During the first day (23.06) regional experts will present the status of bioeconomy in the central Germany region and the chances for its development. Presentations from bio-based industry representatives will highlighting the technological innovation and research advances, while pointing out the needs for further development. Other best cases examples outside the region will be shared as well to inspire new possibilities and cooperation within regional actors. The agenda will close with a podium discussion about the opportunities at sight to tackle possible regional challenges.

The second day will be the chance of regional stakeholders to interact with other attendants and shape the discussion of regional bioeconomy during the Workshop session “Overcoming regional bioeconomy challenges”. The workshop seeks to build on the collective knowledge of all participants to - bio-based sectors and stakeholders groups involved in the regional bioeconomies – to come out with proposals about potential measures to take in order to overcome bioeconomy implementation challenges. That includes issues of cooperation between the stakeholders, policy limitations, escalation of technology innovations and reediness in the region to support the development of strong bio-based value chains, with market uptake of generated bio-based products.


How to overcome the challenges of regional bioeconomy?

Implementing strategic measures to overcome current regional bioeconomy challenges.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Symposium – Bioeconomy in Central Germany region



9:00 – 9:15

Opening and Welcome

Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum

Dr. Nora Szarka

9:15 – 9:25

Keynote speaker: The German Bioeconomy Strategy and its political relevance

Projektträger Jülich – on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany.

Dr. Dieter Konold

9:25 - 9:30Interaction with attendants

9:30 – 9:45





Bioeconomy in Central Germany – “Status quo”

Bioeconomy Cluster e.V

Prof. Dr. Matthias Zscheile

A short overview of the bioeconomy in the three regions conforming the Central Germany region (Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thuringia), follow by best cases of innovation and industry in the region.


Best business and innovation cases:

What are the factors that have played a role to impulse the regional bioeconomy initiatives? 

What steps ahead should be given to strengthen regional value chains and consolidate the bio-based economy?

These questions will be approach by looking at several regional best cases, through different bio-based value chains in industrial and applied research innovations in the Central German region. Sharing with other EU-regions the progress on areas such as, biochemical, biomaterials, bioenergy and food-feed products. This will open the discussion of the conference towards the measures to overcome current regional bioeconomy challenges throughout EU regions.

9:45 - 10:00

Amynova Polymers GmbH

Bernhard Sack, Managing Director.

Since its foundation in 2006 by Dr. Käsebier, Amynova Polymers develops innovative processes for the homogeneous modification of starches and flours. These biopolymers have various innovative properties and can be used, for example, as barrier-forming coatings in packaging papers or as biological adhesives to increase the efficiency of crop protection products in agricultural applications. New product development for other areas of application such as coating packaging papers, encapsulation of active ingredients in cosmetics, human and veterinary medicine, new waterproof coatings for wood, buildings and metals as well as innovative adhesives are being driven forward.  Currently the products from Amynova Polymers are listed in the FiBL list (Research Institute of Organic Farming) and therefore approved for organic farming. So far successful in rapeseed, corn, cereals, peas, potato, asparagus, greens, wine and fruits.

10:00 - 10:20

Madebymade GmbH  

Jonas Finck, Founder

The SME based in Leipzig, Saxony has achieved a high-quality, industrially produced insect protein that serves as a substitute for fish meal and soya from the larvae of the "black soldier fly". The larvae of this fly offers excellent conditions for obtaining the protein converting almost all organic residues into high-quality proteins and fats. These high-quality, sustainably obtained substances can be produced cost-effectively on an industrial scale and can thus be used worldwide as a recycling source of residual materials and as a source of animal protein.

10:20 - 10:40

Technical University Dresden – Chair of timber engineering and construction design

Prof. Dr. Ing. Peer Haller

Fibre-reinforced shaped wood profiles and shells. An innovative process developed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peer Haller, Dipl.-Ing. Jörg Wehsener and Dipl.-Ing. Sonja Ziegler from the Technical University of Dresden, winner of the German High Tech Champions Award of 2013.

By compressing the wood cell structure, the boards become very elastic and load bearing - they do not break as easily as conventionally worked wood. In addition, they can be reinforced with synthetic fibres afterwards, making them even more stable and weatherproof. This opens up a wealth of new areas of application in construction and architecture, in lightweight construction and plant engineering as well as in transport and design.

10:40 - 11:00

Qmilkfiber (Biomaterials)

Dr. Anke Domaske, Founder

QMILK is a pioneer in sustainable production of fibres and cosmetics based only on renewable raw materials and non-consumable milk proteins. The company strives for sustainable production, without any chemical additives and low use of water and energy. The milk used as raw material is collected from old, sour milk or un-used by-products that would be completely discarded in any other case.

11:00 – 11:15

Short coffee break

11:15 – 11:25

Interaction with attendants  

11:25 – 11:40

MoreBio – Model region of the bioeconomy. Analysing and preparing structural changes in coal regions: Tapping the potential of new value creation for the development of strong bioeconomy regions.

Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum

Martin Graffenberger -  Romy Brödner

11:40 – 11:55

Best case example of circular bioeconomy – Ecospray: R&D and registration of biobased plant protection products

Dr. Murree Groom


Key sustainability issues for implementing bioeconomy regions – A series of bioeconomy networks have been assessed from an integrated life cycle perspective. We will discuss the key aspects for implementing the bioeconomy at a regional level.

Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ

Dr. Alberto Bezama

12:05 – 12:10

Interaction of attendants.

12:10 – 13:00

Panel discussion – Challenges of bioeconomy acceleration at regional level

Moderator: Dr. Alberto Bezama, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ



  • Prof. Dr. Lotze-Campen, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
  • Mr. Joachim Schulze, Chairman of the Bioeconomy Cluster e.V board
  • Mr. Flavio Conti, Policy officer at the European network for rural development (ENRD)

12:50 – 13:00

Final words – closure of the event.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Workshop: Overcoming regional bioeconomy challenges.



9:00 – 9:10

Opening and Welcome

Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum

Nora Szarka – Laura García

9:10 – 9:15

Prepared interaction with attendants

9:15 – 9:30

Key Note speaker: Overcoming the challenges of bioeconomy regions


National Biomass Association – Bulgaria

Prof. Dr. Anna Aladjadjiyan

9:30 – 11:00





Workshop session – Overcoming regional bioeconomy challenges based on collective experiences and knowledge.

Goal: Discuss with attendants specific type of measures to overcome the diverse challenges of regional bio-based value chains. Identifying the effectivity of regional bioeconomy strategies as a coordination tool for the required impulse measures.

Target group: regional administration representatives, bio-based industries of all sizes including SMEs and start-ups, investors, academia, R&D+i.

Expected results:A list of priority strategic actions to boost the regional bioeconomy and overcome current collective challenges at the level of industry, market entry of bio-based products, cooperation between research and industry, legislative restrictions, between others.

Equally, the discussion between stakeholders will serve to identify best cases for the application of a regional bioeconomy strategy, as well as good examples of regional bioeconomy impulse through other regional mechanisms.

11:00 – 11:15

Short coffee break

11:15 – 11:35

Summary of workshop results and conclusions

Moderator: Laura García

11:35 – 11:45

Feedback of workshop session

11:45 – 12:00

Final words – closure of the event.