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Ladies and gentlemen,


close to the end of 2018, we look back to several successful events in the last months. Following an international BioSC workshop on nutrient recycling with algae, a BioSC Spotlight “Plant Performance” and the NRW-wide PhD Day “Future bioeconomy”, the International BioSC Symposium was held for the third time in November in Bonn. BioSC representatives participated in a German-Russian Seminar “Bioeconomy and global challenges” in Moscow and St. Petersburg. At RWTH Aachen University, a lecture on bioeconomy is taking place during the 2018/19 winter semester with BioSC as a co-organizer.


We introduce the new Executive Board of the BioSC, a new Core Group and a new colleague in the Office. Moreover we present the Department of Ecosystem Analysis at the Institute for Environmental Research at RWTH Aachen University which has several points of contact to bioeconomy research.


The Office wishes all members, friends and partners of BioSC a happy Christmas and a good start into 2019.


Enjoy reading!

3rd International BioSC Symposium: Towards an Integrated Bioeconomy

The 3rd International BioSc Symposium with around 170 participants took place in Bonn on November 12th and 13th, 2018. National and international speakers from academia and industry presented current results and new developments for a sustainable bioeconomy. In addition to the lectures, 48 posters – three of them honored - provided connecting points for intensive scientific discussions.

5th BioSC Forum with Presentation of the Supervision Award 2018

On November 12th, the fifth internal retreat for BioSC members took place in the Gustav Stresemann Institute in Bonn. All ongoing projects from phase 2 of the NRW BioSC Strategy Project were presented. In addition, four core groups presented successful bioeconomy activities outside the NRW Strategy Project. Dr. Anita Loeschcke (HHU Düsseldorf) received the 2018 BioSC Supervision Award.

People at BioSC

The core group leaders of the four BioSc locations elected new representatives to the Executive Board who have now been confirmed. In addition, the BioSc welcomes a new core group: Prof. Dr. Eike Lüdeling heads the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Bonn. Dr. Stephani Baum has strengthened the team of the BioSc office since August.

4th BioSC Spotlight: Smart management of plant performance - New strategies for crop protection

Plants are essential for a sustainable bioeconomy. They form the basis for the provision of the growing world population with food- and feedstuff, biomaterials and renewable energies. At the 4th BioSC Spotlight on October 29th, 2018, guests from academia and industry as well as BioSC members presented research activities the aim of which is to ensure yield and quality with simultaneous reduction of pesticide and fertilizer usage. The 47 participants used the event for a lively exchange.

Russian – German seminar “Bioeconomy and global challenges”

The National Research Center ”Kurchatov Institute”, Moscow, and the IBG-2 Plant Sciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich, hosted an initial seminar featuring bilateral presentations and discussions of bioeconomy activities in Russia and Germany. The workshop was held September 20-22, 2018 in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

International BioSC Workshop “N/P/C storage pools in algae and cyanobacteria”

Purification and recycling of agriculturally used water is an issue that is receiving more and more attention. Algae can accumulate large quantities of nitrate or phosphate, for example, and thus have the potential to clean agricultural effluents as well as to be used as nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers. A BioSC workshop on this topic with international participation took place at Forschungszentrum Jülich on September 6 and 7, 2018.

Environmental Research for a Sustainable Bioeconomy

For successful and sustainable development of the bioeconomy, it is necessary to assess the consequences of new technologies on the environment already during the development process. There is a long history of expertise in the field of ecotoxicology and bioanalytics in teaching and in research at the Institute for Environmental Research at the RWTH Aachen University. Newer research focuses include green toxicology and life cycle assessment.

Bioeconomy Lecture at the RWTH Aachen University

On October 16th, Prof. Ulrich Schwaneberg as responsible lecturer opened the lecture series “Bioeconomy – Routes to a Sustainable Economy”, which is taking place at the RWTH Aachen University during the 2018/19 winter semester. The lecture series is organized by the interdisciplinary RWTH teaching project LEONARDO and the Biotechnological Student Initiative e.V. Aachen in collaboration with the BioSC. Close to 200 students registered for the lecture at the beginning of the semester. 


3rd NRW Doctoral Students Day in Düsseldorf

The 3rd NRW-wide Doctoral Students Day, this time on the subject “Future Bioeconomy” with around 70 participants at the Lindner Congress Hotel Düsseldorf, was again a great success. The main focus was perception and representation of the bioeconomy in industry. Following keynote speeches in the morning, there was opportunity for direct and intensive exchange between representatives of bioeconomy-oriented companies and doctoral students within small groups in the afternoon.

Events and Calls

On February 4, 2019, the 5th BioSC Spotlight “Moving the BioEconomy from Mind to Market” takes place in Bonn. Registration is open!

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