Among the highlights of this years "Biotechnologietage" were the lively discussion between biotech company representative Dr. Mariola Söhngen (Mologen AG) and several members of the German Bundestag as well as minister Peter Altmaier's appearance who emphasized the importance of biotechnology for the German economy. Fascinating scientific topics included future food (will it be based on insects and algae?) and the human microbiome (are changes cause or effect of illnesses?).
Once a year perspectives for the future of the German research and innovation system are discussed on the Research Summit. At this year's summit, Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek announced the creation of an Innovation Agency for Jump Innovations, which should be equipped with extraordinary degrees of freedom and thus facilitate start-ups.
Statement of Dr. Katharina Paulick to the situation of founders in Germany on the Research Summit 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdMLA4jMi4E
Stephanie Bschorr (President of Verband deutscher Unternehmerinnen e. V. (VdU), Berlin), Dr. Konstanze Koepff-Röhrs (Entrepreneur, Dr. Werner Röhrs KG, Sonthofen), Dr. Julia Rosendahl (CEO of PerformaNat GmbH, Berlin), Caroline von Möller (CEO of Fenne Baugesellschaft mbH, Gladbeck) and Katharina Paulick (CEO BioNukleo) discussed about female entrepreneuship in Germany. The Alphazirkel GmbH organized the discussion.