Monday, January 10, 2022

International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research


July 5 to 8, Bologna, Italy
Call for Contributions
Bioeconomy Innovation Pipelines and Supply Chain Shocks

Innovation is fundamental for ensuring societies are able to produce more, while requiring fewer inputs. Without innovation-driven productivity gains, the problems outlined by Malthus over 200 years ago would be more pronounced in modern societies. Innovations along supply chains are essential to meeting the needs of increasing populations, while simultaneously striving to ensure production is as sustainable as possible.

What are some of the key opportunities and challenges affecting innovation? Advances in biological research accelerated by COVID-19 and new research tools like CRISPR-Cas9 are creating new opportunities for firms to innovate. Innovators seeking investment are, however, adversely affected by different sources of uncertainty. Innovation pipelines both technical and institutional are vital for supply chain development, as without the continuous commercialization of improved products and changes in market and industrial structure, supply chains risk stagnation. Recent supply chain shocks, such as those resulting from COVID-19 and dramatic climactic events, have created significant challenges for many supply chains. Supply chain disruptions create business opportunities as well as uncertainty in markets, the effects of which can ripple through supply chains, ultimately all the way back to innovation investment decisions. They are further affected by national and international policies.

Call for Submissions
The 2022 ICABR Conference invites submission of abstracts for research papers, participant panels, posters and symposia that address how recent market shocks and government responses have impacted, or have the potential to impact, innovation pipelines and supply chains.

1.       Increasing Innovation Investment

o   Effects of regulatory burden and government policies

o   Role for investment incentives

o   Strengthening public sector research

o   Potential for public-private partnerships

2.       Increasing Supply Chain Resilience

o   Role of supply chain contracts

o   Impacts from digital agriculture

o   Essential components of supply chain links in national and international trade

o   Trade-offs between transparency and confidential business information

3.       Improving Supply Chain Sustainability

o   Measuring sustainability improvements along supply chains

o   Tradeoffs between sustainability incentives, due diligence, and mandates

o   Improved sustainability impacts on profitability

4.       Society and Consumer Responses to Bioeconomy Innovations

o   Consumer willingness to pay for sustainability improvements

o   Role of society regarding innovation commercialization

o   Bioeconomy knowledge and awareness

Colleagues are encouraged to submit abstracts for posters or papers or proposals for organized sessions (3-4 presentations with 1-2 discussants or round tables) via the following link:

LINK where more detailed information about submission formats will be available

Submission deadline: February 13, 2022.

Proposals for pre-conference (July 5) and post-conference (July 9) workshops can be submitted to Stuart Smyth ( For further inquiries about pre- and post-conference workshop please contact Justus Wesseler (

The conference registration will open on March 1, 2022.

Decisions about submitted proposals will be communicated by March 15, 2022.

Deadline for final paper submission and for registration to be included in the program: May 30, 2022.

For additional information, please visits the ICABR website.

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