3 Jul 2018

Data on bioeconomy potential collected from 5 countries around Baltic Sea region

Launched in October 2018, the RDI2CluB project has had a strong start. Together with the consortium of 11 partners, JAMK as a lead partner has managed to build a strong basis for effective regional and inter-regional collaboration with the attainment of the flagship status, successful data collection for the Regional Bioeconomy Profiles and the establishment of the management, coordination and communication frameworks for the partnership.

Flagship status brings attention to rural bioeconomy development in Baltic Sea Region

As per the EUSBSR National Coordinators meeting in November 2017, RDI2CluB was adopted as a Flagship project under the Policy Area Bioeconomy. The flagship status and the access to a wider Flagship project network is an important asset for the RDI2CluB in building a sustainable network of rural bioeconomy hubs working together for accelerating innovation in bioeconomy. RDI2CluB is developing an open digital platform for enhancing transnational cooperation of the rural bioeconomy hubs in Baltic Sea Region. After the piloting phase, RDI2CluB partnership is opening the developed digital platform to the whole Baltic Sea Region.

The flagship status will help RDI2CluB partnership to reach potential collaborators and to involve relevant stakeholders to the design process as well as raise awareness to rural issues in the development of bioeconomy.

Discovering the regional potential, strengths and weaknesses of bioeconomy development with the data-based strategy tool

As the first step in the capacity building for smart specialization in bioeconomy, the data collection phase of the Regional Bioeconomy Profiles was successfully completed. Data collection task entailed all partner regions that collected data on national and regional level bioeconomy indicators from the five countries in BSR. Data collection involved statistical data as well as surveys and interviews for bioeconomy triple helix representatives from their regions. In the next phase, the data enables the production of the Regional Bioeconomy Profiles that help regions to understand their potential and to identify needed actions for further development of the bioeconomy clusters and innovation ecosystems.

Though the data collection process was successfully completed, the process does reveal several challenges in the availability of reliable statistical data on the development of bioeconomy, which was to be expected. Due to the cross-sectoral and diverse nature of bioeconomy industries, policy makers face challenges when assessing the scope of bioeconomy activities and evaluating their potential, which hinders with effective strategy process for smart specialization in bioeconomy. Regional Bioeconomy Profile utilized in the RDI2CluB project provides a unique tool to analyze the regional potential, strengths and weaknesses of bioeconomy compared to national averages. Final results of the Regional Bioeconomy Profile work will be published in September-October this year.

More information:  Anna Aalto, Project Coordinator, +358 40 640 2346, firstname.lastname@jamk.fi, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Bioeconomy, www.rdi2club.eu