22.01.2016Bioeconomy – From lab to household
170 guests from 11 nations at CIC2016

The sixth international CLIB conference (CIC2016) was an unqualified success. 170 participants from 11 nations came to Düsseldorf to discuss „Bioeconomy – next steps into value creation“ with industry representatives and scientists from around the world. NRW’s Minister of Science, Svenja Schulze, opened the conference with good news: she assured CLIB of the state’s support for creating a competence centre for high performance ingredients (HiPerIn).

The conference focussed again on the economic implementation of the bioeconomy in Germany, Europe and the world, this year highlighting biotechnology in everyday products, from adhesives to cosmetic products.

“The presentations as well as the discussions emphasised the fact that we are a hotspot of biotechnology in the heart of Europe. This has motivated guests from around the world to come to us”, said Dr. Thomas Schwarz, Chairman of CLIB2021.

The lectures, the opening of a new CLIB office in Qingdao (China), as well as the start of a new cross-border project with Flanders and The Netherlands, which had been initiated as BIG-C “Bio-Innovation growth mega-Cluster”, and which is now being funded by the German Ministry for Science and Education, were the highlights of CIC2016. In the evening, CLIB’s Chairman Dr. Thomas Schwarz and Chairman of the Advisory Board Dr. Manfred Kircher presented CLIB Magic Moments, supported by statements from CLIB members and magical entertainment by a magician.

“Informative presentations in a familiar atmosphere, ideal to discuss with other actors in the bioeconomy – I will make this a fixed event in my calendar” was the conclusion of many participants.