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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