Biosolutions at SCIENCE

Biosolutions integrates biology and technology to create sustainable solutions to climate and environmental problems using nature's own resources and tools. Read more about our current research projects and study programmes on this page.

What are biosolutions?

Biosolutions are sustainable, biological solutions based on nature's own tools. By exploiting bacteria, enzymes and fermentation, biosolutions can replace traditional methods with bio-based alternatives, such as bioplastics, plant-based foods and green fuels.

Denmark's largest knowledge partner

Biosolutions hold great potential for driving the green transition, and Denmark has a global position of strength in the field (IRIS Group, 2021, only in Danish).

The Faculty of Science (SCIENCE) do research and education in the green biosolutions of the future across 11 out of 12 departments. As Scandinavia's largest science education and research institution, SCIENCE works in the entire chain from primary production, the production of new foods to degradable materials and purification of contaminated soil and groundwater through biological processes.

We contribute with solutions and new knowledge in close collaboration with companies and organizations. The University of Copenhagen is part of Alliance for Biosolutions and Lighthouse Project Biosolutions Zealand. We lead in training professionals for the sector (HBC Economics, 2021, only in Danish) and, in close cooperation with local businesses, has established a new MSc in Biosolutions in Kalundborg.

We also conduct research into how we can ensure transparency and clear involvement of the population when new technological solutions and major changes in, for example, our food system occur. This is done, among other things, by researchers' participation in the Danish Council on Ethics and in collaboration with Think Tank Europe in the project Biosolutions 2030.

Biosolutions are nature's own tools

SCIENCE works with biosolutions in four categories:

  • Agriculture. For example, developing climate-robust plant varieties, refining animal feed and developing bio-fertilisers and pesticides. The solutions adapt plants to climate change, reduce waste, increase efficiency, and conserve resources.
  • Industry. For example, converting biomass to biofuels and bioplastics, producing biocatalysts, and developing degradable materials from renewable sources. The solutions involve replacing petrochemical materials with biological materials.
  • Food and ingredients. For example, to produce cheese and beer or ingredients for functional foods using precision and conventional fermentation and microbial cultures. The solutions involve e.g. increasing product quality, producing alternative proteins and increasing the health benefits of foods.
  • Environment. For example, cleaning contaminated soil, groundwater, air or water with microorganisms and plants as well as using biological processes to recycle resources. The focus is to promote sustainable environmental practices and reduce environmental impacts.