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Call for papers for a Special Issue of the TIM Review

Digital Innovations in the Bioeconomy


Guest Editor

Iivari Kunttu, PhD, Häme University of Applied Sciences, Finland

[email protected]


Climate change caused by increased carbon emissions into the Earth’s atmosphere is leading to huge challenges for several areas of everyday life. Building a climate-smart bioeconomy in response to this is one central area to which a considerable amount of research effort has been dedicated, in order to develop sustainable solutions and innovations to minimize the impacts of food production on the environment, especially in terms of carbon emissions. Along with new technologies, systematic monitoring, analysis, and simulation of climate change impacts, the need for a deeper understanding of sustainable processes to utilize natural resources plays a central role in finding answers to the huge challenges.

This call for papers aims to highlight the current research, innovations, trends, and future directions of the bioeconomy through the lens of digitalization and data utilization. We aim to highlight the significant improvements that digitalization can bring to the bioeconomy field. The special issue will be built around themes involving digitalization in the development of bioeconomy research, innovations, and business, particularly in the areas of climate-smart food production and management of carbon in bioeconomy processes. 

Research topics

This call for papers invites scholars and practitioners to address recent and new digital innovations in the bioeconomy field. Articles are expected to build on novel approaches and technological innovations that offer or have the potential to provide solutions to complex bioeconomy problems.

Research topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Data collection, analysis, and utilization in the smart bioeconomy;

• Artificial intelligence, IoT, open data, open interfaces, and open technologies in the utilization of bioeconomy data;

• Digital solutions for managing and controlling carbon in bioeconomy processes;

• Measurements and data utilization that involves intensifying carbon sequestration;

• Digitalization in promoting circular economy in food production.

Key dates

  • Abstracts submissions – October 15 , 2020
  • Acceptance decision and feedback – November 1  15, 2020
  • Submission of final manuscripts – December 15 , 2020
  • Feedback based on peer-review process – January 15, 2021
  • Authors' final submissions of revised manuscripts – February 1, 2021

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