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The Global Bioeconomy Summit (GBS) is a high-level, biennial international conference. It has become the leading event with a format to globally review and discuss emerging opportunities and challenges of the bioeconomy and develop visions for the future development of a sustainable bioeconomy among key actors from governments, science and innovation, business and civil society. The summit links bioeconomy policy closely to global sustainable development and climate agendas. The Summit was originally initiated by the Bioeconomy Council of the Federal German Government in 2015.
In order to ensure the global spirit of the GBS an International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy (IAC) was established for the first summit in 2015 and continues to serve to this day. It unites bioeconomy policy drivers from all hemispheres and different fields of the bioeconomy.
The mission of the Global Bioeconomy Summit is to provide thought leadership in effectively shaping global bioeconomy policy and to share in global responsibility of contributing to sustainable development. The GBS aims to therefore evolve as THE platform connecting informed opinion leaders and trusted sources in the diverse fields of bioeconomy science, industry, policy and sustainable development. The GBS provides a neutral place to promote consensus building on how different pathways of the bioeconomy can contribute to sustainable development. The development of a sustainable bioeconomy requires policy strategies supporting the transformation of the current economic system. These strategies involve research and technological innovation but also social innovation, regulatory changes, national and international policy frameworks and long-term political commitment. The GBS´s mission is to stimulate and support these transformation processes globally.