Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

2nd BioSC Symposium

Towards an Integrated Bioeconomy

On 28th November 2017 (Attention! Date shifting!), the second international BioSC symposium "Towards an integrated Bioeconomy" takes place in Cologne. Participants will be international scientific experts from all relevant disciplines, as well as stakeholders from politics and industry.

The conference focuses on research related to the successful implementation of a sustainable knowledge-based bioeconomy built on the integration of scientific expertise in various disciplines. All relevant disciplines need to explore the full potential of renewable resources to develop solutions for the Grand Societal Challenges.

External scientists and BioSC members present between 9:00am up to 6:00pm their interdisciplinary research projects reflecting bioeconomy topics from different points of view in the following sessions and complementary poster presentations. Additionally, for the first time, the newly established BioSC FocusLabs highlight their promising research activities for the integrated bioeconomy in NRW:

  • Session I: Cornerstones of an Integrated Bioeconomy in NRW
    Recently started BioSC FocusLabs highlighting key research activities within the BioSC.

  • Session II: 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 III: 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 IV: 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.

  • Poster Session
    You are kindly invited to submit poster abstracts. Further information are provided in our Call for Poster Abstracts







Prof. Ulrich Schurr

FZ Jülich, BioSC


Key note: New enzymes and conversion processes, creating higher value products, can unlock the full potentials of the biomass

Prof. Lene Lange

Technical University of Denmark


Coffee Break

SESSION I: Cornerstones of an Integrated Bioeconomy in NRW


AP³ - Advanced Pulping for Perennial Plants: A holistic and sustainable integrated lignocellulose biorefinery concept

Dr. Holger Klose

RWTH Aachen, BioSC


Bio² - Integration of next generation biosurfactant production into biorefinery processes

Georg Wandrey

RWTH Aachen, BioSC


CombiCom - Combinatorial creation of structural diversity for novel high-value compounds

Dr. Anita Loeschcke

HHU Düsseldorf, BioSC








Lunch Break

SESSION II: Socioeconomic perspectives within a sustainable bioeconomy


Quo vadis Bioeconomy? Some case examples of the future potentials

Dr. Johanna Kohl

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland





S2B-BioEcon - Assessing Science to Business (S2B) Technology Transfer in the emerging Bioeconomy (BioSC – White Paper)

Laura Borge

University of Bonn, BioSC

SESSION III: Innovations for plant production und resource management


Fire blight resistance in apple breeding – how to screen

Dr. Annette Wensing

Julius Kuehn Institute (JKI)


PrimACs - Priming-Active Compounds for Plant Protection

Dr. André Müller

RWTH Aachen, BioSC





POSTER-SESSION and Coffee Break

SESSION IV: Green value chains - processes and products from biomass

16:30 PectiLyse - Activation of intrinsic enzymes for degradation of plant biomass side-streams

Markus Müller

RWTH Aachen, BioSC

16:50 New solutions for the production of rhamnolipids, promising biosurfactants

Dr. Eric Déziel

Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Canada

17:10 Use of agricultural residues for production of biofuels and platform chemicals

Dr. Michael Zavrel

Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH

17:30 Closing remarks

Prof. Ulrich Schurr

FZ Jülich, BioSC


Get together with snacks and drinks

Registration is open. Please register until 3rd November 2017 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 Maternushaus in Cologne. Room reservations are possible via or 0221-1631-0.

Directions to Maternushaus


For further information regarding this conference, please contact the BioSC office via