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The International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy launched a call for applications for Bioeconomy Youth Champions of the Global Bioeconomy Summit. The objective of the call is to identify a leadership group of young people, from across the globe, who will act as ambassadors during the virtual Global Bioeconomy Summit (16 – 20 November 2020).
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Young people with a strong interest in global bioeconomy development, e.g. high school and college students, young researchers and academics, young professionals, policymakers and entrepreneurs, young non-profit leaders, journalists and social media influencers are invited to apply. The applicants must be between the ages of 18-35, be fluid in English and have a keen interest in global bioeconomy development.

All applications received will be evaluated by a jury. The jury is composed of the following IAC Members:

  • Roman Brenne, Policy Officer at European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Bioeconomy and Food Systems Unit
  • Achim Dobermann, Chief Scientist of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)
  • Elspeth MacRae, Chief Innovation and Science Officer at SCION
  • Adrián Rodriguez, Chief of the Agricultural Development Unit of the UN Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC)
  • Flora Ismail Tibazarwa, Program Director for the Southern African Innovation Support Programme (SAIS 2)

The jury will select 5 – 7 ambassadors from across the globe. The jury strives for a broad variety of views and people (e.g. in terms of expertise and background, gender, nationality, career stage).


Candidates may submit only one application. They will be asked to submit their work electronically to the Conference Office of the Global Bioeconomy Summit. All submissions must be submitted by 1 September 2020. See the GBS website for more information.

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