The 7th International Bioeconomy Conference of the ScienceCampus Halle - Plant-based Bioeconomy (WCH) and the Leading-Edge Cluster BioEconomy took place in Halle on the Saale on June 06th and 07th. For the second time this year, the organizers invited participants as well as the well-known EU commissioner for bioeconomy Dr. Ing. Waldemar Kütt to the Leopoldina, the National Academy of Sciences.
Great response from the business community
Professor Klaus Pillen from the ScienceCampus Halle and Prof. Dr. Zscheile, Managing Director of BCM BioEconomy Cluster Management GmbH, were pleased with the great response, especially from the business community. Thus, significantly more medium-sized companies had registered for the conference compared to last year. "With the Leopoldina as the venue, Scandinavia as our partner region and a pioneer in the bioeconomy field and the exciting five thematic complexes, we were obviously able to provide a great incentive for actors in the bioeconomy," says Professor Pillen, adding, "the networking dinner on the first day of the conference is one of many highlights that exceeded our expectations by far.
"More than 100 participants followed the call to deepen conference topics in a pleasant atmosphere. "Our concept of bringing scientists together with entrepreneurs and creating synergies has worked out well," Prof. Zscheile concludes, adding that "in the course of the evening, new project ideas were actually created and promising collaborations were initiated, which is also our main task in the Bioeconomy Cluster".
In total, 35 speakers and seven chairmen from across Europe conducted sessions (1) Socio-Economic Issues of the Bioeconomy, (2) Challenges and Chances within the Forest-based Bioeconomy, (3) Plant Productivity for a Growing Bioeconomy (4) The Pathway to Success with Biotech Products and (5) Research Highlights funded by the BMBF and ensured a lively exchange with and among the participants.
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The International Bioeconomy Conference, which was launched by the ScienceCampus Halle in 2012, is one of the most important events in the bioeconomy in Germany and annually brings together renowned international representatives from science and industry for a joint exchange on the latest research results, innovations and current developments in the bio-economy market. For example, in 2019, when the conference will be in its eighth round on 13th and 13th of May.
Photos: Michael Deutsch