The second of three BioEcoN “summer schools” was held 2 – 15 February 2020 at the University of Valladolid (UVa) in Palencia, Spain. 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.

During the learning period, students gain relief from intensive frontal lectures and group work in-class through participation in numerous practice-oriented training exercises. A few examples are shown below!

Intensive Learning Period participants learning the basics of bee-keeping, hands-on.
Introduction to the Chaparral biome (from “chaparro”, Spanish for evergreen oak scrubland)