The challenges that our society is facing are enormous including climate change, growing population, limited resources, decline of crude oil, energy supply, nutrition, health and mobility. The development of intelligent bioeconomy concepts will play a pivotal role for the future developments, which are based on the more efficient use of the biomass of our planet aiming at the production of new biobased materials, pharmaceuticals, biopolymers and chemicals for various applications. Digitalization will have a great impact on this transformation process as well as advanced training and qualification programmes. The successful transition from crude oil era to bioconomy will be dependent on the efficient conversion of biomass by reliable and stable catalytic processes. Specific adapted technologies of mechanical, chemical and biotechnological nature are needed and interdisciplinary connected. In addition, other disciplines including metagenomics, transcriptomics, logistics and social aspects are essential.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Garabed Antranikian