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


4th International BioSC Symposium in Cologne

On 18 and 19 November 2019 the 4th International BioSC Symposium took place in Cologne with about 180 participants. The speakers' contributions covered a broad spectrum from research to product development and market launch and reflected very different expertise and points of view. In addition to the presentations, 49 posters, three of which received awards, were points of contact for intensive scientific discussions. The conference once again demonstrated the need for an integrated approach to bioeconomics and provided a platform for interdisciplinary scientific discussions and future collaborations.


BioSC@RWTH Science Night

On November 8, the annual science night "Fünf vor zwölf" took place at RWTH Aachen University. For the BioSC, Prof. Andreas Jupke from the Aachen Process Engineering Department gave a lecture on the use of renewable raw materials. At the BioSC information stand, the research topics of the BioSC were presented and bioeconomy products that are already available on the market today were shown. Both the lecture and the stand were well attended and met with broad interest.


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.


You can find an overview of all news articles here.


7th BioSC Spotlight

Modular biotransformations in a circular bioeconomy

February 5th, 2020, Forckenbeckstraße 51, 52074 Aachen

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.



Peter Stoffels et al. (2020). Complementing the intrinsic repertoire of Ustilago maydis for degradation of the pectin backbone polygalacturonic acid, Journal of Biotechnology, Volume 307, 2020, 148-163

Butkowski OK, Baum CM, Pakseresht A, Bröring S, Lagerkvist CJ (2020) Examining the social acceptance of genetically modified bioenergy in Germany: Labels, information valence, corporate actors, and consumer decisions. Energy Research & Social Science 60:101308. doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2019.101308 CombiCom

Junker-Frohn, L.V., et al. (2019). "Tomato’s Green Gold: Bioeconomy Potential of Residual Tomato Leaf Biomass as a Novel Source for the Secondary Metabolite Rutin." ACS Omega 4(21): 19071-19080.

Burmeister, A., et al. (2019). "A microfluidic co-cultivation platform to investigate microbial interactions at defined microenvironments." Lab on a Chip 19(1): 98-110.

Courville, K. J., et al. (2019). "Smut infection of perennial hosts: the genome and the transcriptome of the Brassicaceae smut fungus Thecaphora thlaspeos reveal functionally conserved and novel effectors." New Phytologist.


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Conference travel support

Januar 31th,  2020

Are you planning to present a paper at a conference in the near future?
Then use this great opportunity and apply for a travel grant until January 31, 2020.
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Future Food Fellowship

March 31th, 2020

The fellowship provides research funds for three years, enabling fellows to work on their projects and collaborate with Swiss industry partners.

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New Measure GO-Bio

February 15th, 2020

With the GO-Bio initial funding initiative, the BMBF hopes to increase the transfer success of early life science research approaches.


Click here for information on job vacancies.


next event: 14.02.2020

Call for Papers for "Exploring Lignocellulosic Biomass"

Aachen, Germany
04.03.2020 - 05.03.2020

NGP2 Symposium “Next Generation Processes and Products”

30.03.2020 - 02.04.2020

MECP 2020 - Multistep Enzyme Catalyzed Processes

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”

Reims, France
23.06.2020 - 26.06.2020

Exploring Lignocellulosic Biomass