According to UNO estimations, the world population is going to increase significantly from at present 7 billion to more than9 billion people by 2050. Simultaneously, the available agricultural area and grassland will decrease rapidly due to climate changes and soil degradation and fossil fuels will be exhausted in the foreseeable future. For these reasons, humankind will be confronted with great challenges and has to change its dealing with natural resources. Existing biological resources must be used by innovative processes more sustainably than before. Bioeconomy can significantly contribute to meeting these challenges. The basics of bioeconomy are the biotechnological research and the resulting innovations in the agricultural economy and the manufacturing sectors and all related services, which develop, produce and process or otherwise use the biological resources (plants, animals, microorganisms).

Plants are the central column of the bioeconomy, as they are the basis of all life. Photosynthesis provides the material basis on which our society is built on. Even today, we do not only depend on plants for our food and nourishment, but plants also provide the raw material for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries and are used as fuel.

The plant-based bioeconomy is one of the key industries 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 these social challenges of our time.


9th international bioeconomy conference

CliMetabolomics: Metabolomics dedicated to deciphering plant responses to climate change

CliMetabolomics is a Franco-German Research Workshop that aims to better understand the plasticity of plants and to develop sustainable plants adapted to climate change.

CliMetabolomics lasts two weeks in France (14th-18th June 2021) and in Germany (27th-30th September 2021). It consists of seminars, discussions and many practical courses. It is open to PhD students, post-docs and scientists who conduct research on plant metabolomics and who are interested in sustainability in the context of climate change.

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In the German Science Year Bioeconomy, Halle (Saale) hosts the Bioeconomy Week with two international conferences – the IAMO Forum 2021 (https://forum2021.iamo.de/bioeconomy-week-halle/) and the 9th International Bioeconomy Conference (https://www.bioeconomy-conference.de).

The International Bioeconomy Conference is one of the most important bioeconomy events in Germany, which annually brings together science and industry to discuss the latest developments and potentials in the field of plant-based bioeconomy. The motto is “Bio meets Economy – Science meets Industry”. The 9th Bioeconomy Conference (9 - 10 June) is jointly organized by ScienceCampus Halle and BioEconomy Cluster. This year, special attention is given to the countries of the Baltic Sea region.

The conference will be held online.

Synopsis of the status quo of the bioeconomy and its future developments Representatives from business, science, civil society and politics show how the bioeconomy faces global issues of the future. The ScienceCampus wrote the chapter "Plant-Based Bioeconomy" that deals with innovations, future visions and conflicting goals.

Promoted by:


National Research Strategy BioEconomy 2030

Spitzencluster BioEconomy

European Commission

The International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research

EuropaBio - the European Association for BioIndustries

Cooperations of the Leibniz Association with universities

FACCE JPI  - Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

Founding Members Associated Members
WCH-Founding Members WCH-Associated members