Inaugural network meeting and launch of the interactive online platform BiomassNet

BiomassNet – The first pan-African expert network on food and non-food biomass

Event summary

BiomassNet aims at supporting African countries in achieving food security and developing sustainable bioeconomies through the exchange of knowledge and expertise between experts from science, policy and practice. Many African countries still struggle to attain food security, while facing new demands for biomass as a source of income, energy and industrial raw materials. The inaugural BiomassNet meeting is open to experts from all disciplines and from all sectors who address food and non-food biomass issues in Africa. In particular, we invite scientists and experts from governmental and non-governmental organizations, development agencies, and the private sector.
The inaugural network meeting provides the opportunity to present your projects, activities or organization, and link up with experts from a diverse range of fields and backgrounds (for registration, see below). This exchange can be continued and broadened through the interactive BiomassNet online platform that will be launched during the meeting.

Updated program

3:00-3:45 Welcome address
Dr. Manfred Denich, Project Leader BiomassWeb / Center for Development Research(ZEF)
Dr. Eva Leiritz, Project Management J├╝lich (PTJ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun, Chair of the German Bioeconomy Council
Petra Geissinger, German Development Cooperation (GIZ/BEAF) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun, Chair of the German Bioeconomy Council
Prof. Dr. Zeyaur Khan, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
3:45-4:00 Launch of the interactive BiomassNet online platform
Dr. Raymond Jatta, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
PD Dr. Christine B. Schmitt, Lead BiomassNet / Center for Development Research
4:00-4:15 Coffee Break
4:15-4:50 Parallel networking sessions
Present your projects, activities or organization and discuss interlinkages and new opportunities for cooperation with other experts
4:50-5:00 Closing remark and outlook
Dr. Adebayo Abass, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
until 6:30 Opportunity to continue networking
The final program of the event including an overview of participating organizations will be announced in June.


For participation without presentation: The registration for participation at the inaugural BiomassNet meeting is now open until July 3, 2017.
For presenters at the networking sessions: If you are interested in presenting your organization/project, please register by June 25, 2017 and provide further details as required.
Registration form for participants and presenters: please register here.
Presentations of projects, activities or organizations should be brief (5-7 minutes), address issues of food security and bioeconomy in Africa and highlight the potential for cooperation with other disciplines and sectors. We support creative presentation formats that do not rely on a computer. For instance, you can put up a poster and use moderation material (billboard, pins, etc. will be available). Depending on the amount of registrations, we reserve the right to select a number of presentations that represent a variety of topics and stakeholder groups. All submissions should be in English.
Please be aware that you might be photographed, filmed and/or audio-taped during the event. If you object, please inform us accordingly when arriving at the event site.


For any further information, please contact Jelana Vajen, phone: +49 – (0)228 73 4972.
BiomassNet is an initiative of the BiomassWeb project coordinated by ZEF and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). It is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) with additional funds from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).