Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

3rd International BioSC Symposium

Towards an Integrated Bioeconomy

November 12-13, 2018 | Gustav-Stresemann-Institut | Bonn, Germany

Meeting the Grand Societal Challenges and successfully implementing a sustainable bioeconomy requires the contribution of various stakeholders and research disciplines. Basic, applied and industry-oriented research including the natural, agricultural, engineering and economic sciences have to be bundled into a systemic integrative approach. At the 3rd International BioSC Symposium, experts from academia and industry discuss recent results and new developments for a sustainable bioeconomy from different points of view.

 Photos: Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, RWTH Aachen University, Fotolia

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External guests and BioSC members present their interdisciplinary projects in the following sessions and complementary poster presentations.

  • Session I: Socioeconomic Perspectives within a Sustainable Bioeconomy
    Socioeconomic analysis of bioeconomical developments (raw materials, processes and products) linked to markets, politics and society, as well as strategies or concepts for a successful implementation of an economically, ecologically and socially sustainable bioeconomy.

  • Session II: Innovations for Plant Production and Resource Management
    Interdisciplinary, sustainable and visionary concepts, that allow for resource-preserving and environmental-friendly enhancement of plant performance, adaptation of quality to the respective utilization pathway and minimization of yield and post-harvest losses.

  • Session III: Green Value Chains ‐ Processes and Products from Biomass
    New value chain concepts, promising products and solutions for the processing of biogenic raw materials, modular (bio-) transformations, downstream processing and integrated biorefinery concepts for the holistic and sustainable utilization of biomass.

  • Complementary Poster Presentations
    The Call for Poster Abstracts is open! Abstracts can be submitted until September 30, 2018 (prolonged deadline!).


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Monday, 12th November 2018


Welcome and Introduction
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr, Forschungszentrum Jülich/ BioSC



Dr. Michael Carus, nova-Institut, Hürth
Latest developments and outlook on bioeconomy, bio-based builing blocks and polymers

Prof. Dr. Pierre Monsan, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Toulouse
From biosciences to bioproduction: The success of TWB

Bioeconomy Innovations in North Rhine-Westphalia

Session Chair:
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwaneberg, RWTH Aachen University/ BioSC



Tuesday, 13th November 2018


SESSION I: Socioeconomic Perspectives within a Sustainable Bioeconomy

Dr. Neus Escobar, University of Bonn
Modeling and measuring global impacts of bioeconomic transition

Prof. Dr. Thomas Dietz, University of Münster
Governance of the bioeconomy

Dr. Chad Baum, University of Bonn/ BioSC
Insights into the emergence and acceptance of synthetic biology and  its related products

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Jan Börner, University of Bonn/ BioSC


Coffee break


SESSION II: Innovations for Plant Production und Resource Management

Prof. Dr. Iain Donnison, Aberystwyth University
Grasses as industrial feedstocks in the bioeconomy

Prof. Dr. Shawn D. Mansfield, University of British Columbia
Developing trees for the bioeconomy in the post-genomic era

Dr. Silvia Schrey, Forschungszentrum Jülich/ BioSC
Plant-soil feedback in extensive cultivation of Sida hermaphrodita on marginal soils

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Markus Pauly, HHU Düsseldorf/ BioSC


Poster Lunch


SESSION III: Green Value Chains - Processes and Products from Biomass

Dr. Stephan Noack, Forschungszentrum Jülich/ BioSC
Towards sustainable hybrid production of precursors and high-value compounds

PD Dr. Ulf Prüße, von Thünen Institute, Braunschweig
Bio- and chemo-catalyzed conversion of carbohydrates to bio-based chemicals

Dr. Timo Johannes Koch, Pfeifer & Langen GmbH & Co. KG / Savanna Ingredients GmbH, Elsdorf
Sugar without calories - expanding a traditional value chain with biotech to solve a society problem

Session Chair: Dr.-Ing. Jörn Viell, RWTH Aachen University/ BioSC


Poster Award


Closing Remarks
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr, Forschungszentrum Jülich/ BioSC



Registration is open. Please register until 15th October 2018 using the corresponding following link:

Registration for BioSC members

Registration for external guests

The participation in the conference is free of charge.

The symposium takes place at the conference hotel of Gustav-Stresemann-Institut, Langer Grabenweg 68, 53175 Bonn.

We kindly ask participants to book an accomodation in Bonn by themselves. If you need help, please contact the BioSC Office. We have access to a limited hotel room contingent until 1st October.


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