A Bioeconomy Strategy for Austria: The Role of Civil Society – BioSTEP Policy Workshop
The Austrian government is currently in the process of developing a strategy for research, technology and innovation to support the emerging bioeconomy. Following this process, the development of a broader strategy is envisaged that comprises further policy domains and sectors. Against this background, the questions arise regarding what role civil society organisations should play in this process and how they can contribute to shaping the further development of the Austrian bioeconomy.
Besides businesses and research centres, civil society can be directly or indirectly affected by future developments in the bioeconomy field. Bio-based products and processes are associated with economic, social and environmental effects, which may have positive or negative impacts on society. This BioSTEP workshop aims to discuss the role of civil society organisations in the strategy development process in Austria, specifically reflecting on current approaches and what opportunities and challenges arise.