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NOVA PhD Course The Future of the Bioeconomy: circular and ecosystem services-aware? - Open for Applications

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    Dalia D'Amato, Faculgy of Agriculure and Forestry, University of Helsinki

This digital course will take place on 11-14 May 2020.
(Pre- and post-course assignments between 20 Apr. and 31 Aug. 2020.)
Application deadline: 31 Jan. 2020, h. 16.00 Central European Time.

The course is of 5 ECTS and is organised by Dalia D'Amato-Pihlman, Adj. Prof., Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki.

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Course Description
This remote-learning course addresses the current limits of the scientific and political definition of bioeconomy, by integrating elements from the concepts of circular economy and ecosystem services to forward its conceptualisation. The bioeconomy is emerging as a key concept at academia, policy and industry level in the Nordic countries and globally. The bioeconomy celebrates resources derived from living biomass as an alternative to fossil fuels, with knowledge and innovation being the key enabler of this sustainability transformation. While multiple understandings of the bioeconomy are being advanced, several experts have pointed out the limitations of this concept to forward sustainability transformations. Two concepts – the circular economy and ecosystem services - are relevant to advance the bioeconomy and related tools to monitor progress (inter)nationally, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The course is divided in four modules: 1. Bioeconomy; 2. Circular economy; 3. Ecosystem services; 4. A circular, ecosystem services -aware bioeconomy. Each module discusses how the concepts are received and employed in academia, policy and business, especially in the Nordic countries.

Main teachers:

  • Dalia D’Amato-Pihlman, Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki and member of the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (Finland). Expertise on ecosystem services and circular-bioeconomy in land-use intensive sectors.
  • Lars Ottosen, Head of section at Aaruhus University and part of the Centre for Circular Bioeconomy (Denmark). Expertise on bioeconomy and ecosystem services.
  • Anders Roos, Professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden). Expertise on circular bioeconomy in the forest sector.

Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:

Published 9. October 2019 - 16:12 - Updated 18. November 2019 - 13:22