The Baltic Leadership Programme on Youth and Bioeconomy addresses the need to better integrate younger generations into the field of bioeconomy. Youth (up to 30 years of age) are vital for renewing and innovating the sector, which is necessary in the transition from a fossil-based to a bio-based society/economy. Today, however, there is a lack of necessary links and methods for attracting and involving youth.

In response to this, the Swedish Institute, together with its cooperation partners, is developing a training programme to tackle the challenges of youth participation in the bioeconomy sector.

Main cornerstones of the programme

Inclusion and cooperation
Peer learning and mentoring
Network building

Crosscutting themes

Stakeholder involvement and multi-actor participation
Complex thinking (sustainability and stakeholder models – setting up interlinkages)
Communicating complex ideas

How do I register?

The application period is 29 June–22 August 2018. Follow the link to submit your application.
For more information contact Gabor Schneider, gabor.schneider@si.se, Tel: +46-8-453 78 59, Mobile: +46-732-318521

BLP Youth will give you:

  • Knowledge and insights into future visions, needs and challenges in the bioeconomy sector.
  • Methods and tools for youth participation.
  • The opportunity to share knowledge and experience with others.
  • A broader network of peers to mentor and coach me over time.

Is my organisation eligible?

The programme is targeting representatives of youth organisations as well as those of organisations working with bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region. We look forward to receiving applications from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Iceland as well as the German states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg.

Programme timeline

Digital Kick Off: 24 October 2018, (13–14.30 CET)
Module 1: 21–23 November 2018 in Stockholm
Online Session: 10 January 2019 (13.30–16.30 CET)
Module 2: 21–23 January 2019 in Vilnius

Costs covered by the Swedish Institute:

Training course and content
Accommodation, food and all costs of the modules
Cost of travel to the modules for the youth representatives

Costs covered by you:

Representatives working in the field of bioeconomy are expected to cover their own travel to the modules.
Local travel costs (all participants)