URBIOFUTURE

UrBIOfuture's main goal is to bring Europe to the forefront of the bio-based sector by boosting careers, new educational programmes and research activities.

Project Objectives

  • To map completed and ongoing programmes addressing curricula that involve bio-based activities
  • To foster interaction and alignment among educational and research institutions and industry
  • To identify current education and professional graps and skills mismatch in the biobased field
  • To provide the bio-based industry and sector with a basis for promoting careers in the bio-based sector, the s0called 'UrBIOFuture Experience'.
  • To disseminate and exploit UrBIOFuture

Impact

  • Expected Impact 1 (EI1): Provide the bio-based industry and sector with an overview of completed and ongoing programmes addressing curricula that involve bio-based activities
  • Expected Impact 2 (EI2): Provide the bio-based industry and sector with a basis for promoting careers in the bio-based sector
  • Expected Impact 3. (EI3): Promote an improved and efficient alignment and interaction among industry and educational and research institutions, focusing on the needed skills and potential job opportunities in the bio-based sector.

Other impacts

  • Careers promotions in the bio-based sector and qualified employment in this field
  • Improve the competitiveness of the bioeconomy in Europe
  • The impulse to the creation of other programs such as UrBIOfuture that have the purpose of the development of a bio-based economy with the creation of qualified employment
  • Bio-based activities as a mainstream concept in education from primary school to high educational level

Methodology

To achieve the objective of bringing Europe to the forefront of the bio-based sector by boosting careers, new educational programmes and research activities, the project methodology will be structured in three steps:

  1. An identification step, involving the career mapping and the pointing of skills mismatch between them and the bioindustry needs as main KPIs, alongside with a previous methodology and work terminology developed and aligned between the educational sector and the industry needs.
  2. An interaction step, in which the constant contact and contributions of the education sector, academia and industry will be sought throughout the project. The KPIs involved will be (a) building a comprehensive stakeholder network and a working group involving representatives from each sector of the bio-based value chain. The project has already received the support of 72 organizations from bio-based industries (38 LOIs), educational institutions and networks (15 LOIs), and from innovation and research centres (19 LOIs); and (b) the organisation of two workshops in which this group will participate. The first will seek dialogue between the different profiles to validate the common terminology and methodology, and the second will consist of a co-creation exercise to set the basis for promoting careers in the bio-based sector.
  3. The implementation of UrBIOfuture, through an appropriate Communication and Dissemination plan; the organization of promotional events, train-the-trainer and train-the-student workshops; and the development of an afterlife plan will ensure the broader impact of the results materialised in the project among the European bio-based sector.
  4. The results of UrBIOfuture will help building a bio-based industrial sector with the adequately skilled people who are able to operate innovative value chains while establishing and sustaining a solid bio-based industry in Europe.

To find out more about IBioIC's involvement in the UrBIOFuture project, contact Rachel Clark, Skills Progamme Manager (rachel.clark@ibioic.com)