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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


BioSC publishes „Transformation Monitor of the Bioeconomy 2022“ (in German)

The „Transformation Monitor of the Bioeconomy 2022“ (in German), published on August 12, 2022, presents societal perspectives on the bioeconomy. The focus is on the opportunities and challenges of the transformation to a sustainable bioeconomy for various social groups, particularly in the Rheinische Revier region. The brochure bundles results from the BioSC FocusLab Transform2Bio, which is headed by Prof. Dr. Sandra Venghaus.


Fourth Lecture "Meet the Circular Economy": Sustainability in the Construction Sector

The fourth lecture "Meet the Circular Economy" focused on sustainable construction of the future. Prof. Sandra Venghaus welcomed Klaus Dosch, managing director of Rescore GmbH and head of the agency Faktor X, and Ivan Mallinowski, managing director of the company Containerwerk, who presented innovative concepts for determining resource efficiency and for using disused overseas containers as residential and office units.


Presentation of the Christian Patermann Award 2022 to Sandra Venghaus and Till Tiso

The Bioeconomy Science Center has since 2014 granted the Supervision Award to young scientists among its members for outstanding achievements in supervising doctoral students. Since 2021, the €25,000 prize is awarded as the Christian Patermann Award and honors the founder of the knowledge-based bioeconomy in Europe. The namesake himself awarded this year's prize on May 11 jointly to Prof. Sandra Venghaus (RWTH Aachen/Forschungszentrum Jülich) and Dr. Till Tiso (RWTH Aachen).


Start of the lecture series "Meet the Circular Economy"

On April 7, the first public lecture series "Meet the Circular Economy - Sustainable Innovation in Practice" took place at RWTH Aachen University. After the introductory lecture by Prof. Sandra Venghaus, speakers from the nova-Institut and Covestro presented examples of sustainable approaches in companies. Further dates of the lecture series will take place from May to July.


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International Forum Bioeconomy in honor of Christian Patermann

The BioSC organized the International Forum "Bioeconomy - a multidimensional concept in a world of change" on August 22, 2022 at the Bonner Universitätsforum on the occasion of the 80th birthday of Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Patermann, the "father" of the bioeconomy.

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International BioSC Symposium 2022

On 23 August, the International BioSC Symposium was held as a face-to-face event for the first time since 2019. Four lecture sessions with national and international speakers covered a broad spectrum of integrated bioeconomy research.

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7th PhD Day "Future Bioeconomy"
"Scaling the Bioeconomy: Limitations, Challenges, Solutions"

After six successful NRW-wide PhD Days on the topic of "Future Bioeconomy", this year the 7th NRW PhD Day will again take place as a full-day attendance event on 20 October 2022.

October 20, 2022 | Düsseldorf



Kuhn T., Möhring N., Töpel A., Jakob F., Britz W., Bröring S., Pich A., Schwaneberg U., Rennings M. (2022). Using a bio-economic farm model to evaluate the economic potential and pesticide load reduction of the greenRelease technology. Agricultural Systems 201, 103454. Transform2Bio

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KMU-innovativ: Bioökonomie (BMBF)
October 15, 2022
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Bioökonomie International 2022 (BMBF)
December 14, 2022
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Transformation Monitor Bioeconomy 2022 (German)


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next event: 20.10.2022
Düsseldorf, Germany

7th NRW PhD Day on "Future Bioeconomy"

07.03.2023 - 08.03.2023

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