What is bioeconomy?

The European commission defines bioeconomy as follows :

The Bioeconomy – encompassing the sustainable production of renewable resources from land, fisheries and aquaculture environments and their conversion into food, feed, fiber biobased products and bio-energy as well as the related public goods – is an important element of Europe’s reply to the challenges ahead. The Bioeconomy includes primary production, such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, and industries using/processing biological resources, such as the food and pulp and paper industries and parts of the chemical, biotechnological and energy industries.”

Today, bioeconomy is an essential part of the circular economy and considered as the 21st century’s industrial revolution because it aims to solve major challenges the world is facing. These includes namely feeding an estimated world population of 9.7 billion in 2050 and meanwhile reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, achieving a neutral carbon balance by developing bio-based synthons for industry, expanding the range of molecules available, and respecting ecotoxicology legislation. For this (r)evolution to take place, increased efficiency from natural resources by intensive knowledge-based technology inputs needs to be demonstrated, while ensuring controlled use of biological resources, and organisation of agro-ecosystems at different geographical scales. Our capacity to exploit natural renewable resources without adversely affecting other ecosystem services (support, regulation, sociocultural) will ensure intergenerational solidarity. With respect to renewable biomass, a particular challenge in Bioeconomy will be to find solutions that avoid the contention of resources for “food” versus “chemicals and fuels”

What is BioEco graduate school?

Toulouse is a leading educational and research actor in France in the field of biology, biotechnology, (bio)chemical engineering, mathematics and economics. The Federal University of Toulouse has identified the sustainable management and transformation of natural and agricultural resources as one of its research priorities. BioEco – Biotechnology Building Bio-Based Economy – graduate school has been thought as an efficient tool to achieve these sustainable development goals.

BioEco graduate school trains new actors in a systemic knowledge of bio-chemical engineering and economical sciences, with an open and visionary mindset, responsibly capable of conducting research, development, analysis, planning, design, production, management and policy formulation in Bioeconomy. BioEco graduate school is unique in France providing a consolidated holistic approach, integrating the whole value-chain from biotechnology transformation of renewable carbon with economic, environmental and societal concerns. The ability to model and thereby to monitor this multifactorial strategy is critical to attain a smooth transition towards a consumer-approved bio-sourced society, as is the necessity to accelerate the timespan coupling discovery to industrial applications.

To achieve this, BioEco graduate school represents a new educational and research school foreseeing tomorrow’s employment opportunities in Bioeconomy. It proposes a 5-years track, M1/M2/PhD, including new transdisciplinary teaching courses shaped to merge bio and chemical engineering, environmental and economic training.  The international BioTechEco master degree, the doctoral program, the short programs and the international scientific challenge proposed in this graduate school aims to provide a new and unique expertise to students and doctoral students making them exquisitely attractive to the merging market of Bioeconomy and/or allowing them to create a new industrial segment.

Continuously nurtured by the forefront outcomes of trans-disciplinary research, by the international collaboration with prominent universities that are enhanced, and by the strong partnership already established with industrial partners, this school is well positioned to meet the manpower requirements emerging from industry and provide a unique expertise.