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.


Contributing to the Future - The ScienceCampus Halle will invest 1.2 million euros in pioneering bioeconomy research

The board of directors at the ScienceCampus Halle (WCH) will grant funding to joint research projects for the third time. A total of five projects will receive a total of 1.2 million euros in funding. The projects eligible for funding are in the areas of primary production and conversion. The projects will start in early 2019 at the latest and will help advance bioeconomy research in Saxony-Anhalt.

Continuing to promote what has been tried and tested

The WCH is already into its third round of funding. Currently seven very promising projects are underway as part of the second round of funding. The new application-oriented research projects are also joint projects. To be considered a joint research project, they must include at least two WCH members from Saxony-Anhalt and one industrial partner. This strategy moves the WCH closer to its goal of intensifying interdisciplinary cooperation between regional partners. At regular intervals the WCH tenders projects in the areas of plant production, processing and conversion, as well as social economics. 

When selecting the joint projects, the WCH looks at a range of different criteria, including interdisciplinary research, an innovative research plan with application potential, a high relevance for economic utilization, and the involvement of economic partners.

Research in an international framework

The ScienceCampus Halle realizes the necessity of research funding because it recognizes the chances it entails - funding is always an investment in the future. This is why research funding is also one of the main aspects of the 7th International Bioeconomy Conference entitled “Bio meets Economy – Science meets Industry”. The conference will once again be hosted by the ScienceCampus Halle and the BioEconomy Cluster Central Germany. It will take place at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle an der Saale on June 6 – 7, 2018.  It is one of the most important annual bioeconomy events in the country and is a gathering place for numerous renowned bioeconomy scientists and stakeholders, as well as representatives from the world of politics. The conference provides an overview of the opportunities and potentials of the bioeconomy, particularly in the region of Central Germany. Here funding possibilities are presented alongside renowned research.

The 7th International Bioeconomy Conference is jointly organized by the ScienceCampus Halle and the BioEconomy Cluster and will take place on June 6 – 7, 2018 at the Leopoldina in Halle. Registration and the conference program can be found at: www.bioeconomy-conference.de


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Dr Christian Patermann opens the conference (Photo: Michael Deutsch)

The 6th International Bioeconomy Conference: “White House of Science” brings scores of conference participants from industry to Halle

The 6th International Bioeconomy Conference took place on 10 and 11 May in Halle an der Saale. The event was organised by the ScienceCampus Halle – Plant-based Bioeconomy (WCH) and the Leading-Edge Cluster BioEconomy, and was held, for the first time, at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Dr Christian Patermann was the very special guest of honour.
The conference was opened on 10 May by Mr Patermann, who has played a decisive role in advancing bioeconomy research through his many years of dedicated work in the area of sustainable land use and food security, and through his tireless efforts as the former director of the European Commission. The “Father” of the European bioeconomy was whole-heartedly enthusiastic about the well-attended conference, which had 160 attendees, and the new venue, which he called “The White House of Science”.
A great response from industry
Professor Klaus Pillen from the ScienceCampus Halle and Horst Mosler, managing director of BCM BioEconomy Cluster Management GmbH, were also very pleased with the great response, particularly by industry. A considerably higher number of medium-sized companies signed up for the conference this year than last year. “It appears that the Leopoldina as a venue, France as a partner country, and the motto “Circular Bioeconomy” were very enticing for actors from the bioeconomy,” reckons Mosler, adding: “The networking dinner at the MoritzKunstCafé on the first day of the conference fully exceeded our expectations.” More than 50 participants heeded the invite to discuss conference topics in-depth and to network in the pleasant atmosphere afforded by the dinner. “Our concept of bringing together scientists and business people and creating synergies was a success,” Pillen concludes, remarking: “The evening actually produced new project ideas and resulted in the initiation of promising collaborations.”
A total of 24 speakers and seven chairmen from around Europe led participants through the sessions (1) aromas, fragrances and nutraceuticals, (2) cereals, (3) wood, and (4) plant-based oils, and ensured a lively exchange of ideas with and between the attendees.
Save the Date: The 7th International Bioeconomy Conference 2018
The International Bioeconomy Conference, first held in 2012 by the ScienceCampus Halle, is one of the most important bioeconomy events in Germany. Every year it brings together internationally renowned representatives from science and industry to share knowledge of the latest research findings, innovations and current developments on the bioeconomy markets. The same will happen again in 2018, when the 7th annual conference is held on 6 and 7 June.

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Dr Christian Patermann will open the 6th International Bioeconomy Conference in Halle

The 6th International Bioeconomy Conference will be held on 10 and 11 May at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle an der Saale.
In addition to numerous prominent scientists and renowned companies and trademark owners from Germany and Europe, a very special guest is also expected: Dr Christian Patermann, pioneer of the European bioeconomy and former director of the European Commission.
The conference has been held every year since 2012 by the ScienceCampus Halle – Plant-based Bioeconomy (WCH) and the Leading-Edge Cluster BioEconomy. It ranks among the most widely recognised bioeconomy events in the country, gathering together important scientific and industrial bioeconomy actors every year in Halle an der Saale.
“We are particularly pleased to have recruited Dr Patermann for our conference this year,” reports Horst Mosler, managing director of BCM BioEconomy Cluster Management GmbH, who explains: „Patermann is regarded as one of the most important trailblazers of the bioeconomy in Europe. His many years of commitment to sustainable land use and food security have enabled him to intensively advance bioeconomy research in Europe. He has also strongly promoted political and social interest in the bioeconomy in his previous role as the director of the European Commission and member of the Bioeconomy Council.”
“Circular Bioeconomy” – from aromas to plant oils
Despite retiring in 2007, Patermann remains an important and much sought-after advisor by institutions and the authorities on matters concerning the bioeconomy. He, along with Professor Jörg Hacker, president of the Leopoldina, Professor Ludger Wessjohann from the ScienceCampus Halle and Professor Matthias Zscheile from the Leading-Edge Cluster BioEconomy, will open the 6th International Bioeconomy Conference at 3 pm on May 10.
Following this, participants will take part in a two-day programme under the motto “Circular Bioeconomy”, with interesting lectures on the topics of (1) aromas, fragrances and dietary supplements, (2) grains, (3) wood and (4) plant-based oils.
Fruitful dialogue between industry and research
With the conference series, the initiators aim to successfully bring together industry and science and, through their selection of speakers, also explicitly address small and medium-sized companies. For example, Professor Frederic Bourgaud from the French University of Lorraine will increase the participants’ understanding about new technologies for producing natural plant-based raw materials. In addition to his research and teaching activities in the field of plant biotechnology, Bourgaud founded the company Plant Advanced Technology (PAT) in 2005 which develops research programmes for natural active substances and innovative technologies for producing plant-based substances for use in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and agrochemistry industries. “The company now employs 65 people and is a prime example of how scientific results can be effectively harnessed by industry,” remarks Professor Klaus Pillen from the ScienceCampus Halle, adding: “Therefore we cordially welcome SMEs to take advantage of the wealth of experience of successful bioeconomy actors, such as Professor Bourgaud, and to find out about local cooperation and funding opportunities in the area of the bioeconomy. The conference provides an ideal platform for establishing important contacts to science, and for discussing the potentials of one’s own production facilities, applications and solutions.” 
Further information can be found at www.bioeconomy-conference.de

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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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