Key Technologies
in the Bioeconomy
A Global Bioeconomy Alliance Conference
September 27th to September 29th, 2022
Straubing, Germany


New concepts for valorizing biogenic waste streams

C1 compounds as substrates for industrial biotechnology

Integrating hydrogen into biotechnology

Biotech with hybrid technologies

Bio-based materials with tailored functions

Regional and global effects of the bioeconomy

Keynote Speakers

Michael Köpke
Lanza Tech, USA

Peta Ashworth
University of Queensland, Australia

Volker Wendisch
University of Bielefeld, Germany

Kylie Vincent
University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Thomas Haas
Evonik, Germany


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Scientific sessions on key technologies (oral and poster)
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Open and internal discussion tables with high ranked national and international governmental representatives and bioeconomy experts
Presentation of Bioeconomy regions and large scale Bioeconomy consortia

Important bioeconomy stakeholders such as national and regional bioeconomy councils, bioeconomy innovation spaces and large scale project consortia (e.g. EU, BMBF etc.) will present themselves within a dedicated exhibition area and with selected talks.

If you’re interested in presenting please contact us by sending an email to Presentation booths are free of charge*.

Presentation of Funding Agencies and Research funding opportunities in the area of bioeconomy

Funding agencies, cooperation networks and innovation clusters will present themselves, funding opportunities, their work with running projects and their networks.

If you’re interested in presenting please contact us by sending an email to Presentation booths are free of charge*.

Bilateral and multilateral B2B and ‘academia to business’ meetings
Presentation of start-ups and technology providers

For advancing bioeconomy technologies have to leave academic labs and enter industry. A frame will be set for startups and research groups with innovative technologies to present their ideas and advancements. Funders and large companies can interact and learn about new opportunities.

If you’re interested in presenting or specific discussions please contact us by sending an email to Presentation booths are free of charge*.

* Booth space is limited. Offer as long as space is available.

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Press Release & Galleries

Three days in the spirit of the bioeconomy

Around 200 participants from all over the world learned about current developments in the bioeconomy at the three-day symposium "Key Technologies in the Bioeconomy - A Global Bioeconomy Alliance Conference" at the TUM Campus Straubing (TUMCS) for Biotechnology and Sustainability at the end of September. The organisation of the conference under the slogan "KTB2022" was taken over by the TUMCS under the leadership of Rector Prof Volker Sieber and Prof Bastian Blombach. The TUM Campus Straubing belongs to the worldwide network of the Global Bioeconomy Alliance (GBA) along with two other universities.

TUMCS Rector Prof. Sieber was very satisfied with the all-round successful conference, which was attended by interested parties not only from Europe and the USA, but also from South America, Australia and Africa. “With a strong focus on the technologies that are required to drive the bioeconomy and a good mix of industrial and academic involvement the KTB2022 conference offered the chance to learn of the latest developments and provided a platform for new partnerships to form”, Volker Sieber said. “We are pleased that all and the latter in particular was so well received and are looking forward to the next KTB conference.”

KTB2022 took place for the first time at the TUM Campus Straubing from 27 to 29 September 2022. In the newly constructed "Nachhaltige Chemie" (Sustainable Chemistry) building, the participants not only listened to highly interesting lectures by high-ranking speakers from industry and science, but also intensified their mutual exchange at social events – such as a boat trip with conference dinner on the Danube.

Cameron Dick, Minister and Treasurer in Queensland (Australia) and Roland Weigert, State Secretary in the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy gave digital greetings. Michael Köpke (Lanza Tech, USA), Thomas Haas (Evonik) and Karsten Peddinghaus (BMW Group) were among the keynote speakers from the business world; Peta Ashworth (University of Queensland, Australia) and Volker Wendisch (University of Bielefeld), for example, spoke from the academic community.

The feedback from the participants was consistently positive. Karsten Peddinghaus (BMW Group) said: “The Conference provided a unique opportunity to meet and discuss state-of-the-art solutions between research, science and corporations. Volker Sieber and his team created an inspiring setup and atmosphere, based on a thrilling variety of speeches.”

Ana Carolina Saad Freitas (Braskem): “The event facilitated knowledge sharing and promoted great networking to advanced discussions on challenges and opportunities related to the bioeconomy. Participants from industry and academia were encouraged to think together, about new partnerships and strategies to promote relevant sustainable changes.”

Andreas Kohl (Verbio) mentioned: „Key Technologies in the Bioeconomy 2022 was a conference with a good mix of current scientific, technology and industrial developments. At a hotspot of the future bioeconomy with an international audience there was ample time to learn, discuss and get new inspiration for the daily struggle to implement biobased solutions.”

And Martin Langer (Brain AG) said: “KTB2022 organized by TUM in Straubing was worth visiting! A perfect mix of high-grade academic research, political discussions and industrial insights turned out to be a fantastic basis for very good scientific and business exchange around bioeconomy. Looking forward to the next KTB conference!”

The idea of the Global Bioeconomy Alliance is the installation of a strong network of universities all over the world, which are leading in the field of bioeconomy. The intention is to strengthen the cooperation in research and teaching by workshops, common projects as well as staff exchange to transfer knowledge and expertise. The strong nucleus will be composed off the Technical University of Munich (Germany), the University of Queensland (Australia) and the Universidade Estadual Paulista (Brazil), which are top-level universities of these countries, and have a strong expertise in research connected to bioeconomy aspects.

The universities participating in the GBA used the meeting in Straubing to intensify contacts and partnerships and jointly sounded out future project opportunities. For the GBA participants, TUM had extended the program by two days – among other things, the program included visits to Clariant’s Sunliquid plant in the harbor Straubing-Sand and the Waldwipfelweg in St. Englmar in the Bavarian Forest.

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