The lecture hall at the Leopoldina is packed, with a few attendees standing up in the back. Nobody wants to miss the welcoming remarks of the 8th International Bioeconomy Conference. Professor Jutta Schnitzer-Ungefug, Secretary General of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, which is hosting the conference, refers to such global challenges as climate change, while Dr. Jürgen Ude, State Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Economics and Digitization of the state Saxony-Anhalt, emphasizes the importance of an effective scientific infrastructure and the promotion of regional small and medium-sized enterprises.

“There are many opportunities to every challenge,” explains Andrea Noske, Head of Sustainable Economy; Bioeconomy at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany. Receiving much applause, she adds, “The future is shaped by all of us.”

view in the conference hall during the 8th International Bioeconomy Conference in Halle on the 13th of May 2019, Photo: Michael Deutsch

The 8th International Bioeconomy Conference is taking place on May 13 and 14 at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle (Saale). In keeping with the motto “Bio meets Economy – Science meets Industry”, the ScienceCampus Halle and the BioEconomy Cluster Central Germany have organized the event as a way to exchange the latest research findings, innovations and current bioeconomic developments on the markets. The event is booked out, with more than 200 participants from over 15 countries attending the conference.

The partner region of this year’s conference is South America – which is represented by more than 20 participants and speakers from countries such as Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica. The aim is to present and discuss the respective bioeconomy strategies and research priorities.



The date of the 9th International Bioeconomy Conference has already been set: on June 17 – 18 2020, Halle will once again welcome numerous guests for an exchange of ideas about the bioeconomy. Further information can be found at


(Photos: Michael Deutsch/Trendblende)