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Presentation: Socio-technical imaginaries of a bio-based construction sector

Location: Online

29. April 2024

Lennart Fischer and Dr. Sebastian Losacker presented two recent research papers on socio-technical imaginaries of a bio-based construction sector at the CIRUS Coffee Break on April 29. The presentation focused on the process of legitimation of imaginaries as well as on recent research results that address the question to what extent imaginaries of a bio-based construction sector compete or complement each other.
CIRUS is the research cluster on sustainability transitions at EAWAG (Water Research Institute of the ETH Domain) and investigates the geography of sustainability transitions.


Presentation at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

Location: Online

26. April 2024

Dr. Sebastian Losacker was invited by TRABBI guest researcher Prof. Dr. Yongmin Shang to give a talk at the Academic Salon of the Institute of Ecology and Sustainable Development of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (China). Under the title "Measuring and mapping innovation in the bioeconomy", Dr. Sebastian Losacker presented recent research on global innovation activities in the bioeconomy and the mapping of regional development paths using sequence analysis.


Location: Online

15. April 2024

Dr. Lukas Kriesch has published a tutorial entitled "Interactive choropleth maps with GeoPandas and Folium" that demonstrates the possibilities of processing and visualizing geospatial data using Python. The tutorial uses the regional bioeconomy dataset as an example to demonstrate the synergy between geospatial analysis and visualization tools in Python. By integrating GeoPandas and Folium, it is possible to create rich, interactive maps that can greatly enhance the presentation and understanding of complex geospatial datasets.


Location: Online

12. April 2024

Bioö has published an article on the regionalized dataset on bioeconomy companies in Germany generated by Dr. Lukas Kriesch and Dr. Sebastian Losacker as part of the project. The article reports on the web mining approach using AI technology, the regional implications of the results and the applicability for further bioeconomy research at the regional level. 


Copyright: Regional Studies Association

Location: Webinar

11. April 2024

Dr. Sebastian Losacker organized a webinar of the Regional Studies Association entitled "Sustainability Transitions towards a Bioeconomy". The invited speakers were Terese Venus (University of Passau, Germany), head of another BMBF-funded bioeconomy junior research group, with the presentation "The Circular Bioeconomy Transition and Global Biomass Value Chains" and Nicolas Befort (Neoma Business School, France) with the presentation "The Contribution of Epistemic Communities to the Sustainability Transition: The Case of the Wine Industry". The webinar was part of the webinar series "RSA City and Regional Sustainability Transitions", which is co-organized by Dr. Sebastian Losacker.


Data set on regional bioeconomy in Germany released

09. April 2024

We are delighted to announce the publication of the latest paper by Dr. Sebastian Losacker and Dr. Lukas Kriesch entitled "Bioeconomy firms and where to find them"! In this article, the German bioeconomy was analyzed using advanced NLP techniques and, for the first time, the relative importance of the bioeconomy in different regions was shown using data from over 600,000 company websites. The regional dataset is publicly available ( and an interactive data explorer on the website can help other researchers to further explore the bioeconomy.


Copyright: Regional Studies Association

Presentation: Geographical sequence analysis

Location: Webinar

21. March 2024

Dr. Sebastian Losacker gave a presentation on geographical sequence analysis at the webinar "Capturing and Measuring Transformative Knowledge Capacities" of the Research Network on Transformative Knowledge Regions (TRAKR) of the Regional Studies Association. The aim of the presentation was to introduce the method of geographical sequence analysis to economic geography and regional studies. In his talk, he explained how sequence analysis can be used to study transition processes (a detailed introduction can be found in his new article).


Research stay at the Gran Sasso Science Institute

Location: L'Aquila, Italy

11-22 March 2024

Dr. Sebastian Losacker spent two weeks at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) in L'Aquila, Italy. In addition to various publication projects with Sandro Montresor and Gloria Cicerone, he worked in particular with Francesca Mazzoni on a paper on the configuration of global innovation systems in the bio-based construction sector. Besides this work, he presented his latest research on regional specialization trajectories in the bioeconomy using social sequence analysis.

Sebastian Losacker and  Francesca Mazzoni at the Gran Sasso Science Institute in L'Aquila

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