Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

3rd NRW PhD Day "Future bioeconomy"

October 31, 2018 | Lindner Congress Hotel | Düsseldorf


After two successful  NRW-wide PhD days on “Future Bioeconomy” the place and date of the third are fixed now: October 31st , 2018 in Düsseldorf. The focus of this event is the perception and description of the bioeconomy aspect in the industry. Representatives of bioeconomy-oriented companies will present their definition and perspective of bioeconomy in plenary talks. The invited speakers will cover the spectrum from Startups over small and medium sized companies to large scale industry.

The PhD students will have the unique chance to discuss these topics with the industry representatives in a world-café format in the afternoon.


Registration is closed.


Preliminary Agenda

08:45 Registration
09:30 Welcome and introduction
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr, IBG-2 Pflanzenwissenschaften, Forschungszentrum Jülich/ BioSC
09:40 Opening remarks MRin Dr. Christiane Fricke, Ministry of Culture and Science NRW, Department Science

Session I: Value added chains in agriculture (e.g. in breeding, cultivation and phenotyping)

09:50 Industry talk 1 Dr. Frank Röber, Corteva Agrisciences/DowDuPont
10:20 Industry talk 2 Dr. Grégoire Hummel, Phenospex
10:50 Coffee break

Session II: Molecules and active compounds: Biotechnological production and use

11:10 Industry talk 3 Dr. Peter Welters, Phytowelt
11:40 Industry talk 4
Daniel Grünes, Aquila Biolabs
12:10 Industry talk 5
Dr. David Schönauer, SeSaM Biotech
12:40 Lunch break

Session III: „Meet Bioeconomy Industry“: Bioeconomy World-Café

Discussion partners for all World-Café sessions are the morning speakers, Dr. Günter Strittmatter (IBR consulting) and Prof. Ulrich Schurr (BioSC/IBG2). Coffee and some snacks will be available between the sessions.

13:50 Introduction Prof. Dr. Ingar Janzik, IBG-2 Pflanzenwissenschaften, Forschungszentrum Jülich/ BioSC
14:00 World-Café Session 1
14:45 World-Café Session 2
15:30 World-Café Session 3
16:15 Closing remarks Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr, IBG-2 Pflanzenwissenschaften, Forschungszentrum Jülich/ BioSC




"Future Bioeconomy" 2. PhD Day NRW

Successful 2nd NRW-wide PhD Day "Future Bioeconomy"

Networking event for young researchers interested in bioeconomy.

What is bioeconomy and what are the career possibilities within this modern and interdisciplinary professional field? These questions were in focus of the 2nd PhD Day NRW “Future Bioeconomy” that took place on 1st of December in Bonn. The event was jointly organised by six different scientific institutions from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), who offer a graduate training programme on a topic related to bioeconomy. The goal of this meeting was to gather young scientists from different scientific fields and locations in NRW, providing them a frame for networking and discussions about future career paths in the bioeconomy. Around 50 PhD students from Aachen, Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Jülich and Münster came together in Bonn.

The event was opened by Prof. Ulrich Schurr (IBG-2 Pflanzenwissenschaften, Forschungszentrum Jülich) who gave a general introduction about bioeconomy and its social relevance resulting in first discussions with the audience. Prof. Michael Feldbrügge (Institute for Microbiology, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf) supplemented the first session with a report about his research projects in the context of a sustainable bioeconomy. He sees research as a driving force for a successful bioeconomy. The thematic focus changed in the second session of the event and was directed towards career opportunities in the field of bioeconomy. The invited guests Dr. Christian Dumpitak (iGRAD, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf), Charles van der Haegen (Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives) and Dr. Wilfried Blümke (Evonik Technology & Infrastructure GmbH) reported about their own as well as about alternative career paths in the field of academia, entrepreneurship and industry followed by an interactive panel discussion with the audience. The poster session and the final get-together provided further possibilities for deeper discussions. Based on first feedback from the participants the 2nd PhD Day NRW “Future Bioeconomy” was an interesting and useful information event and a stepping stone towards the establishment of an own scientific network.

01. December 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hotel Königshof | Adenauerallee 9 | 53111 Bonn

Connect with other young scientists and learn more about alternative career opportunities in the bioeconomy!

Discuss with experts from industry and academia about your personal career development!

Present your PhD work in a poster and win an award!

To foster the implementation of a sustainable bioeconomy the expertise of different research fields and scientific disciplines is needed. The aim of this event is to crosslink doctoral students in NRW and to inform about interesting career paths in the  academic and industrial sector.

We invite all interested doctoral students to attend the 2nd state-wide PhD-Day "Future Bioeconomy"

Register here

(Registration will be open until 24th of November 2017)