• 07.-08.10.

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    Workshop about the future of growth and the promise of the bioeconomy in Jena, Germany

    The aim of the workshop is to discuss the relationships between the bioeconomy and economic growth from a multidisciplinary and global perspective. We want to foster an exchange between debates on the ecological and social implications of the bioeconomy and critical debates on sustainable growth, green growth and degrowth.

    Venue: Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany

  • 21.-22.09.


    Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Conference 2020 in Freiburg, Germany

    Hosted by the Chair of Societal Transition and Circular Economy, University of Freiburg
    Determining the implications of circular economy initiatives on the environment and human wellbeing is essential for successful policy development and monitoring. While technical and business aspects of circular economy initiatives receive growing attention, perspectives on power struggles, socioecological justice and trade-offs in implementation are underdeveloped.

    This conference calls for contributions from all disciplines that critically explore prospects, potentials, and limitations of circular economy initiatives for social justice and environmental sustainability. more

  • 18.02.


    DZHW colloquium on scientific collaboration in Berlin

    Milad Abbasiharofteh was invited to deliver a talk at the DZHW (German Centre for Higher Education and Science Studies in Berlin) on ‘The driving forces of collaboration and atypical inventions in biotech: evidence from the Berlin biotech cluster and the European co-inventorship network’. In this talk, Milad will talk about his research on the biotech sector at different levels.

  • 29.-31.01.


    5th Geography of Innovation (GeoInno) in Stavanger, Norway

    TRAFOBIT members Frans Hermans and Milad Abbasiharofteh co-organise a session with colleagues from Orkestra (Spain), Lund University (Sweden), University of Bremen and University of Greifswald (Germany) at the GeoInno conference in Stavanger (Norway). This session title is ‘what role does the bioeconomy play in the transformation of regions towards sustainable development’ and focusesses on the relevance of bioeconomy in the context of innovation studies.

    See: for details.

  • 20.-23.01.


    TRAFOBIT contributing to NetSci-X Tokyo

    Milad Abbasiharofteh will present a poster ‘Driving forces of invention in European regions: a network approach’ and delivers a talk on ‘The rise and fall of typical and atypical bioeconomy patents’ at the upcoming network science conference in Tokyo. Milad underlines the significance of co-inventor relations and the structural properties of such a network regarding learning and future innovative activities.

  • 18.12.

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    „Brennende Landschaften: Hintergründe und Ursachen der Feuer im Amazonas“ by Maurício Torres (Belém, Brasilien)

    Mauricio Torres will give a presentation on the political and economic backgrounds of the fires and growing deforestation in the amazon area. He will talk about the situation of the heterogeneous local population and the social movements and will give a summary about the socio-ecological consequnces of the first year of the Bolsonaro government.