Education, training & capacity building


1.3 Education, training & capacity building


The so‐called knowledge‐based bioeconomy is today's most discussed area of interdisciplinary research and development. One of the key concerns when it comes to policy strategies on bioeconomy is the availability of bioeconomy-related knowledge, skills and institutional capacity. It is important to define the knowledge, skills and competencies required for developing a sustainable bioeconomy and in order to better respond to the political priorities linked to the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030, the Paris Climate Agreement, and further political initiatives relevant to bioeconomy. Research, innovation and education at all levels form an indispensable basis for the development and implementation of sustainable bioeconomy concepts. For the specification of the different job profiles, it is important to consider the diversity of circumstances and requirements in different regions and macro-regions of the developing, emerging, and developed economies. This emerging knowledge area serves as an ideal case for interdisciplinarity as it is not only based on a wide spectrum of academic disciplines and technologies, but it also builds upon many sectors and industries of the entire economy. Therefore, educational curricula provided by universities and vocational institutions have to meet the demands of the employers and stakeholders in the various bioeconomy sectors. The workshop organizers should provide an opportunity for sharing good-practice experiences on current approaches, challenges and solutions in education, training, and capacity building for the bioeconomy. The workshop proposal should articulate clear objectives and expected outcomes, and should deal with one or more of the following key issues:

  • Interdisciplinary Education curricula and training initiatives: challenges and lessons learned from bioeconomy programs
  • Knowledge and technology transfer between academia and industry, and capacity-building in the Global South, Public-Private-Partnerships
  • Science communication and outreach linked to the above mentioned topics
  • Nurturing start-up activities for bioeconomy - developing entrepreneurial skills of scientists and of the supporting institutional environment


Workshop Sponsors:

Ahmed Fahmi, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Josef Glössl, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), Austria

Flora Ismail Tibazarwa, Southern African Innovation Support Program (SAIS)


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Flora Ismail Tibazarwa is Program Director for the Southern African Innovation Support Programe (SAIS 2). She has over nine years leadership experience in national research and innovation institutions. She headed a university department for six years and held the position of director for Life Sciences at the national science, technology and innovation think-tank in Tanzania. Ms. Tibazarwa is an active player in innovation support facilitating design and implementation of funding cycles for research and innovation. She is passionate about sustainable transformation using green and blue solutions and promotes entrepreneurship using multi-helix partnerships.

Ahmed Fahmi is acting Chief of the Section of Innovation and Capacity Building in the Natural Sciences sector at UNESCO. He is involved in the establishment of UNESCO centers of excellence and in establishing public private partnership in scientific research for Africa. Before joining UNESCO, he was a university lecturer in biochemistry at the University of London. He worked in South Asia and the Asia Pacific region on managing and coordinating the execution of the Basic Sciences, Engineering and Science Policy program of UNESCO and was a visiting professor at the United Nations University in Tokyo. He has a PhD in biophysics from the University of Cambridge.

Josef Glössl is Professor of Applied Genetics at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and served as Vice Rector for Research and International Research Collaboration of BOKU 2010 - 2018. He is Chair of the Bioeconomy Committee of ICA (Association for European Life Sciences Universities). 2000 - 2008 he was a member of the Board of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Since 2015 he is Chair of the Assembly of Delegates of the FWF. He was founding board member and President of the Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology (ÖGMBT), where he is currently the Vice President.