On the 18th and 19th of November 2019, the Circular Bioeconomy Cluster Meeting took place at the University of Queensland in Brisbane as part of a joint meeting of the international ZIM cooperation networks: „UtBr – Umwelttechnologie und Bodenrekultivierung“ (English: Environmental Technology and Soil Reclamation), „Microalgae – a sustainable source of high quality natural products“ and “Water4All – Protecting our Freshwater“.
Prior to the conference days, participants enjoyed a group walk through the rainforest at Mount Glorious followed by a dinner, which offered a first opportunity to come together in a relaxed atmosphere.
The two-day workshop provided a forum in which interesting R&D pitches and value chains were presented. They were followed by board discussions where attendees could align their companies or research groups with the presented value chains and decide how best to proceed and what support they require to do so. The meeting provided an opportunity to share new ideas and to network with like-minded industry and research partners that complement the strengths of by building synergy not just on the national also on the international level.
As representatives of German and Australian funding agencies were present, the joint financing for German-Australian projects could be further elaborated and discussed with all the relevant participants.
Another notable highlight was the presence of the German network partners, who used the chance to present their projects and enterprises to the audience of entrepreneurs, scientists and politicians. Those partners who were not able to attend the conference prepared numerous presentations and introduced their companies and projects using video calls.
The network meeting ended with a Startup Session filled with innovative business and project ideas of young companies.