Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy
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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

27.10.2020

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.

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21.10.2020

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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07.09.2020

Project course Bioeconomy: Pupils researching with algae

What exactly does bioeconomy mean? And what can it contribute to the structural change in the Rheinische Revier? These and many other questions were the starting point for the first bioeconomy project course for pupils at Forschungszentrum Jülich. The course is part of the project "Rheinisches Revier - Jugend gestaltet den Strukturwandel".

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24.08.2020

Federal Research Minister Karliczek at the "AlgaeFlipper"

On August 21, Federal Minister of Research Anja Karliczek visited the floating bio-economy exhibition at MS Wissenschaft in Cologne. Three exhibits were explained to the Minister in detail, including the exhibit "Clean water through algae" from the Bioeconomy Science Center and IBG-2 Plant Sciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich, which was presented by Dr. Holger Klose.

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17.08.2020

Excellence Prize of Forschungszentrum Jülich for Vera D. Jäger

Dr. Vera D. Jäger was awarded the Excellence Prize of Forschungszentrum Jülich, together with two other young scientists. The prize is awarded for outstanding dissertations which have been largely conducted at Jülich, and is endowed with 5,000 Euro each. The dissertation dealt with the simple and cost-effective production of enzymes and with the sustainable production of hydrocarbons in archeae. Vera Jäger did her doctorate at the Institute for Molecular Enzyme Technology (HHU Düsseldorf), which is a member of the BioSC.

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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. wissenschaftsjahr.de.

Supervision Award 2020: Call opened

With the Supervision Award, the BioSC honors junior scientists within BioSC for outstanding achievements in the quality of their supervision of doctoral candidates.

Submission deadline: 13th November 2020

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5th International BioSC Symposium

Originally planned: 16th-17th November 2020

New date: 5th March 2021 | virtual

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BioDisko

What is Bioeconomy?

A video from Forschungszentrum Jülich

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Zu gut für die Tonne!“ Federal Prize 2021

For the sixth time now, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture is awarding this prize to outstanding projects and their initiators who have successfully committed themselves to reducing food waste with their ideas and activities.

Application deadline: November 13, 2020

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

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Bioökonomie Blog of Forschungszentrum Jülich

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

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Calls

Ressourceneffiziente Kreislaufwirtschaft – Kunststoffrecyclingtechnologien (BMBF)

October 30, 2020

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Hochschulwettbewerb 2021  im Wissenschaftsjahr Bioökonomie

October 31, 2020

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„Zu gut für die Tonne!“ Federal Prize 2020

November 13, 2020

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Travelling Conferences (BMBF)

November 20, 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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Bioökonomie International 2021

März 19, 2021

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Jobs

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Publications

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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Events

next event: 10.11.2020
online
10.11.2020

Digital Technologies for Sustainable Crop Production (DIGICROP)

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online
16.11.2020 - 17.11.2020
BioSC EVENT

5th International BioSC Symposium - NEW DATE: 5th March 2021

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online
16.11.2020 - 20.11.2020

Global Bioeconomy Summit

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online
30.11.2020 - 03.12.2020

NEW DATE: Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Conference

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Aachen, Germany
13.09.2021 - 16.09.2021

NEW DATE: MECP 2020 - Multistep Enzyme Catalyzed Processes

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