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Uwe D'Agnone is committed to a sustainable and resource-efficient industry and is breaking new ground with his grass-based paper and packaging.

Christian Griebler, Kommissarischer Leiter des Instituts für Grundwasserökologie (IGOE), Helmholtz-Zentrum München

We all make use of the groundwater, yet only few of us notice it as an ecosystem. Munich biologist Christian Griebler is working to change this perception.

Landwirt Robert Hagemann hat mit seinem Handy das Büro immer dabei.

The Brandenburg farmer Robert Hagemann always has his office with him, albeit on his smartphone. These and other digital assistants facilitate his work out in the fields, in the stables or at the biogas plant.

Eduardo Gordillo ist Gründer von Bio-lutions

For Eduardo Gordillo, vegetable waste represents the ideal raw material for packaging and disposable tableware. His Hamburg-based start-up Bio-lutions turns agricultural waste into biodegradable moulded fibre products. The multi award-winning material can be produced with minimal technical effort, anywhere in the world.

Vast amounts of food never make it to the dinner plate and instead end up in the bin. In Münster, Guido Ritter is committed to ensuring that food is properly valued. Among other things he is developing of new types of packaging that increase the shelf life of products.

Florian Hammerstein, Original Food

With his fully compostable coffee capsule, the founder of the company Original Food, Florian Hammerstein, once again proves to be a pioneer of sustainable ideas. Above all, the work of the entrepreneur serves as a reminder that things can be done differently.

Johannes Gescher investigates the many and varied metabolic capacities of bacteria. With his work he is trying to get microbes to produce bioplastics from the carbon dioxide contained in waste gases.

What are the effects of plastic waste on ecosystems? That is the question that biologist Carolin Völker and her colleague Johanna Kramm are trying to answer with their projects in their junior research group ‘PlastX’.

Putting technology in the service of nature has become a life’s mission for Cornelia Weltzien. As an agricultural engineer, she is working to utilise the full spectrum of technologies in new and complex systems that are aimed at conserving soil and facilitating the work of farmers.

Helmut Hillebrand leitet seit Januar das neue Helmholtz-Zentrum für Funktionelle Marine Biodiversität.

The marine biologist Helmut Hillebrand has always been fascinated by biodiversity. As the head of the new Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity, the Oldenburg-based expert is developing tools that will help to improve predictions about changes in ocean biodiversity.

Martin Miersch, Sojaexperte von Taifun

Martin Miersch wishes to drive soya cultivation in Germany forward. The agricultural engineer spends his time at Taifun, the organic tofu manufacturer, looking for the ideal bean for his tofu.

Sonja Jost

Sonja Jost is an expert in the area of chiral catalysis. The engineer is the director of Dexlechem, a Berlin-based start-up that has already begun to make the business of synthesising drugs easier on the environment.

The director of the start-up Lignotube has developed innovative winding technology for the manufacture of wooden tubes. Whether for furniture manufacture, insulation or heating: wood can be used in a host of different ways. However, up to now the rigid and partially brittle structure of this ancient material has made it a challenge for designers, limiting its application in industry.

Stefan Schiller von der Universität Freiburg ist diesjähriger Gewinner des BMBF-Forschungspreises „Nächste Generation biotechnologischer Verfahren“.

Cells are living factories, each containing numerous reaction chambers. The Freiburg-based chemist Stefan Schiller wants to give cells entirely new chambers in the form of artificial vesicles, and in this way encourage them to produce new and useful substances. 

Jörg Riesmeier

Jörg Riesmeier already worked as biochemical scientist as a well as a fund manager. In his recent years, he helped putting the industrial biotechnology-specialised company Direvo on a new course.

Biocompatible, environmentally friendly and universal – these are the kinds of high expectations placed on materials today. For materials scientist Klaus Jandt, nature will always be best role model. At the University of Jena in Thuringia, the physicist studies the structures of natural materials – both to understand them better and to reconstruct their interesting properties. 

Die preisgekrönte Mikrobiologin Nicole Dubilier erforscht im Meer das Zusammenleben von Mikroben mit anderem Meeresgetier.

Even as a child, Nicole Dubilier was fascinated by the sea. Today, she counts among the world's leading microbiologists.

Dagmar Köhler-Repp

Dagmar Köhler-Repp was in her mid-twenties when she took the brave step into self-employment. Immediately after completing her studies, the graduate founded the veterinary vaccine company Ripac-Labor.

Nach einer Karriere als Pflanzenphysiologe und Genetiker wurde Yuri Gleba Unternehmer.

Yuri Gleba has developed a technology to produce drugs with tobacco plants. With his companies Nomad Biosciences and Icon Genetics the scientist played a role in the fight against Ebola.

Die gebürtige Französin Emmanuelle Charpentier leitet eine Forschungsabteilung am HZI in Braunschweig.

Enemies are disposed of by the cutting-out of genetic material – this simple trick served as inspiration for French–born Emmanuelle Charpentier, ultimately leading her to revolutionise molecular biology. Today, at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig, Charpentier continues to conduct research and develop her exceptionally precise gene-scissors for use in biotechnology-related fields. 

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