“Training the new generation of industrial doctorates in the transition towards bio-based value circles”

Biobased Value Circle is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Industrial Doctorate (EID).
It offers a unique interdisciplinary research and training environment tailored for 12 early stage researchers (PhDs) excited by the development of innovative biobased products, respecting the principles of the circular economy.

The mission of Biobased Value Circle is to establish a paradigm shift in the innovation process for biobased materials to accelerate the transition from a fossil-based to a biobased and circular economy. This is essential to tackle urgent issues in our society, such as climate change and plastic pollution.

The program brings together cutting edge research and development spanning the biobased materials value circle, involving companies (including SMEs) and academic institutes from across Europe.

Biobased Value Circle consortium consists of four European universities, one research institute and nine European companies who will each hire PhD fellowships or host long internships (called secondments) as part of the training program.

The objective is to train PhDs in a set of 12 interlinked projects that cover the conversion of biomass to materials, the development of materials into applications, the environmental and economic impact of biobased materials, and the societal changes required to transition Europe from an oil-based to a circular biobased economy. Together the PhDs will contribute to the development of a common language and methodology to stimulate cooperation along the value circle and speed up the product development process.

The stimulating research projects will be co-supervised by the industry and academic participants to provide each PhD with valuable insight into the industry and academic research environments. Next to that, it will be paired with a range of inspiring training modules that reflect the unique interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial environment created by Biobased Value Circle, including training relevant to the biobased industries and to academic, industrial and transferrable skills. This ensures that we address the values of the European Industrial Doctorates Program by producing a new generation of researchers who will benefit from crosscutting skills that allow them to thrive in both industry and academia, leading to more cooperation between these sectors and enhancing the competitiveness of Europe.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skolodowska-Curie grant agreement ID: 956621