European Commission
Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
TOBE 2014 – 3rd BioEconomy Stakeholders' Conference

BioEconomy Stakeholders' Conference

"From sectors to system, from concept to reality"

Francesco Profumo

Francesco Profumo
Francesco Profumo
Politecnico di Torino - Professor

Francesco Profumo graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 1977.
Since 1984 he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino, where he is now Professor of Electrical Machines and Drives.
His fields of interest are power electronics conversion, EMI, integrated electronic/electromechanical design, high response speed servo drives, new electrical machines structures., power conditioning systems.
He has been the Dean of the Engineering Faculty (2003-2005) and the Rector of the Politecnico di Torino (2005-2011).
In 2011 he has been appointed as President of CNR (National Research Council) and at the end of the same year, Minister of Education, University and Research in Italy (2011-2013).

He is now the President of the IREN Group (since 2013).



A New Academy for The BioEconomy
Most of the schools and the universities around the world have not curricula that fit with the competences for jobs in the bioeconomy sector. The presentation starts from the results of a research study done in innovative bioeconomy companies related to the competences required to graduates that could be hired and put in evidence the necessity to educate students in an interdisciplinary environment. The aim of the study is to design a new Academy, from schools to universities, for young students interested in the bioeconomy field. New start up could be an interesting output of this process.