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Bioeconomy Science Center
Research • Educate • Connect
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Sustainable bioeconomy!?

What is it? And how can research and education contribute to the transformation to a bio-based economy?

The Bioeconomy Science Center explanatory film provides a first insight into bioeconomy. It describes how interdisciplinary and integrative research cooperation on a regional scale can be organized and what is required to develop solution approaches for the challenges of the 21st century.

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Food security
Climate protection
Resource management
Energy supply

Integrative bioeconomy  |  Finding solutions for societal challenges

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Challenge Food security

How can we succeed in supplying a growing world population with high quality foods?

Unfavorable and complex constraints such as limitation of agricultural areas, competing uses of renewable resources – energetically or materially – and changing consumption habits call for new cross-disciplinary approaches from the field of sustainable bioeconomy. 


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Challenge Climate protection

How can the impacts of human activity on the earth’s climate be minimized?

The sustainable production of energy and renewable resources through resource-efficient processes and the development of a closed-cycle economy is an important aspect of adapting to climate change. Already today, the concept of a sustainable bioeconomy offers many solutions for improving climate protection.


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Challenge Resource management

How can we meet requirements for resources and energy production that are both secure and economical?

This can only be achieved through sustainable management of our natural resources, including air, water, climate and ecosystems. A sustainable bioeconomy can provide a number of promising solutions in this area.


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Challenge Energy supply

How can renewable fuels for mobile applications and bioenergy be made available sustainably and for the long term?

Its storage capability is what makes bioenergy such an important part of the future energy mix. It is an indispensable component that can compete with energy sources such as wind and solar energy that are not always available. The sustainable bioeconomy offers solutions for developing integrated production processes for sustainable production.


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Current news


Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020

Since Monday, the Global Bioeconomy Summit has been taking place - not in Berlin as originally planned but purely virtually. Stakeholders from science, business and politics from all parts of the world exchange views on bioeconomic topics: From strategies in different countries to new business ideas.


Global Food Summit with involvement of BioSC

The "Global Food Summit", which is part of the annual Berlin Science Week, takes place with the participation of the BioSC. Christina Kuchendorf (Forschungszentrum Jülich, BioSC) will give a presentation on nutrient recycling using algae. She will also report on the AlgaeFlipper, which is part of the bio-economy exhibition at the MS Wissenschaft (BMBF).


Website "International Bioeconomy Forum" goes online

The website "International Bioeconomy Forum (IBF)" is now online. The IBF was launched in 2016 by the European Commission and provides a platform for the international communication and cooperation regarding the development of a sustainable bioeconomy. Members are the European Commission, Argintina, Canada, China, India, New Zealand, South Africa and USA.


Ten years Bioeconomy Science Center

At the end of September 2010, the founding contract for the Bioeconomy Science Center was signed. RWTH Aachen University, the Universities of Bonn and Düsseldorf and Forschungszentrum Jülich established a cross-institutional and interdisciplinary cooperation in basic and applied research for the transformation to a sustainable bioeconomy, which is still unique today. Ten years later, the BioSC has developed into a renowned center of excellence for bioeconomy research in Germany and Europe, from which numerous contributions to solutions have been developed through integrative research projects and where cross-disciplinary educational approaches have been implemented.


The Julius Kühn Prize this year goes to Dr. Caspar Langenbach

Dr. Caspar Langenbach receives the Julius Kühn Prize in recognition of his work on the genetic and biological control of the Asian soybean rust fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi.


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During the Science Year 2020/21, the concept of bioeconomy with all its potentials and challenges can be experienced. Information on events, projects and much more can be found here: www.

Inform and network with the BioökonomieREVIER App

News about sustainable, biobased business in the Rheinische Revier: The BioökonomieREVIER app provides an overview.


5th International BioSC Symposium

Originally planned: 16th-17th November 2020

New date: 5th March 2021 | virtual



What is Bioeconomy?

A video from Forschungszentrum Jülich

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MS Wissenschaft - Bioeconomy:
The film to the tour 2020|21


Bioökonomie Blog of Forschungszentrum Jülich

In the Wissenschaftsjahr Bioökonomie, work groups who are members of the BioSC talk about their scientific research.



Travelling Conferences (BMBF)

November 20, 2020

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BIOTEXFUTURE Seed Fund Projects

December 31, 2020

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Neue Wege der Strom-basierten Konversion von biogenen Rohstoffen und der elektrochemischen Herstellung von biobasierten Produkten (FNR)

January 18, 2021

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European Green Deal

January 26, 2021

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BIOTEXFUTURE Accelerator Projects

February 28,  2020

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Bioökonomie International 2021

March 19, 2021

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Holtz, A. et al. (2020). Process development for separation of lignin from OrganoCat lignocellulose fractionation using antisolvoent precipation. Separation and Purification Technology 236: 116295 AP3

Müntjes, K., et al. (2020): Establishing Polycistronic gene expression in the model microorganism Ustilago maydis. Frontiers in Microbiology 11:1384 Bio2

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next event: 30.11.2020
30.11.2020 - 03.12.2020

NEW DATE: Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Conference


Zukunftsgespräch Bioökonomie: Wie gelingt die Transformation des Wirtschaftssystems?

Aachen, Germany
13.09.2021 - 16.09.2021

NEW DATE: MECP 2020 - Multistep Enzyme Catalyzed Processes