Interview with Neus Escobar about study on bioplastics

An interview with Neus Escobar has been published following their study on land use mediated effects of bioplastics based on a Computable General Equilibrium assessment.

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SETAC Europe 29th Meeting on sustainable societies, May 26-30, 2019 in Helsinki, Finland

Bio-based industries: sustainability benefits of technological innovation and closed loop approaches across supply chains

Neus Escobar and Natalie Laibach will take part in the 29th Annual Meeting of SETAC Europe, to be held in Helsinki (Finland) on 26-30 May 2019. They will present their scientific contribution “Sustainability check for bio-based technologies: a LCA review” in the session “Bio-based industries: sustainability benefits of technological innovation and closed loop approaches across supply chains”, which will be co-chaired by Neus Escobar together with Daniel Garrain (Spain), Diego Marazza (Italy) and Tarmo Räty (Finland).

The session will explore, from a Life Cycle Assessment perspective, methodological issues and technological challenges for the implementation of circularity principles in bio-based production.

Late abstract submission will open mid-February.

The scientific programme can be found in full in the following link:

3rd International BioSC Symposium on November 12-13, 2018 in Bonn

Thomas Dietz, Neus Escobar and Jan Janosch Förster contributed to the session on “Socioeconomic Perspectives within a Sustainable Bioeconomy” chaired by Prof. Dr. Jan Börner at the 3rd International BioSC Symposium which was held in Bonn on November 12-13, 2018. The aim of the Symposium was to put together experts from academia and industry to discuss about recent results and new developments towards a sustainable Bioeconomy from different points of view.

Neus Escobar presented the most recent outcomes from the STRIVE Component 2 on the sustainability of relevant bio-based sectors and commodities considering land use change and international biomass trade. Thomas Dietz gave a talk on the outcomes from a qualitative content analysis of 41 national bioeconomy strategies carried out under Component 3 to provide systematic answers to the question of how well designed these are in order to ensure the rise of a sustainable Bioeconomy.

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WICaNeM 2018, 13th Wageningen International Conference on Chain and Network Management on July 2-3, 2018 in Ancona, Italy

Natalie Laibach presented her research on the 13th Wageningen International Conference on Chain and Network Management (WICaNeM) Conference on “Sustainability and Innovation in Chains and Network” in Ancona (Italy) from 2 to 3 July 2018. As a part of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies track, she was presenting on innovation in the bioeconomy.

For more information on the contribution and the conference program check the website:

EURAM Conference on June 19-22, 2018 in Reykjavik, Iceland

Natalie Laibach attended the Annual European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference on “Accelerating Knowledge Creation in Management” which took place in Reykjavik (Iceland) from 19 to 22 June 2018. The goal of the conference was to exchange of ideas among economists and mangers reframing these challenges as opportunities for innovation, which is often referred to as sustainability oriented innovation (SOI), where bioeconomy seeks to belong to. She presented innovation types of the bioeconomy and first results of the Global Bioeconomy Expert Survey in the Sustainability, Circular and Green Tech Innovation track. The study is part of the STRIVE C2 Component and will hopefully initiate very interesting policy and management discussions.

For more information on the contribution and the conference program check the website:
Keep updated on the progress of the conference via @EURAM_BXL

21st Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis on “Framing the future through the Sustainable Development Goals” on June 13-15, 2018 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Neus Escobar attended the 21st Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis on “Framing the future through the Sustainable Development Goals” which took place in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) from 13 to 15 June 2018. The goal of the conference was to promote the exchange of ideas among economists conducting quantitative analysis of global economic issues. Particular emphasis was placed on applied general equilibrium methods, data, and application. She presented for the first time the assessment of the global land use and greenhouse gas emission implications from targets on bioplastic consumption in leading market regions including the EU, United States, Brazil and China; based on the very regarded GTAP model. The study arises the STRIVE C2 Component and is meant to provide very interesting policy discussions.

For more information on the contribution and the conference program check the website:

Keep updated on the progress of the conference via @GTAP_Purdue and #GTAPConference

Escobar N, Haddad S, Britz W (2018) Economic and environmental implications of a target for bioplastics consumption: A CGE analysis. 21st Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis. 13-15 June 2018. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. » more

5th European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB) on June 12-15, 2018 in Jyväskylä, Finland

Lisa Biber-Freudenberger presented her research at the 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB) on June 12-15, 2018 in Jyväskylä, Finland. The theme of ECCB2018 was planetary wellbeing – a concept that captures the wellbeing of people as well as the integrity and sustainability of Earth’s ecosystems.

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2nd Status Meeting of the Research Program “Bioeconomy as Societal Change” on June 7, 2018 in Berlin

At the second status meeting of the research program “Bioeconomy as Societal Change” previous work and already existing results was presented by the four junior research groups. The second meeting focused on concrete project progress and intermediate statuses.

STRIVE is one of four promoted research projects for junior researchers within the funding program “Bioeconomy as Societal Change”.

Annual Meeting of SETAC Europe on May 13-17, 2018 in Rome, Italy

Neus Escobar contributed to the discussion on “New frontiers in Life Cycle Inventory data: collection and modelling” with the work entitled “Carbon footprint from Brazilian soybeans based on spatially-explicit life cycle inventories, including land use change” at the 28th Annual Meeting of SETAC Europe in Rome (Italy), from May 13th to 17th, 2018.

With this, she presented the TRASE-LCA tool, recently developed together with our colleagues from the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI: to quantify the carbon footprint of all the supply chains embodied in the whole Brazilian soybean supply for a given year. The carbon footprint module is based on environmental data at the municipality level, together with carbon stock losses due to land conversion into soybean, obtained by remote sensing for the period 2010-2015. It is ultimately intended to inform governance decisions and deforestation and climate mitigation policies, on the one hand; and sustainable production and consumption, on the other.

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“Der globalen Bioökonomie den Puls gefühlt” – Interview with Jan Börner on May 3, 2018

Jan Börner gave an interview about the research and aims of the STRIVE project (in german)

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Presentation at Kinderuni on April 23, 2018 in Bonn

“Wo kommt unser Essen her? Und was hat das mit dem Urwald zu tun?” Jan Börner gave a presentation (in German) for children between the age of 8 and 13 years.

Kinderuni an der Universität Bonn
venue: Wolfgang-Paul-Hörsaal, Kreuzbergweg 28, Bonn
Monday, April 23, 2018, 5:00 pm c.t. – 6:00 pm

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Global Bioeconomy Summit 2018, Workshop about Africa-EU bioeconomy on April 19, 2018 in Berlin

STRIVE project leader Jan Börner and senior researcher Jan Janosch Förster engage in interdisciplinary scientific dialogues on the topic of Africa-EU bioeconomy at the Global Bioeconomy Summit 2018.

An interactive workshop on the bioeconomy region of Africa aims to create an engaging platform to discuss strategies for bioeconomy development in Africa and to highlight opportunities for international collaboration in bioeconomy development. Topical questions include: what are the challenges involved from a regional perspective? And what are potential starting points for a deepened cooperation between European and African bioeconomy regions? Broadening our perspective, we also aim to address challenges and opportunities for integrating African bioeconomy regions into a global bioeconomy while using the SDGs as global sustainability safeguards.

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3rd Biodiversity Economy Indaba on March 8-10, 2018 in East London, South Africa

Senior STRIVE researcher Jan Janosch Förster is participating at the 3rd Biodiversity Economy Indaba in East London, South Africa hosted by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs.

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Event on Landscape Governance at Global Landscapes Forum, December 11-22, 2017 in Bonn

The Center of Development Innovation of Wageningen University together with ZEF and Lisa Biber-Freudenberger, senior researcher of STRIVE, were hosting an event on Landscape Governance “Think Landscape” 11th to 22nd of December 2017 during the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn.

The course dealed with conflict landscapes that limit the potential for sustainable development.

In a special session, Jan Janosch Förster, senior researcher of the STRIVE project, gave a one-hour lecture on water and landscape governance.

Apply for participation and find more information here

5th Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), November 27-28, 2017 in Washington D.C.

Nicolas Gerber took part in the 5th Annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), hosted by the World Bank Group at its headquarters in Washington D.C., November 27-28 2017. On the theme “Sustainable Infrastructure”, the conference gathered over 60 international speakers.

Nicolas Gerber was discussant to three presentations in a session on “Roads, deforestation and agricultural productivity”. He also took part in the GGKP closed meeting and workshop organized for its group of Knowledge Partners (November 29th). Key foci of the conference were on the huge potential of green infrastructure to sustain economic growth in the future and in virtually all settings, nonetheless drawing attention to existing trade-offs between green and societal development.

23rd Life Cycle Assessment Symposium, November 27-28, 2017 in Barcelona

Neus Escobar took part in the expert discussion for “Developing a SETAC position paper on consequential and attributional modelling as input to the ISO 14044 amendment considerations” on November 26, 2017 in Barcelona, in the context of the 23rd Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Symposium organized by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry SETAC-Europe.

Neus Escobar was attending the 23rd LCA Case Studies Symposium “Consequential LCA for Decision Support”, organized by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry SETAC-Europe, where she presented a framework for Consequential Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment (C-IO-LCA) developed together with Martin Bruckner from the Vienna University for Economics and Business.

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“Smallholder palm oil production in Central Kalimantan”, Landscape Talks on November 19, 2017

ZEF student Maximilian Meyer talked about “Smallholder palm oil production in Central Kalimantan – Assessing scope for improving environmental and economic performance” on the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn.

Led by the Center of International Forestry Research (CIFOR) alongside founding partners UN Environment and the World Bank, with core funding provided by the German Government, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) accelerates action towards the creation of more resilient, equitable, profitable, productive and healthy landscapes and the achievement of the UNFCCC Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030).

See the talk of Maximilian Meyer here:

Videos about “Land use spillover and leakage effects” Workshop on November 9-10, 2017 in Berlin

In November 2017 Jan Börner gave a presentation about “Bioeconomy spillovers with imperfect environmental policy enforcement” at the workshop “Land use spillover and leakage effects: Towards integrating concepts, empirical methods, and models”. The workshop took place at the Robert Bosch Foundation in Berlin and was organized in collaboration between ZEF, UCL (Université catholique de Louvain), the SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network) and SEI (Stockholm Environment Institute).

The goal of the workshop was to bring together researchers working in areas of Land Use / Land Cover Change to discuss leakage and spillovers effects.

You can watch all presentations on ZEF’s youtube channel and download the program and presentations here.

STRIVE at UN Climate Conference COP 23, November 6-17, 2017 in Bonn

Lisa Biber-Freudenberger, senior researcher in STRIVE, was co-organizing an event during the first week of the UN Climate Conference COP 23 6th to 10th of November titled “It´s getting hot in here: Biodiversity and Ecosystems in Climate Change”.

The event dealed with the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, land degradation, protected areas and ecosystem services as well as opportunities for ecosystem-based adaptation. Everyday, between 12:00 and 13:30, another issue related to biodiversity and climate change was discussed and presented in keynotes, presentations, panel discussions and on posters.

Furthermore STRIVE was at the COP23 on Tuesday 14, 2017 at the booth of ZEF, in order to boost debate on how Bioeconomy can contribute to climate change mitigation, enhanced by governance and coordinated action.

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Workshop on Global Responsibility and Spillover effects organized by GIZ and SDSN Germany, November 2-3, 2017 in Berlin

Senior researchers Neus Escobar and Jan Janosch Förster engaged in the SDSN-workshop on Global Responsibility and spillover effects.

Neus Escobar presented her ongoing research under the STRIVE project, specifically her methodological contribution for the development of a framework for Consequential Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) based on Input-Output Analysis, together with colleagues from Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business), and also the potential implementation of LCA into the trase platform (, developed in the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) for supply chain transparency also as regards carbon and other ecological footprints.



STRIVE at Tropentag 2017, September 20-22, 2017 in Bonn

At the Conference Tropentag 2017: Future Agriculture: Social-ecological transitions and bio-cultural shifts 20th to 22nd September in Bonn, Lisa Biber-Freudenberger gave a presentation with the title “The Global Bioeconomy Landscape: What Determines National Strategic Choices?” about the results of her research on a typology of bioeconomies.

Find the abstract here

Online Survey on “Bioeconomy and the SDG”

Bioeconomy is a new field of research driven by diverse expectations about how bio-based innovation could contribute (or not) to sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). STRIVE has developed an Online Survey to obtain a representative overview of how experts around the world expect key dimensions of the Bioeconomy to affect selected SDG dimensions.

It takes approximately 5 minutes to answer a brief set of questions focusing on a specific area of expertise:


The Survey is open until September 30th, 2017.

Contact: Lisa Biber-Freudenberger (

1st National Meeting of the Research Promotion Program: “Bioeconomy as Societal Change”

STRIVE and three other research groups met on May 2017 in Berlin to present their project, to network and to exchange ideas. The discussions covered challenges of interdisciplinary research, methods and theories, within the area of bioeconomy and societal transformation research.

STRIVE is one of four promoted research projects for junior researchers within the funding program “Bioeconomy as Societal Change”. The first status meeting was held the 9th of May at the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and was organized by the Project Management Jülich (PTJ) and supported by the BMBF.

The meeting was a common kick-off for all the projects within the research program. Each research group presented their project and had the opportunity to discuss their research and challenges with other young researchers. The meeting was fruitful and highlighted some hot topics in current research areas. Interdisciplinarity, discourse analysis and system perspectives were some of the overlapping areas between several groups. The meeting resulted in valuable contacts with other researchers.