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Presentation: Bioeconomy in the Vogelsberg Region

Location: Wartenberg-Landenhausen

06. March 2024

Copyright: Vogelsbergkreis, Pressestelle (Sabine Galle-Schäfer/ Christian Lips/ Jennifer Sippel)

Dr. Sebastian Losacker gave a presentation on "Bioeconomy in the construction sector: Potential for regional development in the Vogelsberg?" as part of the event "Transformation processes for a sustainable construction sector in the bioeconomy and what else the Vogelsberg can do" organized by the Vogelsberg Regional Association. The aim of the event was to explore the potential of the Vogelsberg region for a biobased construction sector and to bring together relevant actors. Representatives from research, crafts, agriculture and forestry, the construction industry, and other organizations met on March 6 in Wartenberg. Dr. Sebastian Losacker gave the participants an insight into the biobased construction sector and the regional bioeconomy. For more information, see the Vogelsbergkreis press release.


IIDEOS Workshop

Location: Marburg

20. February 2024

A part of the research group participated in the IIDEOS meeting ("Innovation, Industrial Dynamics, Entrepreneurship, Organisation, and Space") at Philipps University Marburg. The IIDEOS PhD program represents a joint project of Philipps University Marburg, the University of Kassel, and Leibniz University Hannover. The goal of the workshop is to give doctoral candidates the opportunity to present their research projects and to gather feedback regarding these.


Lennart Fischer - How to build (in) the future? Legitimizing sociotech-nical imaginaries of a biobased construction sector

Moritz Schütz - Leveraging web data to identify regional policy priorities in Germany

Workshop Transitions in Construction

Location: Zürich Dübendorf, Switzerland

15. February 2024

The research group participated in an exchange workshop with the CIRUS working group at Eawag (the water research institute of the ETH domain). Sebastian Losacker introduced the TRABBI project and Christian Binz presented the project at Eawag. In addition, the research groups presented their main areas of work in the form of flash presentations and discussed conceptual and empirical approaches to addressing transition dynamics in the construction sector. This was followed by conceptual discussions, the identification of opportunities for joint research activities, and a tour of NEST, Empa and Eawag's modular building for research and innovation in construction and energy technologies.

Flash presentations TRABBI:

Tim Becker - Green windows of opportunity in the construction sector in India and China

Francesca Mazzoni - Global innovation system configurations in the biobased construction sector

Lennart Fischer - Legitimizing sociotechnical imaginaries of a biobased construction sector

Moritz Schütz - Leveraging web data to identify regional policy priorities in Germany

Lukas Kriesch - Patent landscaping in the bioeconomy

Flash presentations CIRUS:

Bernhard Truffer – STCA in Economic Geography

Maximilian Hoos - Endogenizing Values in Innovation: The Case of Food & Beverage Packaging

Djamila Lesch - The Role of Global Actors in Sustainability Transitions – Using STCA to Trace the Emergence of a Novel Infrastructure Paradigm

Daniel Feser - STCA of transitions in the Swiss construction sector


Location: Pavia, Italy

15-19 January 2024

Copyright: Università di Pavia

Tim Becker attended the Geography of Innovation Winter School in Pavia, Italy from January 15-19, 2024. The Geography of Innovation Winter School provided an intensive training program for PhD students and early career researchers and gave participants the opportunity to present their ongoing research and receive feedback from renowned scholars in the field. The school also included lectures by 12 speakers from academia, EU research centers (JRC Seville, JRC Ispra) and data analytics companies (Ip-Quant) as well as data lab sessions on topics such as technological diversification, regional innovation policy, network science, economic complexity, green innovation and patent data. Tim Becker presented his work on 'How to open green windows of opportunity in the construction sector? Insights from India and China'.


Copyright: Regional Studies Association

GeoInno 2024

Location: Manchester, England

10-12 January 2024

The junior research group gave various presentations at GeoInno 2024 in Manchester in the sessions 'Opening Green Windows: Technological Opportunities in a Low-carbon World', 'Innovation in the Bioeconomy and Regional Sustainability Transitions: Promises, Pitfalls and Contradictions', and 'Narratives, News, and the Power of Sentiments'. Dr. Sebastian Losacker also organized and led the session 'Innovation in the Bioeconomy and Regional Sustainability Transitions: Promises, Pitfalls and Contradictions'.


Tim Becker: "How to Open Green Windows of Opportunity in the Construction Sector? Insights from India and China"

Dr. Lukas Kriesch: "Bioeconomy Firms and where to find them"

Moritz Schütz: "Leveraging Web Data to Identify Regional Policy Priorities and Narratives in Germany"

Francesca Mazzoni: "Global innovation System Configurations in a Future Sustainable Bio-based Construction Sector"


Copyright: Bioeconomy Council of the Federal Govermnment

Bioeconomy Forum 2023

04-05 December 2023

Location: Berlin

Lennart Fischer participated as one of 250 actors from science, business, politics, and administration in the Bioeconomy Forum of the Federal Government's Bioeconomy Council at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The aim of this year's Bioeconomy Forum was to engage with the Council's recommendations for action in implementing the national bioeconomy strategy and to discuss how a swift transformation of the economy and society can be better supported.


Copyright: GGS JLU

Location: Gießen

27 November 2023

Dr. Sebastian Losacker and Tim Becker held a workshop on 'Sustainability Transitions Towards a Future Bioeconomy: Case Studies From the Construction Sector' as part of the sustainability workshop organized by the Giessen Graduate Centre for Social Sciences, Economics and Law (GGS).

The workshop offered participants an in-depth insight into the concepts and potential of the bioeconomy in the context of sustainable regional development. Using case studies and practical examples from the construction sector, participants were encouraged to understand the connections between the economy, environment and society and to develop strategies for a sustainable bioeconomy. The bioeconomy holds enormous potential for transforming the construction sector, which causes considerable problems for the climate and the environment, for example through the use of environmentally harmful materials such as cement, steel and sand. Both simple bio-based products (e.g. timber construction, natural insulation materials) and technological innovations (e.g. wood mycelium, bioplastics) are already on the market. Nevertheless, the transformation process is slower than necessary - why is that? Answers to this question were sought together in the workshop.


Copyright: Projektleiter Jülich

Status meeting of the funding measure 'Bioeconomy as societal change'

10 November 2023

Location: Eberswalde

Dr. Sebastian Losacker and Dr. Lukas Kriesch participated in the status meeting of the junior research groups of the funding measure 'Bioeconomy as societal change' at the University for Sustainable Development (HNE) Eberswalde. The aim was to facilitate scientific exchange and professional networking between the junior research groups, where the researchers discussed their findings with each other as well as with representatives of the BMBF and officials from the Projektleiter Jülich (PtJ).

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