Bioeconomy and Circular Economy Symposium 2021 – Tackling Global Challenges on a Global Scale



Welcome and Important Information

Dear participant,

Thank you for your interest in our first DAAD Bioeconomy Symposium (20-21 Sept 2021), which brought together researchers, policy makers and peak bodies from Australia and Germany in the field of Bioeconomy.

The symposium received more than 200 registrations from Australia, Germany and beyond and we thank our distinguished speakers for the insights they’ve provided us with

The recordings of all sessions are accessible below – simply click “watch here” next to the various program points to view a session!

The networking tool “” will also stay open so you can use it to meet with other interested participants.

If you encounter any technical difficulties, please contact the organisors on

AEST CET Title Speaker(s)/


Link to Recording
2PM/ 14:00 6AM/ 06:00 Opening Remarks Katharina McGrath
Director, DAAD Information Centre SydneyAxel Zeidler
Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Sydney
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2:15PM/ 14:15 6:15AM/ 06:15 Keynote I “Climate change in the bioeconomy/ circular economy”
+ Q&A
Prof Mark Howden
Director, ANU Institute for Climate Change, Energy and Disaster Solutions
IPCC Vice Chair, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient 2007, Hon. Professor Uni Melbourne
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2:45PM/ 14:45 6:45AM/ 06:45 Keynote II   “Germany’s national bioeconomy strategy and funding measures”


Dr Veronika Jablonowski
Project Manager International Bioeconomy, Project Management Jülich, Germany
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3:15PM/ 15:15 7:15AM/ 07:15 Virtual Coffee Break Instructions on how to use “ Join here
4PM/ 16:00 8AM/ 08:00 Panel I   “Industry-research connections and their importance in advancing bioeconomy/circular economy” Moderators: Prof Ian O’Hara (QUT) / Prof Gary Schenk (UQ)

Prof Leonie Barner
Director, Centre for a Waste-Free World, Queensland Univ. Technology

Prof Michael Gross
CEO, T+I Consult – Technologie und Innovations GmbH, Berlin

Dr Paul Bertsch
Science Director CSIRO (Land & Water)

Prof Alexander Böker
Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP and Chair of Polymer Materials and Polymer Technologies at the University of Potsdam

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5PM/ 17:00 9AM/ 09:00 Keynote III   “German-Australian cooperation in the field of bioeconomy”


Prof Peta Ashworth
Director, Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership
Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures at the University of Queensland
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5:30PM/ 17:30 9:30AM/ 09:30 Virtual Networking Session Instructions on how to use “ Join here

AEST CET Title Speaker(s)/


Link to Recording
On demand On demand Virtual presentations of bioeconomy laboratories and innovations in Australia and Germany


Queensland University of Technology (QUT):

Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy (overview)

Research programs:

Mackay Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant (360o video)

Queensland Government: Science: Agriculture & Food

Macquarie University:

ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology

University of Technology Sydney (UTS):

NSW Deep Green Biotech Hub

University of Adelaide:

Green Ammonia for a Local and Self-Sufficient At-Farm Bioeconomy of Fertilizers


Fraunhofer Institutes:

Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB

Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV – virtual tour

Research project “Cocoa Fruit” of the Fraunhofer IVV

Leibniz Institute:

Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) in Potsdam

Pilot Plant for Biobased Chemicals of the ATB (click here for more info)

University of Bayreuth:

University of Bayreuth – Bioeconomy Labs

2PM/ 14:00 6AM/ 06:00 Panel II   “State-based bioeconomy initiatives in Australia – opportunities to engage and collaborate” Moderator: Dr Judith Reinhard, German Embassy

Dr Kim Brooksbank, Principal Research Scientist Bioeconomy, WA Dept. of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Michael Burke, Director Biofutures, QLD Dept. of State Development

Dr Ian Overton, Chief Executive, Green Industries SA

Dr Fabiano Ximenes, Senior Research Scientist, NSW Dept. of Primary Industries

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3PM/ 15:00 7AM/ 07:00 Virtual Coffee Break Instructions on how to use “ Join here
3:30PM/ 15:30 7:30AM/ 07:30 Endnote  “The future of bioeconomy is international”


Prof Barbara Sturm
Director, Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy
Prof. of Agricultural Engineering in Bioeconomic Systems, HU Berlin, Germany
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4PM/16:00 8AM/ 08:00 Symposium Closing



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