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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

The bioeconomy is last but not least an economy – this is what this newsletter is about in several aspects. At the 5th BioSC Spotlight “Moving the BioEconomy from Mind to Market“, discussion focused on which factors are decisive in determining whether innovations actually reach the market. At the 20th BioSC lecture, Prof. Dr. Thomas Brück (TU Munich) underlined that scientific questions must lead to economic opportunities for a successful implementation of bioeconomy and presented impressive examples. In addition, the bioeconomy can be an opportunity to carry out the structural change caused by fossil-fuel phase-out in the Rhenish lignite mining region.

We also look back at the 10th “Bio-refined” conference at Fraunhofer UMSICHT; the theme "New ways to use biogenic resources?" represented a return to the focus of the first conference in 2003. In addition, we present a series of new BioSC projects: Five new SEED FUND 2.0 projects that started at the end of 2018 and four interdisciplinary PhD projects.

We wish you an interesting read!

5th BioSC Spotlight: “Moving the BioEconomy from mind to market”

On February 4th, 2019, the fifth BioSC Spotlight took place in Bonn. This time, the focus was on factors determining whether a new technology actually comes onto market, such as value-added partners, competitors and public and private standards. Scientists from academia and industry held a total of eight specialist lectures. The “Transfer of bio-based inventions into the market” World Café provided a platform for intensive discussions for the more than 50 participants.

SEED FUND 2.0: New Projects

There were two SEED FUND calls in 2018 as part of phase 2 of the NRW BioSC strategy project. The OPEN Call was without thematic restrictions while the LINK call focused on topics related to the FocusLabs. Five projects were selected and started at the end of 2018.

New: Interdisciplinary PhD projects

At the end of 2018, PhD students in the FocusLabs had the opportunity to apply for interdisciplinary mini-projects. Four projects were selected and started at the beginning of 2019.

“BIO-raffiniert X” at Fraunhofer UMSICHT

The 10th “BIO-raffiniert” conference took place from February 26th to 27th, 2019 at Fraunhofer UMSICHT in Oberhausen. This year´s theme “New ways to use biogenic resources?”, which was also the topic of the first “BIO-raffiniert” conference in 2003, was examined from different perspectives. Two of the presentations were given by BioSC members Dr. Nina Ihling (RWTH Aachen University) and Dr. Arnd Kuhn (Forschungszentrum Jülich). 

Sustainable bioeconomy as an opportunity for the future of the Rhenish lignite mining area

The end of the era of lignite production requires innovative concepts in the Rhenish lignite mining area in order to preserve economic power and quality of life in the region and to align towards sustainability. Here, the bioeconomy can make important contributions. Recent months have therefore seen the launch of explorations of regional bioeconomy potentials.

The 20th BioSC Lecture: “Towards a climate effective bioeconomy – Using precision synthetic biology tools for conversion of CO2 and chemically complex biomass”

On March 13th, the 20th BioSthC Lecture took place at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Prof. Dr. Thomas Brück, holder of the Werner Siemens Chair for synthetic biotechnology and director of the AlgaeTec Center at the Technical University of Munich, presented different bioprocesses for fixation, valorization and storage of CO2.

Events and Calls


The International BioSC Summer School 2019 will be held from September 9-13 at Forschungszentrum Jülich.  Registration will be opened at the end of April.

From September 23-27, 2019,  the interdisciplinary conference „Klausurwoche Bioökonomie“ will be held at the German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences (DRZE), University of Bonn. The Deadline for Abstracts is May 1, 2019. The conference language is German.

More Information on events and calls is available here.

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