1st BioEcoN Summer School 15-28 September 2019 in Vietnam

The first of three BioEcoN summer schools will be held 15 – 28 September 2019 at Vietnam National University of Forestry, Hanoi, Vietnam. Each summer school provides an opportunity to:

  • gain knowledge in the field of sustainable forest-based bioeconomy
  • participate in the BioEcoN project as evaluators of new course material
  • study in an international setting with peers from across Europe and Vietnam
  • receive subsidized travel and living costs for 2 weeks of study


The BioEcoN Summer Schools equip students with knowledge and skills required to help mold and navigate in the rapidly developing field of sustainable forest-based bioeconomy, particularly in SE Asia and Europe. They provide a platform to discuss this topic in a highly interdisciplinary and inspiring atmosphere among many international scholars and lecturers. Participants will learn new methods, tools and technologies from various disciplines.

3rd Development Meeting in Mikkeli, Finland (June 2019)

The South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences hosted the 3rd development meeting of the BioEcoNet consortium June 10-14, 2019.

The main objectives of the meeting were to complete the internal and external review process of draft curriculum materials and prepare for final revisions and implementation of the eLearning platform. Participants had the opportunity to visit the Metsä Group’s Äänekoski bioproduct mill, the largest wood-processing plant in the Northern Hemisphere and a global pioneer in sustainable bio-economy.

Final preparations were also made for delivery of the BioEcoN courses to students at three upcoming intensive learning periods (“summer schools”). Summer school courses will be taught by developers of the BioEcoN curriculum and hosted by partners VNUF (Hanoi, Vietnam, 16-27 Sept. 2019), UVa (Palencia, Spain, 3-14 Feb. 2020) and TUAF (Thai Nguyen, Vietnam, 16-27 March 2020).

BioEcoN Transfer Meeting in Eberswalde (12/2018)

Guests from Poland and Finland joint a BioEcoN meeting in Eberswalde. The workshop on 12th of December 2018 informed the public on the project and its’ activities. Most interest focused on timber, its production and connected processes in a bio-economy. Thanks to all who joint!

BioEcoN launched at Vietnam National University (18/9/2018)

On September 18, 2018, the Vice Rector of VNU University of Science – Assoc. Prof. Sc. Dr. Vu Hoang Linh greeted the BioEcoN team members from Vietnam, Germany, Spain and Finland in Hanoi. He underlined that BioEcoN project promotes ecological and economical sustainability in the bio-economy sector at the interface of academic concepts, existing graduate programs as well as required skills and professional expertise. Further, he stated that the project will equip universities and future graduates with the required skills, methodologies and innovation in the growing bio-economy. The project focuses on the level of academic, methodology and institutional skills among all universities through the design and development of a new graduate blended or e-learning programme.During the meeting representatives from partner universities and foreign partners signed a number of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) regarding the implementation of the project. The meeting was organized by Vu Van Manh, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. and his team at VNU University of Science.

VNUF and HNEE MoU signing at XAMK in Mikkeli, Finland

BioEcoNet partner institutions continue building on established partnerships during the first Development Meeting in Mikkeli, Finland in June 2018. Here, the Vietnam National University of Forestry from Hanoi, Vietnam and the University for Sustainable Development from Eberswalde, Germany sign a Memorandi of Understanding facilitating student and faculty mobility between their respective institutions. The MoU assures cooperation between the partners extends beyond the three-year lifespan of the project.

BioEcoN at Bio-Economy Conference in Halle, Germany (6/2018)

BioEcoN Coordinator Dr. Kevin Beiler attended the 7th International Bioeconomy Conference from June 6-7, 2018 in Halle, Germany. The conference was organized by the ScienceCampus Halle and the BioEconomy Cluster Central Germany. Scientists, researchers and renowned representatives from industry met with the motto “Bio meets Economy – Science meets Industry”.

Additional information may be found at: www.bioeconomy-conference.de

Partners meet in Mikkeli for First Development Meeting

The consortium members of the European-Vietnamese Higher Education Network for Sustainable Forest- and Bio-Economy (BioEcoNet) met at the Southeast Finland University of Applied Science (XAMK) in Mikkeli, Finland from 12-15 June 2018. The meeting was the second development meeting for the BioEcoNet project, coordinated by the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.

The main objectives of the meeting were to report on progress made towards the development of new syllabi and learning materials since the first development meeting at the Vietnam National University of Forestry in Hanoi, to share initial feedback received on the proposed curriculum framework following discovery analysis and stakeholder exchange activities conducted by each partner, and to deliberate over strategies for technical implementation of marteloscope sites, eLearning platform and other forthcoming project deliverables. One session was dedicated to the exchange of information about forest- and bioeconomy-related national policy laws.

With numerous participants visiting Finland for the first time, the meeting provided an opportunity to experience first-hand XAMK campus life and forest management practices in Finland, while building on the connectedness between consortium partners and intercultural understanding. Overall the meeting was a success with demonstrated progress towards curriculum development activities, constructive discussion and insightful exchange.