In October, the PhD students in the FocusLabs had the opportunity to gain insights into the bioeconomy-relevant industry through an excursion to B.R.A.I.N. Biotech (Zwingenberg).
At B.R.A.I.N., the PhD students were familiarised with the corporate strategy in the context of bioeconomy and were able to gain deeper insights into some departments through guided tours and lectures. However, the date was also linked to the improvement of their own lecture competence and feedback on their own research work.
During the visit to B.R.A.I.N, some of the PhD students were able to apply their knowledge directly, as they had the opportunity to present their research to the company employees. Stefanie Brands (RWTH Aachen, Biotechnology), Carl Brehl (RWTH Aachen, Process Engineering), Fabienne Hilgers (HHU Düsseldorf, Molecular Enzyme Technology) and Jungho Lee (HHU Düsseldorf, Microbiology) presented their work in the FocusLab CombiCom. Lora Tsvetanova (University of Bonn, Food and Resource Economics) presented her results in the FocusLab AP3, Liudmyla Goncharenko (RWTH Aachen, Biotechnology) presented her work in the FocusLab greenRelease and Mohamed Labib (Forschungszentrum Jülich, IBG-1 Biotechnology) spoke about his results in the FocusLab HyImPAct. The subsequent lively discussion between the PhD students and the company employees was regarded by all participants as particularly helpful and constructive. All participants agreed that such a meeting should be repeated.
In July, the PhD students in the FocusLabs had the opportunity to gain insights into the bioeconomy-relevant industry through an excursion to BAYER Crop Science (Monheim).
At BAYER Crop Science, the PhD students were familiarised with the corporate strategy in the context of bioeconomy and were able to gain deeper insights into some departments through guided tours and lectures. However, the date was also linked to the improvement of their own lecture competence and feedback on their own research work. The visit to BAYER was followed by a one-day independent workshop in which the PhD students, coached by Dr. Silvia Löhken, a proven communications expert, learned to communicate their research content briefly, concisely and specifically to a very heterogeneous audience. The feedback of the PhD students on this workshop was enthusiastic.
The project: metabolon will be presented during the excursion. The objective of the :metabolon project is to redevelop the current Waste Disposal Centre Leppe by turning it into a competence, learning and innovation site for material conversion and location-related environmental technology and techniques.
The new future-oriented :metabolon site is set to integrate available skills, further develop them and show them in a new light. Further information concerning the project can be found here.
Prof. Rehorek will give an introductory lecture, afterwards the excursion participants will visit the installations. Prof. Rehorek is a chemist and a specialist in pathobiochemistry. She works on projects for the development of sustainable technologies for industry and the environment and is the director of the institute STEPs of the TH Cologne.
Date: 12th of July 2017
Location: Waste disposal center Leppe, location: metabolon, Am Berkebach 1, 51789 Lindlar
How to get there: Bus transport from FZ Jülich via Köln Bahnhof Süd.
27. November 2015
FZ Jülich, Algen Science Center
RWTH Aachen, ITMC
Within the framework of this excursion on 27 November 2015, new technologies were introduced that enable new and alternative forms of production and use of biomass.
The following were visited:
20. March 2015
REWE Hauptverwaltung, Köln
Obst- und Gemüsebaubetrieb Konrad Schwarz, Bornheim
Landgard GmbH, Herongen
Within the scope of the 2nd BioSC excursion, 10 doctoral students and post docs from BioSC had the opportunity to get an overview of the different stations within the value chain of fruit and vegetables. Particularly the respective strategies for increasing the sustainability were of interest to the participants. After the presentations and visits of the companies and the horticulture business there was an opportunity to exchange and discuss.
18. November 2014
Port of Ghent
Biobase Europe-Pilot Plant
Biorefinary Cluster: The largest, integrated production complex for biofuels in Europe