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CommBeBiz Bioeconomy Impact Conference on Smart and Sustainable Cities

Press Release   •   Jan 15, 2018 11:39 GMT

Bioeconomy Impact 2018

The Bioeconomy Driving Smart & Sustainable Cities

Budapest 6th/7th February 2018

The urban population of the world has grown rapidly from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014, and is expected to surpass six billion by 2045.

Whilst this growth in urbanisation presents a huge challenge, it should be seen as a golden opportunity to implement smart and sustainable solutions at scale. In addition, it presents an opportunity to influence societal, political and commercial behaviours that ease the pressure of growth placed on both the environment and its inhabitants.

CommBeBiz’s Bioeconomy Impact 2018 Conference taking place in Budapest, a city at the forefront of developing and delivering smart and sustainable urban solutions, will bring together Europe’s most analytical minds to discuss and connect on Bioeconomy innovation and how it can contribute to the delivery of Smart and Sustainable Cities.

Dr Ali Cheshmehzangi, who leads on fundamental research for the built environment and is speaking at the conference to share his expertise, says: "Innovation has always been a necessity for our development. Innovation can be novel, but can also be very simple to be effective. The impacts of eco and smart transitions are already visible in our everyday life and all the way to our governance and institutions.

“Cities are certainly a vital part of our transition towards a smarter and greener future. They bring us challenges, but also great opportunities for innovation. They continue to attract new generations of thinkers, business developers, entrepreneurs and innovators. We stand at the verge of a major turning point, where we can question business-as-usual scenarios and propose for new paradigms of urbanism. These paradigms will be integrated, comprehensive and information-based. Through these we can make our cities healthier and more sustainable; and it is then that we will see the multi profitability of our innovations.”

Various initiatives have already been rolled out across European cities to rise to the challenges created by a growing population. In Budapest, for example, 24/7 availability of over 1,400 bicycles city-wide (Bubi bikes); the Danube’s Green Island providing safe waste disposal for boats; and the creation and the maintenance of green spaces are just some of the examples contributing to smart urban solutions.

Mónika Alíz Mészáros, a key organiser in the event, says: “This year’s conference is the culmination of a three-year project, CommBeBiz, a European funded project to support Bioeconomy researchers to connect and speed their time to innovation. We have some great European speakers and we look forward to hosting scientists, researchers and academics from across Europe to discuss how their research and knowledge can contribute to making Europe’s cities truly sustainable.”

Rhonda Smith, Co-ordinator of the EC funded CommBeBiz project says: “At the conference, we will launch the BeBizBlueprint – a document containing the learnings from CommBeBiz setting out recommendations as to how the ‘ecosystem’ surrounding bioeconomy researchers can be strengthened to drive the journey to innovation more effectively.”

Full details about the conference and registration are available on the home page of the project website

ENDS/ Contacts & Notes follow

Media contact: Annabel Mead, CommBeBiz Senior Project Manager, at Minerva Communications UK on +44 (0)1264-326427 or +44 (0)7823335468.


Editor’s notes:

1.Speakers include;

Dr. Zsolt Feldman, Deputy Secretary of State for Agriculture

Javier Echarri, CEO, European Business and Innovation Network

Rhonda Smith, CommBeBiz project

Piroska Szalai, chair of board of Budapest Enterprise Agency

József Szabó, CEO, FŐKERT

Attila Bodnár, founder and CEO /Péter Varga, Senior Manager Business Development (SPG), Organica Water

Mihály Lados, Hungarian Academy of Science

With Top Tips Workshops from Expert mentors;

Ali Cheshmehzangi, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Mónika Alíz Mészáros, Intellexi Ltd

Raffaele Buompane, European Business and Innovation Network

Rego Lanszki, President of the Municipality of Budapest’s 2nd District Committee for property development and President of Smart Solution Cluster

2.The call under which CommBeBiz has been successfully funded is H2020-ISIB-2014-1, Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy, part of Societal Challenge 2:

Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy. The project receives €1.6 million funding and runs from March 2015 to February 2018.

3.The partners in CommBeBiz are:

-MINERVA Communications UK, 12 Basepoint Innovation Centre, Andover, SP10 3FG, United Kingdom

Contact: Rhonda Smith, +44 (0) 1264 326427

-TEAGASC, Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Ireland

Contact: Maeve Henchion +353(0) 1-8059515

-PRACSIS SPRL, Avenue Herrmann Debroux 44, Bruxelles 1160, Belgium

Contact: Sylvia Schreiber +32-2-6633041

-EBN, Avenue De Tervuren 168, Bruxelles 1150, Belgium

Contact: Marion Perrin, +32-2-27728900