South Bohemia – Overview of POWER4BIO activities

November 2019 to January 2020

South Bohemia is one of the regions participating in POWER4BIO from Central and Eastern Europe. In all regions, numerous activities are taking place to support the regional bioeconomy and to foster the development or the adjustment of their regional bioeconomy strategy. In this news entry, recent activities in South Bohemia, are presented. They were all conducted by the POWER4BIO partners from the University of South Bohemia.

In November 27, 2019, the Science Café with Eva Cudlínová was held in the Pilsen House in Brussels. The theme of this event was: Can we grow our clothes in the garden? This event brought out a wide scale of topics including a sustainable response to current social, economic and ecological challenges, and opened a space for an unconventional discussion focused on the bioeconomy.

In December 3, 2019, the IV. Bioeconomy Course was held at the Faculty of Economics, University of South Bohemia. The goal of the course was to introduce the concepts of bioeconomy and circular economy to the participants from the Czech Republic. The overall aim was to assess the current situation of the bioeconomy, and to discuss the potential and priorities of biomass use. The event included an excursion to a greenhouse with aquaponics system.

On January 14, 2020, the meeting of the Bioeconomy Platform of the Czech Republic was held at the Faculty of Economics, University of South Bohemia. The platform was founded by Faculty of Economics, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice and Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. The agenda of the meeting included summary of the current state of bioeconomy in Czech Republic, review of knowledge retrieved from European conferences dealing with bioeconomy, presentation of Open Call H2020 Food and Natural Resources, review of projects POWER4BIO and CELEBio, and joint debate about the proposal of objectives and activities of the Platform in year 2020 and planned events.