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Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

Research • Educate • Connect
Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

8th NRW PhD Day "Future bioeconomy"

Biomass as feedstock: Limitations, Challenges, Chances

October 25, 2023 | Full day | Dorint Congress Hotel, Selikumer Str. 25, 41460 Neuss


The NRW PhD Day aims at gathering young scientists from different scientific fields and locations in NRW and providing them a frame for networking and discussions about future developments and career paths in the bioeconomy. This year`s topic is "Biomass as feedstock".

Switching the industry from fossil to bio-based feedstocks comes with various challenges and "possible" does not always mean "feasible". Questions will be addressed like: How can a sustainable and sufficient supply of biomass of consistent quality be achieved? How flexible must and can the processing of diverse biomass be, to produce platform chemicals? What are risks and opportunities of using residues and side streams? What are legal hurdles? What is the role of logistics and raw material distribution? What does this mean e.g. for the CO2 footprint?


Registration is open!

Registration deadline: October 15, 2023


09:15 Registration and Coffee
10:00 Welcome and Introduction by Prof. Dr. Ingar Janzik (BioSC)
10:05 Opening remarks by Margarete Beye (Ministry of Culture and Science NRW)
10:20 Short presentation of the organizing institutions

Session I

10:50 Prof. Dr. Ralf Pude (INRES Renewable Resources)
11:20 Marina Billinger (LEROMA)
11:50 Break

Session II

12:20 Dr. Thomas Vössing (Covestro)
12:50 Dr. Salvatore LaChina (BIOWEG)
13:20 Lunch Break

Session III

14:20 Dr. Harald Ruijssenaars (Corbion)
14:50 Ronja Hermanns (Carbon Minds)

Final Session: Panel discussion and networking

15:25 Panel discussion with the invited speakers
15:55 Closing remarks
16:00 Get-together, networking, coffee and snacks
16:30 End