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The Bioeconomy Cluster of the ZUSE Association

We need bioeconomy for solving central problems of society and business in the future. The institutes of the Zuse Association can rely on comprehensive expertise and experience in a broad range of bioeconomic research areas, doing significant research and development work especially in transferring scientific findings into concrete technologies, products and services. The Bioeconomy Cluster of the Zuse Association was founded in May 2020 to increase their networking expertise.

Meanwhile, the Cluster comprises 19 institutes covering almost the entire raw material basis and value-added chain of modern bioeconomy. PTS brings in its expertise in bio-based fibres and materials as well as circular economy.

The cluster has the following functions:

• increased technical and organisational networking between the member institutes of the Zuse Association in terms of bioeconomy-related topics;

• priority topics focused on latest developments and basic issues of bioeconomy;

• better visibility of bioeconomy research by the Zuse Association.

The bioeconomy research within the Zuse Association follows the Bioeconomy Strategy presented by the German federal government in January 2020 and is divided into the areas of biological knowledge, innovative technologies, biogenic resource basis, and circular economy, as well as sustainability assessments and traceability.

What makes the institutes of the Zuse Association so special is that all of those institutes have a large networking basis down into small and medium businesses both in Germany and beyond. Therefore, they form a crucial link between research and practice and are an important innovation driver. Well-aimed communication efforts and discussions with the Bioeconomy Council and project sponsors of the federal government have largely improved the visibility of the innovative range of services of the ZUSE Association among political actors.

ZUSE Association

The ZUSE Association represents the interests of independent privately organised research institutions. The association comprises more than 75 institutes all over Germany and is open to any technologies or industries. They provide Germany’s small and medium businesses with practically relevant and constructive ideas, translate scientifi c fi ndings into applicable technologies and thus prepare the ground for innovations that ensure worldwide success of German small and medium-sized enterprises.


Prof. Dr. Frank Miletzky,

Dr.-Ing. Tiemo Arndt,