According to UNO estimations, the world population is going to increase significantly from at present 7 billion to more than9 billion people by 2050. Simultaneously, the available agricultural area and grassland will decrease rapidly due to climate changes and soil degradation and fossil fuels will be exhausted in the foreseeable future. For these reasons, humankind will be confronted with great challenges and has to change its dealing with natural resources. Existing biological resources must be used by innovative processes more sustainably than before. Bioeconomy can significantly contribute to meeting these challenges. The basics of bioeconomy are the biotechnological research and the resulting innovations in the agricultural economy and the manufacturing sectors and all related services, which develop, produce and process or otherwise use the biological resources (plants, animals, microorganisms).

Plants are the central column of the bioeconomy, as they are the basis of all life. Photosynthesis provides the material basis on which our society is built on. Even today, we do not only depend on plants for our food and nourishment, but plants also provide the raw material for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries and are used as fuel.

The plant-based bioeconomy is one of the key industries of the 21st Century to secure the future provision of food, feed and renewable resources and to overcome the dependence on fossil fuels. The ScienceCampus Halle - plant-based bioeconomy (WCH) unites leading experts in the field of plant science, agricultural, economic and social sciences in order to meet these social challenges of our time.


Diversity and Innovation

The 28th of May was a memorable day in many respects: On the one side, transhal 2019, the 5th innovation day of Halle (“Hallescher Innovationstag”) which is organized by the MLU in cooperation with the city of Halle, attracted various visitors. On the other side, the Diversity Day was up on the agenda at the market place in Halle.

For the innovation day, more than 140 guests and numerous exhibitors enrolled. The ScienceCampus Halle – Pant Science Bioeconomy was also represented with a stall. A diversity of people including interested entrepreneurs, networkers, members of the university and graduates got into conversations with Dr. Anne-Laure Tissier and Ina Volkhardt from the ScienceCampus Halle, e. g. Mr. Peter Hinrichs from the Ministry of Economy, Science and Digitalization of the State Saxony-Anhalt.

Diversity was also in the focus in the city center: On the occasion of the Diversity day, two pavilions of all the Leibniz facilities located in Halle were stationed from 12am till 2 pm. The Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), the IAMO (Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), the Leibniz Institute of Plantbiochemistry (IPB) as well as the Leibniz ScienceCampus Halle – Plantbased Bioeconomy (SCH) invited to participate in various activities and a handed out a variety of give-aways – because research is as divers as the persons involved.

More information on transHAL and the Diversity Day you’ll find via the links..

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The 8th International Bioeconomy Conference opens its doors (photo: Michael Deutsch/Trendblende)

With challenge comes opportunity

The lecture hall at the Leopoldina is packed, with a few attendees standing up in the back. Nobody wants to miss the welcoming remarks of the 8th International Bioeconomy Conference. Professor Jutta Schnitzer-Ungefug, Secretary General of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, which is hosting the conference, refers to such global challenges as climate change, while Dr. Jürgen Ude, State Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Economics and Digitization, emphasizes the importance of an effective scientific infrastructure and the promotion of regional small and medium-sized enterprises.

“There are many opportunities to every challenge,” explains Andrea Noske, Head of Sustainable Economy; Bio-Economy at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Receiving much applause, she adds, “The future is shaped by all of us.”

The 8th International Bioeconomy Conference is taking place on May 13 and 14 at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle (Saale). In keeping with the motto “Bio meets Economy - Science meets Industry”, the ScienceCampus Halle and the BioEconomy Cluster Central Germany have organized the event as a way to exchange the latest research findings, innovations and current bioeconomic developments on the markets. The event is booked out, with more than 200 participants from over 15 countries attending the conference.

The partner region of this year's conference is South America - which is represented by more than 20 participants and speakers from countries such as Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica. The aim is to present and discuss the respective bioeconomy strategies and research priorities.

The date of the 9th International Bioeconomy Conference has already been set: on JUNE 17 - 18 2020, Halle will once again welcome numerous guests for an exchange of ideas about the bioeconomy. Further information can be found at https://www.bioeconomy-conference.de

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Steffie Lemke, Sylvia Pieplow and Dr. Anne-Laure Tissier in discussion.

The German Bundestag pays a visit

A visit at the ScienceCampus Halle – Steffie Lemke (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen), member of the German Bundestag, experienced herself the applied research at the ScienceCampus Halle – Plantbased Bioeconomy (SCH) at march 28th 2019.. The SCH was represented by the Leibniz Institite of Plantbiochemistry (IPB) during the stay. She was shown around by Sylvia Pieplow, head of the press and public relations department at the IPB, and was accompanied by Dr. Anne-Laure Tissier, coordinator of the SCH and this way got a close look at current topics in life science and bioeconomy. Numerous scientists presented their present work, e.g, the production of pink coral protein, the fight against drought stress via database analysis or aromas and flavours from plants – including a tasting of sweet leafes and tea. More information can be found here.

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National Research Strategy BioEconomy 2030

Spitzencluster BioEconomy

European Commission

The International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research

EuropaBio - the European Association for BioIndustries

Cooperations of the Leibniz Association with universities

FACCE JPI  - Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

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