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Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

Research • Educate • Connect
Towards 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


Prof. Daniela Thrän gives the 25th BioSC Lecture

The 25th BioSC Lecture took place as part of the Jülich Biotec Day 2021. Prof. Dr. Daniela Thrän, Chair of the Bioeconomy Council of the Federal Government, highlighted the opportunities and difficulties in establishing a sustainable bioeconomy.


arte Documentary on the Bioeconomy

How can a petroleum-based market economy be converted to renewable resources? This and other questions are addressed in the arte documentary "Die grüne Revolution (The Green Revolution)". One of the projects it highlights is the initiative BioökonomieREVIER.

The documentary can be viewed via the arte media library. It will next be broadcast on television on Saturday, October 23.

Photo: iStock/Andreas Vittig

Start of new model paper factory in Düren: Research for climate-neutral paper production

In the next few years, the "Modellfabrik Papier" will be set up in Düren with the help of structural funding. The aim of the cooperation project with academic institutions and companies is to make paper production in Germany climate-neutral by 2050. Among the cooperation partners are member institutes of the BioSC. On 9 September, the project was presented as part of the first museum dialogue at the Papiermuseum Düren.


BioökonomieREVIER and BioSC at the „75 years of NRW“ citizens' event

On August 28 and 29, a citizens' event celebrating the 75th anniversary of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia will take place in Düsseldorf, focusing, among other things, on the topic of the bioeconomy. BioSC will be represented in a „Tiny House“ of the initiative BioökonomieREVIER.


MS Wissenschaft with bioeconomy exhibition docks in North Rhine-Westphalia

On its second tour as part of the Bioeconomy Science Year 2020/21, the exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft will be traveling for three weeks in North Rhine-Westphalia. On board is the exhibit "Algae Flipper", an exhibit in which the BioSC is involved. After Oberhausen and Krefeld, the ship will stop in Düsseldorf, Monheim, Wesseling and Königswinter.


You can find an overview of all news articles here.


During the Science Year 2020/21, the concept of bioeconomy with all its potentials and challenges can be experienced. Information on events, projects and much more can be found here: www.

RWTHextern & BioSC

Lecture series in the Bioeconomy Year of Science (in German)

RWTH Aachen University, October/November 2021


Save the date!

Webinar: Status and Future of Bioeconomy Education
- Learning from EU projects -

November 4 and 5, 2021 | 9 h -13 h

&  November 19, 2021 | 9 h -13 h


Animal farming as a discontinued model

Where will the meat of the future come from?

October 28, 2021 | 17 - 19 h


Pupils` Symposium at Science College Haus Overbach, Jülich

Together with the initiative BioökonomieREVIER and the Science College Haus Overbach, the BioSC has developed a pupils` symposium on the topic of the bioeconomy.

28/29 October 2021


BioDENKER Innovation Award for Startups

We are looking for innovative business models for more sustainability, bioeconomy and circular economy. The prize money for the 1st place is € 10,000. The winners will be determined via live voting at the 3rd Wirtschaftsformum BioökonomieREVIER on December 1.

Closing date: October 31, 2021


Ellis, L. D., N. A. Rorrer, K. P. Sullivan, M. Otto, J. E. McGeehan, Y. Román-Leshkov, N. Wierckx and G. T. Beckham (2021). Chemical and biological catalysis for plastics recycling and upcycling. Nature Catalysis 4, 539–556

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INTERREG Project Circular-BIO
Max. project duration 6 months;
latest end of project March 3, 2022
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G-BiB Competition (Global Biobased Businessplan Competition)
October 31, 2021
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REGION.innovativ (BMBF)
November 15, 2021
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KI-Anwendungshub Kunststoffverpackungen – nachhaltige Kreislaufwirtschaft durch Künstliche Intelligenz (BMBF)
December 15, 2021 (Project outline)
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REGULUS - Regionale Innovationsgruppen für eine klimaschützende Wald- und Holzwirtschaft (BMBF)
January 31, 2022
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Neue Produkte für die Bioökonomie (BMBF)
February 1, 2022
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10 years BioSC:
The anniversary brochure


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next event: 28.10.2021

Tierhaltung als Auslaufmodell

28.10.2021 - 29.10.2021

Pupils`Symposium Bioeconomy

Düsseldorf, Germany & virtual

CIRCULAR-BIO Annual Conference

04.11.2021 - 05.11.2021

Webinar: Status and Future of Bioeconomy Education - Learning from EU projects

Düsseldorf, Germany & virtual
01.02.2022 - 02.02.2022

CLIB International Conference

Reims, France
28.06.2022 - 01.07.2022

Plant BioProTech