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Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

The newly established chair group of Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, headed by Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring, focuses on current management issues of food and agribusiness. Our central research interest is technology, innovation management and entrepreneurship in agri-food chains and networks. We strive to understand how emerging technologies and innovations (like eg. bio-, nanotech, nutrigenomics or advances in food processing resulting in value-added food ingredients) are adopted by the market, shape existing value chains and may mitigate current challenges on the way to a knowledge-based bioeconomy.

We aim at closely linking theoretical and practical questions in research and education. Our research projects are based on a wide array of quantitative as well as qualitative methods to analyze management questions in the diverse applications fields of food and agribusiness and related sectors (bioeconomy).


  • We are looking for a doctoral student (65%) starting in January, 2022, more infos here.
  • Interview with Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring on transfer of innovations in the resource transition: here.
  • On October 06, 2021, Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring gives a keynote on "Cross-Industry Innovations for AgriFood-Systems of the Future" at the Space2Agriculture network's annual meeting
  • Paper "Evaluation of sustainability-oriented technologies from business perspective - Insights from a multi-stakeholder study" by Carolin Block, Dr. Michael Wustmans and Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring was honored as Best PhD Paper at the R&D Management Conference 2021.
  • We are looking for a Post-doctoral researcher (100 %) at the next possible date, more infos here.
  • Paper "Exploring Key Enabling Technologies as Drivers in Transition Processes" by Anna Waßenhoven, Dr. Michael Wustmans, Dr. Natalie Laibach and Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring was nominated as a finalist for the Best Paper Award at the XXXII ISPIM Innovation Conference 2021.
  • Agrarzeitung is looking for young talents with innovative ideas for the Förderpreis der Agrarwirtschaft, more infos here
  • Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring on the topic of digitalization in the agricultural industry in WirtschaftsWoche: Link.
  • Innovative ideas searched for KUER Businessplan Competition 2021, more infos here.
  • Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring will join the virtual IAMO Forum on June 07, 2021 with a key note on the topic "Moving the bioeconomy from mind to market: What drives technology transfer and innovation adoption?", more infos and registration free of charge here.
  • This semester again, there are interesting guest lectures from industry, consultancy and start-ups in our classes, more infos here.
  • Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring presents on March 23, 2021 on the topic "Bioeconomy: From its barriers to bioentrepreneurship and resilient business models" at the OpenInnovation Forum "InvivoQuest", more infos here.
  • Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring moderates DECHEMA Virtual Talks about Intrapreneurship on April 22 and 29, 2021, more infos and registration here.
  • Dr. Michael Wustmans as award winner of the BioSC Supervision Award 2020 for outstanding achievements in supervising doctoral students, more infos here.
  • Change of denomination: To reflect more on the activities of our chair in the area of entrepreneurship in research and teaching, the denomination of our chair is renamed to "Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship".
  • Research on evaluation criteria of sustainable technologies, more information here.
  • Cooperation for young entrepreneurs and researchers in the field of anorganic chemistry and material scienes with Traibacher Industrie AG. More infos here:
  • On Monday, 30th November 2020, Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring speaks at the virtual "Innovation Week of Uni of Mauritius". The title of her keynote is "When Biology meets data science: interdisciplinarity as a key driver for innovation in the bioeconomy"
  • On Monday, 16th November 2020, Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring joins the Expert Panel on "Innovation Systems in the BioEconomy" at the Global BioEconomy Summit (Track 4, Theme 3). More infos here:
  • STRIVE researcher and team nominated for the 9th German Sustainability Research Award on the subject of urban bioeconomy:
    A team of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) Münster, the Leuphana University and the German Institute for Food technology (DIL) has been nominated for the 9th German Sustainability Research Award, announced by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on the subject of urban bioeconomy. Dr. Natalie Laibach, a senior researcher member of the of STRIVE project, is also part of this team.
    The team's innovative idea: the “Waste-to-Resource-Unit” bio-refinery should enable the conversion of organic raw materials into high-quality resources. Used in canteens or other facilities, mixed food waste is sanitized and individual components such as proteins and starch are extracted in order to produce algae biomass on site for use in food production. Depending on the composition of the leftover food, the extraction of pigments, vitamins or antioxidants is also possible. Thanks to the modular design, the waste-to-resource unit can be used flexibly and reduces transport routes to a minimum. The raw material efficiency in cities can thus be increased and environmental pollution reduced.
    You can vote for the nominated ideas here:
    Here is the link to the idea:
  • AFECO students took second place at PDMA Competition 2020 (more information at "Teaching")
  • Virtual conference for food and agriculture industry on September 14 and 15, 2020: Ideenfutter Expo 
    • New cooperation of the TIM Chair with KUER.NRW start-up competition! More under


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