In the UK, Princess Anne was guest of honor at the official launch of University of York’s new bioeconomy initiative, BioYork. The project, BioYork, has been established as a focus for bioeconomy activity in the North of England as part of an interdisciplinary approach to research into health, food and bio-based fuel and chemicals.
The Princess Royal’s visit included meeting senior University staff involved in the initiative as well as touring the research facilities, including the glasshouses. The bioeconomy is estimated to be worth £220 billion in the UK alone, and the Government’s Industrial Strategy is setting ambitious targets to double its size by 2030. Projects like this will be fundamental in supporting this growth and development.