Bioeconomy Science Center: Establishing a sustainable bioeconomy

The change from an oil-based to a bio-based society requires new and innovative solutions. Developing these is the goal of the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC) research association. Four research institutes work hand in hand to design market-appropriate and sustainable concepts and approaches and train qualified professionals. In doing so, BioSC receives significant support from the "NRW strategy project BioSC".

Whether food, raw materials, chemicals or fuels, almost all products require large quantities of natural or finite resources during their production cycle. In order to reduce the associated CO2 emissions and develop more sustainable methods based on organisms and biological processes, the Forschungszentrum Jülich research centre, RWTH Aachen University, the University of Bonn and Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf are all pulling together in the Bioeconomy Science Center research association.

Engine for progress:

  • development of solutions for the conversion from an oil-based to a bio-based economy
  • training of highly qualified professionals
  • encouraging resource efficiency and savings

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Photo: BioSC

Four research institutes are working hand in hand to draft marketable and sustainable designs and train qualified experts. For example, at the HHU (Heinrich Heine University) in Düsseldorf, a photo bioreactor is being used in research on algae to monitor the living conditions for the organisms.

Research and Training

The Bioeconomy Science Center is an umbrella project for a number of research projects. For example, the researchers are examining potential ways of reducing the use of pesticides and fertilisers as well as CO2 and nitrous oxide emissions in the agricultural production process. The cultivation and use in production of non-conventional biomasses that do not compete with food and fodder cultivation are being investigated. In addition to research, training in the bioeconomy field is an important part of the project. This involves encouraging interdisciplinary training and multidisciplinary collaboration by working on projects in multidisciplinary teams. By illuminating the various added-value networks and the results of projects from different angles, a holistic view and approach emerges.

Networking and commercial implementation

The Bioeconomy Science Center places great value on networking the sub-projects. Cross-project workshops and annual events are held, where the research projects present their findings and can discuss them with each other. Economic efficiency and suitability for practical application are tested through close cooperation with partners in practice. By establishing a knowledge-based and sustainable bioeconomy, NRW can limit dependence on natural resources and reduce their imports, thus increasing economic independence.

Photo: Nick Wierckx

“BioSC allows me to implement my own scientific ideas and designs and to promote talented young scientists in the process. I find it particularly important that the projects are contextualized in current problems such as climate change. So I love my job.”

Dr. Nick Wierckx, Senior Scientist at the Institute of Applied Microbiology

Partners and sponsors

  • Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC),
  • RWTH Aachen
  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  • Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung (MIWF)