Connecting, Supporting the Bioeconomy) is an association of accompanyingresearch and an office, which promotes the structural change in the Rhenish coal-mining area by setting up a model region for the bioeconomy. Therefore,complementary actors around the innovation field bioeconomy are brought togetherin the Rhenish coal-mining region, enabling the development of concrete valuepropositions and solutions by using open innovation processes. A special focus ofthe project, which is funded by the BMBF with 6.8 million euros, is on researchingthe innovation ecosystems around the innovation cluster BioökonomieREVIER and the competence center Bio4MatPro.
The goal of our accompanying research, with all partners involved (including RWTH-TIM, RWTH-HumTec, RWTH-IfU, RWTH-WiGeo, the TIE of the Technical University of Dortmund, and IBG-2 of Forschungszentrum Jülich), is to systematizefindings and experiences in this subject area and utilize them for a betterunderstanding of regional innovation ecosystems with their specific challenges and success factors.
The accompanying research will:
- Continuously accompany the interaction of actors in the model region as well as thetransfer of new knowledge
- Develop the regional value proposition
- Support start-up and settlement activities in the region
- Strengthen acceptance and acceptance among the citizens with innovative communication and participation concepts
- Examine the regional and ecological effects of the transformation process
The operation of the office coordinates the cooperation between research, industry, and other actors and creates a communication interface to all stakeholders, andmakes the findings available to all actors in the region.
Thereby we achieve that:
- Strategies and progress within the model region are analyzed
- Structural weaknesses of the model region and obstacles that endanger thesuccessful development of the model region are identified at an early stage
- Development of the model region is accelerated
- Structural change is better understood and facilitated by model regions in general.
Finally, our results will be used to derive social and political as well as scientific-technological implications on a regional, but also national level.