Wishing to foster “a bio-based urban economy for climate protection and sustainability”, the Travelling Conference BioUrbEcon has initiated an exploratory network activity between Universities and Institutions in Germany and Australia & New Zealand, especially with Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, University of New South Wales in Sydney, and Victoria University of Wellington.
BioUrbEcon has been carried out by an inter- and transdisciplinary team of experts from bioeconomy, urban planning, material science, environmental science and economy and system analysis. Entrepreneurs and economic agencies complement the group.
Together with Dr. Ludger Eltrop and Dr. Ulrich Fahl (of the Institute of Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use at the University of Stuttgart // IER), Prof. Dr. Hanaa Dahy (founder of BioMat@Copenhagen Research Centre at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, formerly of the BioMat department in the University of Stuttgart), Dr. Alina Schlick (founder of Visioverdis GmbH, now Visioverdis 2.0 in Potsdam) and Bernd Franke (co-founder of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg // ifeu), Dan has taken part in the scientific diplomatic journey BiorUrbEcon (funded by the BMBF, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) in September 2022.
Scientific seminars and stakeholder meetings have helped identifying innovative approaches and establishing new and tightening existing contacts in the field of bio-economy connected to urban areas.
Eventually, BioUrbEcon is welcoming a partner delegation from Australia and New Zealand in the course of the International Building Exhibition IBA´27 and the special forum in June 2023.