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Boosting Bioeconomy Knowledge in Schools


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Join us on the Boosting Bioeconomy Knowledge in Schools online course, to learn how you can explore sustainable economic solutions with your students! Knowledge about bioeconomy is an essential requirement for students of the 21st century. Not only will the bioeconomy sector provide the jobs of the future, this knowledge will help your students better understand the challenges of tomorrow’s society and enhance their skills as responsible citizens.

Bioeconomy covers a broad range of sectors, from agriculture and the agrifood industry, to fisheries, forestry, bio refineries, chemistry, and (bio) energy – but despite its many applications, it has yet to enter the public consciousness as an exciting solution to societal challenges. Teachers can contribute to raising awareness about bioeconomy in future generations.

This MOOC aims to bridge the gap in education by giving teachers a fresh perspective into the bioeconomy field and its applications in teaching STEM subjects. The course will do so by presenting the BLOOM School Box, a series of lesson plans co-created by 20 pilot teachers in 10 European countries, which illustrate how bioeconomy can be introduced in different STEM subjects.

Course participants will learn about bioeconomy in (STEM) education by making use of the various educational tools and lesson plans.

Learning objectives

  • Understand what bioeconomy is, its importance for society and for students, and its implications for education.
  • Explore the BLOOM School Box and learn how they can use it in their teaching.
  • Learn how to use bioeconomy in educational contexts.
  • Know what the BLOOM project is, and how it can help teachers innovate their classroom practices.


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers, both in secondary and primary education. Teachers of other subjects, as well as teacher trainers and bioeconomy stakeholders can benefit from the course.


  1. Module 1: Bioeconomy in our lives
  2. Module 2: The BLOOM School Box: bioeconomy in the classroom
  3. Module 3: Teaching with bioeconomy
  4. Module 4: Your bioeconomy learning scenario


You will receive a digital course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course.

Note to teachers from Portugal: You can get your successful participation in a European Schoolnet Academy course formally recognised as a valid continuous professional development, and thereby acquire the relevant number of training hours, by sending your certificate to the Conselho Científico e Pedagógico de Formação Contínua (CCPFC) at Rua do Forno, nº 30, 1º andar - apartado 2168, 4700 - 429 Braga, Portugal. For more information, please contact the CCPFC.

Course Staff

  • Adina Nistor, European Schoolnet
  • Borbala Pocze, European Schoolnet
  • Pantelis Galitis, Greece

Disclaimer and Copyright

The BLOOM - Boosting European Citizens’ Knowledge and Awareness of Bio-Economy Research and Innovation project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 773983. Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on behalf of the Commission is responsible for how the following information is used. The views expressed in this publication are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.


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    2-3 hours (17 in total)