This White Paper is the result of discussions between the European Technology Platforms (ETPs) that cover different segments
of the European Knowledge-Based-Bioeconomy (KBBE) and a series of open meetings with their array of stakeholders. The
primary focus of this document is to elaborate on common themes and joint priorities across the widely diverse sectors relevant
for the European Bioeconomy. Naturally through the different roles of the sectors and the different stakeholders, each ETP will
put specific emphasis on the common goals while following their own specific objectives. Consequently this White Paper does
not replace, but complements, the Strategic Research Agendas (SRAs) of each individual ETP.

This White Paper is the result of a successful collaboration between the following European Technology Platforms which have
been working together for two years in a project funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
(Contract KBBE-2008-226526: BECOTEPS – Bio-Economy Technology Platforms). The stakeholders represented in all the ETPs are
industry and academia. In addition, farmers, forest owners, consumers and civil society organisations are represented in the
relevant ETPs.

BECOTEPS – The Bio-Economy Technology Platforms join forces to address synergies and gaps between their Strategic Research Agendas

The nine European Technology Platforms (ETPs) that focus on the Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) join forces in this support action ‘BECOTEPS’.

The main objectives and the respective activities will be:

  1. Achieve closer and more coordinated collaboration between the KBBE ETPs.
  2. Develop recommendations for better interaction between KBBE ETP stakeholders along the product chains and the sustainability issue regarding multidisciplinary research, application and policy issues.

BECOTEPS will help to link science and application by addressing synergies and gaps i) between the SRAs of the ETPs and ii) with respect to the research preparedness of the scientific community by topical workshops on cross-cutting KBBE issues.
The first workshop will address trust and collaboration in the food and feed chain, the second the integration of the non-food chains, and the third cross-cutting sustainability issues. The workshop recommendations on research and policy will be summarised in a White Paper.

3) Encourage discussions among public research initiatives – European and national – and between the public and the private research initiatives to foster implementation of the Strategic Research Agendas based on the recommendations developed between the ETPs. In addition, BECOTEPS will promote the KBBE concept with the European Commission, European Parliament and national ministries in the member states including the relevant ERA-NETs.
A small number of dissemination events will be held to discuss the KBBE, recommendations from the workshops on implementing cross-cutting issues from the ETPs’ Strategic Research Agendas (including Lead Markets, SMEs, education and training), and future collaboration.


This White Paper is the result of discussions between the European Technology Platforms (ETPs) that cover different segmentsof the European
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