European Master in Biological and Chemical Engineering for a Sustainable Bioeconomy

NEOMA involvement in Bioceb as coordinator of the course “Bioeconomy”

NEOMA is among the most active business schools worldwide committed to address questions related to ecological transition. Through its Chair of Bioeconomy and sustainable development, located at Excellence European Center of Biotechnology and Bioeconomy CEBB near Reims, it carries out research activities around the two following areas : 1) developing sustainable agriculture for the bioeconomy and diverse regions and 2) bioeconomy value chains, between territories and globalization.

The Chair is also at the origin of training initiatives, aiming at preparing students to consider the concerns surrounding sustainable transitions. As an example, Nicolas Béfort coordinates the course on Bioeconomy specifically created for the Bioceb programme.

The second edition of the course was held at AgroParisTech from the 1st to the 15th of December 2022, in the framework of the M2 Biomass Engineering for Bioeconomy of Bioceb. The students of Bioceb Track 1 benefited from a wide international panel of Bioceconomy experts from Higher Education Institutions, among which the University of Hohenheim, member of the European Bioeconomy University consortium EBU.

Along the lectures of these two weeks, the students were confronted to different facets of global bioeconomy that they could discuss based on their own backgrounds:

  • New economics of innovation (Dr. Andreas Pyka, University of Hohenheim, Germany)
  • Forest Governance & Bioeconomy (Dr. Alex Giurca, Heidelberg Center for the Environment, Germany)
  • Ethical aspects of bioeconomy and Designing for sustainable future (Dr. Amos Taylos, University of Turku, Finland)
  • Efficiency, Market failure, public policy and the environment & The role of society in the transition towards a circular bioeconomy (Piergiuseppe Morone, University of Rome, Italy)
  • Sustainability Assessment Tools Applied to the Bioeconomy (Dr. Gülşah Yilan, UnitelmaSapienza University of Rome)
  • Society, Science & Innovation (Dr. Lucie Wiart, Neoma Business School, France)
  • Economics of the ecological transition: the case of the bioeconomy (Dr. Nicolas Béfort, Neoma Business School, France)
  • The role and function of bioeconomy clusters in the transition to a bioeconomy, (Dr. Frans Hermans, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies, Austria)

All students and lecturers appreciated this experience to be renewed next years!

- Updated March 2023 -