Technological Corporation of Andalusia (CTA) has organised the webinar “Work in Bioeconomy, present or future?”, which has brought together about 50 attendees to learn about the results of the European UrBIOfuture project.
The Biotech technical officer of CTA, Gloria de la Viña, and the consultant Carmen Girón have presented the UrBIOfuture project and the professional profiles that the bioeconomy industry demands in the short and medium term. Likewise, the webinar has included a round table on the needs and challenges of the biobased industry, in which Bodegas Robles, NBT, Oleícola El Tejar, Futuralga and ADL Bionatur Solutions have participated. The CTA consultant María García has been in charge of moderating the event.
The speakers of the webinar agreed that the professional profiles demanded by the biobased industry depend on the degree of maturity in bioeconomy. However, there was consensus on the need for multidisciplinary profiles, who understand the bioeconomy concept and have sales and marketing skills and knowledge transfer.
Bioeconomy and UrBIOfuture project
The bioeconomy covers those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea to produce food, materials and energy. The European Commission (EC) is strongly promoting its development due to its great potential to generate wealth and reduce unemployment, as well as its ability to reduce polluting emissions and dependence on fossil resources.
The UrBIOfuture project has analyzed during the last year the gap between the professional profiles demanded by industry versus the educational offer available in Europe. In this context, some dissemination materials have been developed to attract the unemployed, students and professionals to this new sector that promises to boost the European economy and create one million new jobs by 2030.
CTA has positioned itself as a benchmark entity with expertise in bioeconomy, backed by its participation in several projects funded by the European Commission in this field, its activity in the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) as a member of the Bio- based Industries Consortium (BIC) and more than 14 years of promoting biotechnology at regional level.
Currently, CTA participates as a partner in European projects related to the bioeconomy -including UrBIOfuture- aimed at accelerating value chains in this area, developing new bioproducts, digitizing biomass supply chains and promote education.