partner Q-PLAN INTERNATIONAL organized the first regional Community of Practice (CoP) event in the form of a Focus Group, in Thessaloniki, on Monday, May 29th. Following world café methodology, 14 important members of the local bioeconomy stakeholder system from Greece exchanged views on education challenges in bioeconomy

The Focus Group entitled “Education in Bioeconomy: Using Art and Creativity as an innovative approach” gave the participants of the Greek Community of Practice the opportunity to examine the challenges for education in bioeconomy in Greece, exchange views on the concept of bioeconomy and learn on existing good practices.

Initially, Q-PLAN introduced the project and a tour de table followed to introduce participants. In a brainstorming activity, the participants were asked to contribute to the open discussion by answering two rounds of dedicated questions about bioeconomy and by sticking notes on boards for visual representation.

The objectives of this event were to:

  • Present project to the Greek Community of Practice and its objectives so as to motivate stakeholders to participate in future CoP activities.
  • Exchange thoughts and views about adult education in bioeconomy.
  • View opportunities and possibilities of inclusion of marginalized groups in actions related to bioeconomy.
  • Inspire the local CoP with examples of bioeconomy education using art.
  • Share inspirational good practices and case studies resulting from the analysis of regional and European case studies.

Stakeholders exchanged thoughts on the concept of bioeconomy and discussed missing educational programs and missing skills. They also suggested new ideas for better education governance in the bioeconomy.

The main outcome of the event was the lack of VET activation in Greece on bioeconomy. Moreover, VET organisations are not easily reached to participate in the local CoP, nor are there VET programs identified in Greece that directly address bioeconomy. Last but not least, stakeholders shared innovative ideas on how educational programs in Greece can be improved.


Authors: Ermioni Bachtse and Dimitra Kyriakopoulou, Q-PLAN INTERNATIONAL