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Sug­ges­ted Topics

Raw Mater­i­als

  • Bio­mass in gen­er­al and side streams of bio­mass processing
  • Sug­ar and oth­er carbohydrates
  • Fats and oils
  • Pro­teins
  • Sec­ond­ary plant substances
  • Poly­mers pro­duced by microorganisms


  • Bio­tech­no­logy, syn­thet­ic bio(techno)logy
  • Plastic recyc­ling
  • Advanced biopoly­mer ana­lys­is and syn­thes­is of pep­tides, pro­teins, DNA, and RNA
  • Arti­fi­cial photosynthesis
  • Data-based and arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence-aided optim­iz­a­tion of biotechnology
  • Inter­net of Things” in biotechnology


  • Bioplastics, bio-based & bio­de­grad­able mater­i­als and products
  • Con­sumer Products: Food, Food Addit­ives, Nut­raceut­ic­als & Cosmeceuticals
  • Lub­ric­ants and adhesives
  • Advanced bio­fuels
  • CO2-based (syn­thet­ic) fuels and oth­er CO2-based products (CCU)


  • Con­sumer goods
  • Life­style products
  • Chem­ic­al and Phar­ma­ceut­ic­al industry
  • Auto­mot­ive industry
  • Food & Feed
  • Energy and fuels

Your Top­ic?!

In your acquired slot(s), you are free to talk about any top­ic that appears rel­ev­ant to you, provided it can be embed­ded in a sus­tain­able economy/​bioeconomy concept and context.

Who would profit most from attending?

  • Mem­bers of the cooper­at­ing clusters, Cluster Indus­tri­elle Bio­tech­no­lo­gie man­aged by the IBB, and Chemie-Cluster Bayern
  • Exec­ut­ives, sci­ent­ists, and oth­er employ­ees of fur­ther large and small com­pan­ies world­wide includ­ing start-ups, who work or intend to work in areas of mod­ern eco­nom­ic strategies, e. g.
  • Mar­keters of end products (e.g., mar­ket­ing people & sellers; license pro­viders & buy­ers) and PR experts since they are closest to the mar­ket and prob­ably the most prop­er ones who can power­fully pro­pel upstream busi­ness in the dir­ec­tion of sus­tain­able economy
  • Mem­bers and stu­dents in aca­dem­ic insti­tu­tions per­form­ing research and devel­op­ment in the afore­men­tioned areas
  • Polit­ic­al act­ors, as well as min­is­teri­al admin­is­tra­tion and pro­ject man­age­ment agen­cies
    (“Pro­jekt­träger”, e. g. PtJ, DLR, VDI/VDE IT etc.)

Advis­ory Board

The ISEF is sup­por­ted by a pan­el of key play­ers with sig­ni­fic­ant influ­ence from glob­ally act­ing com­pan­ies and renowned aca­dem­ic insti­tu­tions – the ISEF Advis­ory Board.

Dr. Günter von Au

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Clariant AG


Dr. von Au stud­ied tex­tiles and syn­thet­ic chem­istry at the Tech­nic­al Col­lege Reut­lingen and chem­istry at the Uni­ver­sity of Tübin­gen, where he fin­ished his doc­tor­ate in 1980. In the fol­low­ing, he assumed diverse glob­al pos­i­tions with­in the Wack­er-Chemie AG (Burghausen, Munich, USA, Brazil). Before leav­ing the com­pany in 2001, Dr. von Au was Head of the divi­sion Poly­mers, Spe­cialty Chem­istry and Bio­chem­istry as well as CEO of Wack­er Poly­mer GmbH. In 2001, he became pres­id­ent and CEO of Süd-Chemie Inc., Louis­ville, USA. Three years later, he took over the pos­i­tion of Süd-Chemie AG’s CEO in Munich until March 31, 2012. In 2012, Dr. von Au became Vice Pres­id­ent of the Board of Dir­ect­ors at Clari­ant AG. Since April 1, 2021, he holds the pres­id­ency of Clariant’s Board of Dir­ect­ors. In addi­tion, he assumes pos­i­tions as chair­man of Advis­ory and Super­vis­ory Boards in diverse fam­ily and private equity owned corporations.

Dr. Markus Born

Managing Director
Bayerische Chemieverbände


Dr. Markus Born is a chem­ist. He stud­ied at the Tech­nic­al Uni­ver­sity of Munich and did his doc­tor­ate in the field of organ­ic and medi­cin­al chem­istry. After com­plet­ing his PhD, he worked as a man­age­ment con­sult­ant for Roland Ber­ger and advised chem­ic­al, pet­ro­chem­ic­al and oil com­pan­ies in Ger­many, Bene­lux and the Middle East. He was then head of cor­por­ate devel­op­ment depart­ment at Süd-Chemie AG, where he was respons­ible for group-wide optim­iz­a­tion pro­jects and group strategy. Since 2013, Dr. Born is Man­aging Dir­ect­or at the Bav­ari­an Chem­ic­al Asso­ci­ations (Bay­erische Chemie­v­er­bände). He is respons­ible for eco­nom­ic policy, edu­ca­tion and pub­lic rela­tions. Dr. Born is 51 years old, mar­ried and has three children.

Dr. Michael Duetsch

Vice President Biochemicals Business
UPM Biochemicals GmbH


Michael Duetsch, Vice Pres­id­ent, UPM Bio­chem­ic­als Busi­ness Oper­a­tions, joined UPM in 2011. He stud­ied Chem­istry at the uni­ver­sit­ies of Ham­burg, Göt­tin­gen and Par­is-Sud. In 1994, he star­ted his indus­tri­al career at Gold­schmidt (today: Evonik) in research and devel­op­ment (R&D) fol­lowed by man­age­ment pos­i­tions in cor­por­ate strategy and con­trolling. He headed R&D as well as new busi­ness devel­op­ment depart­ments with­in Evonik and BASF. Dur­ing the last dec­ade, his main respons­ib­il­ity was to lead a team cre­at­ing a new busi­ness oppor­tun­ity for bio­chem­ic­als at UPM. As a res­ult, UPM invests in a new indus­tri­al scale biore­finery in Leuna, Ger­many. In his cur­rent role, Michael Duetsch is respons­ible for a smooth busi­ness ramp-up cov­er­ing pro­duc­tion, sup­ply chain man­age­ment as well as sales & mar­ket­ing for all products, i.e., mainly bio-mono­ethyl­ene glycol and renew­able func­tion­al fillers. He is also mem­ber of vari­ous pan­els ded­ic­ated to foster a sus­tain­able bioeconomy (e.g., the Expert Advis­ory Board Bav­ari­an Bioeconomy).

Dipl.-Ing. Birgit Lewandowski

Director Development
Electrochaea GmbH


Ms. Lewandowksi’s pro­fes­sion­al career is char­ac­ter­ized by the inter­dis­cip­lin­ar­ity of engin­eer­ing, applied Life Sci­ences and sus­tain­ab­il­ity. She stud­ied at the Uni­ver­sity of Nat­ur­al Resources and Life Sci­ences in Vienna with a focus on hydro­elec­tric and power plant con­struc­tion linked with stream eco­logy. Fol­low­ing her gradu­ation she led inter­na­tion­al large-scale envir­on­ment­al assess­ment pro­jects for the elec­tri­city industry as well as for the pulp and paper industry. In addi­tion, she joined inter­na­tion­al aca­dem­ic exchange pro­grams between Europe and Africa by stud­ies and teaching.

After advanced train­ing in the field of pro­tein bioechem­istry, molecu­lar bio­logy and cell cul­ture she joined Fritzmei­er Umwelt­tech­nik GmbH & Co. KG. She was respons­ible for the scale-up of micro­bi­al cul­ture pro­duc­tion from lab-scale to indus­tri­al pro­cesses and gained extens­ive man­age­ment exper­i­ence in her pos­i­tion as Head of the Divi­sion of Bio­tech­no­logy. Since the begin­ning of 2020, Dipl.-Ing. Birgit Lewan­dowk­si is Devel­op­ment Dir­ect­or at Elec­tro­chaea GmbH. With her strong inter­dis­cip­lin­ary back­ground, she leads a diverse team of bio­lo­gists, bio­tech­no­lo­gists, and pro­cess engin­eers at Elec­tro­chaea. As Devel­op­ment Dir­ect­or, she serves as stra­tegic and sci­entif­ic rep­res­ent­at­ive of the devel­op­ment team for build­ing part­ner­ships and devel­op­ing com­mer­cial pro­jects. She sup­ports the plan­ning and exe­cu­tion of fun­ded and com­mer­cial pro­jects with aca­dem­ics, tech­no­logy part­ners and cli­ents and sup­ports the exten­sion of Electrochaea´s IP portfolio. 

Since 2019, she is board mem­ber of the asso­ci­ation Indus­tri­elle Bio­tech­no­lo­gie Bay­ern e.V. and espe­cially rep­res­ents the interests of SMEs. 

Dr. Christian Librera

Vice President and Head of Business Line Biofuels & Derivatives


Chris­ti­an Lib­rera was appoin­ted Vice Pres­id­ent and Head of Clariant’s Busi­ness Line Bio­fuels & Deriv­ates in June 2020. Before his cur­rent role, Chris­ti­an was Vice Pres­id­ent of Busi­ness Seg­ment Syn­gas in Clariant’s Busi­ness Unit Cata­lyst (20162020). Pri­or to this, he was Region­al Head of Pro­duc­tion EMEA of Clariant’s Busi­ness Unit Cata­lysts and Site Man­ager for the Cata­lyst Unit of Süd-Chemie AG’s Heufeld facil­ity in Ger­many, where he had been Pro­duc­tion Man­ager Cata­lysts since 2008. Before join­ing Süd-Chemie, Chris­ti­an held vari­ous pos­i­tions at Celanese Chem­ic­als which he joined as Six Sigma Black Belt in 2003. Born in Schwäbisch Hall, Ger­many in 1975, Chris­ti­an holds a PhD in organ­ic chem­istry from the Uni­ver­sity of Würzburg, Ger­many and a Mas­ter of Sci­ence degree from the Uni­ver­sity of Cin­cin­nati, USA.

Dipl.-Phys. Rolf Luther

Head of Advanced Development
FUCHS Schmierstoffe GmbH


Rolf Luth­er stud­ied phys­ics (Dipl.-Phys.) at TU Clausthal/​Germany. In 1991, he joined FUCHS SCHMI­ER­STOFFE GmbH and has been Head of the company’s depart­ment Advanced Devel­op­ment since 2004. Mr. Luth­er is an expert in the field of bio-lub­ric­ants and tri­bology and is com­mit­ted to these spe­cial top­ics. Rolf Luth­er is con­ven­or of the CEN Work­ing Group Bio-Lub­ric­ants” (CEN TC19/WG33), Deputy Chair­man of the Man­aging Board of the Ger­man Tri­bolo­gic­al Soci­ety Gesell­schaft für Tri­bolo­gie” (GfT) and Mem­ber of the Advis­ory Board of the Ger­man Drive Tech­no­logy Research Asso­ci­ation Forschungsver­ein­i­gung Antrieb­s­tech­nik” (FVA).

Prof. Dr. Volker Sieber

Rector of the TUM Campus Straubing
Technical University of Munich


Prof. Sieber stud­ied chem­istry at the Uni­ver­sity of Bayreuth and Uni­ver­sity of Delaware. Fol­low­ing his doc­tor­ate at the Uni­ver­sity of Bayreuth, he joined No­bel Lau­re­ate (2018) Prof. Frances H. Arnold at the Cali­for­nia Insti­tute of Tech­no­logy as research fel­low. From 2001 to 2008, he held sev­er­al pos­i­tions in the chem­ic­als industry at Degussa and Süd-Chemie. Since 2008, he is full pro­fess­or of the chair Chem­istry of Bio­gen­ic Resources at Tech­nic­al Uni­ver­sity Munich. In par­al­lel since 2009, he has built up the Fraun­hofer Institute’s branch Bio­Cat. In addi­tion, he is foun­ding rect­or of the TUM Cam­pus Straub­ing for Bio­tech­no­logy and Sus­tain­ab­il­ity, the fourth site of the Tech­nic­al Uni­ver­sity Munich, which opened in 2017. Since 2015 Prof. Sie­ber has been one of the foun­ding mem­bers of the Bi­o­e­co­no­my coun­cil for the go­vern­ment of the Free State of Ba­va­r­ia and ac­ted at its spokes­per­son bet­ween 2018 and 2021.The cam­pus is ded­ic­ated to the bio-based indus­tri­al bio­tech­no­logy, a core tech­no­logy of the 21st cen­tury, as well as of the bioeconomy.

Dr. Axel Trefzer

Director Research & Development
Thermo Fisher Scientific GENEART GmbH


After his doc­tor­ate at the Uni­ver­sity of Tübin­gen, Dr. Tre­fzer star­ted his career in indus­tri­al R&D at Diversa Cor­por­a­tion, San Diego, USA. Diverse pos­i­tions of increas­ing respons­ib­il­ity at Invit­ro­gen and DSM in the USA and the Neth­er­lands, respect­ively, fol­lowed. In 2011, he star­ted as Asso­ci­ate Dir­ect­or in the busi­ness unit Syn­thet­ic Bio­logy at Ther­moFish­er Sci­entif­ic. From 2012 — 2021, he was Dir­ect­or R&D for Syn­thet­ic Bio­logy at the company’s loc­a­tion Ther­moFish­er Sci­entif­ic GEN­EART GmbH in Regens­burg. Most recently, he assumed a pos­i­tion as dir­ect­or for product man­age­ment in Syn­thet­ic Biology.Through­out his pro­fes­sion­al career, Dr. Tre­fzer has built an extens­ive sci­entif­ic expert­ise in many fields of indus­tri­al bio­tech­no­logy, syn­thet­ic bio­logy and research tools. In par­tic­u­lar, he is spe­cial­ized in driv­ing busi­ness innov­a­tion based on new tech­no­lo­gies with­in the field of bio­tech­no­logy and beyond.

Since 2017, he is board mem­ber of the asso­ci­ation Indus­tri­elle Bio­tech­no­lo­gie Bay­ern e.V. and since 2019, he is chair­man of the board.

Make a state­ment by choos­ing the right location

- the hbw Con­fer­ence­Cen­ter in the Haus der Bay­erischen Wirtschaft in Munich

Built in 1997, the Haus der Bay­erischen Wirtschaft at Max-Joseph-Strasse 5 has developed over the years into one of the most renowned con­fer­ence ven­ues in the heart of Munich. In 2015 the con­fer­ence cen­ter was com­pletely refur­bished to become what it is today.

An event com­plex that is dis­trib­uted over three levels inside the Haus der Bay­erischen Wirtschaft. The ground floor accom­mod­ates the foy­er and three con­fer­ence rooms of dif­fer­ent sizes, which can be used sep­ar­ately or inter­con­nec­ted for large events. High­lights of the com­plex include a 14-meter pan­or­amic screen and four built-in inter­pret­er booths in the Euro­pas­aal — the largest of the con­fer­ence rooms. On the third floor, the rooms of the MeetingArea serve not only for meet­ings but also for sem­inars and train­ing ses­sions. All of these spaces are air con­di­tioned with air fil­tra­tion and fea­ture dim­mable light­ing and black­out facil­it­ies. An exclus­ive ven­ue is avail­able on the sixth floor, over­look­ing the rooftops of Munich. This area is the per­fect place for private events and stands out with its own cater­ing and wash­room facil­it­ies as well as a spec­tac­u­lar view of Munich’s skyline.

The hbw Con­fer­ence­Cen­ter is run by mbw | Medi­en­ber­a­tung der Wirtschaft GmbH. This agency spe­cial­izes in organ­iz­ing events and offers a full range of soph­ist­ic­ated and state-of-the-art tech­nic­al ser­vices for clas­sic­al in-per­son meet­ings and con­fer­ences or hybrid and vir­tu­al event plat­forms. To pre­pare the speak­ers and enhance their present­a­tion skills, the ser­vices of mbw also include media and com­mu­nic­a­tions train­ing ses­sions that can be booked additionally.

With its well-coordin­ated pro­fes­sion­al team of event man­agers, tech­ni­cians and stream­ers, the con­fer­ence cen­ter becomes a cen­ter of excel­lence for exclus­ive and suc­cess­ful events in Munich.