BioDisKoBioeconomic Utilization Paths - Discourse & Communication

The joint project „BioDisKo” focusses for instance on the future-orientated field of “bio-based circular economy” including development, trial and reviewing of early, target group orientated, participative and communicative approaches and measures to support and contribute to a sustainable bio-economy.

With the example of two representative cultivations of the crops corn and Sida it is intended to initiate social and qualitative high-value discourses and to elaborate appropriate specialist information along the value chains (e.g. through public and stakeholder participation procedures such as consumer surveys).

With help of testing innovative communication and participation methods the partners gather different types of knowledge for instance from economic actors, consumers and lay citizens.

With this generated action know-how risks in the innovation processes could be minimised and responsible decisions in terms of the “National Research Strategy Bio-economy 2030” can be enabled. The project partners collaborate inter- and transdisciplinary to merge their know-how and competence with economic and social actors into the transformation process.

The role of the KWI in this joint project is the analysis and observation of chances and risk during the project and the planned events with the help of the approach of participative technology assessment. The aim of this approach is to evaluate opposite terms/ways of use of the cultivation of resources (e.g. corn and Sida). The targeted groups are lay citizens and experts who will come together in small working groups to discuss and create a “citizen report”, ideas for narratives and new communication approaches.

Furthermore, it is planned to organise a so called “future council” (Zukunftsrat). The aims are to integrate different backgrounds and knowledge reservoirs, make policy recommendations when it comes to the use of bioeconomy and generate a transfer and a steady process. Target groups are the politics/administration and the public. The results flow into strategies/ future scenarios and profound policy recommendations as well as a policy paper.