On board the MS Wissenschaft, a ship traveling up the Rhine and showcasing an exhibition, visitors gained an insight into bioeconomy, a sustainable form of resource management, which relies on renewable resources. The exhibition displays information about microorganisms and raw material cycles, new active substances from nature, food of the future and political and social questions that arise on the way to a bio-based economy. Various exhibits from science and research invited visitors to discover, try out and participate.
Due to Covid-19 there were only restricted numbers of people allowed on board, so people were queuing at the shore. While waiting to get into the exhibition the visitors could enjoy the Science Espressos, in order to make the waiting time more entertaining and informative. Scientists from the most diverse areas of bio-economy provided insights into their research and into the sustainable form of economic activity that relies on renewable resources.
In total, BLOOM invited three speakers to give insights on their jobs in bioeconomy. Julia Reinermann, from the BioDisKo project of the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen had a short speech on the topic ” Everyone is doing bio-economy? But how?”. Prof. Dr. Ralf Pude from the Research Unit Renewable Resources, University of Bonn talked about Miscanthus and his decades of research under the title “From the plant to the product!” and Dr. Sandra Venghaus, from the Transform2Bio research project at Forschungszentrum Jülich spoke about “Structural change in the Rhineland: from the use of fossil resources to a bio-economy”. Afterwards, participants were invited to ask questions and take part in discussions.
Participants and passersby were also invited to have a look at the Gallery Walk set up with posters explaining the basics of bioeconomy. The posters were created in the Polish hub and translated into German.