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.


The MS Wissenschaft starts on July 30, 2020 in Münster with a diverse exhibition on the subject of bioeconomy. The WCH is represented on board the ship with two exhibits. On the one hand, there is a video for interested visitors about the research into the adaptation of crop plants to changing environmental influences and thus about the modern phenotyping system of the WCH member Leibniz Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben. On the other hand, another exhibit at the WCH can playfully deal with the debate about green genetic engineering.

The entire exhibition makes it possible to experience which approaches research offers today. It shows how new technologies and processes can help to produce, process and consume raw materials and products more sustainably in the future. The exhibition also addresses political and social issues relating to sustainable business practices, which arise primarily in a global context. The MS Wissenschaft is on board with the WCH until October 17 (Straubing).

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) designated 2020 and 2021 the Science Year of the Bioeconomy. Because scarcer resources and usable space with a simultaneously growing world population are just as big and global challenges as climate change and the decline in biodiversity. The question is: How can we live more sustainably, conserve resources and at the same time secure our standard of living? One answer could be that we are changing from a fossil resource-based economy to a sustainable, bio-based economy – the bioeconomy.

The Science Years are an initiative by the BMBF together with Science in Dialogue (WiD). As the central instrument of science communication, they bring research to the public and support the dialogue between research and society.

More information on the current year of science at https://ms-wissenschaft.de/.

The annual International Green Week took place in Berlin from January 17th to 26th, 2020. The Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) presented itself in the Saxony-Anhalt Halle at the joint science stand with the Competence Cluster for Nutrition and Cardiovascular Health (NutriCARD) and the ScienceCampus Halle - Plant-Based Bioeconomy (WCH).

The main focus of the general discussions at the Green Week this year was particularly the challenges of climate change for the agriculture and food industry as well as solutions for sustainable, resource-saving and environmentally friendly production processes. The WCH was able to give an important impulse by presenting the increase in biodiversity in the field as a partial solution. Using modern breeding methods, the variety of crops can be increased by crossing original ancestors of our crops. By crossing a variety of cultivated barley with 25 diverse wild barley at the MLU, particularly tolerant barley lines (HEB-25) were developed, which are characterized by high yield stability with abiotic stress factors such as drought and heat.

Accordingly, various types of barley ears, including a black one, could be examined by the numerous interested people. And of course there was also a tasting at the food fair. The red colored shortcut pastry cookies from the ScienceCampus Halle were baked from wheat containing anthocyanin, the so-called purple wheat. An old grain that naturally contains the red plant pigment anthocyanin, which is considered to be health-promoting.

In total, the IGW had every year around 1,750 exhibitors from 61 countries and 400,000 trade fair and congress visitors from 75 countries.

Find the right career path and be successful

The ScienceCampus Halle offers following workshops:

  • How to find your job on the German non-academic labour market
  • Blast your fussy mind - entrepreneurship as career option
  • Third-party applications for one´s own position in the postdoc phase
  • Reserch Data Management
  • Intellectual property rigths and alternative forms of protection
  • How to use networking advantage


Postdocs can register per email (anne-laure.tissier@sciencecampus-halle.de) until 21st February 2020.

The registration is free of charge.

The number of participants is limited to 15.

Workshop attendees can register for one of the other workshop individually. Priority will be given to registrations for the whole week.


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