Call for innovators: pitch your solution at the Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

Call for innovators: pitch your solution at the Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 will occur in Lemgo, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on 5 June. Are you interested in showcasing your innovation and connecting with key stakeholders in the region? Submit your proposal by 5 April.

We’re looking for innovative companies, start-ups, and researchers offering close-to-market or in-the-market solutions that provide new opportunities for forest owners and advanced and circular bio-based solutions.


  • Access to key stakeholders in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Improved understanding of the bioeconomy ecosystem in the region
  • Professional networking
  • Transportation and accommodation will be reimbursed on a case-by-case basis

Check out the landing page to learn more about the event and submit your solution.

  • Deadline: 5 April 2024
  • Type: Call
  • Location: Lemgo, Germany

Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 coming to North Rhine-Westphalia on 5 June

The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 will be held in Lemgo, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on 5 June 2024, bringing together forest innovators and leaders from industry, government, research and other key stakeholders in the forest bioeconomy.

The event happens at a crucial moment for economies and societies as they move towards a green transition with the need for circular bioeconomy solutions.

It will include forward-looking keynotes, pitches showcasing emerging innovations, a panel discussion on boosting bio-based innovations at a regional level, and opportunities for networking to foster cross-sectoral cooperation and collaboration among different stakeholders.

The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 is co-organised by the European Forest InstituteBioregions Facility, Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW, OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL), Smart Wood Center OWL, and CO2Bau.

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Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

In collaboration with co-organised by the European Forest Institute – Bioregions Facility, the Ministry for Agriculture and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW, University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL), Smart Wood Center OWL, and CO2Bau

North Rhine-Westphalia government appoints Bioeconomy Council

The government of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany, announced the establishment of the Bioeconomy Council on 12 December 2023. Comprised of an independent 15-member advisory board representing business, science and civil society, the council aims to drive forward initiatives in the field of bioeconomy within the region.

The purpose is to strengthen the region as a bioeconomy centre and analyse the opportunities – research, innovation and technology – and challenges in the expansion and development of a bio-based sustainable economy.

The Bioeconomy Council plays a crucial role in developing solutions, with its recommendations added to the NRW Bioeconomy Strategy. This guides policy initiatives and advancements in the bioeconomy, focused on reducing dependence on fossil fuels and ensuring food security and well-being for everyone.

Download the key points for a bioeconomy strategy in NRW here.

The board officially started its activities in January of 2024. If you wish to explore the complete list of members, please visit the linked article.

9th BioSC Spotlight: The Bioeconomy of Wood

9th BioSC Spotlight: The Bioeconomy of Wood

On 5 March 2024, from 9:30 to 16:00 CET, join the BioSC Spotlight event focused on highlighting approaches and insights into the use of wood in the bioeconomy. Hear from experts in the field,  scientists from the BioSC and external experts, as they discuss the current developments of wood-based value chains.

The agenda includes raw materials and processing, such as bio-based polymers from lignocellulosic biomass, and innovative products in construction, textile and paper production. Registration for the event is now open, grab your ticket by 19 February 2024 here.

The event is organised by the Bioeconomy Science Centre and will take place at the NGP2-Center for Next Generation Processes and Products, Forckenbeckstr. 51, Aachen, Germany.

More information here: English, Deutsch

I.D.E.E. Information Day: demonstrations and innovations on generating heat from wood

On 27 and 28 January 2024, the 31st Annual Information Day of the Information and Demonstration Centre on Renewable Energy Network (I.D.E.E.) took place at the Centre Wood in Olsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, where participants learned about efficient heating solutions from wood in the form of pellets, logs or wood chips.

In addition, experts in the field delivered lectures on the topic; presentations showcasing different heating systems and solutions by manufacturers were followed by practical demonstrations, such as those by Wald und Holz NRW, illustrating the preparation of firewood from logs.

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Wood Cluster Meeting (1st Industry Day Centre Wood)

Wood Cluster Meeting (1st Industry Day Center Wood)

On 1 February 2024, the Wood Cluster Meeting highlights the current framework conditions, trends and solutions in modern timber construction; this event focuses on best-practice examples of inner-city densification and circular construction as well as information and current research trends and activities on fire protection, serial modernisation and building with hardwoods.

The event will consist of live demonstrations of the specific system and product solutions, with expert lectures. Participants are invited to network with partners, industry players and everyone interested in building with wood.

The Wood Cluster Meeting will take place in Olsberg, Germany at the Centre of Forest and Wood Industry (Wald und Holz NRW) from 10:00 to 20:00 CET.

To learn more about the event, click here.

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Low Carbon Future with Wood Construction

The panel discussion explores the future of wood construction in Europe — and its challenges and opportunities. Wood is well-recognized for its low carbon emissions, ability to create energy-efficient buildings, and potential for circular design, reducing residues in the construction and deconstruction faces to a minimum. Wood could play a much larger role in standard apartment buildings in our cities and in renovating and upgrading existing buildings. In this context, the panellists, coming from research, the construction industry and wood architecture, will focus on challenges for making wood construction the first choice for unique and standard constructions and for renovating old buildings, including through hybrid construction solutions. They discuss the barriers to overcome to transition from niche to norm in both new construction and old building renovations.

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