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"For me, bioeconomy means using sustainably available biomass and create a climate-neutral and cycle-led economic system according to our latest knowledge."

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Daniela Thrän

Head of the Department for Bioenergy at the UFZ GmbH and the Department of Bioenergy Systems at the DBFZ gGmbH, Chair of Bioenergy Systems-University of Leipzig

The most important stages of the career

since 2021
Speaker of the integrated platform Nachhaltigkeitstransformation of the UFZ, perviously TOPIC-Speaker in the research program Technologie, Innovation und Gesellschaft (2015-2020) 

since 2011
Chair of the „Bioenergie“ department at the Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ 

since 2011
Professor at Universität Leipzig – Chair of Bioenergy Systems at the Institute for Infrastructure and Ressource Management of the Economic Science Faculty 

since 2008
Chair of the „Bioenergiesysteme“ department, furthermore deputy of the scientific director at DBFZ  

Chair of the Bioenergy Systems department at the Institute for Energetics and Environment 

Project leader biomass/ renewable energy at Universität Stuttgart

Doctorate „Stoffstrommanagement in ländlichen-strukturschwachen Regionen – Analyse, Zielbestimmung und Bewertung des Holzhaushaltes in einer nachhaltigen Regionalentwicklung“ at Bauhaus Universität Weimar 

Project leader waste management at Universität Potsdam  

Engeneering studies in Technical Environmental Protection at Technische Universität Berlin

Activities and Memberships

Chair of the Bioeconomy Council

since 2019
Member of the Scientific Advisory Council for Climate Protection and Climate Impact Adaptation Thuringia

since 2019
Co-Task Leader of the IEA Bioenergy Task 44 – “Flexible bioenergy and system integration”

Member of the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders’ Panel

Member of the Energy Council Saxony

since 2010
German representative in the IEA Bioenergy

since 2009
Chair of the working group ISO/TC 238 „Solid Biofuels“ in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

since 2007
Member of the working group „Biomass availability“ at the European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) Bioenergy


Daniela Thrän studied environmental engieering at the University Berlin and completed her doctorate at the Bauhaus University Weimar. Since 2008 she has been researching at UFZ+DBFZ Leipzig on how biomass can be provided and used most sustainable. She was appointed to the University Leipzig in 2011. She contributes her expertise to numerous committees and co-chairs the German Bioeconomy council.


  • Biomass material flow analyses
  • Material-energy use of biomass
  • Sustainability assessment

Future Challenges

  • Climate protection
  • Raw materials transition
  • Social sustainability transformation 
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