Getting to know each other, exchange, sharing ideas and making plans – that was the first Matching@JenaVersum event, which took place on Monday, 27.05.2024 on the topic of bioeconomy.

As network, JenaVersum promotes exchange and interdisciplinarity. A matching event that brings together researchers from different institutions to common field of research is a perfect format for our network – especially in the forward-looking and interdisciplinary field of bioeconomy.

More than 30 experts from science and industry, representing disciplines such as microbiology, biotechnology, materials and nutritional sciences, law, sociology, innovation economics, biophotonics and (environmental) chemistry, presented their research in concise 3-minute pitches.

As a small culinary highlight, insect snacks were served during the break, which not only provided a topic of conversation, but also offered an insight into sustainable nutrition options. Afterwards, Dr. Michael Bär from the Thuringian Cluster Management of LEG gave an overview of the potential in the field of bioeconomy in Thuringia.

In the subsequent networking session, the participants exchanged project ideas at moderated themed tables and were able to make new contacts. In some cases, concrete projects and possible collaborations were also explored – across disciplines and sectors.

We are delighted with the positive feedback on the event and look forward to further activities with those involved.

Special thanks to the colleagues from the Research and Transfer Service Center of the Jena university and Nucleus for their support in organizing the event.