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


BioSC@RWTH Science Night

On 10 November the BioSC was presented at the yearly RWTH Aachen Science Night. The lecture given by Prof. Björn Usadel as well as the exhibition stand had many visitors.


"Future Bioeconomy" 2. PhD Day NRW

Connect with other young scientists and learn more about alternative career opportunities in the bioeconomy! We invite all interested doctoral students to attend the 2nd state-wide PhD-Day "Future Bioeconomy"

Present your PhD work in a poster and win an award for the best poster!


19. BioSC Lecture

On 28. September 2017 the next BioSC Lecture is taking place on the occasion of the 40 years’ jubilee of biotechnology at Forschungszentrum Juelich at the this year’s Jülich Biotech Day 2017. Prof. Sang Yup Lee from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Republic of Korea, will present current developments and trends in “Systems metabolic engineering for the bio-based production of chemicals”. Prof. Francis H. Arnold from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA, will give a recent insight into “Innovation by evolution: Bringing new chemistry to life”.


Schedules for BioSC Symposium and BioSC Forum online

The agenda for the 2nd BioSC Symposium „Towards an Integrated Bioeconomy“ on 28th November 2017 is online. There will be posters and oral presentations under the main topics “Socioeconomic Perspectives within a Sustainable Bioeconomy”, “Innovations for Plant Production and Resource Management” and “Green Value Chains ‐ Processes and Products from Biomass”. The agenda for the 4th internal BioSC Forum on 27th November 2017 is online as well.


More than 50 participants at the 2. BioSC Spotlight event

Scientists, practitioners and representatives from central organizations met at Campus Klein-Altendorf on September 1st, 2017 to exchange about the low-input plant Silphium. Besides several talks there was as well a guided tour to see the field experiments. The participants jointly agreed that cup plant has still a high potential.


BioSC Workshop: “Applied Perennial Plant Pulping”

Process Design for Integrated Biorefinery Concepts

22. September 2017 | 09:00 am – 5:00 pm

This workshop targets to provide knowledge on different strategies existing for the conversion of biomass and is especially for PhD Students, Post-Docs and early stage researchers. This will offer a unique chance to get closer insight on the topic of lignocellulose processing provided by experts from academia and industry.


PhD Training Day 2017

Application for the PhD Training Day "Discussing (in) Science – Basics of Interdisciplinary Communication and Collaboration" is open know. The workshop will take place on November 29th in Cologne in frame of the BioSC Forum.


2. BioSC Spotlight: Alternative paths of utilisation of the streaky Silphie

On the 1st of September, 2017 a BioSC Spotlight about the low-input plant Silphie takes place at Campus Klein-Altendorf in Bonn. BioSC scientists and external experts will present their latest results and discuss current developments regarding cultivation and utilisation of Silphie. The event will be in German. Registration is open!


You can find an overview of all news articles here.


FocusLab AP3

Advanced Pulping for Perennial Plants: A holistic and sustainable integrated lignocellulose biorefinery concept

The Focus lab AP³ aims to establish a novel biorefinery concept for a sustainable processing of perennial biomass grown on marginal soils and fractionated efficiently by the OrganoCat technology. The Focus lab combines worldwide leading expertise in plant biology, chemical & process engineering as well as economy in respect to social implications. AP³ will increase the potential of perennial plants by establishing and combining new varieties and management strategies coupled to advanced breeding and ameliorating their biomass processability.

Project leader: Dr. Holger Klose, Institute for biology I, RWTH Aachen University


FocusLab Bio²

Integration of next generation biosurfactant production into biorefinery processes

In the spirit of a sustainable bioeconomy, the Biosurfactant Biorefinery (Bio2) project aims at the development of a biorefinery process for the production of next-generation biosurfactants rhamnolipids (RLs) and mannosylerythritol lipids (MELs) with recombinant strains of Pseudomonas putida and Ustilago maydis, respectively. Interdisciplinary cooperation of seven core groups will provide a well-founded basis to establish novel and innovative solutions addressing cutting-edge process development on multiple levels.

Project leader: Dr.-Ing. Lars Regestein, AVT - Aachener Verfahrenstechnik, RWTH Aachen




FocusLab CombiCom

Combinatorial creation of structural diversity for novel high-value compounds

Reinforcing the change of paradigm from synthetic chemistry to sustainable microbial production, CombiCom will thus exploit secondary metabolite pathways to deliver natural compounds and further extend these structures by exploring the non-natural chemical space beyond. We will pursue an integrated approach by joining forces of experts in biology, chemistry and engineering to create synthetic biology-tailored microbial chassis allowing for the sustainable production of novel high-value compounds, which will be evaluated for their anti-phytopathogenic activity and pharmaceutical potential.

Project leader: Dr. Anita Loeschcke, Institute of Molecular Enzyme Technology of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf located at Forschungszentrum Jülich



Krauss, U, Jager, VD, Diener, M, Pohl, M and Jaeger, KE (2017). Catalytically-active inclusion bodies-Carrier-free protein immobilizates for application in biotechnology and biomedicine. J Biotechnol 258: 136-147.

Bronikowski, A, Hagedoorn, P-L, Koschorreck, K and Urlacher, VB (2017). Expression of a new laccase from Moniliophthora roreri at high levels in Pichia pastoris and its potential application in micropollutant degradation. AMB Express 7: 73.

Heydenreich, FM, Miljus, T, Jaussi, R, Benoit, R, Milic, D and Veprintsev, DB (2017)High-throughput mutagenesis using a two-fragment PCR approach. Sci Rep 7(1): 6787.

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ERA-NET Bioenergy "Biomass as an important pillar within energy systems and the circular economy"

16. Januar 2018 

Funding will be offered to excellent proposals that provide clear added value through cooperation of partners in at least two (preferably more) participating countries. Novelty beyond the state of the art in the bioenergy value chain addressed must be significant, and evidence of exploitation potential must be provided (e.g. by way of tangible industry commitment).

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Förderung von Nachwuchsgruppen "Bioökonomie als gesellschaftlicher Wandel" (BMBF)

17. January 2018

Im Rahmen des Konzepts "Bioökonomie als gesellschaftlicher Wandel" soll die sozial-, politik-  und wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Forschung für die Bioökonomie gefördert werden.

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Internal Call

We are looking for thematic suggestions for BioSC Spotlight events in 2018. Any topic can be submitted which is of relevance for the BioSC research programme. More information and the application form is available in the intranet.





next event: 24.11.2017

17. Baesweiler BioTec-Meeting

Cologne, Maternushaus

4th BioSC Forum

Cologne, Maternushaus

2nd BioSC Symposium

Cologne, Maternushaus

PhD Training Day