Bioeconomy: management, assessment and intellectual property

A.Y. 2019/2020
Lesson for
6
Max ECTS
56
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/01
Language
English
Learning objectives
This course aims to familiarize students to different facets of the bioeconomy: its origin, the different economic and technological determinants, the status of the biotechnology revolution, the sustainability paradigms associated with the bioeconomy, the growth of biobusiness, the methodologies for environmental impact assessment, and the economic impact on countries and regions. The foundations of the bioeconomy will also include the role of citizens as co-creators of social innovation, and the geography of innovation and human resources.
Students attending this course will possess knowledge, expertise, and analytical skills to deal with all aspects of bio-based value chains. Due to the interdisciplinary approach of the course, students are encouraged to think critically, they have known the necessary tools and methods to develop and execute diverse activities and projects within a bio-based economy. More specifically, they will be able to understand strategies for the management of sustainable bio-based value chains from an economic, environmental and social perspective. In particular: a) coordinate the production of bio-based products; b) consider the growing societal requirements for bio-based products and their production methods; c) evaluate using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach the environmental impact of bio-products and bio-refinery processes; d) collaborate to the development of IP strategies and understand what a patent looks like and its requirements at international and national level; e) coordinate the cooperation between different stakeholders in the development of bio-based value chains; f) promote the establishment of adequate institutional and policy frameworks.

Course structure and Syllabus

Active edition
Yes
Intellectual property
AGR/01 - AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND RURAL APPRAISAL - University credits: 3
Lessons: 24 hours
Professor: Ventura Vera
Life cycle assessment
AGR/01 - AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND RURAL APPRAISAL - University credits: 2
Laboratories: 16 hours
Lessons: 8 hours
Professors: Bacenetti Jacopo, Ganzaroli Andrea
Management
AGR/01 - AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND RURAL APPRAISAL - University credits: 1
Lessons: 8 hours
Professor: Re Ilaria
ATTENDING STUDENTS
Intellectual property
Syllabus
This module aims at providing a systematic overview of the intellectual property of inventions, and its role in the modern bioeconomy. First, a series of concepts and approaches on technological innovation are summarized and discussed. Second, three main topics in current debates around bioeconomy innovation systems are highlighted: (i) intellectual property and patents; (ii) the Legal and Regulatory Framework for Intellectual Property Rights in the EU; (iii) the use of patent data as indicators of innovation. Finally, some practical guidelines on patent writing and patent application process will be provided.
Life cycle assessment
Syllabus
This module introduces the principles and methods of life cycle thinking and life-cycle assessment (LCA) with specific reference to agricultural and energy systems using attributional LCA. The module will be based around the ISO 14040 methodology and will involve developing a LCA model using MS-Excel as well as commercial software for LCA. It will focus on the four common stages of LCA: (i) definition of the Goal and Scope; (ii) Life Cycle Inventory Analysis; (iii) Life Cycle Impact Assessment and (iv) Interpretation with a specific focus on carbon footprint, water footprint and energy audit. Case studies will consider LCA studies of agro-food systems, energy systems and bio-products and bio-refinery processes
Management
Syllabus
This module introduces the principles and methods of EU project management and access to European funds with a special focus on the bioeconomy issue. The module will also address a general framework of International cooperation projects and learn a common base for all EU Programs. It will focus on the four common stages of EU project management: (i) definition of the Goal and Scope; (ii) manage contractual procedures with the European Commission; (iii) organize and plan the project work and manage the project partnership; (iv) monitor the project development on technical and financial point of view and evaluate its outcomes. Case studies will consider funded projects of biotechnology, environment & resource efficiency, bioeconomy.
NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS
Intellectual property
Syllabus
This module aims at providing a systematic overview of the intellectual property of inventions, and its role in the modern bioeconomy. First, a series of concepts and approaches on technological innovation are summarized and discussed. Second, three main topics in current debates around bioeconomy innovation systems are highlighted: (i) intellectual property and patents; (ii) the Legal and Regulatory Framework for Intellectual Property Rights in the EU; (iii) the use of patent data as indicators of innovation. Finally, some practical guidelines on patent writing and patent application process will be provided.
Life cycle assessment
Syllabus
This module introduces the principles and methods of life cycle thinking and life-cycle assessment (LCA) with specific reference to agricultural and energy systems using attributional LCA. The module will be based around the ISO 14040 methodology and will involve developing a LCA model using MS-Excel as well as commercial software for LCA. It will focus on the four common stages of LCA: (i) definition of the Goal and Scope; (ii) Life Cycle Inventory Analysis; (iii) Life Cycle Impact Assessment and (iv) Interpretation with a specific focus on carbon footprint, water footprint and energy audit. Case studies will consider LCA studies of agro-food systems, energy systems and bio-products and bio-refinery processes
Management
Syllabus
This module introduces the principles and methods of EU project management and access to European funds with a special focus on the bioeconomy issue. The module will also address a general framework of International cooperation projects and learn a common base for all EU Programs. It will focus on the four common stages of EU project management: (i) definition of the Goal and Scope; (ii) manage contractual procedures with the European Commission; (iii) organize and plan the project work and manage the project partnership; (iv) monitor the project development on technical and financial point of view and evaluate its outcomes. Case studies will consider funded projects of biotechnology, environment & resource efficiency, bioeconomy.
Lesson period
First semester
Lesson period
First semester
Assessment methods
Esame
Assessment result
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Professor(s)
Reception:
Until the end of november: wednesday from 10.30 am to 1 pm
DEMM - Room 20