Alliance

The European Bioeconomy University was founded as an alliance of six partner universities on July 3, 2019 in Brussels. 

Governance

The European Bioeconomy University is internally governed by the EBU presidents board, the scientific coordinators group and the operational coordinators group. The EBU general meeting of all representatives is held biennially and includes a scientific forum.

EBU presidents board members

AgroParisTech: Gilles Trystram
BOKU: Hubert Hasenauer
UEF: Tapio Määttä
UHOH: Stephan Dabbert (EBU president 2020-21)
UniBo: Francesco Ubertini
WUR: Arthur Mol

EBU Scientific and operational coordinators

AgroParisTech
Scientific coordinator: Benoit Gabrielle
Operational coordinator: Marine Godaux

BOKU
Scientific coordinator: Martin Greimel

UEF
Scientific coordinator: Jyrki Kangas
Operational coordinator: Riitta Tegelberg

UHOH
Scientific coordinator: Iris Lewandowski (EBU speaker 2020-21)
Operational coordinator: Franziska Schenk

UniBo
Scientific coordinator: Patrizia Brigidi
Operational coordinator: Simone Maccaferri

WUR
Scientific coordinator: Luisa Trindade
Operational coordinator: Jeroen Ouburg

Partner universities 

Learn more about the 6 partner universities.

AgroParisTech (Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences)

AgroParisTech encompasses the multiple dimensions of bioeconomy from agricultural production, management of land and natural resources, forestry, sustainable and healthy food systems, biotechnologies to related socio-economic sciences, implementing this vision through its research, innovation and education activities, supporting both excellence and multidisciplinarity. 

As the French leading graduate school in this field, AgroParisTech offers MSc in Engineering, Master as well as PhD programmes and executive education covering bioeconomy topics in an integrative approach.

AgroParisTech is a founding member of Université Paris-Saclay and has a long-standing strategic partnership with INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) for research activities.

Number of students

  • 2200 students (15% international)
  • 350 Ph.D. students (34% international)

Number of programmes

  • 17 master programmes in French, 8 master tracks in English, 6 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master degrees, 3 masters dedicated to an international audience. 25 research units (24 joints)
  • 5 departments
  • 8 campuses (4 in Paris and the greater Paris area)

Relation to bioeconomy

Research

  • 8 campuses in France + 1 R&D center dedicated to agro‐biotechnologies + 1 Experimental Farm + 1000 hectares Forest + 2 experimental pilot plants
  • 4 key research areas: (1) Agricultural production and forestry, (2) Food and non‐food transformations, (3) Sustainable management of natural resources and the environment, and (4) Human health

Education

  • Top‐level higher education institution in the bioeconomy field in France.
  • Integrative vision of bioeconomy in education (we consider that – almost – all our curricula cover bioeconomy).
  • At international level, we specifically developped Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Bioceb to highlight bioeconomy dimension of our training offer.

Innovation

  • Many pre‐existing collaborations both in Education and R&I with EBU partners => willingness to deepen this cooperation
  • Vision encompassing all dimensions of bioeconomy, including economic and social dimensions
  • Involvement in EU projects (Horizon 2020, Climate KIC, Erasmus+, LIFE, Interreg…)
  • Joint research units with prestigious French research organisations (INRA strategic partner)
  • > 10 Academic & Research chairs funded by socio-economic actors in bioeconomy field
  • 4 business pre-incubators (Inn Labs)
  • Entrepreneurship track for students
  • AgroParisTech represents Bioeconomy Higher Education in the National Bioeconomy WG (organised by Ministry of Agriculture)
  • Forum Vitae Entrepreneurship (AgroParisTech)

http://www2.agroparistech.fr

University of Bologna

Through its 32 departments the University of Bologna invests in a multidisciplinary cross-cultural approach to bioeconomy thanks to the inseparable connection between research and teaching, the promotion of international networking and young researchers’ mobilization. The University of Bologna has dedicated a growing attention to the bieconomy R&I and is currently committed in 35 H2020 projects with a total EU contribution of over 12M€.

Moreover, the University of Bologna can count also on a considerable experience in bioeconomy education among which are worth citing: the first European Master in Bioeconomy in the circular economy, Erasmus Mundus Joint doctorate in Sustainable Industrial Chemistry, Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Chemical Innovation and Regulation and an upcoming international Master in Low Carbon Technologies And Sustainable Chemistry.

Number of students

  • 86.509 students, of which 6.349 international
  • 1.275 Phd Candidates

Number of programmes

  • 5 campuses, 32 Departments, 5 Schools, 7 Interdipartimental Centres for Industrial Research

Relation to bioeconomy

Research

  • Over 1000 researchers active in R&I in the Bioeconomy sector.
  • 1st Italian University in the Bioeconomy sector.
  • UNIBO is the second university in Italy for capacity of attracting EU funding: over 220 funded projects with more than 92 M€ of funding. Over 17.5 m€ in Horizon 2020, taking part to 50 projects related to bioeconomy (first University in Italy)
  • Member of the Biobased Industries Consortium and only university part of the 1st flagship project on bioeconomy funded by the Bio‐Based Industries JU (BBI JU)

Education

  • About 5.000 students engaged with Bioeconomy courses at Bachelor, Master and PhD level.
  • Founding Member of BioCirce, the first European Master in Bioeconomy in the Circular economy. Coordinator of the Joint doctorate in Sustainable Industrym, partner of the Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Chemical Innovation and Regulation (ChIR) Master in Low Carbon Technologies And Sustainable Chemistry (LOCATE).

Innovation

  • Member of the Coordinating Board of the three bioeconomy‐related National Technology Clusters on Agrifood, Green Chemistry and Blue Growth
  • Contributing to the development and the implementation of the Italian Bioeconomy Strategy
  • Supporting entrepreneurship through the AlmaCube incubator and innovativion hub, the ALMALABOR – digital workshop and coworking space and the AlmaEClub Open Innovation Community for Entrepreneurship of the University of Bologna

www.unibo.it/en

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)

Founded in 1872, BOKU does research and teaching in managing natural resources by combining natural, technical, social and economic sciences. With this setting BOKU addresses most of the 17 SDGs defined by the United Nations covering conservation, sustainable management of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, food security, wood-processing and biotechnology. BOKU’s trans- and interdisciplinary philosophy tackles the multiple challenges and is strongly application-oriented. BOKUs key vision is sustainable development by contributing to the transformation processes towards a bio-based green economy for Europe.

Number of students

  • 12280

Number of programmes

  • 26 Master Programmes, 11 Master Programmes in English (both international and national) and 8 Doctoral Programmes (including 2 PhD programmes), 6 Doctoral Schools

Relation to bioeconomy

Research and Education

  • More than 300 researchers are involved in app. 200 bioeconomy related research projects
  • Key areas for research and education:
    * management of renewable resources including their conversation to food, feed, biological materials and bioenergy
    * safeguarding food security, nutrition and health, taking into consideration the environment and securing quality of life

Innovation

  • Boku has set up a Bioeconomy Center for coordinating and communicating Boku’s bioeconomy activities
  • Entrepreneurship Center Network (ECN)

www.boku.ac.at

University of Hohenheim

Bioeconomy is the leading research topic at the University of Hohenheim. At the three faculties (Agricultural Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Business, Economics and Social Sciences), agricultural, nutritional, and food scientists work hand in hand with physicists, biologists, biotechnologists, economists, and social scientists. They cover everything from plant and animal production to new technical processes and the necessary change processes in the economy and society.

The University of Hohenheim offers several Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in the area of the bioeconomy, including the cross-faculty Master’s program Bioeconomy.

Number of students

  • 9235

Number of programmes

  • 25 master programmes

Relation to bioeconomy

Research

  • Graduate school BBW ForWerts (Bioeconomy in BW ‐ exploring innovative value chains)

Education

  • International Master Programme: Bioeconomy. The Bioeconomy profile: covering the complete bio‐based value chain from production over conversion to markets

Innovation

  • Hohenheim Research Center for Bioeconomy
  • Food Technical Centre
  • State Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioenergy
  • Biorefinery pilot plant on Agricultural Experimental Station
  • Coordination office Bioeconomy Research Baden‐Württemberg
  • Entrepreneurial Centre: StartUp Garage (incl. Venture Weekend Bioeconomy), Transfer and Innovation Management

www.uni-hohenheim.de/en

Wageningen University and Research

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) is one of the world’s leading education and research centres in the plant, animal, environmental, agro-technological, food and social sciences, and for two consecutive years the best Agriculture University worldwide. Bioeconomy is a core area for research, education and innovation at Wageningen University and Research.

WUR counts several Educational programs in this area and this year a new MSc program Biobased Sciences has been initiated that explores the multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity of a Circular Bioeconomy.

Number of students

  • In the academic year 2018/2019 the university has a total of 12439 students, of which 2769 are international

Number of programmes

  • 37 Master Programmes

Relation to bioeconomy

Research

  • Education Master programme: Biobased Sciences and Biosystems Engineering (and Biotechnology)

Innovation

  • On‐ & Off‐campus: professional trainings
  • Off‐campus: MOOCs, courses & digital programs
  • Collaboration with companies, policymakers, society
  • Local and global societal dialogues
  • Establishing start‐ups, spin‐offs, pilots
  • StartLife: Growing Food & Agtech startups into leading enterprises

www.wur.nl

Moreover, WUR offers several Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s) on different aspects of Bioeconomy
https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Themes/theme-biobased-economy.htm
https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/master/MSc-programmes/MSc-Biobased-Sciences.htm
https://www.edx.org/school/wageningenx

University of Eastern Finland

The strategic focus of the University of Eastern Finland relating to the bioeconomy is on forests, wood and land use. The diverse expertise covers the whole value network ranging from forests and customers to all uses, functions and services of forest ecosystems. Research and education in this domain focus on product and service innovations, and on the use of novel forest-, non-wood and wood-based material solutions, while also addressing their ecological and social implications. These include the sufficiency and governance of natural resources and the acceptability and responsibility of their use.

UEF has several Master’s degree programmes related to the forest-based bioeconomy, including European Forestry, Wood Materials Science, and Tourism Marketing and Management programmes. The Doctoral Programme in Forests and Bioresources, too, focuses on the forest-based bioeconomy. More than half of the students in these programmes are international students.

Number of students

  • In the academic year 2018/2019 the university has a total of 30 000 students (50% degree students, 50% adult students)
  • In Forest Sciences, more than half of the total enrolment by foreign students as well as of Doctor’s degrees taken

Number of programmes

  • 49 Master Programmes (+ 21 international MSc programmes)
  • 14 Doctoral Programmes (available also for international students)

Relation to bioeconomy

Research

  • Multidisciplinary bioeconomy research in chemical industry, food industry, forestry, nature tourism and green care, pharmaceutical industry, renewable energy, sufficiency of natural resources, water purification and distribution and wood products industry

Education

  • 8 international English language Masters’ Degree programmes in the field of bioeconomy
  • 3 English language Doctoral programmes in the field of bioeconomy
  • Forest-based bioeconomy MSc degree programmes in English, included in the above numbers: European Forestry MSc, Cross-Border University MSc in Forestry, Transatlantic Forestry MSc, MSc in Wood Materials Science

Innovation

  • Diverse highly appreciated scientific expertise in different dimensions of the bioeconomy. Multidisciplinary approach: scientists and their partners from a wide range of disciplines addressing the bioeconomy
  • Active in regional open innovation ecosystems in bioeconomy: GreenHub forest‐based bioeconomy innovation ecosystem: business >2 bill euros turnover including both big global companies and growing small and medium‐sized enterprises, >600 forest bioeconomy experts
  • Close collaboration with companies, policy‐makers, public bodies, NGOs etc. resulting in high impact of research and education
  • UEF offers interdisciplinary, responsible and sustainable solutions for global challenges
  • In the core of Joensuu Forest Bioeconomy Campus with Natural Resources Institute Finland, European Forest Institute and Finnish Environment Institute
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Services

www.uef.fi/en/web/biotalous