The NRW PhD Day 2019 took place in Düsseldorf-Neuss, organised by BioSC, CLIB, CEPLAS and the MPI for Plant Breeding Research Cologne. More than 60 PhD students discussed the topics „Value creation in agriculture“ and „Molecules and active compounds“ with the speakers. In his welcoming address, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr presented the pilot region „BioökonomieREVIER Rheinland“. Dr. Frederike Körber gave an overview of her work at Hild Samen GmbH and the importance of resistance breeding. Dr. Jens Uhlemann (BAYER Crop Science) informed about BAYER's bioeconomy strategies and explained the use of formulations e.g. of pesticides in the field.
Dr. Frank Kensy then explained the vision of b.Fab., a company founded in 2018. The company combines electrochemistry with biotechnology by generating formic acid with energy from different resources and using it for the production of feed additives, chemicals and biofuels. The last speaker of the day was Dr. Martin Bellof, who explained the importance of palm oil for the industry. In his work for the company Autodisplay Biotech, he deals with the recycling of residues from palm oil production and gave an overview of the associated challenges.
In the afternoon, the students were able to discuss their questions and ideas with the speakers in three World Café sessions. After the intensive discussions, Prof. Dr. Ingar Janzik thanked all participants for their active contribution.