After the Festival Vivant organised in September 2016, the French section of the European Synenergene programme continues to offer events designed to address and raise awareness of the various facets of the bio-economy.
Thus, Thursday 1 June 2017 will see the organisation of the very first edition of the BioRESP Forum at AgroParisTech (Paris 15th). The aim is to become an interface for multi-stakeholder dialogue and meetings designed to put life back at the heart of the economy and forge a viable and desirable bio-economy, through the holding of numerous workshops, conferences and round tables. UP' Magazine is a partner of the event
Ahe BioRESP Forum is inspired by the NanoRESP Forum which, since 2013, has been helping stakeholders involved in nanotechnologies to move towards responsible practices.
This new Forum proposes to address the various determinants and effects of the emerging bio-economic revolution; in particular, it is known that the gradual phasing out of fossil resources will increase pressure on biomass resources and force a consensus to be reached in the face of competition for their use in order to arbitrate between priorities: food, energy, chemicals, materials, etc.
Putting life back at the heart of the economy - that is the challenge of the bio-economy.
The aim is to produce more and more from living processes: biogas rather than fossil fuels, renewable materials rather than minerals.
It also means thinking about production in an "organic" way and therefore going beyond the classic pattern: exploitation of resources, transformation, consumption, waste disposal.
This "bio-economic transition" can be an opportunity for stakeholders and citizens to reappropriate the development of their territory.
In order to be fruitful, this perspective requires an ongoing dialogue between stakeholders to collectively consider the dilemmas (externalities, competitiveness, competition of uses, biodiversity, access to biomass, incentives, etc.) and resolve them. In this context, the BioRESP Forum, as a catalyst for dialogue between stakeholders, proposes to activate interactions and links, and to help ensure the coherence of the dynamics.
This first session of ForumBioRESP aims to bring together, in the diversity of their interests and expectations, the actors concerned (agricultural world, industry, academia, associations, public authorities, students and start-up companies...) in order to collect the stakes of each one and the dilemmas that will be put on the program of the next sessions.
The BioRESP Forum is a tool for collectively anticipating the reconfigurations of society and value chains that the bio-economy will bring about. It proposes to collectively examine the environmental, social and governance (ESG) opportunities and risks of the uses of living organisms and their associated controversies.
The Forum provides a framework for dialogue between stakeholders (farmers, producers, processors, distributors, consumers, public authorities, investors...) to share knowledge, concrete initiatives, uncertainties and expectations on relevant controversial topics. This process aims to help stakeholders move forward freely "with a better understanding of the causes".
This project is rooted in a dynamic initiated by the three editions of the Assises du Vivant held at UNESCO (2012-2015) and, more recently, by the FESTIVAL VIVANT (Sept 2016), the French part of the European programme. Synenergene which mobilized 15 partners.
The BioRESP process is driven by a Steering Committee made up of seven Colleges bringing together public authorities, researchers, industrialists, representatives of associations and citizens, territorial representatives, as well as students and startupers.
Funded by an Alliance of public and private operators (annual contributors) including ADEME, SUPBIOTECH, the Paris-Reims Foundation and the Maison des sciences de l'homme Paris-Saclay, it is supported by AgroParisTech, Entreprises pour l'environnement (EpE) and the OREE association.
How does it work?
Multi-stakeholder dialogue for responsible innovation practices.
The BioRESP Forum is in line with the spirit of the RRI ("responsible research & innovation") programmes developed in Europe. These programmes question the logic of innovation from the very beginning of their conception from the point of view of the products and services envisaged, by integrating their impacts (life cycle, degradation, uses, utility, etc.).
Multi-stakeholder dialogue is one of the tools of choice to facilitate mutual questioning and the expression of the diversity of conceptions and interests. It allows controversies to emerge and progress in the adjustment of innovation logics and the robustness of subsequent industrial projects.
Thus, the ambition of the BioRESP dialogue forum is to maintain a learning process in which everyone contributes to supporting a "common vigilance".
This implies relying on pluralistic expertise, diverse sociotechnical approaches, and respectful and attentive practices capable of cultivating trust.
The BioRESP Forum therefore proposes to all the actors concerned a watch on the initiatives and the various forms that the bioeconomy can take. They will be able to inspire more adapted strategies for each one, through a better awareness of the living and industrial ecosystem.
A model encouraged by public authorities
This type of dialogue for responsible innovation has been clearly encouraged by :
- The French Strategy for the Bioeconomy - published in January 2017 - which underlines the need for a permanent dialogue between stakeholders in this field.
- The European Commission: The requirements for responsible research and innovation are becoming more and more explicit at the European level, particularly within the Horizon 2020 programme.
- The manifesto signed in Utrecht in 2016 by the actors involved in the bio-economy
- International commitments (17 millennium goals of Agenda 2030).
Terms and Conditions
The BioRESP Forum organises four meetings a year. The projects and reports of the proceedings are available on the website : www.bioresp.eu
Every two years, a LIVING FESTIVAL will be held (on the model of the 2016 LIVING FESTIVAL) in order to promote the initiatives of the actors involved in the bio-economic transition.
The Anthropocene Society is mandated to coordinate and organize the BioRESP sessions. The two project managers are Dorothée Browaeys and Pierre-Alain Schieb.
June 1st Program
2:00 p.m. Welcome
Introductory remarks by Gilles Trystram, Director of AgroParisTech
Presentation of the session by Dorothée Browaeys, co-founder of the BioRESP Forum
14h15 How to forge a coherent dynamic for the bio-economic transition?
Foresight: at the risk of inaction by Pierre-Alain Schieb, co-author of Compétitivité et soutenabilité de la bioéconomie à l'horizon 2050 (L'Harmattan)
14h35 Reactions of the actors, from the various communities concerned :