Early-career workshop: Building a Bio-based Economy for Europe


When: Tuesday 2nd June, 09:30-18:00

Where: Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way YO10 5DD, York, UK


Attend this exciting one-day interdisciplinary event to explore the challenges and opportunities for creating a bio-based economy in Europe and build a network of early-career researchers and professionals.
Workshop outline
Through highly interactive discussions and workshops, you will develop your holistic understanding of the bio-based economy, build networks, gain skills in entrepreneurship and influencing policy and connect their research or work to the hot topics in other fields. The event is limited to 50 participants to ensure engaging and participatory discussions.

Confirmed experts and mentors 

We have a fantastic range of mentors and experts confirmed to facilitate the sessions from across academia, industry and policy. These include:
  • Dr. Leo Gomez (Centre for Novel Agricultural Products)
  • Dr Adrian Higson (NNFCC - the Bioeconomy Consultancy)
  • Dr. Edward Green (Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor of Green Biologics)
  • Sarah Hosking (R&D Workstream leader at Unilever)
  • Daniel Wood (Acting Head of Parliament’s Universities Programme, Houses of Parliament
For more information about the programme and speakers please download the draft programme here
What you can expect to gain from the workshop
  • An appreciation of the challenges faced in building a bio-based economy from technical, industry and policy perspectives.
  • Build a network of researchers and professionals focused around the bio-based economy.
  • Understand the basic background, language and hot topics in green chemistry and biotechnology and how it connects to your own discipline.
  • Develop skills in entrepreneurship and influencing policy.
  • Develop confidence in connecting and contributing your individual knowledge to a broad topic.  

Who should attend?

The workshop is aimed at early-career professionals (in academia, organisations and companies) working in areas related to building a bio-based economy from across Europe. This includes PhD and postdoctoral researchers and scientists, social scientists, economists and engineers.


£25, including coffee, lunch, evening wine reception and all activities.
Registrations are now open and will close on 15 May.
To apply, complete the submission form and email it to bioeconomy.workshop@gmail.com

Our hope is to have a variety of disciplines involved in this workshop in order to optimise the exchange of knowledge between researchers. For this reason, we are asking for the submission of application forms. We will inform you whether we are able to offer you a place within 2 weeks of your application and then provide you with payment information. There are a limited number of places to ensure a participatory event so apply early to avoid disappointment.
We are offering a limited number of free places for University of York students. If you are interested in applying for one of these, please specify on your application form (and apply by 31st March).
If you would like to attend but are having difficulty obtaining funding please contact us directly via the email address provided below.




Return to this page or email bioeconomy.workshop@gmail.com for updates on the event.
Organised by
This interdisciplinary workshop is being organized and co-hosted by the Network of Early-career Sustainable Scientists and Engineers (NESSE), greenSTEMS, BioBase NWE and the NNFCC. To learn more about these organisations please click on the links.
The key organisers are:
Dr Jennifer Dodson (Chemistry, University of York) – Co-ordinator
Giulia Paggiola (Chemistry, University of York) – Finance
Maria Razalan (Biology, University of York) – Promotions
Tabitha Petchey (Chemistry, University of York) – Registrations
Dr Tom Dugmore (Chemistry, University of York) – Programme
Rosa Mato Amboage (Environment, University of York)  - Promotions

Karla Beltr├ín Valenzuela (Environment, University of York)  - Promotions

Dr Adrian Higson (NNFCC)

Supporters of the event
The organisers of the event are grateful for the support of the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE), Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) and the Graduate Student Association.  




Many thanks to the Postgraduate Community Fund (PGCF) who are funding 5 postgraduate places for this event.