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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


Start of the lecture series "Meet the Circular Economy"

For the third time in a row, the public lecture series "Meet the Circular Economy" is taking place at RWTH Aachen University this summer semester, headed by Prof. Dr. Sandra Venghaus and supported by the BioSC and others. At the kick-off event on April 15, Dr. Wulf Klöckner (Covestro) and Dr. Lisa Weigand (Mitsubishi Chemical Group) spoke about circular economy in the chemical industry.


Successfull 10th BioSC Retreat

More than one hundred BioSC members gathered for the tenth BioSC Forum, the BioSC's annual internal retreat, on March 12, 2024. In numerous project talks, poster presentations, panel discussions and round tables, there were many opportunities to exchange ideas about ongoing BioSC projects and activities and further developments. There was also an overview of BioSC initiatives in the field of education and early careers. This area also included the doctoral student competition, which was held for the first time and awarded doctoral students' ideas for networking with ongoing BioSC projects.


BioSC/JPSS Lecture by Dirk Prüfer on Russian dandelion as a rubber source

The 30th BioSC Lecture took place on March 11, 2024 at Forschungszentrum Jülich, in cooperation with the Jülich Plant Science Seminars. Prof. Dr. Dirk Prüfer (University of Münster / Fraunhofer IME) gave a comprehensive overview of the path from the discovery of the Russian dandelion to its industrial use as a rubber source.


9th BioSC Spotlight "The Bioeconomy of Wood"

Wood as an innovative resource and material was in the focus of the 9th BioSC Spotlight on March 5, 2024 at the NGP2 Center for Next Generation Processes and Products at RWTH Aachen University. In an auditorium of around 50 persons, scientists from the BioSC and external experts discussed current developments for a wood-based bioeconomy.


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EU Commission`s Knowledge Center for Bioeconomy publishes recommendations from foresight workshops

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Figure: Seed Fund 3.0 PREDIG

New web application for simulation of biomass saccharification

As overall goal of the BioSC Seed Fund 3.0 project PREDIG, the team led by Dr Adélaïde Raguin (HHU Düsseldorf) has successfully developed a Web Application to simulate biomass saccharification, that is now online available and published in the Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal.

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Gauthier, C, Lavoie, S, Kubicki, S, Piochon, M, Cloutier, M, Dagenais-Roy, M, Groleau, M-C, Pichette, A, Thies, S and Déziel, E (2024). Structural characterization of a nonionic rhamnolipid from Burkholderia lata. Carbohydrate Research 535: 108991.   DesignR/SurfIn/ResPuTra

Langletz, T, Grande, PM, Viell, J, Wolters, D, Tonn, J, Klose, H, Schriever, SG, Hoffmann, A, Jupke, A, Gries, T and Herres-Pawlis, S (2024). Toward a Greener Bioeconomy: Synthesis and Characterization of Lignin–Polylactide Copolymers. Advanced Energy and Sustainability Research 5(2): 2300187.   LignoTex

Tiso, T, Welsing, G, Lipphardt, A, Sauer, DF, Chi, Z, Blank, LM and Hayen, H (2024)Proposal for a systematic naming convention for liamocins. Journal of Surfactants and Detergents n/a(n/a).   SurfIn


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Förderprogramm Industrielle Bioökonomie (BMWK)
Deadline for project outlines: March 1 and June 30, 2024
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ZukunftBIO.NRW - 3. Förderrunde (MWIKE)
Deadline for project outlines: June 30, 2024
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Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (Horizon Europe)
Deadline: September 18, 2024
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Generation (B)ioeconomy

Research plus mentoring in BioSC - Funded by the Marga and Walter Boll Foundation

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