EBU Label – Bioeconomy qualification supplement

An Erasmus+ Project

The EBU offers a common qualification supplement that will be granted to master students of bioeconomy-relevant study programs offered at the six EBU partners. This supplement is to upgrade and connect existing, disciplinary university curricula on the master level with inter-and trans-disciplinarity, cross-sectoral collaboration and sustainability competencies. It will explicitly promote and equip the students with an understanding of related disciplines and their scientific language, in addition to disciplinary expertise.

About the programme

The EBU label is a common qualification supplement offered by the six EBU partner universities. By integrating the current curricula with the skills and competences that have been identified as crucial for bioeconomy curricula such as cross-sectoral mind-set and collaboration, inter- and trans-disciplinarity, critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving, sustainability transformation and transition knowledge, among others, the students will be encouraged to develop a T-shaped skills profile consisting of disciplinary expertise, relevant soft skills as well as sustainability competences.

The EBU label explicitly promotes the inter- and trans-disciplinarity of existing master curricula to equip the students with an understanding of bioeconomy-related disciplines and their scientific language, in addition to their disciplinary expertise.

By obtaining the EBU label, you will be recognized as a professional with the right knowledge and skills to shape the transformation towards a sustainable bioeconomy. You will be able to upgrade your disciplinary expertise by incorporating inter- and transdisciplinarity, cross-sectoral collaboration and sustainability competences.

The EBU qualification supplement will be granted to students who fulfil the following criteria:

Mandatory criteria:

  • Enrollment in one of the agreed bioeconomy-relevant master program at one of the EBU partner institutions. Check the information sheet for these programs;
  • Willingness for the acquisition of a T-shaped skills profile consisting of disciplinary expertise, hard and soft skills as well as sustainability competences;
  • Master thesis with an explicit link to the bioeconomy through inclusion of a chapter describing the relevance of the thesis results to the bioeconomy;
  • Supervision and co-supervision by academics from two different EBU universities;
  • Participation in the ‘EBU student journey’ or in two or three of the activities listed below:


Optional activities:

  • Participation in one of the bioeconomy-related MOOCs;

The project ABBEE has developed 4 bioeconomy-related MOOCs:

The ABBEE (Accelerating the transition towards the Bio-Based Economy via Education) project aims to enhance the EU’s competitive position in the field of bio-based economy and prepare students for their future in a bio-based economy by improving education and facilitating innovation. ABBEE is an EU collaboration between Wageningen University and Research (the Netherlands), University of Hohenheim (Germany), University of Eastern Finland (Finland), Aarhus University (Denmark) and other key stakeholders in industry and research. The academic institutions created four blended and interconnected learning modules in their respective expertise, each addressing a vital part within the bio-based economy value chain.

We invite you to check the project website and the diverse topics offered by these 4 European universities.

  • Participation in soft-skill training including digital skills and lifelong learning programs;
  • Being proactive within the bioeconomy environment (entrepreneurship / activity in a bioeconomy student group / social media group);
  • Active participation in bioeconomy events (congresses, conferences, competitions, workshops etc.);
  • An exchange semester at one of the partner universities.


For more detailed information, download this document -> EBU Label Description

Application information

The application to the EBU label consists of two parts:

  1. Pre-registration: By pre-registering you are expressing your interest to apply to the EBU label.  If you wish to do so, send an e-mail with the exact following words in the subject of the e-mail to lina.mayorgaduarte@uni-hohenheim.de:
    • If you are an student from the University of Hohenheim: EBU label – student University of Hohenheim
    • If you are an student from the University of Bologna: EBU label – student University of Bologna. Further questions could be address to ebu.label@unibo.it
    • If you are an student from the University of Eastern Finland: EBU label – student University of Eastern Finland
    • If you are an student from the University of University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna: EBU label – student University of BOKU
    • If you are an student from the Wageningen University: EBU label – student  Wageningen University
    • If you are an student from AgroParisTech: EBU label – student University of AgroParisTech
  2. Application: When you complete all the criteria, you can apply to receive the qualification supplement by sending all the corresponding documents and forms. The information about the application will be send in the reply of the pre-registration.

In the following video you can find the main information of the program:

If you have an additional question, do not hesitate to write us an e-mail.

EBU journey

The EBU student Journey consists of of a series of activities especially designed for the master students to become the professionals that are needed for the transformation towards a bioeconomy. This involves the acquisition of academic knowledge as well as soft-skills in an international context. The competences and skills that the students will develop through this journey are intended to be aligned with the labor market needs such as the identification of new opportunities, interdisciplinarity, systemic thinking, among others.

The journey will take place once per year. During the journey, 36 students (6 master students of each EBU partner) will take part of a digital and on-site journey.

During the on-site part of the journey, the students will meet within 5 days in one of the EBU partner’s location and work in interdisciplinary teams in different activities, among which a Bioeconomy challenge.

The online part of the next EBU Student Journey will take place from April – June 2022. The on-site part of the Journey will take place from the 20th to the 24th  June at the University of Bologna.

The application is now closed.

For the first pilot journey we have selected 34 students following the criteria:

  • Motivation and interest
  • Non-compulsory activities
  • Teamwork experience
  • Projection in career

The final selection ensured diversity of disciplinary backgrounds across participants.


For further questions, kindly contact:

Project Coordinator

Lina Mayorga Duarte (MSc. Bioeconomy)
Chair of Biobased Resources in the Bioeconomy (340b), European Bioeconomy University

University of Hohenheim,
Fruwirthstraße 21,
70599 Stuttgart| Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 711 – 459 24487
Email: lina.mayorgaduarte@uni-hohenheim.de

Scientific Project Manager

Prof. Dr. Iris Lewandowski
Chair of Biobased Resources in the Bioeconomy (340b), Chief Bioeconomy Officer (CBO)

University of Hohenheim,
Fruwirthstraße 23,
70599 Stuttgart| Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 711 – 459 22221
Email: Iris_Lewandowski@uni-hohenheim.de