ELLS Scientific Student Conference 2016: Biobased Economy for a Sustainable Future

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  • The Uni­ver­sity of Hohen­heim invites all stu­dents of ELLS mem­ber and part­ner uni­ver­si­ties to the ELLS Sci­en­tific Stu­dent Con­fer­ence 2016 tak­ing place at the Uni­ver­sity Hohen­heim in Stuttgart, Ger­many on Novem­ber 1112, 2016. The con­fer­ence car­ries the main theme “Bio-​Based Econ­omy for a Sus­tain­able Future”.


    The bioe­con­omy or bio-​based econ­omy is a new model for indus­try and econ­omy that is seen as a chance to switch from an econ­omy based on the use of fos­sil raw mate­ri­als to a new, inno­v­a­tive and sus­tain­able econ­omy based on bio­genic resources.

    A bio-​based econ­omy will reduce our depen­dency on fos­sil fuels and help us to meet some of the major chal­lenges that humankind is fac­ing in the begin­ning of this cen­tury: Secur­ing global nutri­tion, devel­op­ing bio-​based energy car­ri­ers, pro­tect­ing the cli­mate and the envi­ron­ment and con­serv­ing bio­log­i­cal diversity.

    Bioe­con­omy includes all eco­nomic sec­tors which use bio­log­i­cal resources such as plants, ani­mals, and micro-​organisms. Agri­cul­ture, forestry, the food indus­try, but also parts of the chem­i­cal, energy, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, cos­metic, and tex­tile indus­tries are part of bioe­con­omy. The term “bioe­co­nom­ics” des­ig­nates a type of eco­nom­ics that is knowledge-​based, inno­v­a­tive, and sus­tain­able. The top­ics of ade­quate food sup­ply and a bal­anced diet are part of bioeconomy.

    Bioe­con­omy is a broad field and requires inter­dis­ci­pli­nary exper­tise in addi­tion to the dis­ci­pli­nary approach. Agri­cul­tural, nat­ural, busi­ness, eco­nomic, and social sci­ences work on all facets of Bioe­con­omy. In this way, a holis­tic approach is cre­ated that includes the entire value chain.

    Keynote Speakers

    • Prof. Dr. Andreas Pyka – Eco­nom­ics Insti­tute, Uni­ver­sity of Hohen­heim, Germany
    • Athena Birken­berg, MA – Chair of Social and Insti­tu­tional Change in Agri­cul­tural Devel­op­ment (490c), Uni­ver­sity of Hohen­heim, Germany
    • Lilli Scheit­erle, MA – Bio­mass­Web Project, Uni­ver­sity of Hohen­heim, Germany

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    The subtopics for the ELLS Sci­en­tific Stu­dent Con­fer­ence 2016 reflect the trans– and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary way of think­ing that is needed for this new eco­nomic model. Bach­e­lor and Mas­ter stu­dents of ELLS uni­ver­si­ties are invited to sub­mit abstracts of their research projects or the­sis that address any of the fol­low­ing the­matic questions:

    • Secur­ing world­wide food sup­ply In a nut­shell: What is Bioeconomy
    • Pro­duc­ing health­ful and safe food
    • Improv­ing effi­cient and sus­tain­able agri­cul­tural production
    • Novel energy car­ri­ers based in biomass
    • Advances in biotechnology
    • Devel­op­ing renew­able resources industrially
    • Man­ag­ing cli­mate and environment
    • Ani­mal genomics, ani­mal health and ani­mal welfare
    • Social and eco­nomic dimen­sions of bioeconomy
    • Other aspects of bioeconomy


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