Bioeconomy in Transition: New Players and New Tools

May 31 - June 2 2017
3 day conference
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The past several years have been disruptive for the global bioeconomy – prices of agricultural commodities and fuels have crashed, new gene editing technologies such as CRISPR-Cas9 are transforming biological research, the mergers and acquisitions of the global biotech giants threaten to boost input prices and slow innovation, and China is emerging as a scientific superpower. 

This year’s ICABR conference takes place at U.C. Berkeley at the home of CRISPR-Cas9 and in the Bay Area - the hub of biotech companies that might challenge the biotech/pesticide and biofuel companies that were the basis of bioeconomy 1.0. The conference will take place at the Berkeley City Club, a historical landmark and Julia Morgan architectural masterpiece.

We expect some of the leaders of bioeconomy 2.0 as keynote speakers, including scientists who worked on developing CRISPR-Cas9 and leading biotechnology entrepreneurs and companies who are using this technology. We also hope to have industry leaders, regulators and economists to discuss the impact of the latest round of mergers and acquisitions in the bioeconomy. 

The conference will include invited and contributed, plenary and parallel sessions in which participants from around the world will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the bioeconomy in both developed and developing countries. Plenary sessions will cover a range of topics such as: (1) How evolving consumer tastes are influencing scientists’ selection of research tools, research topics and foods and how companies are labelling their products. (2) The rise of China as a leader in bioeconomy science and technology. (3) The impact of new tools and mergers and acquisitions in developing countries. 

For more information please contact:
Mio Katayama Owens 
International and Executive Programs: iep@berkeley.edu


Sponsored by:


Organized by:

ICABR - International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research
CEIS - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
Rutgers University
University of California, Berkeley
Iowa State University
Technische Universitat Munchen
University of Saskatchewan
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
State University of Campinas - UNICAMP
University of California, Davis - UCDavis 
University of Missouri
University of Hohenheim
Harvard University
Wageningen University
Cornell University
University of Victoria
University of Washington
What's Included:

ICABR registrants will receive a name badge, and additional registration materials when they arrive at the conference. Attendees will also have access to all of the concurrent sessions, plenary sessions, the poster sessions, welcome drink, and cruise. Lunches and coffee breaks are included (with the possible exception of the pre-conference lunch).

We also offer a daily registration fee. Please find information about fees and payment here.

See our logistics page for more information about hotels and transportation.




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