3rd International Bioeconomy Forum meeting
fully virtual
from 04 to 06 November 2020

The aim of the 3rd IBF plenary meeting was to update IBF governance matters, to validate the deliverables of the IBF working groups, and to discuss the role of the bioeconomy in the post Covid-19 world, as well as the future of the forum, including synergies and links to other international bioeconomy initiatives.


Participants included the official IBF members and observer representatives and the working group leads. Representatives of countries, which are interested in joining the IBF, attended the meeting as observers.

Minutes of the meeting will be provided soon.

Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020
fully virtual
from 16 to 20 November 2020

The third Global Bioeconomy Summit #GBS2020 took place fully virtual from 16 to 20 November 2020 with the support of the German government. Since the first summit in Berlin in 2015, the summits have established themselves as a unique format for global exchange on bioeconomy policy, governance and sustainable development.

Further information

2nd International Bioeconomy Forum meeting, 26-27 May 2019
Vancouver, Canada

The second IBF plenary meeting was held from 26-27 May 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. Representatives of member and observatory states discussed the aims and vision of the IBF and its role in relation to other global bioeconomy initiatives. Leaders of the four working groups – Plant Health, ICT, Forest Bioeconomy and Food Systems Microbiomes – presented the objectives and roadmap of their working group.

Around 40 member, observer, and working group representatives attended. The meeting was a success, resulting in tangible progress and a clear path forward.

Please find the minutes of the meeting here.

1st International Bioeconomy Forum Meeting, 30 November 2017
Brussels, Belgium

The IBF was announced by Commissioner Moedas on 13 October 2016 and it was officially launched on 30 November 2017 in Brussels with a first plenary meeting.

The meeting was co-chaired by the European Commission and AgriFood Canada. Nine extra-European countries from all the five continents participated. Canada, US, Argentina, South Africa, India, China and New Zealand joined the IBF as members. Australia and South Korea joined as observers.

Please find the minutes of the meeting here.