Conference: Research and Innovation Pathways Towards a Circular Bio-economy (NoRest)

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Developing a future bio-economy has become a key goal for policy-makers in Norway, across Europe, and around the world. The bioeconomy is considered critical for several reasons: the need for sustainability of resource use, the growing demand for both food and energy, and the need to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation.

The NoRest conference put emphasis on cycle thinking in technology, foresight exercises and transitions related to different aspects of the bio-economy and future challenges and possibilities for both researchers and industry. The conference is jointly organised by three research projects, CYCLE, BioSmart and SusValueWaste, all funded by the BIONÆR programme of the Research Council of Norway

A combination of keynote presentations held by carefully selected speakers, short lightening speeches, and poster presentations from research projects, industry, government and relevant EU or Nordic funded research projects provides an interesting and interactive program.

  • Lene Lange, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Nancy Bocken, TU Delft, The Netherlands/University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Adrian Higson, Bio based Products, NNFCC, United Kingdom
  • Peter De Smedt, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Kes McCormick, Lund University, Sweden
  • Geir Oddson, Nordic Council of Ministers
  • Gudrun Langthaler, Research Council of Norway, Norway
  • Toine Timmerman, Wageningen University, The Netherlands


A transition to the bio-economy rests upon both increased sustainable production and consumption of bio-based and renewable resources, but does also draw attention to the growing economic value of organic rest-resources from bio-industries and households; the circular aspect of the bio-economy. Exploiting the full potential of all these resources as possible new sources for food, feed, fertilizer, energy or other innovative use requires increased innovation, systemic change as well as better regulation and governance.

This conference presents research and innovation pathways to increase resource utilization in bio-based value chains and a shift towards a circular bioeconomy. The aim of the conference is to gather research organisations across different research-disciplines, industry and governmental organisations from different European countries to facilitate knowledge transfer, networking and spur future innovation and collaboration both between industry and research organisations as well as between countries.




The conference will be at DGI Byen. The adress is: DGI byen, Tietgensgade 65, 1704 København



A number of hotel rooms are reserved for the night between 25th-26th of October:

The rooms are at DGI Byen Hotel and at Guldsmeden Hotels (Axel and Carlton) and the rate is DKK 1.095,00/night + DKK 155,00 for Breakfast Buffet (optional). 

  • For rooms at DGI Byen Hotel conference please make reference to Booking 588330 for DGI Byens Hotel.
  • For rooms at Hotels ´Axel og Carlton´ refer to ´Københavns Universitet´ + Referencenr.: 300824 AND book before 24 September, directly with the hotel (

We are looking forward to seeing you in Copenhagen!




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