Promoting education, training and skills across the bioeconomy

Empirica (Germany)
Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (IT)
Lead Partner

The overarching goal of the study Promoting education, training and skills across the bioeconomy is to contribute to the development of educational and training content, methods, tools and structures to achieve a main streaming of bioeconomy into education and training, and ensure that bioeconomy figures more prominently in relevant studies such as agricultural, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, marine and environmental studies as well as in food science and systems, bioengineering and other bio-based sector-related studies.

More specifically, the study also aims to provide an overview of current training and education availabilities at different levels in the bioeconomy and to assess current and future (2030 and 2050) needs for professional profiles and skills, setting out unmet training and educational needs. Furthermore, the study aims to support the relevant upgrade, adaptation and development of bioeconomy-related training and education to meet future workforce needs for the deployment of a sustainable and circular bioeconomy.

The study consists of the following tasks:

  • Task 1: Overall coordination
  • Task 2: Analytical work and reports: University, higher education and research programmes
  • Task 3: Analytical work and reports: Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Task 4: Analytical work and reports: Entrepreneurship training
  • Task 5: Participatory workshops (organized virtually)
  • Task 6: Final Conference

Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini is leading Task 3 on analytical work on VET, and conducts the following activities:

  • Identify, map and analyse the current state of the art of the bioeconomy relevant VET;
  • Analyse the immediate human capacity needs with a projection into the future (2030 – 2050);
  • Develop VET recommendations, solutions, model modules and curricula to educate and train a workforce to be equipped with the skills required in an evolving, circular and sustainable bioeconomy.

FGB contributes also to other tasks of the study and is responsible for four out of ten case study countries, namely: Bulgaria, Estonia, Italy and Latvia.

FGB research team is composed of Līga Baltiņa, Terence Hogarth (core research team), bioeconomy experts from Sapienza University (led by Piergiuseppe Morone) and other national researchers and thematic experts.