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

11.05.2020

Sustainable hydrocarbon production: BMBF follow-up project to BioSC project granted

On the basis of the BioSC project HySyn, which ended in 2019, the Institute of Molecular Enzyme Technology (HHU Düsseldorf) and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have acquired a follow-up project from the BMBF. HySyn started to characterize a recently discovered enzyme family of algae that produces alkanes and alkenes. This work is being continued in the BMBF project FAPBiotech. The results of the project should help to pave the way for sustainable hydrocarbon production.

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20.03.2020

Laura Helleckes receives award from DECHEMA

Laura Helleckes received the prize of the DECHEMA Future Forum Biotechnology for her master's thesis. The prize is endowed with 3,000 euros and is supported by Sartorius Stedim Biotech. Helleckes works in the group of Prof. Dr. Marco Oldiges, BIOSC Core Group Wiechert.

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14.02.2020

BioSC Workshop "Closing Cycles in the Plastics Bioeconomy"

A BioSC workshop on the recycling of plastic waste was held in Aachen on 10th February. 45 scientists and entrepreneurs discussed different aspects of the topic ranging from depolymerisation to biotechnological and chemical conversion as well as the quantification of microplastics.

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07.02.2020

7th BioSC Spotlight "Modular biotransformations in a circular bioeconomy"

The 7th BioSC Spotlight took place at RWTH Aachen University on 5th February. Scientists from different disciplines discussed challenges and new developments for the production of materials and chemicals from the heterogeneous raw materials of a circular economy.

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17.01.2020

Science Year 2020 focuses on bioeconomy

Bioeconomy is the topic of the Science Year 2020. At the opening event in Berlin on 16th January, Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek stated that the bioeconomy is a key to sustainable life and a future-proof economy. In the framework of the Science Year, the concept of the bioeconomy with all its potential and challenges will be made accessible from different perspectives.

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During the Science Year 2020, 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.

BioSC International Summer School 2020

From plants to pilot plant -

Holistic process development in a sustainable bioeconomy

August 24 - 28, 2020, Forschungszentrum Jülich / RWTH Aachen / Campus Klein-Altendorf, Bonn
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Save the date: 5th International BioSC Symposium

16th-17th November 2020 | Representation of the Federal State NRW | Berlin
- prior to the 3rd Global Bioeconomy Summit -
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Plant Sciences Podcast KRAUTNAH

David and Caspar have created the podcast as part of the BMBF-funded university competition in the Science Year 2020 - Bioeconomy.

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EMPHASIS Photo competition: Plant phenotyping

The competition is looking for the best photographs depicting plant phenotyping from any angle. The submission deadline is 31 August 2020. The winner will receive a high-end camera worth 2500 €.

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Photo competition "The World of Renewable Resources"

The competition of the Centre of Excellence for Renewable Resources in Straubing (KoNaRo) is open until  31 May 2020. The three best works will be rewarded with prizes of 500,- to 100,- €. A selection of the most beautiful pictures will be exhibited at KoNaRo.

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Calls

Travelling Conferences (BMBF)

June 8, 2020 and November 20, 2020

The conferences are to take place in up to three target countries and special focus shall be on bioeconomy.

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Christian Wandrey Prize 2020

June 30, 2020

The prize is awarded to outstanding diploma or master's theses in the field of biotechnology.

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Future technologies for the industrial bio-economy: focus on biohybrid technologies (BMBF)

 August 3,  2020

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Bioeconomy International 2020 (BMBF)

 August 17,  2020 (Project outlines)

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KMU-innovativ: Bioökonomie (BMBF)

September 1,  2020

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Bio-based Industries: Call 2020

 September 3,  2020

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Jobs

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Publications

Blank, L. M., et al. (2020). "Biotechnological upcycling of plastic waste and other non-conventional feedstocks in a circular economy." Current opinion in biotechnology 62: 212-219. Plasticycle

Wierckx, N., et al. (2020). "Metabolic specialization in itaconic acid production: a tale of two fungi." Current opinion in biotechnology 62: 153-159. Plasticycle

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Events

next event: 02.06.2020
Stuttgart, Germany
02.06.2020 - 06.06.2020

4th International Symposium on Horticulture in Europe - POSTPONED TO MARCH 2021

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Virtual
05.06.2020

4th Biobased Economy Conference

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Vienna, Austria
15.06.2020 - 17.06.2020

4th European Sustainable Phosphorous Conference (ESPC4) - POSTPONED TO JUNE 2021

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Halle (Saale), Germany
17.06.2020 - 18.06.2020

9th International Bioeconomy Conference - POSTPONED TO JUNE 2021

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Virtual
23.06.2020 - 25.06.2020

8th International Conference “Fuel Science: From Production to Propulsion”

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Reims, France
23.06.2020 - 26.06.2020

Exploring Lignocellulosic Biomass - POSTPONED TO JUNE 2021

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Aachen / Bonn / Jülich
24.08.2020 - 28.08.2020
BioSC EVENT

BioSC International Summer School 2020

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Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany
21.09.2020 - 22.09.2020

3rd International Bioeconomy Congress Baden-Württemberg

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