Research • Educate • Connect
Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

Research • Educate • Connect
Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

10th BioSC Forum (Internal Retreat)

              March 12, 2024 • Jülich • full day


Topics include:

  • Poster presentation of all current projects

  • Short talks on selected projects
  • Doctoral Student Competition

  • Discussion, discussion, discussion ...

  • Get-together

Registration is open:

Registration deadline: February 23, 2024.




Registration and Welcome Coffee



Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr, Forschungszentrum Jülich / BioSC

Dr. Peter Jansens, Member of the board of directors, Forschungszentrum Jülich


Session 1: Plant nutrition and protection

Moderator : Georg Groth, HHU Düsseldorf


Boost Fund NewBIAS - New biochars for the improvement of agricultural soils
Dr. Silvia Schrey, Forschungszentrum Jülich (Coordinator: Dr. Nina Siebers, Forschungszentrum Jülich)

Boost Fund P3roLucas - Optimization of plant performance and products for lupin cascade use
Dr. Marco Löhrer, RWTH Aachen (Coordinator) / Philipp Sowa, HHU Düsseldorf

Seed Fund ProRNA - Microbial production and application of ds RNAs as innovative bio-agents for new non-chemical crop protection strategies in agri- and horticulture
Dr. Tino Polen, Forschungszentrum Jülich (Coordinator) / Dr. Sylvia Schleker, University of Bonn

Generation B(ioeconomy) Mentoring Programme ASHtoCASH - From ash to cash - Utilizing waste streams from locally produced biomaterials for controlling relevant diseases of sugar beet as a key crop for the national bioeconomy
Dr. Patrick Schwinges, RWTH Aachen University (Coordinator)


Panel discussion

Round table for further discussions (Foyer)


Coffee and posters


Session 2: Contributions to biorefinery concepts

Moderator : Jørgen Magnus, RWTH Aachen University


Boost Fund MetaProcess - Continuous, stable processes for the sustainable enzymatic production of chiral amino alcohols integrating downstream processing,
Dr. Stephan Schott-Verdugo, Forschungszentrum Jülich (Coordinator)

Seed Fund ToxPot - Evaluation of the potential of utilizing potato-side streams for extraction of alkaloids
Dr. Franziska Genzel, Forschungszentrum Jülich (Coordinator)

Seed Fund PREDIG - Modelling software to predict the enzymatic digestion of biomass
Dr. Partho Sakha De, HHU Düsseldorf / Dr. Philipp Grande, Forschungszentrum Jülich (Coordinator: Dr. Adélaïde Raguin, HHU Düsseldorf)

Boost Fund ValorCO2 - Gas fermentation with recombinant Cupriavidus necator for carbon-negative products (Pitch)
Dr. Paul R. F. Cordero, RWTH Aachen University (Coordinator)

Seed Fund LEDCyans - Phototrophic cultivation and online monitoring of Cyanobacteria in illuminated shake flasks (Pitch)
Leon Poduschnick, RWTH Aachen University / Andreas Nakielski, HHU Düsseldorf (Coordinator: Dr. Marcel Mann, RWTH Aachen University)


Panel discussion

Round table for further discussions (Foyer)


Lunch and posters


Report from the BioSC office

Education and early carreer


Session 3: Challenges in transfer, market entry & sustainability assessment

Moderator : Monika Hartmann, University of Bonn


Boost Fund SurfIn - Surface active biomolecules for the chemical industry
Dr. Till Tiso, RWTH Aachen University (Coordinator)

Boost Fund MK-ScaLoop - Towards an industrial-scale process for a biotechnological production of methyl ketones in a novel multiphase loop reactor
Andreas Schonhoff, Forschungszentrum Jülich (Coordinator: Diana Wall, RWTH Aachen University)

Boost Fund BioPlastiCycle - Transitioning bioplastics to the circular economy
Dr. Ali Abdelshafy, RWTH Aachen University (Coordinator: Dr. Benedikt Wynands, Forschungszentrum Jülich)

Boost Fund PepTechFruit - Peptide-based technologies prolonging fruit durability: Fighting food waste with advanced biotechnology (Pitch)
Dr. Alexander Minges, HHU Düsseldorf (Coordinator)

Seed Fund FABIOS - Farmers’ associations in a bioeconomy-related innovation system (Pitch)
Dr. Jochen Dürr, University of Bonn (Coordinator: Prof. Jan Börner, University of Bonn)


Panel discussion


Doctoral student competition - Pitches

Round table for further discussions - Session 3 (Foyer)

Doctoral competition award (Foyer)