Science conference  /  06/28/2018  -  06/29/2018

Biological Transformation of Manufacturing

The first »FUTURAS IN RES« conference

For economies and societes, biological transformation involves similarly profound changes as the digital transformation. Biological transformation in value creation means nothing less than the systematic application of principles, resources and processes of nature in technology. It is driven by progress in the life sciences enabling a better understanding of biological processes. Combined with advances in digitalization, as well as in materials and production sciences, entire new technological solutions and high-tech markets arise.

Last but not least, the biological transformation leads to far-reaching social and economic change processes – with sustainable growth strategies and lasting efficiency that affects all areas of value creation. Essential challenges of today's societies – resource and energy consumption, climate change and the lasting relationship between man and nature – can finally be addressed.

This process began in the 1920s with the poppy salt shaker and does not end with the swarm intelligence used by today’s robots. The Federal Government of Germany has already promoted the extension of biological knowledge with programs and measures like the »Rahmenprogramm Biotechnologie« and the "Nationale Forschungsstrategie Bioökonomie 2030". Biological transformation complements digital agendas necessarily with a strategy for sustainable growth and innovation strategies.

Still, this approach needs to be successfully transferred to key areas of our economies, including the production technology – a cross-cutting task that needs to be resolved across departments and sectors. To this end, the conference »Biological Transformation of Manufacturing« will make a decisive contribution, and at the same time initiate the new, future-oriented conference series "FUTURAS IN RES" of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

With this new conference, Fraunhofer convenes visionary scientists from a wide variety of disciplines and leading decision-makers from politics and business. We look forward to Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research, and Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, as well as renowned industry representatives.