BIObec starts, a new European project to promote training in bioeconomy within the framework of the Horizon 2020 program.
The European BIObec project has officially started after telematically holding its launch meeting today, September 14. This initiative, which seeks to promote bioeconomy training, has been funded by the public-private initiative Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) within the framework of the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.
The consortium made up of 19 entities from 12 European countries, which have received a total budget of 1.5 million euros in financing. For 30 months, they will work together to bridge the gap between the bio-based industry and the education system, by connecting universities, innovation laboratories and research and development centers from different European regions.
BIObec proposes a framework that merges the traditional idea of a training center with that of a knowledge node. The project will establish multi-level Bio-Based Training Centers (BBECs) to act as knowledge nodes that bridge the gaps between academic institutions, students, innovation entities and policy makers. Furthermore, the BBECs are expected to be flexible enough to respond to the current and future needs of the industry and the surrounding local, regional and national ecosystem.
BIObec is coordinated by the University of Bologna and formed by a multidisciplinary consortium of 19 partners from 12 countries:
- 11 educational institutions: the Universities of Bologna, Hohenheim, Eastern Finland, Autonomous of Barcelona, Wageningen, Trakia, Munster Technology, Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, the National Institute of Technology for Life, Food Sciences and Environmental - AgroParisTech, the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and the Educational Research Institute (IBE);
- A research body: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche;
- Three industrial clusters of bio-based industry: CTA, Food and Bio Cluster Denmark and the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation;
- Two SMEs: FVA and Sustainable Innovations;
- A non-profit foundation for education and social dialogue: Pro Civis;
- And a private research institute: Research Institute for Fodder Crops, Ltd. Troubsko.
The project has received almost 1.5 million euros in funding from the Bioindustries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. For its part, the UAB, through CRiEDO, has received € 64,331.00.