International Cooperation in Education and Training


Parallel Workshops III, 20th April, 11:00 – 13:00 / Track: "Policy"



  • Ahmed Fahmi, Program Specialist, Natural Science Sector/PCB - 1.123, UNESCO
  • Josef Glössl, Professor, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria, and Chair of ICA (Association of European Life Sciences Universities) Bioeconomy Committee



Ulrich Schurr, Director Bioeconomy Science Center, Forschungszentrum Jülich


Research, innovation and education at all levels form an indispensable basis for the development of sustainable bioeconomy concepts (Global Bioeconomy Summit 2015). There will be no “one-size-fits-all concept” of the bioeconomy. For the specification of the different job profiles of the bioeconomy human resource base the diversity of circumstances and requirements in different regions and macroregions in developing, emerging and developed economies have to be considered. Educational curricula provided by universities and vocational institutions have to meet the demands of the employers in the various bioeconomy sectors. This requires an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes systems think¬ing, strategic planning, economic performance, and evaluating environmental, ethical and social issues. In addition to focusing on the natural, technical and social sciences, the curricula should also develop entrepreneurial skills in preparing graduates for management roles to develop and grow new ventures in the bioeconomy. These developments require collaboration between universities, industry and policy and governance stakeholders. There is also the need to raise awareness of bioeconomy in primary and secondary education.

Key topics of the workshop will be (i), the demands for knowledge, skills and competences for the bioeconomy, (ii), the need for innovation in the current concepts of bioeconomy education and (iii), the need to increase and/or strengthen the cooperation between educational institutions.

In addition, an important aim of the Workshop is to provide a basis for the development and implementation of a “European/International Bioeconomy Education Platform”, representing stakeholders from academia, industry, society and public administration (Lodz Declaration on a European Bioeconomy Education Platform, 2017). International measures need to define the knowledge, skills and competencies required for developing a bioeconomy that enhances the sustainable use of bio-based materials in manufacturing and in consumer products.

Agenda and speakers

A modified World Café methodology will be used as an effective and flexible format for hosting a large group dialogue. In order to further sharpen the content of the workshop and to define appropriate questions to be discussed a preparatory process will be set up by the Co-Chairs, involving representatives of the stakeholders, including the Speakers, Chairs and Rapporteurs of the World Café Discussion.

Welcome and Introduction into Workshop concept and aims (10 min)

Co-Chairs: Ahmed Fahmi (UNESCO) and Josef Glössl (ICA-Bio and BOKU Vienna, Austria)

Input by representatives from the following sectors posing the questions that need to be addressed in the discussion sessions (40min)

Universities, Europe and Global:

  • Barbara Hinterstoisser, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), AT
  • Chadamas Thuvasethakul, Executive Vice President, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand


Industry, Europe and Global

  • Philippe Mengal, Executive Director, Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)
  • Karl-Heinz Maurer, Global Marketing Director, AB Enzymes AG, Germany


Policy and Governance, Europe and Global

  • Andrzej Siemaszko, Central and Eastern European Bioregions Forum, Marshal’s Office of the Lodzkie Region, PL
  • Peter Wells, Higher Education Section, UNESCO


Parallel working in small discussion groups (40 min; modified World Café format)

  • Concept: Up to 10 groups (tables) with 7-10 participants each (depending on the total number of participants; including 1 Chair and 1 Rapporteur per table); the same set of questions will be discussed in parallel in 2 or 3 groups, meaning that about 3 to 5 different sets of clearly defined questions can be discussed.
  • The list of questions to be discussed will be prepared and formulated in the preparatory phase before GBS 2018, including the Co-Chairs, the Speakers giving the Input Statements, and the Chairs and Rapporteurs of the World Café.


Presentation, reflection and integration of the results (30 min)

Moderators and Rapporteurs of the Working Groups

Main Rapporteur

Next steps and Closing



ICA (Association of European Life Sciences Universities), represented by the ICA Bioeconomy Committee (ICA-Bio) and the ICA Network for Innovation in Higher Education in the Life Sciences (ICA-Edu):

  • Chair of ICA-Bio: Josef Glössl, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Vienna, Austria; Chair of ICA-Edu: Barbara Hinterstoisser, BOKU; Michael Lostak, Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague (CULS) and member of ICA-Bio and ICA-Edu; Simon Heath, Secretary General of ICA



  • Ahmed Fahmi, Program Specialist, Natural Science Sector/PCB - 1.123, UNESCO


BioSC (Bioeconomy Science Center):

  • Executive Director: Heike Slusarczyk, BioSC Office c/o Forschungszentrum, Jülich, IBG 2: Plant Sciences, Jülich, Germany
  • Spokesperson of BioSC Management Board: Ulrich Schurr, Forschungszentrum Jülich, IBG 2: Plant Sciences, Jülich, Germany


Initiative Group for an “European Bioeconomy Education Platform”, Coordinators: Stanislaw Bielecki, Lodz University of Technology, Poland; George Sakellaris, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic