Conference on New Skills for a European Bioeconomy

Conference in November aims to reinforce the implementation of the Bioeconomy Strategy

There is growing evidence that the current European workforce does not fully meet the demands of the bioeconomy and the skill gaps could increase in the future.

Therefore, the Directorate General for Research and Innovation organizes the conference 'New Skills for a European Bioeconomy' on 20-21 November 2012 in Brussels.

The conference will gather a forum of academia, research actors, business and political players, to discuss not only the needs for both new and adapted skills and competences for the rapidly evolving bioeconomy, but also the potentials for such new skills to drive changes in the bioeconomy sectors.

> Find the conference programme here.

A number of studies and reports suggests that one of important prerequisites for the competitive bioeconomy is availability of well-trained workforce with the necessary knowledge and skills, be it academia, industry or primary production sector, and across both public and private domains, and finally across different levels of skills.

Enhanced investment in research and innovation and adapting education and training possibilities to today's needs are necessary to maintain European leadership in science and to react to global challenges. What is also needed is a new combination of skills: new hybrid skills (combining hard and soft skills), new learning systems (such as problem based learning) and new cross-disciplinary and solutions-focused skills for those in science but also those in industry, primary production and public domains.

The registration is open until November 12, 2012.
> Read more about the conference here.