Circular Bioeconomy Research Group
The Circular Bioeconomy Research Group (CIRCBIO) was established in 2019 as a research group within Shannon ABC, recognising the high level of participation in Bioeconomy and Circular Economy research, engagement and education at National and EU level. The CIRCBIO Group are also member of the SFI Beacon Bioeconomy Research Centre.
CIRCBIO brings together a diverse and dynamic research team with multidisciplinary expertise across all areas of the bioeconomy including bioresource modelling, value chain development, bioprocessing and extraction technologies, new product development, business model development and innovation management.
The CIRBIO group participates across a range of high impact initiatives including research, policy development and educational activities. The group also lead Ireland’s Circular Bioeconomy Cluster for the South West Region and are Co-Director of Ireland’s first postgraduate programme in Bioeconomy. The group are also active in high impact bioeconomy projects at national and EU level including Biorefinery Glas, INGREEN, BioWill and ICT-BIOCHAIN.
Circular Economy South-West Cluster
The CIRCBIO Group leads the Circular Bioeconomy Cluster for the South West Ireland region funded under the Enterprise Ireland Regional Technology Clustering Fund. The Circular Bioeconomy Cluster is focused on strengthening collaboration between researchers, technology providers, and industry – from SMEs to Multinationals – to develop, scale and internationalise next generation bio-based products, services and value chains, whilst in tandem driving forward to transition to a low carbon economy.
The CIRCBIO Group have co-developed Ireland’s first level 9 Post Graduate Diploma in Bioeconomy with Business in collaboration with University College Dublin and Teagasc. The programme helps to address skills shortages in the emerging area of bioeconomy and respond to the challenge to deliver on talent for the transition to a low carbon economy. The programme is designed to enable graduates to develop the skills and competencies in the emerging area of the bioeconomy through a part time, blended programme, delivered primarily online. The programme will provide students with access to state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in sustainable agriculture and climate, key enabling technologies, biobased products and value chain development, markets, business and industrial organisational models.