The research work plan follows four steps of three-month periods each, i.e.:

 ● STEP (A): Months 1, 2, and 3 (1 October 2016 – 31 December 2017: Data collection on the potentially converging technologies with the help of the sections of the host institution; followed by data analysis revealing individual sector-by-sector trends. The Study Visit in Southern Italy, Region of Puglia, at the STAR Integrated Research Unit and its associated Facility Centre (both beacons if sustainable bioeconomy) is planned in this period and will to take place by the middle of the project, and thus add additional inputs to the research in this fundamental period.

 ● STEP (B): Months 4, 5, and 6 (1 January – 31 March 2017): Data analysis from Step (A) focusing on trends of sector-to-sector convergence, with the help of internal and external experts; followed by use of the findings for a first mapping of technology convergence. The matrix shown in Figure 1 of the Project Methodology will be used to assess the degree and extent of convergence and identify major driving forces and obstacles behind convergence processes.

 ● STEP (C): Months 7, 6, and 9 (1 April – 30 June 2017): According to the work in Step (B), construction of technology convergence-based scenarios for the emergence of bioeconomy and biosociety in Poland and Greece. Discussion of scenarios with stakeholders - research and policy implications. The matrix shown in Figure 2 of the Project Methodology will be used to quantify the degree of transformation of the economy and society into bio-economy/bio-society by the bio-tsunami; whereas, as an example, three scenarios, corresponding to three technology mixes, and formulated in a previous foresight exercise (Greece 2021) are shown in Figure 3 of the Project Methodology.

 ●STEP (D): Months 10, 11, and 12 (1 July – 30 September 2017): Testing the scenarios from Step (C) at the EU level. Dissemination of findings with the general public and target groups. Implications and opportunities from the approaching bio-tsunami for the host institution and regional/national/European socio-economico-environmental sustainability. The cartoon and photo shown in Figures 4 and 5 of the Project Methodology offer a glimpse into a bio-tsunami affected New World, according to a total “greening” or maximising sustainability effects scenario vs. a deeply destructive effect of the bio-tsunami.