Biosmart in Science Nordic

Biosmart in Science Nordic

The international science news service Science Nordic has published an article about the Biosmart project. Senior researcher Magnar Forbord at Centre for Rural Research and Vibeke Stærkebye Nørstebø from SINTEF is interviewed about how Biosmart will conduct research...


Foresight analysis

As a major research exercise, Biosmart covers many aspects of this transition. The key component will be a foresight analysis of 1500 Norwegian businesses to ascertain what the needs of the five key biosectors (farming, forestry, fisheries, bioscience, industry) are and where there is potential for integration.

Case studies

At the same time we will use case studies to look at how technology transitions in the biosector developed in the past and issues that needed to be overcome. Social acceptability of bioeconomy outcomes will be a critical part of the analysis, as will the issue of how bioeconomic development affects and is affected by rights issues in Norway (e.g. property and IP rights).


Two partner organisations will look at issues that facilitate bioeconomic development namely, resource distribution and possible economic outcomes (NORUT) and the optimal location of development (Skog og landskap/Sintef), while Bioforsk and NTNU will explore the impact of bioeconomic development on greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity and energy efficiency.

Our aim in Biosmart is to begin an important (and informed) public debate on this issue as well as to produce high quality science.

Magnar Forbord

Acting Manager/Senior Researcher, Centre for Rural Research

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