resources

 Thursday, 23th November
(Hall of Central Building, 2nd floor, Aleksandras Stulginskis University)

14.30–15.30

 

1 panel session. TRANSITION FROM A FOSSIL-BASED TO A BIO-BASED ECONOMY

Moderator: Mindaugas Maciulevičius, Founding member and director of the AgriCoop developing short supply chains Lithuanian Farm Quality (Lithuania)

Indicative questions for open discussion:
·      Do we have political ambitions for bioeconomy development in rural areas?
·      Can be strengthened vitality of rural areas by bioeconomy development?
·      What are the main challenges related to bio-products market development?
·      What rural areas can offer for bioeconomy development?

Key speaker:
José RUIZ ESPI Research Policy Officer at DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Other Debaters:
Prof. dr. Piotr Senkus,  Siedlce Univesity, Head of the department of Logistics (Poland)
Prof. dr. Kęstutis Navickas, Aleksandras Stulginskis University (Lithuania)
Prof. dr. Thomas Hoffmann,  Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) (Germany)
Lina Gumbrevičienė, Director Centre for Programme LEADER and Agricultural Training Methodology, established by the Ministry of Agriculture of Lithuania (Lithuania)
Mindaugas Šilininkas, CEO of Euromediena group companies, Deputy chairman of Forest owners association of Lithuania, Member of the board of science and business valley “Nemunas” (Lithuania)

15.30–16.00 Coffee break and discussion
16.00–17.00 2 panel session. EUROPEAN INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP AS A DRIVING FORCE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF BIO-ECONOMY STRATEGIES IN EU REGIONS

Moderator: Laima Taparauskienė, Vice-Rector Aleksandras Stulginskis University (Lithuania)

Indicative questions for open discussion:
·      What policy measures can strenghten the links between agriculture food production, forestry and research and innovations?
·      How EIP-AGRI model could be used for the development of bio-based economy in rural areas?
·      What kind of innovation support services, new cooperation mechanisms are needed to foster bio-based economy?

Key speakers:
Barry Caslin, Teagasc – Rural Development Specialist (Ireland)
Darius Liutikas, The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuania)
Rimtautas Petraitis, Deputy director at Lithuanian Agricultural Advisory Service (Lithuania)

Other Debaters:
Prof. dr. Irina Pilvere, Latvia University of Agriculture (Latvia)
Koos (Jacobus Christiaan) Biesmeijer, Scientific Director Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands, Professor of Functional Biodiversity, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Pro. dr. Vilija Aleknevičienė, Aleksandras Stulginskis University (Lithuania)
Jonas Ignotavičius, Commerce Director of UAB “Chemcentras” (Lithuania)