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WHAT IS the future of our BIOECONOMY?

Natural. Circular. Sustainable

Bioeconomy Ireland Week is an annual week-long event held each October to highlight and raise awareness of Ireland’s rapidly growing bioeconomy. The celebration is a collaboration of events involving industry, local communities, producers, researchers and students throughout Ireland. This year we are all about what is natural, circular and sustainable – and we’re asking ourselves, what do these words really mean?


Have your say on the future of the bioeconomy

The opinions of primary producers are vital to develop our bioeconomy in the right way. Join in on the discussions and more, including our ‘Farming for the Future’ event, in collaboration with the governments ‘Creating Our Future’ initiative. 


Join in exciting science and arts activities

If you’re looking for fun, we’ve got science circus shows, trips on the canal and workshops at Dublin Zoo! Join in to learn about the nature all around us and how it helps drive our bioeconomy!


See how the bioeconomy impacts you

What even is the bioeconomy? Explore our online exhibit to learn how it affects your daily life. Then hear about the latest research that’s making our society more sustainable or enjoy some spoken word poetry over a pint!


Education, training and skills for the bioeconomy 

Bioeconomy covers a broad range of sectors, from agriculture and the agri-food industry, to fisheries, forestry, biorefineries, chemistry, waste and (bio) energy. The bioeconomy with its many applications, is now entering policymakers and the public consciousness as an exciting solution to societal challenges and there is a need to identify what are the main gaps in the educational, training & skills programmes related to Bioeconomy in Ireland


Developing a sustainable and circular bio-based economy

The new bioeconomy vision is to unlock the full potential of all types of sustainably sourced biomass including residual biomasses, such as crop residues, industrial side-streams, and food waste, as well as organic municipal waste by transforming it into value-added products. Biorefinery technologies provide a route to improved use of the biological resources and to address environmental and climate challenges related to our food, waste and energy systems.

On the 18 – 24 October 2021

The Irish Bioeconomy Network is building an exciting programme  of hands-on workshops, networking events, insightful discussions and interactive activities. We welcome communities, groups, producers, researchers, artists, industry and others to join our programme with  your own activities and events.  Join us in sparking discussions around the bioeconomy and a natural, circular and sustainable future. All activities and events are welcome *

We are seeking activities addressing the following topics and audiences:


  • Circular Bioeconomy
  • Sustainability
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Bio-waste Management


  • Citizens
  • Kids
  • Industry Professionals
  • Policymakers

*Due to Covid-19 we encourage online and socially distant events and activities in line with government and HSE guidelines.

To submit an activity, fill in our simple form and we’ll be in touch. Please note we’ll be accepting contributions until the 17 September

Check out our guide which provides examples of the kind of activities you could run as well as tips for doing this digitally!