The BIOECONOMY Graduate Research School will organise 5 workshops and several meetings and seminars, where Ph.D. students can get together with key stakeholder representatives from national/international universities, industry, governmental, non-governmental and civil society organisations.
These workshops willl be in the form of "Participatory and Systems Science-based Group Modelling Workshops (GMW)" each being inter/trans-disciplinary and having a different starting point:
GMW 1 – Sustainable production and supply of biomass from forest, agriculture, aquatic ecosystems and waste. Potential topics to study include, but are not limited to: multifunctional crop and land use, changing biomass productivity under climate change, ecosystem services, role of information and communication technologies in forest management and agricultural practices, resource scarcity, food security, potential use of municipal and industrial wastes, etc.
GMW 2 – Sustainable biomass processing. Potential topics to study: new generation biorefinery models and technologies, wood processing technologies, use of by-products and waste for various purposes, industrial symbiosis, logistics of supply, bioeconomy in a circular economy perspective, etc.
GMW 3 – Sustainable bio-products and fuel. Potential topics to study: development of new bio-products, bioplastics, cascade use of bio based products, alternative use of lignin obtained from forest, role of research and innovation, development of new business models and markets for new bioproducts, necessary conditions to attract industrial investment etc.
GMW 4 – Sustainable consumption. Potential topics to study: driving forces behind consumer preferences, acceptance of new bioproducts on the market, changing life styles, etc.
GMW 5 – Effective governance and coordination of the transition to bioeconomy. Potential topics to study: existing cross cutting policy strategies and measure, actor structures and institutional conditions enabling or constraining the transition, research and development initiatives, innovation strategies, distributed economies, existing biorefineries-logistic routes-harbours, new business systems and socio economic opportunities, bioeconomy indicators etc.
In addition to these workshops, we willl also arrange regular seminars with invited lecturers and keynote speakers to create an arena for the outreach of bioeconomy research. These seminars will be open to all PhD- students and scholars, as well as non-academic stakeholders.