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Innovation in the Bioeconomy | World without Waste

Workshops to catalyze translation and partnerships

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, award #2137471
Held Aug. 19-20, 2021

Creating a future without waste or pollution is among society’s most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities to improve the human condition. Achieving this goal in our lifetime requires rapid technological innovation, which can only be achieved when transformative discoveries from basic science and engineering research are translated to practice. Federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) are coordinating efforts to develop partnerships to advance a circular bioeconomy.

This workshop convened stakeholders from multiple sectors and disciplines to identify partnership strategies for use-inspired research that can be rapidly translated to advance an innovative, economical, and sustainable circular bioeconomy.

More than 100 participants from academic, industry (large and small), government, and nonprofit sectors convened virtually for two days in August 2021 to define priorities and enumerate the challenges for advancing the circular bioeconomy. The invited scientists and researchers were strategically selected to ensure that diverse perspectives and expertise were represented in the workshop deliberations.

See the executive summary for workshop key findings, challenges and opportunities, as well as recommendations and next steps to accelerate scientific and technological advances. The report also includes narrative descriptions of sessions, key takeaways from topical breakouts, and an overview of the research landscape by Elsevier.UIDP would like to thank the National Science Foundation (NSF), specifically the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), for its financial investment in this workshop. Christina Payne (program director in the Engineering Directorate’s Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems Division) and Adrienne Cheng (AAAS science and technology policy fellow in the NSF MCB directorate), and Theresa Good (NSF MCB division director) served as our points of contact with the NSF and offered us tremendous guidance over the course of planning and implementing the event.

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UIDP materials, which include publications, webinars, videos, and presentations, reflect an amalgamation of the experiences and knowledge of those who participate in UIDP activities. The views and opinions expressed in UIDP materials do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any individual organization or the UIDP. At no time should any UIDP materials be used as a replacement for an individual organization’s policy, procedures, or legal counsel. UIDP is not a lobbying organization, and UIDP materials are not intended to be used to influence government decisions.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of UIDP.

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For permission requests, write to UIDP at: 1705 Richland Street, Suite G, Columbia, SC, 29201.

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Additional Reading

The Research Landscape for a World without Waste, Elsevier Analytical Services

This work was commissioned to provide insight into research that has been conducted towards the goal of a world without waste overall and specifically within fields related to biotechnology and the circular economy. The analyses provides insight into how much research has been done, who the global leaders in the research areas are, what sectors are leading the research, and how the research is being used to support other research and innovations.

See other reports in this series

Feeding the Planet Sustainably

See event information for other workshops in this series