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Common pioneers of the Bioeconomy

The ScienceCampus Halle – plant-based bioeconomy and the Cluster BioEconomy are two associations whose stakeholders are working on the basics of the bio-based economy. Both not only are situated in the German Federal State Saxony-Anhalt, but are direct neighbors on the WeinbergCampus of the city of Halle / Saale. The ScienceCampus mainly is working on a bio-economic basic research for agriculture. In the Leading Edge Cluster BioEconomy industrial partners and research institutions are working on bio-based value chains based on the renewable raw material wood.

ScienceCampus Halle - Plant-Based Bioeconomy

The plant-based bioeconomy is one of the key approaches 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 the social challenges of our time like climate change, imminent food scarcity and widespread diseases. As the ultimate priority the WCH has set for itself the interdisciplinary collaboration of the four regional Leibniz Institutes with the corresponding establishments of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and other non-university partners from research and industry. The targeted intensification of cooperation between external and university research mainly aims to promote academic excellence in research and teaching.

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BioEconomy Cluster Central Germany

The BioEconomy Cluster in Central Germany is a value added cluster that focuses on the integrated material and energetic use of non-food biomass to generate materials, chemicals, innovative products and energy. A unique feature of the cluster is the cross-sectoral formation of value chains (e.g. the timber and forestry industry, the chemical and plastics industry, and the energy sector) and integration into an established chemical region. The cluster region is home to 40% of Germany’s beech wood stock – a key renewable raw material.
Cluster members and partners are currently working on concepts surrounding biomass supply and on the development, upscaling and industrial use of production processes. The network of more than 70 industrial companies and research institutions was one of five winners of the 3rd round of the Leading Edge Cluster Competition held by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Since early 2014, combining chemistry and bioeconomy has also been an inherent part of Saxony-Anhalt’s new lead market strategy.

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