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


First prize for greenRelease at competition "Bio-Gründer Wettbewerb 2019"

A team from the BioSC FocusLab greenRelease was awarded 1st prize in this year's Competition "Bio-Gründer Wettbewerb" of the Competence Centre Bio-Security. A total of 40 teams competed for the 4000 € prize, which was awarded in the fields of agriculture and food industry, biotechnology and biochemistry and related fields.


22nd BioS Lecture at Forschungszentum Jülich

On 11 Sptember, the 22nd BioSC Lecture took place at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Dr. Christiane S. Farinas of the Brazilian State Agricultural Research Institute Embrapa talked about „Integrated use of biomass as a platform to obtain biofuels, nanocellulose and biofertilizers”.


Dörte Rother is awarded with the "Biotrans Junior Award 2019"

Prof. Dörte Rother was awarded for her work on biocatalysis with the "Biotrans Junior Award 2019" in Groningen. The award is during the BIOTRANS conference, on of the important conferences for the research field biocatalysis.


Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz informs himself about bioeconomy

On 8 August, Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited the Forschungszentrum Jülich. He was accompanied by Dietmar Nietan, Member of the Bundestag. Both werde informed e.g. about the structural change in the Rhenish mining area and the bioeconomy. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr led the two politicians through the new IBG-2 greenhouse, where the BioSC product exhibition on "Bioeconomy in Everyday Life" could be seen.


6th BioSC Spotlight: “Bioeconomy perspectives for a sustainable agriculture”

On 9 July 2019, the 6th BioSC Spotlight took place on the edge of the Inden opencast lignite mine, which was dedicated to structural change in the Rhenish mining area and the opportunities for agriculture within the framework of a sustainable bioeconomy. The approximately 80 participants came from science, business, local politics, agricultural administration, civil society, environmental associations and agricultural practice. The event took place in cooperation with the project 'Modellregion BioökonomieREVIER Rheinland'.


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23rd BioSC Lecture

"Genetic engineering of poplar trees for the biorefinery"

17th October 2019, 13:00, Forschungszentrum Jülich, IBG-2, room 406


International BioSC Symposium 2019

Towards an Integrated Bioeconomy

November 18-19, 2019, Maternushaus, Cologne

Current study on the European bioeconomy

The analysis of Eurostat 2016 data shows that the turnover of the bioeconomy in the EU-28, including the food and drink industry and the primary sector, amounted to 2.3 trillion Euro and generated jobs for 18.6 million people.


New study on bio-based products

On the one hand, the European Commission has published a study on the top 20 biobased products that are currently on the market and, on the other hand, it presents 15 success stories in biobased products.



Wissenschaftlich-Technische Zusammenarbeit mit der Russischen Föderation (BMBF)

October 31, 2019

Es sollen Aktivitäten deutscher Akteure u.a. zur Bioökonomie gefördert werden, die auf eine langfristige Vernetzung mit Forschungs- und Innovationspartnern aus Russland und die Vorbereitung gemeinsamer Forschungsaktivitäten ausgerichtet sind.

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„Bioökonomie in der Land- und Forstwirtschaft“ - Förderung von Vorhaben mit der Republik Indien (BMBF)

December 10, 2019 (Project outlines)

Der Zuwendungszweck zielt auf technische Innovationen bzw. Adaptionen ab, die idealerweise in eine Produktentwicklung münden.

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„Werkstoffplattform Biomaterialien“ (BMBF)

December 6, 2019 (Project outlines)

Es sollen sollen vorwiegend FuE-Arbeiten gefördert werden, die zu einer Erhöhung der Anwendungs- und Verwertungschancen von Biomaterialien beitragen.

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Zukunftscluster-Initiative (BMBF)

November 15, 2019 (conceptual phase)

Regionale Innovationsnetzwerke sollen grundlegende Forschungsergebnisse mittel- bis langfristig in neue Wertschöpfung am Standort Deutschland umsetzen und dafür moderne Instrumente des Innovationsmanagements erproben können.

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Future Food Initiative: Postdoctoral fellowships

The Swiss Research Initiative "Future Food" provides three-year postdoctoral fellowships. Applications can be submitted at any time.


Click here for information on job vacancies.


next event: 22.10.2019
Düsseldorf, Germany

From Residual to Recyclable Material: The Multiple Paths of Upcycling

Františkovy Lázně, CZ
29.10.2019 - 31.10.2019

10th International Meeting of the Society of Miscanthus and Perennial Grasses

Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf

3. Symposium für Ökonomie im Gartenbau

HHU Düsseldorf
28.11.2019 - 29.11.2019

Autumn School "Wissenschaft kommunizieren"


19t Baesweiler BioTec Meeting

02.06.2020 - 06.06.2020

4th International Symposium on Horticulture in Europe

23.06.2020 - 25.06.2020

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