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.


Global Bioeconomy Summit

The Global Bioeconomy Summit is the first community building platform to discuss bioeconomy policies globally. This summit builds on the post 2015 development goals to start a multilateral agenda setting process for a sustainable bioeconomy. For this purpose the German Bioeconomy Council invites more than 500 leaders from policy, research, industry and civil society to Berlin. Here you find further information.

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WCH tenders new collaborative research projects

The ScienceCampus Halle – Plant-based Bioeconomy (WCH) tenders up to ten collaborative research projects from July 1, 2015. This funding is intended to strengthen the interdisciplinary collaboration of regional partners of the WCH in the research field of plant-based Bioeconomy. At least two member institutions of the WCH must therefore cooperate for an application. Collaborative projects can be applied to the three research pillars plant production, processing/ conversion and socioeconomics. Interdisciplinary connections between research pillars and the involvement of industry partners are encouraged. Until March 31 the applications can be submitted. Further information and the application forms can be found here:

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ScienceCampus Halle enters into second funding period

Due to a current selection decision of the Leibniz-Association the ScienceCampus Halle – Plant-Based Bioeconomy (WCH) can continue its work for additional four years. The regional cooperation is jointly sponsored by the Leibniz-Association, the Land of Saxony-Anhalt and the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU).

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Promoted by:


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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