UrBIOfuture - Boosting future careers, education and research activities in the European bio-based industry (837811 - H2020-BBI-JTI-2018)

Finantial Entity: 
European Comission (H2020 programme)
May 2019 to April 2020

The project "UrBIOfuture - Boosting future careers, education and research activities in the European bio-based industry", will be coordinated from the UAB by Professor Joaquín Gairín. It has been financed by the European Union, through the Bio-Based Industries consortium, and within the framework of the Horizon 2020 program, with an amount of € 946,586.

The project aims to bring Europe to the forefront of the Bio sector by identifying the educational needs and gaps in the European Bio sector, identifying career opportunities in research and involving all interested parties in a co-creation process that offers the "UrBIOFuture" experience as a fundamental tool to attract talent and provide professional guidance.

Given the European strategy of positioning Europe as a world leader in the Bio sector, the objectives proposed by the UrBIOfuture project are aimed at: (1) mapping the current educational programs that develop their curriculum focused on the Bioindustrial sector; (2) achieve alignment between educational and research institutions and the industrial sector; and (3) Identify the current gaps between the training offer and the real needs of professionals and companies in the sector; and (4) propose a tool to promote vocations in the Bio sector, in what is going to be called "UrBIOfuture Experience".

To achieve the main objective of the project, a complete analysis of the current educational offer will be carried out (with the programs in progress and the complete ones). In parallel, the main publics of the industry and the Bio sector will be involved in order to carry out a consultation to identify opportunities and gaps for the promotion of the bearer.

In this way, the parties involved will participate jointly in the creation of "UrBIOFuture experience" as a toolkit with the coalition of organizations, and also elaborate their implementation plan using the results of the map and the gap identification exercise so that the experience can respond to the needs and expectations of both the academic world and the industry.

This experience will be a set of materials and actions that will make it possible to align education and research to provide trained people to build a sustainable biological industry in Europe.

The following institutions will participate in the project: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Itàlia), Taknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy (Finland), Agro Business Park AS (Denmark), Fundacion Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía (Spain), Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologish Onderzoek N.V. (Belgium), Stichting IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (Netherlands), Sustainable Innovations Europe SL (Spain) and Fundacja Uniwersytetyu im Adama Michiewicza W Poznaniu (Poland).

Web: www.urbiofuture.eu/

Global Endowment: 946.567,65 €

Project members: 

 Joaquín Gairín Sallán (EDO-UAB), Aleix Barrera Corominas (EDO-UAB), Ivan Garcia Miranda (PRUAB-UAB), Diego Castro Ceacero (EDO-UAB), Patricia Olmos Rueda (EDO-UAB), Digna Couso (EDO-UAB), Marina Tomas i Folch (EDO-UAB), María García Alegre (CTA), Gloria de la Viña (CTA), Lorena Bodegas (SIE), Jesús Serrano (SIE), Mariana Fernández (SIE), Michael Støckler (ABP), Anders Peter Adams (ABP), Kell Andersen (ABP), Pauliina Tukainen (VTT), Mika Harkonen (VTT), Capucine Dupont (IHE), Carlien Jaspers (IHE), Ruben Guisson (VITO), Dieter Cuypers (VITO), Annalisa Aluigi (CNR), Armida Torreggiani (CNR), Izabella Stelmaszewska-Patyk (PPNT), Joanna Bosiacka-Kniat (PPNT), Justyna Sikorska (PPNT), Michal Wujewski (PPNT), Pawel Kaczmarek (PPNT), Xavier Ponte Font (PRUAB-UAB), Simon Poulsen (ABP).

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