is a three-year project funded by the Horizon Europe programme, composed by 10 experienced partners that will operationalise the project’s activities in 8 EU countries: Estonia, Italy, Netherland, Greece, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Portugal and Germany. The project will contribute to establishing innovative governance models in the bioeconomy, providing an inclusive training and mentoring framework in specific European regions, aiming to build a bridge between knowledge and skills in the bioeconomy, secured by an effective governance.

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January 2022 to May 2025

The project develops guidelines for the setup of the modern and inclusive training and mentoring frameworks and programs in specific European regions targeting the local bio-systems, regulators, and policies for building the bridge between knowledge, skills, bioeconomy, and good governance.

New paths to a bioeconomy

The bioeconomy is expected to be a lever for sustainability and a solution to a number of ecological and social challenges, including climate change mitigation, cleaner production processes, economic growth, and new employment opportunities. However, despite all the efforts, the transition towards a sustainable bioeconomy is progressing too slowly.

There is a need for establishing the means for exploring new paths to govern the transition process, in particular by:

  • making information and knowledge available and accessible;
  • bringing the various stakeholders together towards the definition of innovative governance models;
  • screening the differences within EU regions to define targeted strategies.


In summary, the project will deliver the following:

  • Operationalising existing actions & know-how: will identify existing actions of good governance approaches on training and skills-building in the Bioeconomy in our 8 regions, taking into account infrastructure, technological capacities, design/art and culture, as well as training accessibility, potential of social innovation and new engagement approaches.
  • Understanding the regions: will assess the regions’ specificities, such as economic/cultural characteristics, smart specialization areas, regulatory/political barriers, social attitudes, educational/training availabilities, skills and jobs in demand in the bioeconomy, in order to develop governance and training resources tailored to the regions.
  • Building an active network & communities of practice: will bring together key actors from i) research/academia, ii) industry/businesses, iii) policy and iv) society into 8 regional Communities of Practice, that will operate in their region to:
    – Increase awareness about the bio-systems and their governance models
    – Define and assess key drivers for skills-building in the bioeconomy
    – Validate training and mentoring guidelines and governance models for a larger uptake
    – Spur social innovation in the current bio-system
  • Delevering modern training and mentoring guidelines tailored to the region:’s guidelines will support permanent learning and re-training in areas related to the bioeconomy and will also ensure the inclusion of novel opportunities coming from art, culture and (eco) design inspirations with added value for the bioeconomy.

Do you want to know more about the project? Please contact Han van Osch. 


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