The Bulgarian Industrial Association with partners from a number of European countries implements the BioSTEP project (funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Programme), which aims to promote to promote a public dialogue on the goals of the bioeconomy and the steps needed to move towards a sustainable economy and way of life.

The bioeconomy holds potential solutions to important future challenges. The social, economic and environmental impacts associated with its products and processes, however, will require extensive dialogue processes on the future development of the bioeconomy. The overall aim of the EU-funded project BioSTEP is.

In view of depleting fossil-based resources, climate change and a growing world population, sustainable and resource-efficient strategies are in demand to guarantee the well-being of societies. The bioeconomy is one response to these challenges and encapsulates various sectors, such as agriculture, environment, aquaculture and industry. It comprises those parts of the economy that involve renewable biological resources – such as forests, crops, animals and micro-organisms – to produce food, materials and energy.

On 13 - 15 October, the BioSTEP project team will organize a living laboratory with participants from the region of Stara Zagora and will show a stand for the "Bioeconomy in Everyday Life" at the Regional Historical Museum of Stara October.

The exhibition presents a variety of products which contain components made from renewable raw materials or are produced using bio-based procedures. Examples include dresses made from milk residues or coffee or sneakers soles from rice husks. The innovations are already part of our daily life and can be found in our kitchens, bathrooms or garages. Goal of the EU-funded BioSTEP project and its exhibition is to render the abstract concept of bioeconomy feasible!

This exhibition has already been shown at numerous locations and occasions: in the Glasgow Science Centre in Scotland, at the Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin and at the Bioeconomy Investment Summit in Brussels, to name but a few. 

Seminar - living laboratory and a