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4th Doctoral Colloquium BIOENERGY

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Fortbildungszentrum für Technik und Umwelt
KIT - Campus Nord - Gebäude 101
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT) - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) & DBFZ Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH
Prof. Dr. Nicolaus Dahmen
Scientific Contact
Phone: +49 (0)721 608 22596
E-mail: nicolaus.dahmen(at)kit.edu

Alexandra Böhm
Phone: +49 (0)721 608 28425
E-mail: alexandra.boehm(at)kit.edu

4th Doctoral Colloquium BIOENERGY "Integration of Bioenergy into Bioeconomy"

Bioenergy and Bioeconomy both are essential elements of future sustainable economy to supply energy in form of heat, power and fuels as well as to provide chemical intermediates and life science products based on biomass. Bioenergy today is focussed on the production of heat, electrical power and fuels providing around 12 % of final energy in Germany. However, both bioenergy and bioeconomy have the potential of a significant, synergetic overlap. In a bioeconomy, where biomass is increasingly used as a feedstock to produce chemicals, materials, and fuels also the energy to obtain these products needs to be renewable in order to achieve significant greenhouse gas reductions. Chemical industry is one of the most energy intensive industrial branches requiring around one quarter of the energy consumed in manufacturing industries. The by-production of energy in biorefineries by cascaded use of biomass and within hybrid processes is an essential pre-condition for maximum GHG savings.

In both areas, Bioenergy and Bioeconomy, excellent research is carried out in Europe across natural, engineering, economic, social and other sciences. The European-wide annual Doctoral Colloquium Bioenergy DOC2021 provides an excellent opportunity for tomorrow's scientists and decision-makers of established institutions for open-minded, transdisciplinary networking to exchange information on recent research and improve own knowledge and skills. In addition, supervising senior scientists are available for networking and specific information on PhD theses is provided.

This year, the 4th DOC2021 Doctoral Colloquium Bioenergy will be organized on September 13-14, 2021 by the Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in cooperation with DBFZ in Leipzig and supported by the Scientific Advisory Board, which comprises more than 40 renowned bioenergy scientists from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Norway. A detailed list of all participating scientific institutions and members can be found on the website at www.doc-bioenergy.de.

>> Notice: The 4th Doctoral Colloquium will take place as an attendance event (as of July 2021). The hygiene concept will be published on the website shortly before the event.

Young scientists from all over in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are invited to join the DOC2021 for scientific discussion in one of the most significant research areas. The Colloquium will held in cooperation with the BBWForWerts Graduate School created within the Bioeconomy Research Program in Baden-Württemberg.


Future researchers, industry leaders and policy makers need to be brought together at an early stage to share knowledge and discuss research gaps and challenges. At the same time, networking between scientific institutions that are already intensively involved in bioenergy research needs to be expanded.

Addressing that demand, the Doctoral Colloquium BIOENERGY was initiated in 2018. Since then, it not only serves as a platform for junior scientists to gain further qualification, but also provides them an opportunity for networking and scientific exchange. Doctoral researchers from both universities and other research institutions present and discuss their latest results and advancements.


The Doctoral Colloquium BIOENERGY covers every part of the biomass conversion chain, from the feedstock to different conversion pathways and their technological implementation, up to the resulting products and services. In addition, the necessary system analyses and measures for system integration were addressed.

Theme fields (inter alia)

  • Sustainable resource base
  • Bioenergy system analysis
  • Thermochemical conversion
  • Biochemical conversion
  • Biorefineries / Biofuels

Language of the event

The event language is English.

Target Group

The Doctoral Colloquium provides junior and senior scientists engaged in biomass research with a platform for professional exchange. Generally, students doing their PhD in the field of bioenergy are eligible.

Website address: https://www.biooekonomie-bw.de/en/events/4-doktorandenkolloquium-bioenergie