Launch of inauguration and networking meeting

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The inaugural BiomassNet meeting, BiomassNet: The first pan-African expert network on food and non-food biomass is open to experts from all disciplines and sectors who address food and non-food biomass issues in Africa. Registration is open until May 31st for presentors, and until July 3rd for participants.

Scientists and experts from governmental and non-governmental organizations, development agencies, and the private sector are especially encouraged to attend.


Venue: Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW), Heussallee 18-24, 53113 Bonn
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

BiomassNet aims at supporting African countries in achieving food security and developing sustainable bioeconomies through the exchange of knowledge and expertise between experts from science, policy and practice. The focus is on Africa because many African countries still struggle to attain food security, while facing new demands for biomass as a source of income, energy and industrial raw materials.

Present your project and/or organization
The networking sessions provide the opportunity to present your project/organization, and link up with experts from other fields and backgrounds. The exchange can be continued and broadened through the interactive online platform that will be launched during the meeting.

Please register for the BiomassNet inaugural meeting here.           Deadline: July 3, 2017.

If you are interested in presenting your projects/organization (5-7 minutes), please register (via the same link as above) by May 31, 2017.

Preliminary program

3:00-3:30 pm:  Keynotes by:

Dr. Manfred Denich, Project Leader BiomassWeb, ZEF senior researcher,

Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun, Chair of the German Bioeconomy Council, ZEF-Director

Representatives of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and/or the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (tbc).

3:30-3:45 pm:   Launch of the interactive BiomassNet online platform

3:45-4:00 pm:   Coffee Break

4:00-4:45 pm: Parallel networking sessions:  Present your organization/project and discuss interlinkages and new ways of cooperation with other experts

4:45-5:00 pm: Closing remarks and outlook

until 6:00 pm: Opportunity to continue networking

The final program of the event is to be announced in June.