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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

14.08.2023

Successful lecture series at RWTH Aachen University: "Meet the Circular Economy - Sustainable Innovation in Practice" started the second round

The lecture series "Meet the Circular Economy - Sustainable Innovation in Practice", held in cooperation with the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC) as co-organizer at RWTH Aachen University, successfully entered its second round in the summer semester 2023. In this event, students, experts and the general public gained insights into innovative concepts for sustainability and their practical implementation.

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26.05.2023

New recommendations of the German Bioeconomy Council

On 24 May, the German Bioeconomy Council handed over its recommendations for the implementation of the National Bioeconomy Strategy to BMBF and BMEL. Recommendations include, for example, sustainable land use, measures and innovations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a turnaround in raw material consumption and the creation of reliable framework conditions for sustainable innovations.

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23.05.2023

9th BioSC Forum on 17th May in Jülich

Around one hundred BioSC members gathered for the ninth BioSC Forum, the annual internal retreat, to exchange information about new developments research results. In addition to the presentation of all running projects within the NRW BioSC strategy project, there were presentations on successful further developments from previous BioSC projects as well as an overview of BioSC initiatives in the field of education and early career.

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22.05.2023

BioSC International Summer School 2023

The Summer School took place from 8-12 May at the Invention Center Aachen with participants from all over the world and lecturers from a wide range of disciplines. Numerous aspects of the topic of plastics were highlighted, from the extraction of various monomers from different bio-based resources, through polymerisation, to the degradation of the polymers and the recycling of the monomers.

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Topics

International BioSC Symposium 2023

6-7 November | Bonn

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8th NRW PhD Day "Future Bioeconomy"

25 October, 2023 | Düsseldorf

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Publications

Schonhoff, A., Stöckigt, G., Wulf, C., Zapp, P., Kuckshinrichs, W. (2023). Biosurfactants production with substrates from the sugar industry - environmental, cost, market and social aspects. RSC Sustainability, doi 10.1039/D3SU00122A  Bio2

Jafari, Y., Engemann, H., Heckelei, T., Hainsch, K. (2023). National and Regional Economic Impact of Changes in the Electricity Mix in Germany: A Dynamic Analysis up to 2050. Utilities Policy 82: 101583.  Transform2Bio

Jafari, Y., Linmei S., Kuhn, A., Heckelei, T. (2023). The national and regional impact of the EU bioeconomy strategies on the agri-food sector: Insights from Germany. German Journal of Agricultural Economics 72(2):73-90.  Transform2Bio

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Calls

KMU innovativ: Bioökonomie (BMBF)
October 15, 2023
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Transformation Monitor Bioeconomy 2022 (German)

Jobs

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Events

next event: 19.09.2023
online
19.09.2023 - 23.11.2023

Horizon Europe Cluster 6: Webinars und Workshops on proposal preparation

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Brussels
27.09.2023 - 28.09.2023

Horizon Europe Cluster 6 Information Event

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online
29.09.2023

FLuorescence EXplorer (FLEX) user seminar

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online
13.10.2023

FLuorescence EXplorer (FLEX) user seminar

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DECHEMA-Haus, Frankfurt
30.11.2023

Infoday Food Proteins from Biotechnology

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