This was our 3rd Doctoral Colloquium BIOENERGY!

The 3rd Doctoral Colloquium BIOENERGY took place on 17th and 18th September 2020  as a virtual web conference. The patron of the event is Professor Dr.-Ing. Daniela Thrän, Head of the Bioenergy Systems Department at the DBFZ, Head of the Bioenergy Department at the UFZ (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ), and chair holder for Bioenergy Systems at the University of Leipzig.

The event aimed at improving the quality of the entire bioenergy research field in Germany, as well as at enhancing its visibility for the broader scientific community. The program committee was responsible for the selection of the contributions. It was assisted by the Scientific Advisory Board, which comprises more than 40 renowned bioenergy scientists from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Norway.


The European Union is committed to achieving climate neutrality by 2050, with the European Green Deal as instrument for steering progress towards climate protection and a more sustainable economy. To meet these targets, transformative action is needed by all sectors. Thanks to its versatility, bioenergy supports greenhouse gas emissions abatement, fosters the integration of renewable energy in a smart way, and extends the value chains of the bioeconomy.

Although the bioenergy research on European level is already very advanced, the diverse and high-level research on this topic is currently lacking networking and visibility. For this reason, it is highly important to bring together future researchers, industry leaders and policy makers early on to share knowledge, discuss research gaps and challenges. Simultaneously networking between scientific institutions that are already intensely involved in bioenergy research, needs to be extended.

Addressing that demand, the Doctoral Colloquium BIOENERGY was initiated in 2018. Since then, it not only serves as a platform for junior scientists to gain further qualification, but also provides them an opportunity for networking and scientific exchange. Doctoral researchers from both universities and other research institutions present and discuss their latest results and advancements.


The Doctoral Colloquium BIOENERGY covered every part of the biomass conversion chain, from the feedstock to different conversion pathways and their technological implementation, up to the resulting products and services. Furthermore, the necessary system analyses and measures for system integration were addressed.

Theme fields (inter alia)

  • Sustainable resource base
  • Bioenergy system analysis (incl. technical integration)
  • Thermochemical conversion
  • Biochemical conversion
  • Biorefineries / Biofuels

Language of the event

The event language was English. All accepted posters were presented during a poster speed presentation.

Target Group

The Doctoral Colloquium provides junior and senior scientists engaged in biomass research with a platform for professional exchange. Generally, students doing their PhD in the field of bioenergy are eligible.