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Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

Research • Educate • Connect
Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

8th BioSC Spotlight

"Circular Bioeconomy in Textile Industry"

June 30, 2022 | 10:15 h - 17:00 h | RWTH Aachen
Invention Center | Campus-Boulevard 30 | 52074 Aachen
Photo: Agricultural field, Pexels
Photo: Turnip field, INGRAIN
Photo: Textile, Pexels

Circular Bioeconomy in Textile Industry: Bio-based feedstocks, processing technologies and concepts for a circular economy.

With social, political, economic and climate challenges, the choice of feedstocks and methods of processing became evidently more important. What kind of resources are being used right now and what alternatives have potential? How do you process a resource to an innovative product? How important are design- and recycling processes? How can sectors be coupled and how could a circular economy benefit a region? 

To comply with new regulation and become truly sustainable, changes in product development and current business models are one of the most discussed topics.

If these questions raised your interest, don’t forget to register and take part in the 3 sessions.

The registration is closed

The event is planned as an face-to-face event.


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09:45 Registration
10:15 Welcome and Introduction
Thomas Gries, RWTH Aachen/ BioSC

Biobased Feedstocks

Resilience: From EU Strategic Autonomy to Fossil-free in Textiles
Michiel Scheffer, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Green2Black - Biobased carbon fibres
Stefan Schonauer, RWTH Aachen/ BioSC

The impact of lignocellulose variability on its processing towards platform molecules for the textile industry
Holger Klose, Forschungszentrum Jülich/ BioSC

Q & A

11:50 Lunch

Biotech meets Textile Industry

Challenges and opportunity for biosynthetic (textile) fibers
Gerard Nijhoving, Senbis Polymer Innovations B.V., The Netherlands

EnzyDegTex - Biotechnological textile recycling
Maximilian Nöth, RWTH Aachen/ BioSC

Biotechnology in Laundry Care
Ramona Jasny & Shohana Islam, Henkel AG & Co KGaA, Düsseldorf

Q & A

14:30 Coffee Break

Textile Circular Economy

INGRAIN - Innovation Alliance Agro-Textile-Food – Towards a bio-based circular economy
Sea-Hyun Lee, RWTH Aachen/ BioSC

The Bioeconomy as a socio-technical transition - perspectives from the social research in BIOTEXFUTURE
Marco Schmitt, RWTH Aachen

Q & A

15:45 Closing remarks
Thomas Gries, RWTH Aachen/ BioSC
15:55 Get-together
Guided tour through the ITA Technikum (starts around 16:05 h and lasts app. 60 min)