The BIObec Project aims to build bridges between the bio-based industry and the education system by interlinking universities, innovation labs, and R&D centres with industrial actors and regions. In order to achieve this, the project proposes a holistic framework that merges the traditional idea of an education centre, with that of a knowledge hub. BIObec will establish the framework for the development of multi-level Bio-Based Education Centres (BBECs) to act as knowledge hubs bridging the gaps between academic institutions, students, innovation entities and policy makers. The BBEC will be flexible enough to respond to the present and future needs of industry and its surrounding ecosystem in the field of skills and education at local, regional and national level.
During the project 6 models of Bio-Based Education Centres will be developed. Each BBEC will have its own regional identity based on characteristics of bioeconomy, stakeholders and numerous of other factors. The BBEC models will be established in the following countries and regions: Mediterranean, Finland, Denmark, Ireland, Central – Eastern Europe and Germany. The 6 BBEC models will be ready to replicate and implement in other specific countries in the EU.
The project started in September 2021 and will end in February 2024. Until now many interesting actions have been taken in order to identify and create a network of key actors, analyze the European and regional needs, opportunities and expectations in the field of bioeconomy education, scope of best practices and success cases to support development of education models. Number of regional and pan-European co-creation workshops with stakeholders were carried out to reveal expectations on future BBEC.
The gathered concepts led to more concrete actions connected to making Educational Centre Framework Design , validation of BBEC cases and their organizational approach, co-creation and conceptual design of each Centre and defining business models and governance structure at regional level.
For more information and deliverables please visit project’s website: https://biobec.eu/
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This project has received funding from the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101023381. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio-based Industries Consortium.