On Thursday 11th December 2014 first forum within the project took place at Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia. The main purpose of the forum was to initiate a process of analysing Slovenian private and public organisations and their role in Europe’s emerging bioeconomy industry. 

The participants were invited to present views, activities of their respective organisations in the field of bio- and circular economy and advantages and disadvantages of Slovenia’s involvement in this particular emerging industry. In so doing, a first step was taken towards the establishment of a collaboration space for a potential future cooperation. The participants were also invited to identify various value-chains which they deem important for Slovenia and in which Slovenia should invest its resources. First ideas for cross-clustering and cross-sectoral collaboration have been identified, taking into consideration the advantages of Slovenia’s economy.

All participants at the forum agreed about the lack of focus and strategy in general and also in the field of bioeconomy in Slovenia.

The participants, coming from different clusters, companies and public institutions, were: Wood Industry Cluster, Competence Centre CLASS (Cloud Assisted Services), Centre of Excellence NAMASTE (Advance materials for the future), National Institute of Chemistry Slovenia, Polymer Technology College Slovenj Gradec, R&D Manager at MITOL d.d. Sežana, University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Institute Jožef Stefan, BREST-POHIŠTVO d.o.o., University of Primorska, Andrej Marušič Institute, NCP for Societal Challenge 2 of Horizon 2020 (MIZS)