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 guest scientist: Prof. Gregory LeFevre, Iowa University

From June 26 to July 9, Prof. Gregory LeFevre, University of Iowa, stayed in the Core Group of Prof. Ulrich Schwaneberg, RWTH Aachen. Main topics of his research are biotransformations in relation to the impact and fate of various contaminants in the environment.

17.05.2018 „Young Science meets Industry“ co-organized by BioSC

On 15th May, industry leaders and junior scientists were invited together to a one-day symposium. The event focussed on the research areas “Antibiotics research” and “Plant innovation”.


Global Bioeconomy Summit 2018: Bioeconomy has to move up the global policy agenda

The bioeconomy has yet to be appropriately included in international fora on innovation, climate, biodiversity and sustainable development policy. Therefore, bioeconomy needs its own independent global forum. This is what the 700 participants agreed upon at the second Global Bioeconomy Summit 2018 in Berlin.


BioSC FocusLab greenRelease awarded with the Innovation prize of the German BioRegions

The Innovation prize is being awarded annually for excellent ideas in the areas of life sciences and biotechnology. In the frame of the German Biotechnology Days 2018, Dr. Felix Jakob, Prof. Ulrich Schwaneberg und Prof. Andrij Pich received the prize which is endowed with 2.000 € and sponsored by the journal BIOSpektrum. The Jury stated that the development of microgel containers for controlled release of nutrients and protective agents has the potential to solve important problems in agriculture.


Novel Containers for Active Ingredients and Modular Biotransformations – BioSC Launches Two New FocusLabs

Integrative research approaches promoting the transition towards a sustainable bioeconomy in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) – this is the objective of the two new "FocusLabs" which will be funded for three years from 2018 onwards. These FocusLabs are part of the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC), NRW’s scientific centre of excellence for sustainable bioeconomy.


Happy Christmas and a nice holiday season!

We would like to thank all BioSC members and our national and international partners for their engagement and good cooperation during the last year! 2018 will be an existing and promising year for bioeconomy. Several preparations are already running and national as well as global developments indicate that the concept of an integrated bioeconomy will be internationally pushed forward.


Successful 2nd International BioSC Symposium

The 2nd International BioSC Symposium attracted around 160 people interested in the topic “Towards an Integrated Bioeconomy”. The high potential and different opportunities of the bioeconomy were highlighted in the vividly presented keynote of Prof. Lene Lange of the Technical University of Denmark. The integrated character and scientific developments of the bioeconomy were shown in presentations of the interdisciplinary research concepts of the BioSC FocusLabs and in the following sessions reflecting socioeconomic perspectives, strategies for plant production and resource management and green value chains.


Well visited 4th BioSC Forum

At this year’s internal retreat more than 130 BioSC members met in the Maternushaus in Cologne to learn about latest developments. While BioSC projects were presented in the morning, the afternoon presentations included as well talks about externally funded projects and information about funding programmes in the framework of bioeconomy.


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3rd International BioSC Symposium "Towards an Integrated Bioeconomy"

November 12-13, 2018, Bonn

At the 3rd International BioSC Symposium, experts from academia and industry discuss recent results and new developments for a sustainable bioeconomy from different points of view.



Schreiber, C, Schiedung, H, Harrison, L, Briese, C, Ackermann, B, Kant, J, Schrey, SD, Hofmann, D, Singh, D, Ebenhöh, O, Amelung, W, Schurr, U, Mettler-Altmann, T, Huber, G, Jablonowski, ND and Nedbal, L (2018). Evaluating potential of green alga Chlorella vulgaris to accumulate phosphorus and to fertilize nutrient-poor soil substrates for crop plants. Journal of Applied Phycology.

Loeschcke, A, Dienst, D, Wewer, V, Hage-Hulsmann, J, Dietsch, M, Kranz-Finger, S, Huren, V, Metzger, S, Urlacher, VB, Gigolashvili, T, Kopriva, S, Axmann, IM, Drepper, T and Jaeger, KE (2017). The photosynthetic bacteria Rhodobacter capsulatus and Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 as new hosts for cyclic plant triterpene biosynthesis. PLoS One 12(12): e0189816.  

Kessenbrock, M, Klein, SM, Muller, L, Hunsche, M, Noga, G and Groth, G (2017). Novel Protein-Protein Inhibitor Based Approach to Control Plant Ethylene Responses: Synthetic Peptides for Ripening Control. Front Plant Sci 8: 1528. 

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Technologie-Initiative Bioraffinerien (BMBF)

23. November 2018  (first phase)

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Neue biotechnologische Prozesse auf der Grundlage mariner Ressourcen – BioProMare (BMBF)

29. November 2018  (first phase)

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Pflanzenwurzeln und Bodenökosysteme: Bedeutung der Rhizosphäre für die Bioökonomie

3. December 2018  (first phase)

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Bioeconomy in the North 2018 (BMBF)

17. January 2019  (first phase)

Zur Umsetzung der Bioökonomie als nachhaltiger, biobasierter Wirtschaftsform sind fokussierte internationale und europaweite Forschungsinitiativen – auch mit regionalem Bezug – erforderlich. Hier setzt die im Jahr 2017 gegründete Initiative Bioeconomy in the North (BiN) mit Partnern aus Finnland, Norwegen und Deutschland an. Das Ziel von BiN ist es, Forschung und Innovation zu fördern, die zu neuen Produkten und Dienstleistungen aus Non-Food-/Non-Feed-Biomasseressourcen Nordeuropas führt.

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next event: 29.10.2018
Aachen, Germany

4th BioSC Spotlight "Smart management of plant performance"



Jülich, Germany

Jülich Biotech Day 2018

Bonn, Germany
12.11.2018 - 13.11.2018

3. BioSC Symposium and 5. BioSC Forum