Scotland possesses a huge amount of natural resources, on which many small and medium-sized enterprises base their business models. The Scottish bioeconomy is largely focussed on industrial biotechnology and the major policy focus to date has been to support the growth of this sector, to enhance cooperation between technology-based firms and universities, and to invest in skill development.
This BioSTEP policy workshop focuses on local and regional businesses and their role in the regional bioeconomy. It explores a broader model of the bioeconomy (bottom-up, participatory) and discusses how small and medium-sized enterprises, civil-society organisations and further relevant actors can be engaged in the (further) development of a regional bioeconomy strategy in Scotland.
In order to focus the discussion on the practical problems in specific sectors or processes, the workshop will be split into three two-hour meetings:
- Whiskey production