Call for Submissions – Innovation and Growth in the Bioeconomy

Open Research Europe is looking for submissions to the new collection Innovation and Growth in the Bioeconomy. Successful submissions will be published Diamond Open Access at no cost to the author.


In 2012 the European Commission created its first bioeconomy strategy “Innovating for sustainable growth – A bioeconomy for Europe”. Research shows that in 2017, the bioeconomy in Europe generated 4.7% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the EU-27 and employed 8.9% of the labour force. However, a decade on from the initial strategy, growth and jobs are unevenly distributed across the Member States.

A successful bioeconomy is expected to generate environmental, social and economic benefits, such as:

  • Reducing the carbon footprint of products
  • Increasing resilience to climate change shocks
  • Improving efficiency and reducing waste in industry and agriculture
  • Creating healthy ecosystems
  • Reducing land degradation
  • Contributing to plastic-free seas and oceans
  • Creating jobs in rural and coastal areas
  • Knowledge-sharing of value chains that can be used by SMEs
  • Improving competition in markets

Research in this collection demonstrates how investment and innovation in the bioeconomy can help different sectors, such as agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, food, and forestry, to translate research into viable products and services. It studies connections between researchers, industry representatives, and regional policy makers and stakeholders, and analyses how these connections can develop business models, new value chains, and investment opportunities to sustain growth and productivity in the bioeconomy.

Guest Advisors

Dr Calliope Panoutsou, Imperial College London (UK)

Professor Justus Wesseler, Wageningen University and Research (Netherlands) How to submit

Please register your interest in submitting to the collection by 31st May 2022 by emailing

Submissions to Open Research Europe must have at least one author who is involved in an ongoing or finished Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe project and articles must be a result of that project. Please review the details of Open Research Europe’ post-publication peer-review model and our policies before you submit. We offer a variety of different article types and encourage submissions that are interdisciplinary. Submissions must be in English.


For any questions about submission or the platform please contact Ruth Fisher at

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