Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

BioSC Spotlight

The BioSC event series „Spotlight“ was initiated in the beginning of 2017. In each Spotlight, a selected topic relevant to bioeconomy is being discussed by BioSC scientists and external experts during a one-day event.


5th BioSC Spotlight
"Moving the BioEconomy from mind to market - how can technology and innovation management research contribute?"

February 4th, 2019 | 10:30 - 18:00 Uhr | University of Bonn



The bioeconomy is a broad field that comprises many important fields of natural science research, from agricultural sciences over biotechnology to medicinal applications. Research in this area is important to build the knowledge basis for future upcoming key enabling technologies that foster the transition towards a sustainable and successful bio-based economy. However, the success is not only dependent on the quality and novelty of the invented technology but also on external factors as value chain partners, competitors, public and private standards as well as the public opinion. The technology and innovation management research aims at forecasting and analyzing technological development. Thereby the transition of a fossil-based to a bio-based economy can be supported by aiding natural scientist in getting their products to the market by investigating technological dynamics along with underlying constraints, opportunities and challenges. 


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Please register until the 21th of January, 2019 under the following link:

Preliminary Agenda

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  Welcome with Cofffee & Snacks  
10:30 Welcome
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring,
University of Bonn / BioSC


Session I: Technology development (From mind)

Session Chair: Carolin Block (University of Bonn / BioSC)

10:50 Technological foresight Prof. Dr. Jens Leker, WWU Münster
11:20 Technological speciation as a source for emerging technologies Prof. Dr. Martin Möhrle, University of Bremen
11:50 Key Enabling Technologies - Measurement, Policies and Innovations Dr. Sven Wydra, Fraunhofer ISI
12:20 Lunch
Session II: Technology commercialization (To market)

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Grit Walther (RWTH Aachen / BioSC)

13:30 Convergence, cognitive distance and the need for collaboration Prof. Dr. Nathalie Sick, UT Sydney
14:00 Utilization of agricultural by-products: What drives farmers´ interest to adopt innovative practices Joana Wensing, University of Bonn / BioSC
14:30 Aachen Proteineers: Institute Incubator for Innovation

Shohana Subrin Islam / Martin Bellof, 

RWTH Aachen / BioSC

15:00 Coffee break

World- Café

Transfer of bio-based inventions in the market (challenges and opportunities)

Dr. Michael Wustmans / Dr. Natalie Laibach,

University of Bonn / BioSC

16:15 Coffee break  
Session III: Best practices

Session Chair: Lora Tsvetanova (University of Bonn / BioSC)

16:30 Russian dandelion as an alternative rubber source Dr. Christian Schulze Gronover, Fraunhofer IME
17:00 tba


17:30 Farewell & Closing remarks Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring,
University of Bonn / BioSC