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Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

Research • Educate • Connect
Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

Final workshop on the BioSC FocusLab Transform2Bio

"Integrated Transformation Processes and their Regional Implementations:
Structural Change from Fossil Economy to Bioeconomy"

December 1, 2022 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | Forschungszentrum Jülich |  Lecture hall, Central library
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In the Rheinische Revier, the largest contiguous lignite mining area in Europe, a structural change has been initiated by the German government's decision to phase out coal in 2019, which offers a unique opportunity to shape regional implementation options towards a sustainable bioeconomy. The accompanying necessary transformations of existing resource systems, value networks, business models, infrastructures and governance systems formed the thematic framework for the BioSC FocusLab Transform2Bio.

From 2019 to 2022, the regional characteristics and strengths of the Rheinische Revier were analysed, possible transformation paths towards a sustainable bioeconomy were developed and the possibilities of involving various social groups were investigated. Valuable insights into regional transformation processes can be derived from the results. At the concluding workshop on December 1st, 2022, the results of all work packages were presented and discussed with external guests.



09:30 Registration
10:00 Welcome and Introduction
Sandra Venghaus, Forschungszentrum Jülich / RWTH Aachen
10:15 Keynote
Denise Gider, Forschungszentrum Jülich / Koordinierungsstelle BioökonomieREVIER Rheinland

Session 1: Framing the Sustainable Bioeconomy

The concept of bioeconomy in research and public debate: From knowledge economy to sustainability strategy
Sophia Dieken, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Bioeconomic transformation at regional scale: Understanding drivers and identifying potentials
Jochen Dürr, University of Bonn

Questions & Answers

11:30 Coffee break

Session 2: Stakeholder Profiling and Visioning

Farmers in the transformation: Explaining the adoption of crop-diversity
Mirko Dallendörfer, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Companies – technologies, strategies and networks
Anna Waßenhoven / Simon Ohlert, Ruhr University Bochum (formerly University of Bonn)

Exploring citizens‘ and consumers‘ acceptance of bio-based innovations
Janine Macht, University of Bonn

Questions & Answers

12:45 Lunch

Session 3: Transformation Trajectories and Assessment

Assessing selected bioeconomy adaptations across scales
Saskia Wolff / Till Kuhn / Yaghoob Jafari, University of Bonn

Designing bio-based supply chains in North Rhine-Westphalia
Ali Abdelshafy, RWTH Aachen

Regional transformation trajectoriesand the perspectives of stakeholders
Florian Siekmann / Pia Hilgert, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Questions & Answers

14:45 Coffee break

Impulse lecture: Future Research Needs
Ann-Kathrin Wagner, Biocampus Straubing

15:20 Closing Remarks
Sandra Venghaus, Forschungszentrum Jülich / RWTH Aachen
  Visit of the "BioökonomieMOBIL"
Anke Krüger, Koordinierungsstelle BioökonomieREVIER Rheinland