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Introduction to Sustainable Bioeconomy

Discover what the bioeconomy is and how recent innovations in Europe’s forest-based sectors affect the drive for sustainability.

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Learn how a circular bioeconomy could aid sustainability

The European economy faces multiple simultaneous challenges related to environmental sustainability. Alongside the threat of climate change, nations are also grappling with resource depletion, population growth, and overconsumption.

On this course, you’ll learn how a circular bioeconomy could solve these issues, and come away able to identify the latest developments in European bioeconomic policy.

Explore the importance of bioeconomy for sustainability

A bioeconomy is an economy where the basic building blocks for energy and materials come from renewable biological sources.

Alongside experts from the University of Padova and seven other renowned European Universities, you’ll explore how recent wood-based innovations could help nations move to a fossil-free future.

Examine different national forest sectors

You’ll describe the different ways the bioeconomy is interpreted across Europe, and understand what these different national approaches mean for Europe’s forest-based sectors.

You’ll summarise and interpret the perception held among citizens towards the bioeconomy, and learn how the concept itself emerged.

Discover the latest innovations in sustainability

Examining real-world examples, you’ll understand the most recent innovations in the European bioeconomy, and the challenges forest-based sectors face going forward.

Ultimately, you’ll grasp how the introduction of bioeconomy policy could jumpstart the sustainable transformation of society in Europe.

Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds [Music] Hello and welcome to the open online course Bioeconomy and society. My name is Daniela Kleinschmidt and I’m professor for forest and environmental policy at the university of Freiburg in Germany and I will be your host for this online course. In this course we will learn about the forest-based bioeconomy. We will learn how this concept emerged and what it means for different stakeholders involved in this development. We will also discuss how different European countries approach this concept in the national political strategies And what these interpretations mean for the forest-based sector. Lastly, we will look at some of the most important innovations that currently shape the bioeconomy in Europe.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 seconds This course is brought to you by the PerForm consortium, a team of researchers from across the European continent who have worked to understand societal perceptions of the bioeconomy in their home countries. This learning journey is going to take us from Northern Europe - Finland and Sweden - to Central Western Europe - Austria, Germany and France - as well as to Southern Europe - Italy and Spain - and Eastern Europe - Slovakia and Russia. Our course material comes in the form of video lectures, where our international team of researchers share their latest research on bioeconomy; video interviews with international experts where you learn about bioeconomy from these experts and practitioners that are at the forefront of bioeconomy developments.

Skip to 2 minutes and 5 seconds And reading materials, where you get to read and discuss the most relevant scientific publications on the bioeconomy topic. So, without further to do, I warmly welcome you to this course and I wish you an inspiring learning experience.

What topics will you cover?

  • European and national bioeconomy policies and research strategies
  • Emerging bioeconomy discourses
  • The diversity of bioeconomy stakeholders, their perceptions and expectations regarding bioeconomy
  • Innovations and Innovativeness for jumpstarting a sustainable bioeconomy transformation

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By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Interpret the latest developments of the (forest-based) bioeconomy in Europe
  • Apply different conceptual approaches for interpreting the bioeconomy
  • Explain how this concept emerged and how different European countries approach it in their national political strategies
  • Discuss what these different national approaches mean for the forest-based sector in the countries presented
  • Interpret the latest research on stakeholder and citizen perception in the bioeconomy
  • Summarize some of the most important innovations that currently shape the bioeconomy in Europe
  • Debate the biggest opportunities and challenges that these innovations pose for the forest-based sector

Who is the course for?

This course is for students at all levels and professionals (e.g. consultants, public servants) active in natural resource management sectors (e.g. forestry and agriculture)

It would also benefit communication specialists and policymakers looking to better understand the emerging bioeconomy discourse and the latest bioeconomy-related policy developments at European level impacting the forest-based sector.

Who will you learn with?

I teach to learn and I learn to teach.
Researcher at the University of Freiburg interested in bioeconomy transformations, science communication, good governance and forests.

Assistant Professor in forest policy and economics at the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, University of Padova (UNIPD).
Scientific Director at Etifor, a UNIPD spin-off.

I am Professor for Forest and Environmental Policy at the University Freiburg in Germany since 2014. I am a trained forester with social scientific background.

Researcher at the University of Freiburg. Trained forester, turned policy scholar, avid learner and educator. “Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.” - John Dewey

Who developed the course?

University of Padova

The University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background.

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