BioCulture (399 973 EUR), 2007-2009: the project is related to the culture and language skills for both mobility and exports in the biotechnology sector. It involves partner organisations from: England (EEDA - East of England Development Agency and Dialogue Language Services), Bulgaria (BARDA), Denmark (Medicon Valley Academy) and Italy (Bioindustry Park del Canavese). There is a healthy transfer of scientists across European states, particularly in the field of bench-to-bench collaboration, yet insufficient language and culture resource to support those SMEs and other organisations which employ them. Equally, these SMEs are striving to export their expertise, which in itself requires language and culture skills in relation to key markets. This project aims to fill these gaps in accordance with the Lisbon agenda, as well as to provide a platform for both providers of professional language services and strategic funding partners in the partner countries to identify specific skills gaps and plan appropriate training programmes to address these needs. The project builds on the successful work of the HARVEST project.

The core project activity is implemented to the 3 main biotechnology regions in Europe, namely Silicon Fen (East of England), Medicon Valley (Denmark, Sweden) and Biovalley (Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy). The project runs along the audit – develop – test cycle, and engages with up to 140 SMEs with the aim of assessing existing language competence, skills gaps, degrees of strategic planning and readiness, and preferred methods of training. Materials development focuses on the creation and adaptation of language (max 2 language over 8 modules), cultural (up to 4 markets) and intercultural materials (1 set of materials). The project also develops an interactive road map of provision targeted at meeting the skills gaps identified in the audits, this road map being available in both paper, electronic and web-based format building on the Leonardo HARVEST roadmap.

The project leads to improved business success through the utilisation of cultural differences in bench-to-bench collaboration and increased competitiveness vis-à-vis the global marketplace. It also facilitates human fulfilment and responsible growth.


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