Engage4BIO – Better understanding, intensified engagement, training and development in regional bio-based systems

Engage4BIO is a three-year EU project that started in October 2022. Engage4BIO will strengthen circular, sustainable bioeconomy and sustainable regional development through engaging scientific, industrial, societal and political actors (i.e., quadruple helix actors) in five regional bio-based systems (or hubs) in processes of design thinking, co-creation, (re)training and skills development. CLIC is the leader of the Finnish bioeconomy hub for biobased and sustainable packaging.

Background  

Societal transformation and appropriate innovation governance models along with new technical solutions are seen as important pillars in solving environmental problems. The updated European Bioeconomy strategy (2018) recognises the need to launch actions for the deployment of local bioeconomies and new value chains. The strategy stresses the importance of engaging citizens by raising awareness and educating them about sustainable production, consumption and lifestyles. 

Objectives 

The project will co-create a bioeconomy development framework for innovative, interactive activities and materials established and validated in five European regions focusing on diverse bioeconomy value chains: circular and bio-based textiles (NL), agriculture and agro-food industries (HU), wood and interior (AT), bio-based and sustainable packaging (FI) and blue bioeconomy (IT).  

Based on the regional specificities (i.e., availability of biomass feedstock, level of technology, planetary boundaries, social capital), activities will be co-created, performed and (re-)shaped to best benefit each region. The developed framework will be transferable and destined to support skills transfer and development activities, promote citizen engagement and improve informed decision-making processes. 

Work content 

The work is divided into five work packages, of which WPs 1-4 are operational work packages supported by the project management in WP5. 

  • WP1 Setting the scene – concepts and content: Setting the basis for the project by providing a knowledge base on bioeconomy, regional development and citizens’ engagement. 
  • WP2 Co-creation and co-design: Each hub will implement a series of co-creation workshops focusing on creating an integrated regional bioeconomy vision, skills development, awareness raising and engagement, and developing an action plan for innovative governance models and regional development.  
  • WP3 Implementation and Translation: Implementation of the activities co-created in WP2. The results will be summarized into different guidance documents to support regions in boosting their regional development through training and awareness-raising. 
  • WP4 Communication, dissemination and exploitation 
  • WP5 Project management 

CLIC is leading the Finnish bioeconomy hub for biobased and sustainable packaging with Metropolia UAS as our partner for training and education. The hub activities will be carried out in close connection with the 4Recycling ecosystem and with the support of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council. In addition, CLIC’s work will concentrate on establishing connections to other networks in Europe with strong focus on cross-industry ecosystems and RDI collaboration. 

Partners

The consortium consists of 11 full partners, 3 affiliated entities and 7 associated partners​.

Full partners:

  • ZENTRUM FUR SOZIALE INNOVATION GMBH ​(ZSI), Austria (coordinator)
  • STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH​ (WR), Netherlands
  • AGENZIA PER LA PROMOZIONE DELLA RICERCA EUROPEA ​ (APRE), Italy
  • BAY ZOLTAN ALKALMAZOTT KUTATASI KOZHASZNU NONPROFIT KFT.​ (BZN), Hungary
  • EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF ADULTS​ (EAEA​), Belgium
  • MOHOLY-NAGY MUVESZETI EGYETEM​ (MOME​), Hungary
  • STICHTING ARTEZ​ (ArtEZ), Netherlands
  • CLIC Innovation OY​ (CLIC), Finland
  • BUSINESS UPPER AUSTRIA – OO WIRTSCHAFTSAGENTUR GMBH​ (TMG), Austria
  • METROPOLIA AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU OY​ (MET), Finland
  • UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PALERMO​ (UNIPA​), Italy

Contact

If you are interested in knowing more about the Engage4BIO activities, please contact Aila Maijanen, aila.maijanen@clicinnovation.fi, +358 50 375 1182.

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