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Source: Julich Research Center Jülich, 20. August 2019 – The Rhine area as a future-region for bio-based value-added: This idea will work out since 2017 science, industry, Region, and civil society together under the title “Bioeconomy area”. The Federal Ministry of education and research (BMBF) in a first step, the project “BioökonomieREVIER_KOM” with around EUR 3.9 million. In order to be developed by 2021 with all stakeholders a sustainable strategy for the Region. In addition, a communication project is to be initiated, to take account of the Bioeconomy theme in the Public and to discuss. The state Secretary for research Thomas Rachel, MdB, conveyed today the Funding for this first part of the project, which is coordinated by the Forschungszentrum Jülich in the framework of the immediate programme of the Federal government for structural change.

“We have to use the coal exit in the Rheinische Revier as an opportunity to build up innovative and sustainable economic activities on the ground. The research-intensive bioeconomy and novel value chains based on agricultural raw materials offer great potential for this. With the help of science, we want to make this transformation into a sustainable bioeconomy area, “said State Secretary Thomas Rachel. Prof. Harald Bolt, Member of the Research Center’s Board of Directors, emphasized the “fundamental role” of research for the success of structural change: “With this project, we are bridging the gap between research and the Rheinische Revier to enable new value creation. Developing a common strategy from research to innovation to tangible benefits for citizens is key to enabling us to share the great potential of the bio-economy in the region. “Millions of euros from the Federal Government for the project” BioeconomyREVIER_KOM ” : (from left) Prof. Ulrich Schurr, Research State Secretary Thomas Rachel MdB, Prof. Harald Bolt and Dr. med. Jan-Hendrik Kamlage.Copyright: Forschungszentrum Jülich / Ralf-Uwe LimbachScientific coordinator of the project is Prof. Ulrich Schurr, director of the Jülich Institute of Plant Sciences and spokesman of the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC). “Due to the unique scientific landscape in the bioeconomy, the highly productive and innovative agriculture, the many strong bioeconomy-related economic sectors such as food, chemical and energy economy, the conditions could not be better, here with the ‘BioEconomieREVIER’ a Europe-wide unique Schurr is convinced that the great willingness of the population, of municipalities and regional actors from politics, business and civil society to support sustainable developments with ecological, economic and social dimensions in the context of structural change, ensures the necessary feedback according to Schurr in the region. For the goal of close cooperation with civil society, a team led by Dr. Ing. Jan-Hendrik Kamlage of the Institute of Cultural Studies (KWI) of the University of Duisburg Essen participatory processes for information and critical dialogue – measures such as citizen forums and parliaments are planned. Based on the regional strategy from 2021 onwards, the development of the model region bioeconomyREVIER Rheinland “Innovation laboratories arise. With its help, research results should be applied quickly and new jobs created.Institute for Bio- and Geosciences, Plant Sciences (IBG-2) Website “BioEconomieREVIER” Contact: Prof. Ulrich Schurr Institute for Bio- and Geosciences, Plant Sciences (IBG-2) Tel .: 02461 61 3073E-Mail: u.schurr@fz-juelich.dePressekontakt: Erhard Zeiss, PressreferentTel .: 02461 61-1841E-Mail: e.zeiss @

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