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Webinar: Building a sustainable and circular bioeconomy – New Zealand’s natural advantages
This is an event run in partnership with BioTech
Aotearoa New Zealand is well positioned to leverage its resilient urban/rural commercial and societal ecosystems to create a vibrant, sustainable and balanced future-focused bioeconomy. This enormous potential to be a true global leader in healthy communities, added-value circular value chains and environmental sustainability – with an economy built around the export market drivers in this space – will require new approaches to collaboration, technology investment and policy support.
Built on his recent international experience, Dr Stuthridge will outline some of the strategic, technical, and investment frameworks and exemplars being pursued by other countries with similar drivers and opportunities, such as Canada, Sweden and Finland, and how we can adopt and adapt them to our benefit. There is much we can learn from their success, whilst actively defining the unique attributes that can create a distinctive bioeconomy specifically addressing our societal, economic, culture and environmental needs.
Dr Trevor Stuthridge joined AgResearch as Research Director in May 2019. He has extensive NZ and international executive and governance experience in R&D, innovation and technology commercialisation in the primary industries, bioeconomy and clean technologies sectors, including as Executive Vice President for FPInnovations (the world’s largest not-for-profit forestry sector research organization) and as General Manager of Sustainable Design at Scion. He has served as Chair/Director for 10 Boards and as strategic advisor for 12 industry/academic research consortia since 2010. He is also an Adjunct Professor at University of British Columbia and University of Toronto.