Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

4th International BioSC Symposium

Towards an Integrated Bioeconomy

18th-19th November 2019 | Maternushaus | Cologne

On 18 and 19 November 2019 the 4th International BioSC Symposium took place in Cologne with about 180 participants. The speakers' contributions covered a broad spectrum from research to product development and market launch and reflected very different expertise and points of view. In addition to the presentations, 49 posters, three of which received awards, were points of contact for intensive scientific discussions. The conference once again demonstrated the need for an integrated approach to bioeconomics and provided a platform for interdisciplinary scientific discussions and future collaborations.


Montay, 18th November 2019


Welcome and Introduction
Ulrich Schurr, Forschungszentrum Jülich / BioSC



The role of bioclusters in the transition towards a bioeconomy
Frans Hermans, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Halle/Saale

Strategies, concepts and cooperation for bioeconomy research at BOKU
Josef Glössl, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

Opportunities for a sustainable economy from renewable resources
Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA


Poster Session




Session I: User experience and user-centered design methods in the bioeconomy

Lean Startup: Operationalizing Lean Startup Capability and testing its performance implications
Rainer Harms, University of Twente

Generating new business-model insights through user-centered approaches
Michael Wustmans, University of Bonn / BioSC

User-centered design and creative prototyping as means towards responsible and sustainable technology design
Tiina Kymäläinen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Espoo

World Café

Session Chair: Chad M. Baum, University of Bonn / BioSC


Poster Session


Session II: Innovative concepts for green value chains

Novel lignocellulosic value chains – Sustainable solutions for a developing bioeconomy
Moritz Wagner, University of Hohenheim

The role of shared pilot facilities in the development of green value chains
Karel De Winter, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Ghent

The moment durable plastics became too durable for this world
Stefaan De Wildeman, University of Maastricht / b4plastics, Maasmechelen

Pseudomonas biotechnology: Fom bulk to high-value products
Nina Ihling, RWTH Aachen University / BioSC
Anita Loeschcke, HHU Düsseldorf / BioSC

Session Chair: Dörte Rother, RWTH Aachen University / Forschungszentrum Jülich / BioSC


Poster Award


Conference dinner

Tuesday, 19th November 2019



Transforming the society by the implementation of bioeconomy through textiles materials, processes and products
Thomas Gries, RWTH Aachen University / BioSC


Session III: BioSC meets friends: Excellence clusters in North Rhine-Westphalia

PhenoRob – Robotics and Phenotyping for Sustainable Crop Production
Cyrill Stachniss, University of Bonn

CEPLAS: Cluster of Excellence of Plant Sciences
Andreas Weber, HHU Düsseldorf / BioSC

The Fuel Science Center
Bastian Lehrheuer, RWTH Aachen University


Session IV: (Regional) Implementation of the bioeconomy: Concepts, products, best practice examples

Raw material change in the plastic industry – Thermoplastic materials based on renewable resources from TECNARO
Michael Schweizer, TECNARO GmbH, Ilsfeld

The concept of a rural bioeconomy – analysis and assessment of exemplary value chains
Johannes Rupp, Institute for Ecological Economy Research, Berlin

BioökonomieREVIER – Development of a regional bioeconomy strategy for the Rheinische Revier
Christian Klar, Forschungszentrum Jülich / Modellregion BioökonomieREVIER Rheinland / BioSC

Stakeholders and their discourses - The example of the bioeconomy transformation of the Rheinische Revier
Sandra Venghaus, Forschungszentrum Jülich / BioSC

Session Chair: Christian Klar, Forschungszentrum Jülich / Modellregion BioökonomieREVIER Rheinland / BioSC


Closing Remarks