The Bioeconomy map of our globe and on our home continent Europe, issued some time ago at the first Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin in November 2015, and recently adapted, shows in dark green those areas where states and regions own their proper nation or regional Bioeconomy strategies. Where anything comparable is missing, the colour is white. The geographic area from the Baltic to the Black and the Eastern Agean Sea is blank , whereas the North, the Center and the Southwest of Europe ( Spain, France and Italy ) are dark green. This seems to start changing now, with the Vishgrad states in the middle and Greece in the deep south East of our continent, seriously thinking about joining forces in the EU, which started the broadband use of biological resources with their unique advantages like renewability, climate friendliness, potentials for circularity and potentials for new product functions in 2005. I strongly encourage my friends and colleagues in Greece to associate to the Bioeconomy Club of like-minded, as your country has undoubtedly strong, yet untabbed potentials in human resources, infrastructures , knowledge, education, training, and last but not least certain value chains of biomass. I congratulate you for your recent efforts of master- and bachelor courses in Bioeconomy in your universities, and your plans for joining industrial, academic and societal forces and groups in this respect.
You are not alone, as more than 50 states and more than a dozen regions are already strongly involved worldwide to contribute to give responses to some of our burning challenges of today and tomorrow. The oldest form of an economy practiced on our planet, based on the most advance new knowledge in life sciences and converging technologies will certainly not be a silver bullet, but might open new ways of thinking and acting for the sake of our planet and its inhabitants.
Good luck. Dr. Chris Pattermann