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

10.08.2017

PhD Training Day 2017

Application for the PhD Training Day "Discussing (in) Science – Basics of Interdisciplinary Communication and Collaboration" is open know. The workshop will take place on November 29th in Cologne in frame of the BioSC Forum.

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21.07.2017

2. BioSC Spotlight: Alternative paths of utilisation of the streaky Silphie

On the 1st of September, 2017 a BioSC Spotlight about the low-input plant Silphie takes place at Campus Klein-Altendorf in Bonn. BioSC scientists and external experts will present their latest results and discuss current developments regarding cultivation and utilisation of Silphie. The event will be in German. Registration is open!

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20.07.2017

18. BioSC Lecture „Inspired by nature - Development of sustainable flavour modifiers“

The BioSC lecture on "Inspired by nature - Development of sustainable flavour modifiers" will be given on the 4th of August 11.30 am at Forschungszentrum Jülich by Dr. Jakob Ley, Director Ingredient Research Flavour & Nutrition at Symrise AG. Dr. Ley is group leader for the development of aroma and taste modulation compounds.

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20.07.2017

Poster Call for the 2nd BioSC Symposium

In frame of the 2. International BioSC Symposium "Towards an Integrated Bioeconomy" we are happy to announce a poster call. Submit your poster before August 15th with the main topics “Socioeconomic Perspectives within a Sustainable Bioeconomy”, “Innovations for Plant Production and Resource Management” und “Green Value Chains ‐ Processes and Products from Biomass”.

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06.06.2017

The bioeconomy is supported increasingly by federal and countries

The German Bioeconomy Council invites federal state representatives to exchange information

Numerous federal states promote the development of the bioeconomy with their own programmes and initiatives. Politics and science representatives of ten federal states met at the invitation of the German Bioeconomy Council in Berlin. In addition to, federal bioeconomy strategies specific for country, regional and land-covering research groups as well as social dialogue were the centre of focus. Besides, it becomes clear: The bioeconomy in Germany is already strong due to the network of the national and regional initiatives, but improved understanding is necessary.

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06.06.2017

New tender for the Supervision Award

Tender for the Supervision Award

This year again, BioSC will award young researchers. With the BioSC Supervision Award, the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC) is thus awarding young academics for special achievements with regard to the quality of their supervision of doctoral students in the BioSC Core Groups.

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01.06.2017

Seven million Euros for a sustainable bioeconomy in NRW

Compentences covering a wide range of scientific disciplines from biology, engineering to economy and social sciences will be combined within the three so called "FocusLabs" to foster a sustainable bioeconomy in NRW. FocusLabs were established within the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC).

(Foto Copyright: RWTH Aachen/ Alexander Vogel)
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31.05.2017

BioSC Excursion Project :metabolon Material conversion | Recycling management | Environmental technology

The next BioSC excursion for PhDs will take place on 12 July 2017. 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 number of participants is limited.

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Topics

Submit your poster before September 8th!

In frame of the 2. International BioSC Symposium "Towards an Integrated Bioeconomy" we are happy to announce a poster call. Posters should address one of the following sessions:

(1) Socioeconomic Perspectives within a Sustainable Bioeconomy
(2) Innovations for Plant Production and Resource Management
(3) Green Value Chains - Processes and Products from Biomass

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FocusLab AP3

Advanced Pulping for Perennial Plants: A holistic and sustainable integrated lignocellulose biorefinery concept

The Focus lab AP³ aims to establish a novel biorefinery concept for a sustainable processing of perennial biomass grown on marginal soils and fractionated efficiently by the OrganoCat technology. The Focus lab combines worldwide leading expertise in plant biology, chemical & process engineering as well as economy in respect to social implications. AP³ will increase the potential of perennial plants by establishing and combining new varieties and management strategies coupled to advanced breeding and ameliorating their biomass processability.

Project leader: Dr. Holger Klose, Institute for biology I, RWTH Aachen University

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FocusLab Bio²

Integration of next generation biosurfactant production into biorefinery processes

In the spirit of a sustainable bioeconomy, the Biosurfactant Biorefinery (Bio2) project aims at the development of a biorefinery process for the production of next-generation biosurfactants rhamnolipids (RLs) and mannosylerythritol lipids (MELs) with recombinant strains of Pseudomonas putida and Ustilago maydis, respectively. Interdisciplinary cooperation of seven core groups will provide a well-founded basis to establish novel and innovative solutions addressing cutting-edge process development on multiple levels.

Project leader: Dr.-Ing. Lars Regestein, AVT - Aachener Verfahrenstechnik, RWTH Aachen

 

 

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FocusLab CombiCom

Combinatorial creation of structural diversity for novel high-value compounds

Reinforcing the change of paradigm from synthetic chemistry to sustainable microbial production, CombiCom will thus exploit secondary metabolite pathways to deliver natural compounds and further extend these structures by exploring the non-natural chemical space beyond. We will pursue an integrated approach by joining forces of experts in biology, chemistry and engineering to create synthetic biology-tailored microbial chassis allowing for the sustainable production of novel high-value compounds, which will be evaluated for their anti-phytopathogenic activity and pharmaceutical potential.

Project leader: Dr. Anita Loeschcke, Institute of Molecular Enzyme Technology of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf located at Forschungszentrum Jülich

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Publications

Van Tassel, DL, Albrecht, KA, Bever, JD, Boe, AA, Brandvain, Y, Crews, TE, Gansberger, M, Gerstberger, P, González-Paleo, L, Hulke, BS, Kane, NC, Johnson, PJ, Pestsova, EG, Picasso Risso, VD, Prasifka, JR, Ravetta, DA, Schlautman, B, Sheaffer, CC, Smith, KP, Speranza, PR, Turner, MK, Vilela, AE, von Gehren, P and Wever, C (2017) Accelerating Silphium Domestication: An Opportunity to Develop New Crop Ideotypes and Breeding Strategies Informed by Multiple Disciplines. Crop Science 57(3): 1274-1284.  

Meurer, RA, Kemper, S, Knopp, S, Eichert, T, Jakob, F, Goldbach, HE, Schwaneberg, U and Pich, A (2017) Biofunktionale Mikrogel-basierte Dünger zur kontrollierten Blattdüngung mit Nährstoffen auf Pflanzen. Angewandte Chemie. doi 10.1002/ange.201701620.

Terfrüchte, M., Reindl, M., Jankowski, S., Sarkari, P., Feldbrügge, M., Schipper, K. (2017) Applying Unconventional Secretion in Ustilago maydis for the Export of Functional Nanobodies. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 18(5), 937.

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Calls

Bio-Based Industries: Call for Proposals 2017 (EU)

7th of September 2017 

The main focus of this Joint Technology Initiative is on the transformation of non-edible parts of plants (e.g. wood, agricultural and forestry residues) and biodegradable wastes into bio-based products and biofuels.

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Technologie-Initiative Bioraffinerien (BMBF)

23. October 2017

Gefördert werden FuE-Projekte , die Lösungsansätze für eines der drei folgenden Themenmodule bieten:

Modul 1: Verfahren, Technologien und Produkte der Primärraffination;
Modul 2: Verfahren, Technologien und Produkte der Sekundärraffination;
Modul 3: Nutzungskonzepte für anfallende Koppel- und Nebenprodukte.

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Events

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next event: 01.09.2017
Campus Klein-Altendorf, Bonn
01.09.2017
BioSC EVENT

2. BioSC Spotlight

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Stuttgart-Hohenheim
12.09.2017 - 13.09.2017

2. BioEconomy Congress Baden-Württemberg

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Cologne, Maternushaus
27.11.2017
BioSC EVENT

4th BioSC Forum

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Cologne, Maternushaus
28.11.2017
BioSC EVENT

2nd BioSC Symposium

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Cologne, Maternushaus
29.11.2017
BioSC EVENT

PhD Training Day

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