SCAR 2017 Tallinn conference: focus on bioeconomy R&I policies and representation

On 4 and 5 December, the second conference of the Standing Committee for Agricultural Research (SCAR) took place in Tallinn, Estonia, entitled "Research and innovation policy, state-of-play and the role of SCAR in the European Bioeconomy". The conference focussed on the work and impact of SCAR on European and national policy development. More specifically, challenges related to Member State representation in SCAR and achieving more effective coverage of the wider bioeconomy by involving different ministries and mandated organisations at the national level were discussed.

Key-note speakers from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Tallinn University of Technology set the broader arena for innovation policy and inclusiveness in R&I processes respectively. These were followed by presentations of two national bioeconomy strategies and policy briefs developed by SCAR working groups. Also two studies performed by the SCAR support action CASA, covering an analysis of SCAR and representation and inclusion in SCAR were presented, alongside experiences from other (P2P) networks in the bioeconomy. Next to these presentations, in two days, over sixty-five people from twenty-seven countries discussed in dedicated sessions on ways to improve impact of SCAR, representation challenges, stakeholder involvement and connections and synergies of SCAR with key European Commission policies in its domain. The successful conference was organised back-to-back with the SCAR Plenary meeting and SCAR Working Group meetings, effectively putting into action one of the recommendations for increasing representation: to organise meetings in SCAR’s member states.

Presentations and the conference report will be available at the SCAR and the conference website of the Estonian Presidency.

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