Research • Educate • Connect
Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

Research • Educate • Connect
Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

7th International BioSC Symposium

Bio-based solutions for a sustainable economy

         November 6-7, 2023 | LVR Landesmuseum, Bonn

The International BioSC Symposium, a platform for inter- and transdisciplinary exchange for a sustainable bioeconomy, again covers a broad range of content this year. Experts from academia and industry, civil society and politics are invited to discuss current topics and developments, from primary production and the development of new products and concepts to sustainability assessment and societal transformation.


Registration is open!

Registration Deadline: 20 October 2023


Call for Poster Abstracts

We are pleased to invite participants to submit poster abstracts on recent results of their interdisciplinary bioeconomy research. The best posters will be awarded a poster prize.

Submission Deadline: 15 October 2023



Montag, 6. November 2023


Registration & Light Lunch




Keynote Lecture



Session I

Challenges for sustainable primary production

Innovations to foster sustainability in global agri-food systems
Jorge Sellare, Center of Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, DE

Ecological challenges for sustainable primary production
Thomas Kastner, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt/Main, DE

New biochars for the improvement of agricultural soils (NewBIAS)
Nina Siebers, Forschungszentrum Jülich/BioSC, DE


Posters & Coffee


Session II

Sufficient, healthy, eco-friendly – Meeting future food demands

Alternative protein perspectives – between promise and reality
Hans-Jürgen Danneel, Institute for Life Science Technologies ILT.NRW, TH Ostwestfalen-Lippe, DE

Sustainable Plant Oil Alternatives from Corn Residue: Substrate Utilization, Scaling and Research Landscape (NextVegOil)
Katharina Miebach, RWTH Aachen University/BioSC, DE

Innovative technical approaches for regional value chains in the fruit and vegetable sector
Kerstin Pasch, DIL German Institute of Food Technology, DIL Office Brussels, BE


Panel discussion


Networking Dinner

Dienstag, 7. November 2023


Greetings from Ministries

Sonja Brandt, Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, DE

N.N., Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, DE (tbc)


Keynote Lecture

Synthetic Biotechnology as a tool for development of circular bioprocesses
Thomas Brück, Technical University of Munich / German Bioeconomy Council


Session III

Constructing, clothing, packaging New bio-based materials

COMP0LIVE - Towards automotive application of new fibres and biocomposites
Inga Wehmeyer, Thomas Baranowski, Ford Research and Innovation Center Aachen, DE

Technical validation of lignins for textile applications (LignoTex)
Sascha Schriever, RWTH Aachen University/BioSC, DE

Paper-based packaging - challenges and opportunities for circularity
Markus Biesalski, Technical University of Darmstadt


Posters & Coffee


Session IV

Teaming up with biology Next-generation chemistry

Large-scale production of wood-based chemicals: Experience and perspectives
Gerd Unkelbach, UPM Biochemicals, Leuna, DE

Surface active molecules for the chemical industry (SurfIn)
Till Tiso, RWTH Aachen University/BioSC, DE

CO2 and Light: The future resources in chemical manufacturing?
Sandy Schmidt, Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy, NL


Poster Award


Closing Remarks


Farewell Lunch


The symposium will take place at the LVR Landesmuseum Bonn, Colmantstraße 14-16, 53115 Bonn. The venue is within walking distance of Bonn's main train station and city center.


Participants are asked to book their own accommodation in Bonn. There are a number of reasonably priced hotels in the downtown area of Bonn.


For more information about the symposium, please contact the BioSC office via