Bioeconomy Science Center

A key prerequisite for the implementation of a knowledge-based bioeconomy and its related research is the integration of highly diverse research disciplines and the bundling of high-level scientific expertise and research infrastructures into a single integrated approach. The RWTH Aachen University, the Heinrich-Heine- University in Düsseldorf, the Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn and Forschungszentrum Jülich created a concept with all relevant science branches implemented in the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC) - a competence center for bioeconomy research and education in North-Rhine Westphalia.

Central topics at the BioSC include sustainable production of plants as food, feed or biomass, new bio-/chemocatalytic and biotechnological methods and processes as well as integrated biorefinery concepts for the conversion of renewable resources into valuable products such as fine chemicals, proteins, enzymes, biopolymers and biofuels. In addition, questions about the economic feasibility of bioeconomy and its social acceptance and implications are addressed. Close collaboration with industry partners accelerates the economic realization of research results. The BioSC initiates and participates in Bioeconomy networks on national, European and international level . It currently consists of 64 member institutes from the partner organizations with around 1600 co-workers.

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