Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy


From plants to pilot plant - Holistic process development in a sustainable bioeconomy
Using the example of perennial plants for integrated biorefineries

BioSC International Summer School 2019
September 9-13, 2019
Forschungszentrum Jülich

Pictures: Forschungszentrum Jülich, RWTH Aachen University


The change from a petroleum based to a more sustainable and bio-based economy necessitates the development of novel concepts to maintain for example the supply of raw materials and energy. Biorefinery concepts for the valorization of lignocellulosic biomass to value-added compounds are promising alternatives to secure economic prosperity combined with ecological and social responsibility. To develop a biorefinery process fulfilling these requirements, a holistic process development is necessary, which considers the whole process chain from plants to production plant.

The international summer school aims to interdisciplinary train talented young researchers, raise their awareness, and create a deeper understanding of a sustainable bioeconomy. The program will cover the whole process starting with sustainable plant biomass production followed by examples for fermentation concepts and downstream processing. In addition, substrate analytics and economic evaluation will be taken into account. Besides keynote presentations, the program will be designed interactively, including exercises and case studies on the different topics covered to give hands-on practice in this highly innovative field of future bio-based process development.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Sustainable plant biomass production
  • Building up the refinery
  • Determining lignocellulose
  • Socio- und techno-economics
  • Case studies


Registration will be opened soon!