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SCAR Conference 2017

SCAR Conference 2017 "Research and innovation policy, state-of-play and the role of SCAR in the European Bioeconomy" will be held during the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 4th and 5th December 2017 in Tallinn Estonia, back-to-back with the SCAR Plenary on 6th December.

The venue of the event is the Conference Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Lauteri 2, Tallinn; open in Google Maps »).

The conference brings together policy makers and bioeconomy stakeholders, including SCAR delegates and some members of SCAR Strategic and Collaborative Working Groups to jointly build a stronger EU bioeconomy research policy.

The objective is to deliberate findings of recent foresight exercises and strategic reviews to increase the impact of SCAR outcomes at EU and member state levels.

Recommendations will be made to facilitate increased participation of Member States in SCAR activities, thus promoting a more effective coverage of the wider bioeconomy and the development of more successful national bioeconomies.

We look forward to welcoming you to Estonia.

The conference is co-organised by the Estonian Presidency and the SCAR CASA project.



We are very pleased to welcome the national SCAR delegate of each Member State, or an official replacement, and a second participant from the same country appointed by the SCAR delegate.

All the others will have an opportunity to join the conference via live webstream.

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Set within a broader research, innovation and bioeconomy policy landscape, the themes of the conference evolve around the impact of SCAR outcomes at the European and national level.
One theme is the inclusiveness and representativeness of Member States and of bioeconomy areas in SCAR. We wish to consolidate approaches for successful inclusiveness, shared responsibility, and ownership. The meeting programme is set to deliberate on the outcomes of an in-depth analysis, to identify points for attention for SCAR, and to consolidate recommendations on how to foster inclusion and representativeness. One aspect is Member State participation in SCAR activities. The other aspect relates to achieving more effective coverage of the wider bioeconomy by involving different ministries and mandated organizations leading to the development of more successful national bioeconomies.
The other theme, which is interrelated with the first, is on the structure of SCAR vis-a-vis its suitability to deliver on SCAR’s role within the research and innovation policy landscape. Preliminary results from a review of the current organisation and structure of the SCAR will be presented and further elaborated upon through workshop activities with the ultimate aim of identifying opportunities for greater value addition in SCAR and prioritising actions to improve the quality of results for greater impact.
The keynote presentations and group discussions aim to increase knowledge of SCAR objectives, activities and outcomes. They are designed to make the advantages and opportunities for active involvement in SCAR more visible. The meeting wishes in particular to engage those countries where the national authorities are interested in raising their respective countries’ profile in SCAR and to foster the uptake of SCAR outcomes nationally.

Monday, December 4th

Time Agenda
09.30–10.00 Registration and welcome coffee
Session 1: Opening session
Chair: Toomas Kevvai, Deputy Secretary General for Food Safety, Research and Development, Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs
10.00–10.15  Welcome by Illar Lemetti, Secretary General of the Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs
10.15–10.30  Introductory presentation: The new role of SCAR (Mike Collins, SCAR representative)
10.30–11.15  Keynote: Main findings from the innovation policy reviews of different countries by OECD (Catherine Moreddu, OECD)
Session 2: Examples of national bioeconomy strategies, and presentation of policy briefs concerning bioeconomy of SCAR Working Groups
Chair: Toomas Kevvai, Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs
11.15–11.30 Presentation: development of a national bioeconomy strategy in France (Valérie Dehaudt, Ministry of Agriculture)
11.30–11.45 Presentation: progress towards a national bioeconomy strategy in Ireland (Maeve Henchion, TEAGASC)
11.45–11.55 Presentation: Outcomes of the Agri-food SME workshop organised by DG RTD and DG AGRI  17 October 2017 Brussels (Anikó Juhász, AKI)
11.55–12.05 Presentation: SCAR AKIS policy briefs (Anikó Juhász, AKI)
12.05–12.15 Presentation: policy documents from SWG Bioeconomy (Stefan Rauschen, Projektträger Jülich)
12.15–12.30 Video: SCAR Forest
12.30–13.30  Lunch

Session 3: Group discussions on SCAR Review: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats and next steps
Chair: Maeve Henchion, TEAGASC

This session will present results from a recent SWOT exercise of the SCAR structure and its activities. It will invite comments and feedback through tailored group exercises with a view to developing recommendations for improved SCAR structure and organisation in the future.

13.30–13.35 Welcome back by the CASA project coordinator (Rolf Stratmann, Projektträger Jülich)
13.35–13.45 Introduction to group discussions by the chair
13.45–14.15 SWOT analysis of the SCAR - preliminary results (Laura Devaney, TEAGASC)
14.15–15.00  Breakout Activity 1 – Sense checking SWOT results (miscommunications, factual inaccuracies, missed opportunities, etc.)
15.00–15.30 Coffee break 
15.30–16.00  Breakout Activity 2 – Ranking Prioritisation and Next steps: What a (more!) successful SCAR would look like and how we will get there
16.00–16.40 Feedback of the Group discussions and wrap-up by the chair
16.40–16.45  Closing of Day 1 (Külli Kaare, Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs)
Evening Programme
18.00–19.00  A guided walk in Tallinn Old Town (ends at the Conference dinner venue)
19.15 Conference dinner at Olde Hansa (location on Olde Hansa website)

Tuesday, December 5th

Time Agenda
8.30–9.00  Registration desk open
Session 4: SCAR Foresight Process
Chair: Christine Bunthof, WUR
9.00–9.20 Presentation: The SCAR Foresight Process (Elke Saggau, BLE)
Session 5: Representation and Inclusion – Setting the Scene
Chair: Christine Bunthof
9.20–9.50 Keynote: Inclusiveness in research and innovation processes (Erkki Karo, Tallinn University of Technology)
9.50–10.20  Presentation: Outcomes of study Representation and Inclusion in SCAR (Dorri te Boekhorst, WUR)
10.20–10.40  Coffee break
10.40–10.55  Presentation: Policy Brief on inclusiveness from PLATFORM project, including identified bottlenecks (Martin Greimel, BMLFUW)
10.55–11.10  Presentation: EURAGRI experiences in increasing involvement of underrepresented regions and/ or organisations (Bettina Heimann, EURAGRI)
11.10–11.20 Presentation: Outcomes of CASA-SCAR national meeting in Spain, organised to raise SCAR visibility and involvement at national and regional level (Rocío Lansac, INIA)
11.20–11.30 Presentation: Rationale and background for a CASA-SCAR national meeting in Poland, planned for 2018 (Eugeniusz Chyłek, Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development)
11.30–11.40  Presentation: Rationale and background for a CASA-SCAR national meeting in Hungary, planned for April 2018 (Ákos Kristóf, Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture)
Session 6: Parallel group work on Representation and Inclusion, Stakeholder Involvement, and Policy Connections and Synergies
Chair: Christine Bunthof
11.40–11.55  Introduction of aim and structure for group work by the chair
11.55–12.00 Coffee to go

3 parallel group discussions
Check the participant list to know your group

Group 1. Representation and Inclusion
Moderators: Dorri te Boekhorst & Christine Bunthof
Group 1 will discuss representation and inclusion challenges, and work towards concrete suggestions to improve representation in SCAR bodies.

Group 2. Stakeholder Involvement
Moderators: Laura Devaney & Maeve Henchion
Group 2 will consider the role of stakeholders in planning and implementing national bioeconomy strategies.

Group 3. Policy Connections and Synergies
Moderator: Stefan Rauschen
Group 3 will discuss connections and synergies of the SCAR with key EC policies in its domain, such as the Common Agricultural Policy, Common Fisheries Policy, Research & Innovation Policy, and Food 2030. The goal is to prepare an “engagement strategy” for SCAR towards the ongoing policy processes.

13.30–14.30 Lunch
14.30–15.15 Reporting back from the breakout groups
Session 7: Closing session
Chair: Toomas Kevvai, Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs
15.15–16.45  Conclusions (Waldemar Kütt, European Commission)
15.45–16.00  Closing words from Estonian Presidency organisers of SCAR meetings in Tallinn (Külli Kaare, Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs)

Practical information

  • Language

    The working language of the conference will be English.

  • Venue

    The conference venue is Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Islandi väljak 1), but the entrance of the Conference Centre is located around the corner, at Lauteri Street 2.

    NB! You will be requested to show your identification document (ID card or passport) to get access to the building.

  • Webstream

    Link to the webstream: »

  • Presentations

    Presentations will be uploaded after the conference.

  • Tourist info

    Plenty of information about Estonia for tourists can be found at For help on ways of getting around and things to do in Tallinn, we recommend



All participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. We recommend booking your hotel accommodation ASAP as Tallinn is a popular destination and hotels are filling up quickly. For example, the following hotels are located within a walking distance from the conference venue.

NB! This hotel is particularly recommended to delegates participating in the SCAR Plenary on December 6th.

There are no pre-bookings made and the hotel cannot guarantee the availability of rooms, but we have negotiated a fixed price of 120 €/night (standard room, SGL/DBL) and 130 €/night (Superior room, SGl/DBL) for conference participants making the reservation before November 27th.

Please contact Helena Pärenson ( to retrieve the password for using the offer.

Accommodation and travel costs will not be compensated by the host. However, the CASA project has some budget for reimbursement of travel costs in the context of fostering representativeness, to support countries financially if needed to appoint a second participant along the national SCAR delegate to attend the conference. For more information, please contact Christine Bunthof (



The SCAR Conference 2017 Organising Team

CASA project

Rolf Stratmann & Hanna Steffens, CASA Coordinator

Christine Bunthof & Dorri te Boekhorst, CASA WP1

Vera Steinberg, Maeve Henchion & Laura Devaney, CASA WP3

Local organisers

Külli Kaare & Helena Pärenson, Ministry of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia.

To contact the local organizers, please send an e-mail to


Last updated: 4 December 2017