On November 7th, Q-PLAN International took a significant step towards shaping the future of adult education in the bioeconomy. As part of the BioGov.net, Q-PLAN organized the 2nd Co-Design workshop at OK!Thess in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The focus of the workshop was to chart the path for training providers and decision-makers to deliver effective education on bioeconomy

Utilizing the “Mind map” tool, inspired by the Design Thinking methodology, our team encouraged the regional CoP members to visually structure their thoughts around key sub-themes such as learning objectives, education types, tools, and skill gaps.

Through the “Break and Build Ideas” tool, we guided the participants in envisioning the essential actions and policies that policymakers should take. Moreover, we explored how art and creativity can be harnessed as powerful tools in adult education for bioeconomy and we co-designed guidelines to pave the way for educational programmes for adults

Here’s what we accomplished:

  • Recorded the learning objectives and outcomes of a training programme (e.g., understanding of Bioeconomy fundamentals, connecting Βioeconomy with real life, etc.).
  • Fostered collaboration among attendees in co-designing the steps for decision-makers and educational providers to create adult education programs in the bioeconomy (e.g., determine the characteristics and needs of your target learners, identification of resources and tools, etc.).

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue our journey towards a brighter, more educated bioeconomy future!


Author: Dora Theodoridou, Q-PLAN International