The City of Sigmaringen is located in South-West Germany in Baden-Württemberg, situated on the upper Danube. As "Lead Partner" in the EU project AlpBioEco, the City is in charge of the project management, coordination and supports all work packages. The 12 project partners are actively supported by the Lead Partner in order to ensure the sustainable implementation of AlpBioEco.
Know you better as a project partner
1. How many people work in your organization on the AlpBioEco project and what are their roles?
Gloria Kraus, Project Coordinator and Ulrike Hotz, Assistant.
2. Walnuts, apples or herbs? Which team do you belong to and why?
Gloria Kraus: SIG belongs to all of them because we contribute contentwise to all value chains, although we are not experts.
3. What are you currently doing as work for the project?
Gloria Kraus: As the coordinator, I have slightly different tasks because it is about the content and coordination. I am happy that we just finalized the report for the first work package which was a lot of work. Currently we are planning a public workshop about bioeconomy in local value chains which takes place on the 3rd July 2019. Also, we are preparing the next Walnut workshop in July, the AlpBioEco movie as well as the next upcoming reporting.
4. Why did you choose to work for AlpBioEco?
Gloria Kraus: The City of Sigmaringen was the driving force in the very beginning of the project. It is a great chance for the city to create awareness for sustainability as well as bioeconomy and to illustrate local business opportunities. My personal goal was to connect sustainability and economy to support local development. AlpBioEco is therefore an interesting chance.
Ulrike Hotz: AlpBioEco brings variety in my job. It is great to be part of such an important project and I am happy to practice my English.
You and the bioeconomy
5. In your opinion, how can AlpBioEco help to develop bioeconomy?
Gloria Kraus: Bioeconomy is a complex term which is not easy to be broken down to practical applications and local value chains. In AlpBioEco, we started with the search and development of new applications. Now we can create suitable business models and transfer it to pilot studies afterwards. This link from research to the practice is very important to implement bioeconomy in Europe and this is how AlpBioEco helps to develop bioeconomy in my opinion.
6. Why do you think the bioeconomy is so important for the Alps?
Gloria Kraus: The Alpine region is very manifold in terms of innovations, cultivation and landscape. This can be a disadvantage because there are only a few big industries. However, it can also be an advantage when we connect these characteristics to foster sustainable development through bioeconomy.
7. If you just had to choose a symbolic word or expression representing the AlpBioEco project, which one would it be?
Gloria Kraus: Cross-border & -industrial
On the picture below Gloria Kraus in the city centre of Sigmaringen.