Leveraging education to unlock the EU bioeconomy's full potential.


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 multi-level Bio-Based Education Centres (BBECs) to act as knowledge hubs bridging the gaps between academic institutions, students, innovation entities and policy makers. Likewise, the BBECs will be flexible enough to answer the actual and future needs of the industry and surrounding ecosystem at local, regional and national levels.


Graphic with stakeholders: Industrial clusters and educational providers, Regions and Bioregions, Public Bodies (Governments), NGOs and Associations of Primary Producers, Multipliers, Other


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The BBECs concept will be design according to the framework of different EU regions and will be characterized by:


Multi-level networking of actors, centres and education.

Flexibility and modularity to answer European complexity.

Industry and education connection strengthened.


Innovative educational formats.


Align the needs for skills and their availability through consistent interactions between the bio-based industry and educational institutions at local, regional, national and European levels.

Prevent skills gaps in the bio-based industry.

Maintain industrial activities and boost jobs and income for local communities.

Generate education and learning opportunities for community members and increase their employability.

Provide early insight into career opportunities for graduates at vocational and university levels.

Offer opportunities to educate a wide range of stakeholders on bio-based activities and sustainability.


BioBec Projat at the SIMO Education Fair 2023

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Rocío García, Communications Manager at Sustainable Innovations (SIE) attended the SIMO Education Fair in Madrid. The event, dedicated to educational technology and innovation, took place from November 14 to 16,…

Exploring the BIOBEC Project: An Interview with Katri Rusanen from the University of Eastern Finland

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“We hope that the BIObec project, in addition to 6 new Centres, also can bring about more cross-border cooperation, enhancing the exchange of students and ideas for strengthening EU cooperation…

BioBec at Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2023

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Fiona Scott-Hayward presented during Bioeconomy Week 2023 the BIObec project. Bioeconomy Ireland Week, held annually in October, is a crucial platform for highlighting and raising awareness about Ireland's impressive bioeconomy…