Delegation Trips

CLIB regularly organizes delegation trips to regions that play an important role in the bioeconomy to provide the possibility for academia, SMEs and start-ups to develop new collaborations and market opportunities.
Each year, we select a country or region which we believe to offer exciting developments in bioeconomy and which is of interest to our members. We establish a first contact with competent local networks. We then organize a trip for our CLIB members to visit the region. Often in combination with a conference in the area, we visit companies and reserch sites, and network with stakeholders. Our aim is to initialize contacts and project opportunities for our members. After the visit, we remain in contact with the network established abroad. Further cooperation, in research or business projects, will be pushed by our members.

Since 2011, CLIB operates a representative office in Brazil, situated at the German House of Science and Innovation (DWIH) in São Paulo, to link the cluster with the Brazilian markets. To initiate collaborations between partners from Brazil and Germany, we organized a German-Brazilian Partnering Event in São Paulo in November 2012. After two days of interactive workshops and networking, 13 new project ideas were prioritized in the three categories biomass production, biomass processing and biomass transformation and social economic evaluation. In total, 9 project proposals initiated from this event were submitted to the BMBF call “Bioeconomy International”.
To further expand these positive results, CLIB organized a second partnering event in Brazil in May 2014. This German-Brazilian Bioeconomy Forum 2014 was jointly conducted with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and supported by the CLIB-office at the DWIH. About 60 participants from both countries discussed potential project options in four working groups with the topics biomass production, biorefineries, biomass- and food-processing.

A CLIB delegation from industry, SMEs and academia visited from 19 to 26 April, the People's Republic of China. The ambitious program included 5 cities. At these locations the delegation visited institutes of CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences), different universities, companies and incubators. Of course visits to the CLIB members QIBEBT (Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology) and Nanjing University were part of the program. In workshops, which took place in a lively exchange between the German and Chinese stakeholders, the participants experienced the well-known high level of Chinese research institutions and were pleased by their interest in European technology.

Especially in the field of bio-economy China currently practices a high research effort. This is also reflected in the fact that the biotechnology plays a prominent role in the latest 5-year plan of the Chinese government. The participants of the delegation were also impressed by the application of biotechnological methods in production processes.
Overall the trip was very successful and was positively evaluated by the participants. This is shown for example in further conversations between participating startups / SMEs and visited Chinese companies and research institutions. In addition, several academic participants plan to submit applications within the BMBF call "International Bioeconomy".

In May 2014, the town of Drayton Valley did a big step towards realizing its ambitious BioMile vision by starting the construction of the Clean Energy and Technology Center (CETC). This facility represents an investment of 23 million Canadian dollars. It includes a college (in cooperation with NorQuest College) and laboratory space for developing and testing products and processes. It combines education and training for the coming generation of specialists with business development facilities for start-ups. The opening is expected for spring 2016.

At the CIC2012, we were proud to announce our partnership with the Malaysian Biotech Corporation (BiotechCorp), which is hosting our office in Kuala Lumpur. This region offers raw material wealth, strong growth perspectives and exciting market opportunities. To strengthen our collaboration, CLIB together with its Malaysian partner BiotechCorp organised a delegation tour for nine representatives from German SMEs and research institutes in October 2013. It centred around the BioMalaysia & Bioeconomy Asia Pacific 2013 Conference and offered a visit to the bio-XCell Park in Nursajaya Johor.
In addition to the conference, several meetings at different institutes of the Technical University of Malaysia (UTM) in Johor Bahru and the University in Kuala Lumpur Putra Malaysia (UPM) were arranged. Representatives also visited a palm oil mill and the associated oil palm plantation near the city of Kuala Lumpur. For many participants the visit of a palm oil mill and plantation of the company FELDA was a special highlight.