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Bioeconomy: How Renewable Resources Can Help the Future of Our Planet

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Duration

3 weeks

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Delivery Method

Online

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Lifetime Access

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Accessibility

Mobile, Desktop

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Language

English

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Subtitles

English

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Level

Intermediate

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Effort

4 hours per week

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Teaching Type

Self Paced

Course Description

The world must change with a projected global population of nine million people by 2050, a well-documented global climate crisis and a growing food waste problem. This course will teach you how to make the most out of biological resources. This course will help you understand what a bioeconomy looks like and the sectors that it covers. You'll be able to assess the importance of avoiding non-renewable resource depletion and the skills needed to transition to a biobased economy. You will learn the skills required to enter the bioeconomy, as well as the various career options. This course will teach you about natural resources such as plants, microbes, and how these can be used to make high-value chemicals in the personal care, food and drink, and pharmaceutical sectors. It will also cover how agricultural waste and food can be used to create new products. This will include both agricultural technologies that support sustainability and methods such as anaerobic digest, which converts waste materials into new resources. Bio Yorkshire supports York and North Yorkshire in their ambitions to be carbon-negative. It is uniquely placed to assist you with understanding the current state and emerging technologies within the sustainable industry.

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What You Will Learn

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Explore what the bioeconomy is and which sectors it includes

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Debate why the move away from a fossil-fuel economy is important

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Identify some of the skills needed to pursue a career in the bioeconomy and some of the bioeconomy career paths available

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Explain how natural resources such as plants and microbes can be used to produce high value chemicals

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Assess how waste can be used as a resource to produce energy and products

Target Students

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This course has been designed for anyone looking to learn about a more sustainable economy and solutions to climate change

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This will be of particular interest to students thinking about future study or a career in sustainability or the bioeconomy

Course Instructors

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Emma Needham

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Communications Manager for the BioVale Innovation Cluster, the Biorenewables Development Centre and the EU-funded Agrimax project - promoting the bioeconomy.
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Alice North

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BioVale Cluster Operations Manager at the University of York/Project Manager at BioYorkshire. I help develop the circular bioeconomy through networking events, entrepreneurship support and outreach

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