PhD Workshop Topic 7: Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy – Resources, Utilization, Engineering and AgroEcosystems

Leipziger KUBUS Permoserstr. 15 04318 Leipzig
Hauke Harms, Jan Vanderborght, Wolfgang Wiechert

PhD Workshop Topic 7: Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy – Resources, Utilization, Engineering and AgroEcosystems

Welcome to this year's Topic 7 PhD Workshop “Towards a sustainable Bioeconomy” on 16. and 17. November 2022 as a joint event of UFZ, FZJ, KIT, GEOMAR and AWI. The workshop will take place in Leipzig.

The goals of our PhD Workshop are

The program

The program will start on Wednesday evening with an Icebreaker in the city centre.

In order to give you as much time as possible to talk with each other, most of the meeting time on Thursday is dedicated to three poster sessions in which you have the opportunity to become acquainted to each other and to start networking. Thursday's program will take place in the Leipziger KUBUS.

You will present your poster in one of three poster sessions and you will be free to visit other posters during the other two sessions. The posters will be thematically grouped to facilitate bringing together students with similar interests:

  1. Process engineering and development (biotechnological/energy production, biorefinery, separation/downstream processing, membrane technology, waste water treatment, urban water and energy, process analytics)
  2. Modeling, simulation and data science (bio-informatics, systems biology/ecology, light-weight structures, transport processes, bio/chemical reactions, data management, software engineering, machine learning, image analysis/reconstruction, HPC, digitalization)
  3. Microbes, microbial communities and plant cells (metabolic/genetic networks, microbial/cellular interactions, plant-microbe interactions, omics analytics, single cell analytics)
  4. Agro-Ecosystems, food production and plant-based technologies (plant phenotyping, rhizosphere, critical zone, bio-geochemical cycles, chemical fate, farming systems, urban green, sensing technologies, water resources, aquaculture)

All four themes will be represented in each of the poster sessions.

Who is invited?

We cordially invite all PhDs working within Topic 7 to the onsite event in KUBUS Leipzig.


Registration will be open until November, 2 on this website.
Please register as soon as possible.

You will find a list of hotels for your travel planning attached.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Leipzig,

The Organizing Committee (Hauke Harms, Jan Vanderborght, Wolfgang Wiechert)

  • Wednesday, November 16
    • 7:00 PM 9:30 PM
      Icebreaker 2h 30m

      Welcome-event for PhD students to meet in an informal atmosphere and get to know each other.
      A small buffet and drinks will be provided.

  • Thursday, November 17
    • 8:30 AM 9:00 AM
      Registration + Poster hanging 30m
    • 9:00 AM 9:15 AM
      Introduction to UFZ 15m
      Speaker: Hauke Harms (UFZ)
    • 9:15 AM 9:30 AM
      Overview over Topic 7 15m
      Speaker: Jan Vanderborght (FZJ)
    • 9:30 AM 9:45 AM
      Coffee break + Poster hanging 15m
    • 9:45 AM 11:15 AM
      Poster Session 1
    • 11:15 AM 12:45 PM
      Poster Session 2
    • 12:45 PM 2:00 PM
      Lunch Break 1h 15m
    • 2:00 PM 3:30 PM
      Poster Session 3
    • 3:30 PM 4:00 PM
      Closing session: Feedback, future activities, networking structures 30m
      Speakers: Hauke Harms (UFZ), Jan Vanderborght (FZJ), Wolfgang Wiechert (FZJ)
    • 4:00 PM 5:00 PM
      Fadeout of the PhD meeting 1h