Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy
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Sustainable bioeconomy!?

What is it? And how can research and education contribute to the transformation to a bio-based economy?

The Bioeconomy Science Center explanatory film provides a first insight into bioeconomy. It describes how interdisciplinary and integrative research cooperation on a regional scale can be organized and what is required to develop solution approaches for the challenges of the 21st century.

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Food security
Climate protection
Resource management
Energy supply

Integrative bioeconomy  |  Finding solutions for societal challenges

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Challenge Food security

How can we succeed in supplying a growing world population with high quality foods?

Unfavorable and complex constraints such as limitation of agricultural areas, competing uses of renewable resources – energetically or materially – and changing consumption habits call for new cross-disciplinary approaches from the field of sustainable bioeconomy. 


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Challenge Climate protection

How can the impacts of human activity on the earth’s climate be minimized?

The sustainable production of energy and renewable resources through resource-efficient processes and the development of a closed-cycle economy is an important aspect of adapting to climate change. Already today, the concept of a sustainable bioeconomy offers many solutions for improving climate protection.


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Challenge Resource management

How can we meet requirements for resources and energy production that are both secure and economical?

This can only be achieved through sustainable management of our natural resources, including air, water, climate and ecosystems. A sustainable bioeconomy can provide a number of promising solutions in this area.


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Challenge Energy supply

How can renewable fuels for mobile applications and bioenergy be made available sustainably and for the long term?

Its storage capability is what makes bioenergy such an important part of the future energy mix. It is an indispensable component that can compete with energy sources such as wind and solar energy that are not always available. The sustainable bioeconomy offers solutions for developing integrated production processes for sustainable production.


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Current news


Deadline for Summer School extended!

The deadline for the BioSC International Summer School "From plant to product - value chains in a sustainable bioeconomy" was extended until 08 of June 2016!

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12. BioSC Lecture in Jülich

Food Security in the context of bioeconomy

Dr. Nicole Schönleber (CEO Food Security Center, University of Hohenheim) will give a BioSC Lecture on 1st of June (4 p.m.) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich. The seminar will provide an overview of the research and educational objectives of the Food Security Center in the context of (global) strategies on bioeconomy. Food Security is one of the major objectives of bioeconomy.


New Helmholtz "innovation lab" @FZJ: the Microbial Process Lab

The new MiBioLab (Microbial Process Lab) will be set up at IBG-1 with Prof. Marco Oldiges, who is a member of BioSC. Aim of MiBioLab is to provide innovative technologies for the development of production processes for microorganisms. The project volume is expected to be almost € 4 million.


BioSC International Summer School 2016

The Summer School From plant to product - Value chains in a sustainable bioeconomy will take place 24. - 28. October 2016 and is organized in collaboration with the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the National University of Costa Rica (UNA). Registration is open!


Presentation of BioSC at MIWF Symposium in Brussels

On 7 April, the Ministry of Science and Innovation hosted the symposium „Innovation Pathways for Bioeconomic Solutions“ at the Representation of the State NRW in Brussels. Minister Svenja Schulze welcomed the guests, as well as Dr. Rudolf Strohmeier, Deputy Director General Research Programmes, DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission. Prof. Ulrich Schwaneberg gave an introduction to the BioSC. The participants showed particular interest in the BioSC concept for an integrated bioeconomy and the research approaches being presented.


Utilization and Recycling of nutrients in agriculture: New study of the EU RISE-Foundation

The RISE (Rural Investment Support for Europe) foundation published a study on the topic „Nutrient Recovery and Reuse in European Agriculture“. The study is based on recent EU data and offers an interesting overview.


BioSC Newsletter 1/2016 online

The new BioSC newsletter is published. Enjoy reports about outreach activities, research projects, BioSC Lectures and upcoming events.


Innovation award NRW goes to biotechnologist from Jülich!

The biotechnologist Dr. Georg Schaumann and Dr. Stephan Binder from the institute IBG-1 received the "Innovation award 2015" from the federal state NRW for their sensor technology "SenseUp". Learn more about their research approach in this video

Foto:  Svenja Schulze (Minister of Innovation, Science and Research) announced the winner of the innovation award 2015 (Source: MIWF)

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SEED FUND Project AquaPro

Using invasive alien aquatic plant biomass for bioenergy production

The aim of this project is to analyze the potential of Invasive Alien Aquatic Plant species (IAAPs) and to identify a further cascade usage after fractionation. Besides providing a new insight in the utilization of the polysaccharide fraction from IAAPs in a biorefinery process the identification of valuable compounds will increase the economic potential of the system. This will generate new options for the economic use of plant biomass of IAAPs.


BOOST FUND Projekt OrCaCel

OrganoCat plant and pulping combinations for the full valorization of lignocellulose from marginal land grown perennial plants

The full valorization of lignocellulose residues is a crucial step to obtain ecological and economic figures in future biorefineries. The recently developed OrganoCat process is a promising alternative to deliver non-degraded fractions of the three main carbon components of lignocellulose. The OrCaCel project aims to combine plant science with analytics and chemical engineering to adapt the OrganoCat process for different types of plant biomass that is obtained from perennial plants growing in low-inpit production to minimize environmental footprint.


BOOST FUND Project PectiLyse

Activation of intrinsic enzymes for degradation of plant biomass side-streams

The projects aims to apply a microbial bioprocess to generate platform chemicals from pectin-rich biomass side-streams, which should be degraded to fermentable sugars by enzymatic conversion by using the plant pathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis as a whole-cell biocatalyst.




Ripening delay of climacteric fruits by peptides

Post-harvest losses of food produced for human consumption are estimated to reach up to 50 %. The project RIPE aims at improving and exploiting natural, ripening-delaying peptides by an integrated approach addressing the molecular understanding of interactions of the peptides with the ethylene receptor, the delivery of peptides in terms of peptide containers with reversible binding to fruit/vegetable surfaces, and the pre- and postharvest application to apples and tomatoes. 


SEED FUND Projekt FlowCom

Everything in Flow – New Compartments for Cascade Reactions

The project aims at synthesizing protein/enzyme-based active membranes to be employed in membrane modules for the efficient process control of aldolase-catalyzed reactions. This modular approach is based on the synthesis of protein-polymer conjugates, which form an ultrathin nanoporous membrane via self-assembly at fluid interfaces. It allows the production of functional membranes or membrane modules which combine high flux and permeability with high selectivity and functionality.



Incremental multi-scale and multi-disciplinary Modeling of Processes in Bioeconomy

The vision of a future bio-based economy heavily relies on integrated process chains for biomass production and processing followed by transforming biomass compounds into valuable products. Integrated bioeconomic processes can only become competitive if they are operated with highest efficiency and maximal utilization of all occurring material flows. Thus, effective systems integration is one of the great challenges in this research field. In this context, tools and methods for plant modeling, simulation and design play a crucial role.


SEED FUND Projekt UstiLyse

Improving plant biomass conversion by Ustilago maydis for sustainable production of platform chemicals

The central aim of a developing bioeconomy is the switch to a bio-based, sustainable production of chemicals and biofuels using renewable resources such as plant biomass. For a socially acceptable bioeconomy, this biomass must not compete with human food sources. Hence, the focus has shifted to the use of lignocellulosic plant parts.


Latest publication

G. T. T. Nguyen, G.T.T., Erlenkamp, G., Jäck, O., Küberl, A., Bott, M., Fiorani, F., Gohlke, H., Groth, G. (2016) Chalcone-based Selective Inhibitors of a C4 Plant Key Enzyme as Novel Potential Herbicides. Scientific Reports 6, doi: 10.1038/srep27333

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next event: 27.06.2016
27.06.2016 - 29.06.2016

Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Info Week

24.10.2016 - 28.10.2016

International BioSC Summer School


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