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


Happy Christmas and a nice holiday season!

We would like to thank all BioSC members as well as our national and international partners for their engagement and good cooperation during the last year. We are looking forward to meeting you again in 2019 to continue the discussions about the concept of an integrated bioeconomy at several BioSC events.


Winner of this years Supervision Award 2018/19

The Supervision Award 2018/19 goes to Dr. Anita Loeschcke from the Institute of Molecular Enzyme Technology of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and the leader of the BioSC FocusLab CombiCom.


Successful 3rd International BioSC Symposium

On 12-13 November 2018, the 3rd International BioSC Symposium took place in Bonn, attended by around 170 participants. The event was opened by MinR`in Andrea Nooske from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. National and international speakers from academia and industry presented recent results and new developments for a sustainable bioeconomy. Besides the oral presentation, 48 posters, three of which were awarded, initiated lively discussions.


Well visited 5th BioSC Forum

The BioSC Forum 2018 took place on November 12 at the conference hotel of Gustav-Stresemann Institute in Bonn with around 130 participants. All projects funded in the frame of the NRW Strategy Project BioSC in 2018 were presented. Moreover, four Core Groups presented their bioeconomy activities beyond the NRW Strategy Project. Dr. Anita Loeschcke, HHU Düsseldorf, received the BioSC Supervision Award 2018.


3rd NRW-wide PhD Day

The third NRW-wide Doctoral Students Day, this time on the subject “Future Bioeconomy” with around 70 participants at the Lindner Congress Hotel Düsseldorf, was again a great success. The main focus was perception and representation of the bioeconomy in industry. Following keynote speeches in the morning, there was opportunity for direct and intensive exchange between representatives of bioeconomy-oriented companies and doctoral students within small groups in the afternoon.


4th BioSC Spotlight "Plant performance: News strategies for crop protection"

The fourth event in the “BioSC Spotlight“ series took place in Aachen on October 29, 2018. Scientists from academia and industry held a total of eight specialist lectures. The 47 participants took the opportunity for intensive discussion.


You can find an overview of all news articles here.


5th BioSC Spotlight

“Moving the BioEconomy from mind to market – how can technology and innovation management research contribute?”

February 4th, 2019, Bonn



Schreiber, C, Schiedung, H, Harrison, L, Briese, C, Ackermann, B, Kant, J, Schrey, SD, Hofmann, D, Singh, D, Ebenhöh, O, Amelung, W, Schurr, U, Mettler-Altmann, T, Huber, G, Jablonowski, ND and Nedbal, L (2018). Evaluating potential of green alga Chlorella vulgaris to accumulate phosphorus and to fertilize nutrient-poor soil substrates for crop plants. Journal of Applied Phycology.

Loeschcke, A, Dienst, D, Wewer, V, Hage-Hulsmann, J, Dietsch, M, Kranz-Finger, S, Huren, V, Metzger, S, Urlacher, VB, Gigolashvili, T, Kopriva, S, Axmann, IM, Drepper, T and Jaeger, KE (2017). The photosynthetic bacteria Rhodobacter capsulatus and Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 as new hosts for cyclic plant triterpene biosynthesis. PLoS One 12(12): e0189816.  

Kessenbrock, M, Klein, SM, Muller, L, Hunsche, M, Noga, G and Groth, G (2017). Novel Protein-Protein Inhibitor Based Approach to Control Plant Ethylene Responses: Synthetic Peptides for Ripening Control. Front Plant Sci 8: 1528. 

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ERA-NET ERA MIN 2 „Ressourceneffiziente Kreislaufwirtschaft – Optimierte Produkt- und Stoffkreisläufe“ (BMBF)

January 31, 2019  (first phase)

Das ERA-NET ERA-MIN 2 ergänzt die nationalen Förderaktivitäten im Bereich der Rohstoffeffizienz und Kreislaufwirtschaft.
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ERA-NET Bioenergy / BESTF3 Joint Call for R&D Proposals 2018/19

Januar 29, 2019 (first phase)

In this joint call, ERA-NET Bioenergy and BESTF3 aim to fund innovative, transnational research, development and innovation (R&D&I) projects in the field of bioenergy.
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March 19, 2019  (first phase)

Im Rahmen des ERA-Net Cofund FACCE SURPLUS werden transnationale Forschungsprojekte auf dem Gebiet der Biomasseproduktion und der Biomassetransformation gefördert.
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UMSICHT Science Award

Deadline: March 31, 2019

The UMSICHT Friends and Patrons Group honors people  who support the dialog between science and society through their work.
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next event: 16.01.2019
16.01.2019 - 06.03.2019

CrossBEE - Massive Open Online Course "Biobased products for a sustainable (bio)economy"


Farm & Food 4.0 - digital impact along the value chain


5th BioSC Spotlight "Moving the BioEconomy from Mind to Market"

Torino, Italy

Emphasis on the International Year of Plant Health

Gatersleben, Germany
18.03.2019 - 20.03.2019

15th Gatersleben Research Conference - on Applied Bioinformatics in Crops

20.03.2019 - 21.03.2019

Global Food Summit 2019

09.04.2019 - 10.04.2019

German Biotech Days

08.05.2019 - 09.05.2019

BioMAT 2019: European Symposium & Exhibition on Biomaterials and Related Areas