BioBeo Blended Intensive Programme (BIP): Pioneering Circular Bioeconomy Education Across Europe

Friday, March 1, 2024 - 09:15

Maynooth University Leads Horizon Europe Funded BioBeo Education Programme

Maynooth, Ireland - 28 February 2024
The BioBeo Blended Intensive Programme (BIP), an integral component of the Horizon Europe funded BioBeo Education Programme led by Maynooth University (MU), is set to revolutionise circular bioeconomy education across Europe. The initiative strategically introduces circular bioeconomy curricula in primary, secondary schools, and university settings, with a primary focus on fostering youth and citizen engagement in bioeconomy policymaking. The BioBeo Education Programme, funded by Horizon Europe and led by Maynooth University, is at the forefront of promoting circular bioeconomy education. Through strategic partnerships and innovative approaches, the programme aims to inspire and empower individuals to actively participate in shaping the future of bioeconomy policy and living as community members in a society transformed through a bioeconomy. Geared towards future educators, the BIP equips participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach bioeconomy concepts in diverse educational settings. The programme will be hosted at Maynooth University from the 1st to the 8th of March 2024, providing an immersive experience for all attendees and facilitated by the Environmental Sustainable Development Education and Bioeconomy Research Unit (ESDEB) of MU.
Collaborating on this groundbreaking project are Maynooth University and University College Dublin - Ireland, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences -The Netherlands, and Odisee University of Applied Sciences - Belgium. Dr Máire Nic an Bhaird and Dr Laoise Ní Chléirigh are looking forward to welcoming BIP scholars to Maynooth University in the first week of March 2024. During the BIP, the MU/UCD BioBeo bioeconomy comic ‘Back to the Future with Beo and Raja: A Tale from the Early Bioeconomy’ will be launched by Minister of State for EU Affairs and Defence Peter Burke at the medieval roundhouse in the grounds of UCD, along with planting native Irish trees with the BIP participants and invited guests.
It is anticipated the programme will serve as a catalyst for advancing circular bioeconomy education and empowering the next generation of leaders in this critical field. The BIP offers a unique opportunity to enhance their understanding of bioeconomy and contribute to knowledge dissemination. This eight-day ERASMUS and Horizon Europe funded programme combines in-person and online components, culminating in the highly anticipated European BioBeo Festival on the 15th of March 2024.
For more information on the BioBeo Blended Intensive Programme and related events, please see the:  BioBeo Blended Intensive Programme schedule