B-Ferst at 2023 CBE JU Stakeholder Forum

B-Ferst at 2023 CBE JU Stakeholder Forum
NEWS - 07 December 2023

Project B-Ferst is in Brussels the 6th and 7th of December, with a stand at the CBEJU23 exhibition

On December 4th and 5th, an important event known as the CBE JU Stakeholder Forum celebrated its 2023 edition, focusing on the future of the European Bio-Based Sector.

The two-day program was packed with sessions concerning all aspects of the bio-industry: the prospectives of both consumers and producers, how to improve Research and Innovation in the sector for the next thirty years, how to shift towards bio-based solutions and circularity, and finally how to develop the skills necessary to improve and enter this environment.

B-Ferst’s solutions integrated themselves seamlessly into these two days of innovation, as the need for better, bio-based fertilisers at competitive prices represent not only the future for a European agricultural sector less reliant on raw materials but will create a market for secondary nutrients in a greener, circular perspective.

Our project had a stand at the CBESF23 exhibition together with some other projects to show how CBE JU-funded projects contribute to solving the current challenges in Europe:

  • Help Europe shift to a circular bio-based economy
  • Support the modernisation and strengthening of the EU industrial base against global competition
  • Contribute to reaching the goals of the European Green Deal
  • Decrease Europe’s dependence on non-renewable fossil imports
  • Manage natural resources sustainably, protecting biodiversity
  • Boost local economies and create skilled jobs across Europe


From the session “Setting the bio-based sector’s R&I priorities for the next 30 years” a few important takeaways are of particular interest to B-Ferst:

  • The crops of the future will need to adapt to the ever-transforming landscape of climate change, and new solutions will need to be implemented to adapt to the new environment: in particular, oceans and less fertile areas were mentioned as underused biomass sources.
  • Greater focus needs to be invested in the social sciences in the sector: social scientists and economists ensure that the importance of a narrative for success stories is not lost to the customers. Greater attention has to be put on educating consumers about the needs and transformations of the industry.
  • Basic research is of great importance, now more than ever, since the funding for it has greatly diminished after the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community for Research and Technological Development.

You can find out more about the event here.