Unlocking Regional bioeconomy transitions. State of the art and ways forward.

The two-day workshop “Unlocking Regional bioeconomy transitions. State of the art and ways forward”, organized by DBFZ Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH and BIOREGIONS features several keynotes as well as panels about the role of regions in the European bioeconomy. The aim of this workshop is to generate a better understanding about regional key drivers and enablers, as well es providing an analysis of flagship initiatives and successful policies unlocking bioeconomy investments. Participants will be able to find out what makes a region attractive for investments in the bioeconomy sector.

The second day will consist of a study visit to the new UPM biorefinery's construction site at Leuna in Saxony-Anhalt. It serves as an example of bioeconomy investment for this region.

The workshop is organised as a hybrid event taking place on 28-29 June 2022 at DBFZ facilities in Leipzig and at UPM’s new biorefinery construction site in Leuna.

The event summarized:



BIOREGIONS International workshop "Unlocking Regional bioeconomy transitions. State of the art and ways forward."

Dates / Place

28 / 29 June 2022 at DBFZ in Leipzig (Saxony) and at UP in Leuna (Saxony-Anhalt) / Germany


2-day Presential workshop including field visit. Possiblity of online presentations.




The relevance of the bioeconomy in Europe, Flagships and higlights from regions, Key policies to unlock investment, understanding attractive bioeconomy investment destination.

Target Audience

Dissemination will target:

  • Regions active in networks related to forest bioeconomy: ERIAFF, ERRIN, European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI), European Network for Rural Development (ENRD), S3
  • BIOREGION Stakeholders (Investors, Funds, regional development agencies)
  • Local and German Stakeholders, Network - Bioökonomie in der Praxis as participants
  • Bioeconomy and related sectoral regional Clusters




Day 1 | 28 June 2022



9:00 - 9:15       

Arrival and registration

9:15 - 9:30

Welcome words from Hosts: DBFZ - Prof. Dr. mont. Michael Nelles and Bioregions Facility - Roland Daamen, Ministry for Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and chair of Bioregions Facility

9:30 - 9:50

An overview of regional Bioeconomy Strategies in Europe. Strategic approaches and tools.
Stephanie Kirchmayr-Novak, Spatialforesight (online)

9:50 - 10:20

Drivers and enablers for Regional bioeconomy, lessons learned at the BIOREGIONS Facility, 
Leire Barañano, Neiker Tecnalia, Basque Country

10:20 ­­– 10:40

coffee/fruit break (20’) 

10:40 – 11:40

Enabling the regional bioeconomy: Lessons learned from EU projects, hubs, and clusters


  • The role and potential of regional bioeconomy hubs. Power4Bio at work in the Region of Nitra (Slovakia)
    Danka Moravčíková, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (online)
  • Good practices in current policy and regulatory frameworks of regional bioeconomy. Preliminary results from national and EU projects – The BRANCHES H2020 Project ,
    Dr. Alberto Bezama, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
  • Foresting small scale rural bioeconomies, through BE-Rural project,
  • The Green Hub of North Karelia, why, what, how.
    Katja Rusanen, Karelia University of Applied Sciences

11:40 – 12:00

Which are the key influencing factors of regional bioeconomies?  -  Interactive exchange among attendants.  
Laura García, DBFZ (15’)

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 – 14:30

Unlocking Investment in the Regional Bioeconomy
Moderating: Karen Deprie - Coordinator Knowledge and Technology Transfer from DBFZ  

The landscape of investment sources in Regional Bioeconomy and how to make it work!  
Marco Rupp, Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) (20’)

  • Case Study. 1 UPM Biochemicals new plant in Leuna,
    Dr. Gerd Unkelbach, Director, Polymers and Molecular Bioproducts R&D   
  • Case Study 2 Leveraging EU funding in Easter Europe. Lessons from BioEast,
    Barna Kovacs, BIOEAST coordinator
  • Case study 3 innovation financial instruments for Bioeconomy region, META group - Francesca Natali (online)

14:30­­ - 14:45

The partnerships for regional innovation. Rationale, Tools and approaches for interregional cooperation in the green transition. 
Guia Bianchi, JRC-Seville (online)

14:45 ­­– 15:00

Conclusion and ways forward.
Inazio Martinez de Arano, Bioregions Facility, and Laura García, DBFZ

15:00 – 16:00

Technical visit to DBFZ facilities


End of day one


Bioregions progress meeting (Closed meeting) in Intercity Hotel Leipzig, meeting room Neue Börse

Day 2 | 29 June 2022











Visit to UPM’s new BIOREFINERY construction site at Leuna

Departure from Leipzig Central Station

Meeting point Leuna Tor 6 - Drive to main building

Welcoming address from Infra Leuna and presentation of the chemical park

Presentation Dr. Rasche, fraunhofer CBP on fraunhofer research in Leuna

Presentation Dr. Duetsch , introduction to UPM biochemicals and Leuna as core of the bioeconomy region

Q&A session

Tour of the site with explanations of the construction site and the wood yard (+option- Linde Hydrogen plant) tour ends latest by 12:00

Arrival at Leipzig Central Station