Novel education programs for a sustainable future

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Following the lignite phase-out, the Rhenish mining region is to transform into a model region for a bio-based circular economy. 

Transitioning towards more sustainable practices requires a new approach of knowledge and systemic thinking. Accordingly, the requirements for employees and the education of young people are diverse and interdisciplinary. 

New occupational fields will emerge and occupations in existing professions have to adjust. We want to be well positioned for the future in the region. Remaining curious and wanting to learn new things are therefore very important in times of structural change. 

The coordination office BioökonomieREVIER addresses education from the perspective of the bioeconomy. To this end, we develop educational offers for young people as well as for people who are already working.


Innovation award for students
These are our winners in 2021

Six innovative theses in the field of bioeconomy were awarded with the BioDENKER for students. 

Learn more about the winners and the awarded theses.

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Creating new jobs in the bioeconomy

Find out from Timothy Fitschen, Head of Structural Change at the Employment Agency in Brühl, which occupational profiles and qualifications will be particularly demanded in the future. 

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Bioeconomy education and training in the Rhenish mining region

How is bioeconomy currently positioned in the education and knowledge landscape of the Rhenish mining region? Where are opportunities to better integrate bioeconomy in education and qualification? 

This study provides answers. 

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In a nutshell: What is bioeconomy?

A sneaker made of spider silk, a bicycle tire made of dandelion, a smartphone display made of sugar? Which of these products really exist? Find out in this video (in German)! 


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Project seminar "Bioeconomy"
Structural change in practice: Students experiment with algae

What does bioeconomy mean? And how can it contribute to the structural change in the Rhenish mining region? The first bioeconomy project seminar at Forschungszentrum Jülich addresses these and many other questions. 

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Dr. Christian Klar


Coordination Office BioökonomieREVIER

+49 (0) 2461 61-4230