The next six months of BioEcon Project. This time was used very effectively. All goals set for this period have been reached. IUNG hired both the EraChairs holder as well as the three employees envisaged in the project. We have tightened up and established close co-operation with various stakeholder groups. We are actively promoting the bio-economy.
In this issue of the BioEcon newsletter, we would like to provide brief information about our project activities within the last six months of the project.
In this BoEcon newsletter issue, we would like to present an overview about the project and give a brief update on our project activities during the first 6 months of the project duration.
More information about the project BioEcon can be found on the project website:

WP.1 Recruitment of ERA Chair

- Recruitment of an experienced researcher for the position of ERA Chair holder, in order to support the realisation of the project and the interdisciplinary strategy of IUNG.
dr Miguel Brandão
Life Cycle Assessment, land use assessment, land use change, carbon footprint
New interdisciplinary Department of Bioeconomy and Systems Analysis was established, dr hab Rafał Pudełko was selected for the head of department.
Scope of activites:
  • collection and processing of statistical and spatial data relating to agriculture, energy (in the context of renewable energy sources) and nature protection,
  • construction of a geographical information system for research in the field of bio-economy,
  • creating interactive web applications for obtaining, modeling and dissemination of knowledge in the field of bio-economy,
  • research and development  of information decision support systems for prosumer model,
  • performing interdisciplinary research and system analysis,
  • development of deterministic and stochastic models of processes and phenomena.
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Since the adoption of the Commission Recommendation on the Charter & Code in 2005, over 1 200 institutions from 40 countries in Europe and abroad (and European/international organisations) have expressed their explicit support for the Charter & Code and 232 have obtained the Commission's "HR Excellence in Research" badge.

In March of 2016 The European Commission granted logo "HR Excellence in Research" for the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation - National Research Institute in Pulawy.
WP 2. Brain gain

Three scientists have been recruited into the BioEcon project team. Offers for the position of experienced scientist, scientist and PhD student have been widely promoted. The contract was signed with the three best candidates.
dr. Lorie Hamelin
Life Cycle Assessment, Bioresources Optimization Strategies, Bioeconomy, Biogas, Biomethane, Renewable Energy Systems, Waste Management, Carbon Management, Land Use Changes
dr Andrea Bartoli
Modelling multiple effects of energy policies thought simulative approaches (Partial Equilibrium models and mathematical optimization models) on the agricultural sector. Life Cycle Activity Analysis (LCAA), integration of Activity Analysis (AA) with the environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology for policy analysis of the bioenergy sector.
Rickard Almers
Life Cycle Assessment
WP 3. New interdisciplinary strategy development

Formulation of a new interdisciplinary strategy and preparation a plan for research and innovation ensuring development of bioeconomy in Poland.
WP 4. Regional support mobilization and development of a regional cluster forbioeconomy


The Initiation workshop took place in Puławy from 21st to 22nd June 2016 and gathered  155 participants, including representatives of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (2), Ministry of Science and Higher Education (1), Ministry of Economy (1), Regional Authorities (2), Business representatives (20), Research Institutes and Universities (113), Agricultural Advisory Centres, Lubelskie Farmers Chamber. During the workshop 26 oral presentations and 54 posters were presented. More info:
WP 5. Cooperation for excellence

Increasing the scientific excellence of the IUNG researchers and improvement of the procedures of innovation management. Trainings for the researchers will be carried out by the ERA Chair team. Numerous workshops, summer schools and conferences are planned to be organized.
WP 6. Widening of participation and concentration of resources
It will widen the participation of IUNG in the national and international projects with the aim to develop cooperation with research partners.
WP 7. Dissemination and exploitation
Increasing the visibility and dissemination of the project results as well as bioeconomy as a whole, and ensuring the sustainability of the results in the long term. Creation of a Platform that will store the knowledge gained at a national level, and enable conducting a direct dialogue with the stakeholders.
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