Lecture and Discussion Series on Bioeconomy – Strategy for the Future or False Advertising?


Bioeconomy is defined as the “production, development, and utilization of biological resources, processes, and systems,” according to Germany’s National Policy Strategy. Its objective is a circular and resource-efficient economy. Even though there is a broad social consensus on wanting to replace fossil fuels, there are also some aspects that raise criticism. For example, this concerns biomass imports from countries in the Global South and the use of genetic engineering. This series of events aims to shed some light on these and other selected aspects of the bioeconomy.

  • Bischöfliche Akademie, Leonhardstraße 18 to 20, Aachen
  • online über Zoom
Info To join the lectures and discussions on-site or via Zoom, participants will need to register on the website ahead of time. All events are free of charge.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 7pm

What Ethics Does the Bioeconomy Need?

Surveys show contradictory attitudes among citizens towards the bioeconomy. What are the consequences of the ethical principles of the bioeconomy? The evening will also provide an introduction to the concept and applications of the bioeconomy.

  • Dr. Stephan Schleissing, LMU München
  • Professor Stefan Böschen, RWTH Aachen University

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 7pm

Bioeconomy in the Rhenish Region: A Future With Agriculture and Agriculture With a Future

An evening from a local and global perspective: The Rhineland region is facing a structural transformation. What role can the bioeconomy play in this process? How is the bioeconomy to be assessed in terms of global food security?

  • Professor Ulrich Schurr, Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • Markus Wolter, Bischöfliches Hilfswerk MISEREOR



Wednesday, December 02, 2020, 7pm

Bioeconomy and Circular Economy

What opportunities does the bioeconomy offer for a circular economy? What are its limits? What does the zero waste movement offer?

  • Dr. Henning Wilts, Wuppertal-Institut
  • Olga Witt, Verein Zero-Waste e. V., Köln

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 7pm

Bioeconomy and Social Change – Challenges and Opportunities

What role can civil society actors play on the path to more sustainable and resource-efficient economic activity through technology? How does a politician from Bündnis 90/Die Grünen rate the concept of bioeconomy and its social acceptance?

  • Professor Achim Kampker, RWTH Aachen University
  • Oliver Krischer, MdB, Aachen / Berlin