Science Year 2020 Under the Banner of Bioeconomy

A new motto every year: Since 2000, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Wissenschaft im Dialog have jointly proclaimed a Science Year. 2020 is all about the bio-economy. 

Every year, many hundreds of partners from science, industry, education, culture and politics open the doors of their institutions. They invite you to take a look at the developments and research on the respective motto.

In times of climate change, a dramatic decline in biodiversity and a growing world population, humankind is challenged more than ever to use the earth’s natural resources efficiently and responsibly. Bioeconomics – and thus the sustainable use of natural materials and resources – is the topic of the Science Year 2020.

“Bioeconomy is a key to sustainable life and an economy fit for the future. The Federal Government has just adopted the National Bioeconomy Strategy. With the Science Year 2020, we now want to bring this topic of the future more strongly into the public eye,” Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek explained at the kick-off.

The enormous potential of bio-economic research must be demonstrated – also with regard to the challenges of climate change. Many products made from renewable raw materials are already being offered today, such as bicycles made of bamboo, leather made of previously discarded fish skin or clothing made using coffee grounds. Another goal is to show these products: “So far, only a few people are familiar with the bio-economy. With the Science Year, we want to change that. It is an excellent initiative to bring research and science closer to the people and to get them excited about issues regarding the future.”

The Science Year 2020 will offer many exciting formats for approaching the bio-economy. These include a university competition whose winners have just been announced. In June, the nationwide Citizen Science Campaign “Expedition Erdreich” (Expedition Earth) will start, which will focus on the topic of soil research.