Annette WijeringManager, Agri Knowledge Department Dutch delegate to SCAR, vice chair of JP-FACCE - Ministry of Economic Affairs, Directorate-General for Agro
Annette Wijering is manager at the Knowledge Department of the General Agro Directorate of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Ministry emphasises the vital contribution agricultural knowledge and innovation can make towards meeting the challenges of the bioeconomy. The Ministry therefore actively supports food security efforts aimed at feeding nine billion people by 2050, a sustainable supply of resources and the development of a circular economy in general.
Annette has departmental responsibility for demand-driven knowledge development in Agro and the coordination of international projects. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of agriculture and horticulture and long-term experience in areas such as sustainable agriculture, water management, nature and European affairs. At national level Annette has substantial experience with various (top sector) public private partnerships in different areas including innovation and research. She has stimulated cooperation on societal challenges like sustainable agriculture and food security for many years and sees an important role for agriculture in the challenges facing the global economy. Annette’s international experience includes chairing the European Research Area – Agricultural Research for Development (ERA-ARD). She’s also the vice chair of FACCE (European Joint Programming on Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change) and a member of SCAR (Standing Committee on Agricultural Research) and of different European research networks.
SCAR contribution to stimulate the bio-economy
The Standing Committee on Agriculture consists of 27 EU members, 11 observers and the Commission. These members are in charge of national public research & innovation funding in all areas of the KBBE.
SCAR advises the Commission in the broad area of research & innovation, e.g. on the framework programmes and through foresights. SCAR has several active working groups of national representatives. Some of them are particularly dedicated to the area of bio-economy.
The first results of these bioeconomy-oriented groups will be presented.
They involve the results of different mapping exercises and dedicated workshops on biorefineries, on barriers and challenges, and on research strategy and policies. This last mapping exercise was done in close cooperation with the European bioeconomy observatory. The results of work done by SCAR around new ways to stimulate innovation, research cooperation and foresights with regard to the bio-economy will also be presented.
The Key messages are:
- Balanced attention is required for all (knowledge) demands in the broad area of bioeconomy. An integrated system approach is also needed.
- Instead of duplicating work already done in the different areas of the bio-economy, such as food or energy, focus on the interaction between the areas. Because of the large differences between the areas awareness and creation of a level playing field is a huge challenge.
- Agree on common principles and share and discuss these between the Member States. What is the role of SCAR in supporting this discussion?
- We need to tackle conflicting policy goals leading to incoherent regulation at EU level.
- A biomass strategy (and knowledge agenda) needs to be developed by Member States and the EU together.
- Find ways to stimulate research crossovers between different areas of the bio-economy.
- Adopt the interactive innovation approach already developed by SCAR and invest in capacity building. Give attention to the type of research required for sound policy.
- We need to use the existing SCAR working groups to further develop cooperation between the Member States and research institutes in the different areas. We also need to stimulate research cooperation itself.
- Use the Knowledge & Innovation agenda under development of SCAR as input for the Horizon2020 work programme 2016.