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RESULT 1: Current state of perception and knowledge of bioeconomy in selected European Universities

The first task was to identify the perception and awareness state of project stakeholders as well as university alumni about bioeconomy policy. To download result #1 click here: download

First task goals

  1. To understand internal stakeholders’ level of awareness of bioeconomy.
  2. To understand differences and similarities in perceptions of bioeconomy across regions.
  3. To start mapping bioeconomy in the areas where the universities that form this partnership are located.
  4. To shortlist potential stakeholders to be involved in the process.

Short summary

Research on bioeconomy perception and awareness among internal stakeholders of each university showed that the term “bioeconomy” recognition is rather low. At the same time, the vision of the bioeconomy by university’s internal stakeholders is similar. It is based primarily on resource management, ecology, and to a lower level on biotechnology.

It has been shown that bioeconomy is perceived as a positive phenomenon. It tends to evoke positive connotations – associated mainly with sustainable development.

Respondents surveyed considered that sustainability and bioeconomy topics should be included in teaching process. At the same time, they underestimated this knowledge presence in education programs. Based on the survey, common areas of possible cooperation between stakeholders were waste and water management and agriculture.

In conclusion – the results presented in report indicate projects like BioEra+ high importance for term “bioeconomy” introduction to society. The approach proposed in project is based on transferring knowledge about topic at university. This knowledge is then distributed to other stakeholders who train students in bioeconomy. In turn, the educated students develop their activities in companies, research centers to improve rational economy awareness by society.