African Scientists & Entrepreneurs towards the BioEconomy era

Seminar session by ARTES at the Civil Society Policy Forum

IMF and WBG Spring Meetings 2016 | 11-17 April 2016, Washington DC


Young African researchers, fully involved in advanced research in the environmental and white biotechnology, as well as successful leaders of green start‐ups and other forms of green entrepreneurialism will be convened by the Europe‐Africa Alliance for KBBE. The aim of the session is to present best practices, share innovative ideas, and propose strategies for an effective cooperation in green growth among research and business worlds in Africa. The Session will be an inclusive and participatory exchange among all the persons involved.


The session will be held on Wednesday April 13 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm 


At the Civil Society Space of the Spring Meetings at the 2nd floor of the World Bank I (eye) Building (1850 I St. N.W., Washington DC.

The session will be held in the room I2-210.

The day after, Apr. 14th, we have organised a restricted meeting with the aim of continuing the discussion that will be initiated during the session. All interested participants are invitated to participate. The meeting will take place in the room I2-440, from 4 to 5.30 pm.

How to participate:

The session is open to all participants who been accredited to the 2016 Spring Meetings. Registrations are open until April 1st 2016.

You may find all information at the following link:

Registration and badge pick-up for the Meetings will be set up at the World Bank I Building (1850 I Street N.W.) , Washington, DC, at the 1st floor; starting on Monday, April 11 through Sunday, April 17, 2016. Spring Meetings participant badges will be valid for admission to all Bank and Fund buildings from Monday, April 11 through Sunday, April 17, 2016.

How to engage:

We are looking for committed and aware participants, who want to share their experience and get involved!

If you want to contribute in shaping the development of BioEconomy in Africa, if you want to promote the results of your research on green and white biotechnologies, and/or present a best practice, you can choose one of the following ways:

On-site contributions

We aim at innovating style and allow all participants to take active part. We have a rich panel of speakers, who will feed a lively debate. We encourage all planning to participate in person and willing to share their experiences to send an email to, specifying the following information:

  • brief title of the proposed intervention
  • 100 words abstract of proposed intervention
  • name and contacts

In order to give everybody the possibility to speak, the interventions are limited to 6-8 minutes.

Distance contributions
  • Twitter

    Join the conversation using #AfricaBioeconomy

  • Send contributions via Google Drive

    Fill out the form on Google Drive. We will choose the most innovative contributions and we will present them for discussion at the session.