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GenB presented at the event on bioeconomy education at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in Rome!

june 06th 2024

In celebration of Italian Bioeconomy Day and ahead of the revision of the European and Italian Bioeconomy Strategies, APRE - Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea, FVA New Media Research and the University of Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, in collaboration with the Italian "National Coordination Group for Bioeconomy", last 24 May organised an event on bioeconomy education at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in Rome.

The event was a great occasion to share insights from the European Commission, Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU) and JRC and leading projects and initiatives in bioeconomy education such as GenB, BioGov.net, BIObec, Engage4BIO and EuBioNet, followed by a roundtable with national Ministers and regional leaders discussing the critical need for enhanced bioeconomy education.
Such a pivotal moment to drive sustainable development, together as it stimulated a reflection on future opportunities, educational programmes and necessary skills in the circular bioeconomy sector.

GenB coordinator Chiara Pocaterra from APRE shared outcomes and recommendations from the project, that will be taken into consideration for the Italian action plan for bioeconomy education, especially targeting primary and secondary schools.

The event, moderated by prof. Fabio Fava and Chiara Pocaterra, involved high-level speakers to jointly discuss the topic of bioeconomy education that was recognised as central in light of the transition towards a sustainable economy and society, a central pillar of the ecological transition required by the European Green Deal:

• Prof. Fabio Fava - Università di Bologna e Gruppo di Coordinamento Nazionale per la Bioeconomia, Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri
• Giuseppe Pellegrino, European Commission DG RTD – Bioeconomy Unit
• Greet Janssens-Maenhout, Deputy Director and Head of our Forests and Bioeconomy Unit - Joint Research Centre
• Virginia Puzzolo, Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking
• Davide Viaggi - BIObec
• Selenia Marinelli - BioGov.net
• Chiara Pocaterra - Engage4BIO, GenB
• Susanna Albertini - EuBioNet
• Davide D’Amico - Ministero dell’Istruzione e del Merito
• Luigi Pievani - Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca
• Gian Matteo Panunzi - Ministero dell’Agricoltura, della Sovranità alimentare e delle Foreste
• Nunzia Bernardo, Marta Bertolaso - Ministero dell'Ambiente e della Sicurezza Energetica
• Carlo Bianchessi - Conferenza delle Regioni e delle Province Autonome

Link to the website of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, with the material of the event: https://cnbbsv.palazzochigi.it/it/bioeconomia/eventi-bioeconomia/bioeconomia-circolare-per-la-transizione-ecologica-nuove-competenze-e-bisogni-formativi-2452024/

Author Susanna Albertini (FVA)

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