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"Bioeconomy provides sustainable solutions for tackling various societal challenges, such as protection of climate and resources and the supply with suffcient and healthy food."

Prof. Dr. Iris Lewandowski

Professor for "Biobased Resources in the Bioeconomy"
Chief Bioeconomy Officer (CBO) at the University of Hohenheim

The most important stages of the career

since 2018
Chief Bioeconomy Officer, University of Hohenheim 

since 2010
Professorship in Biobased Resources in the Bioeconnomy, University of Hohenheim. 

Senior researcher and Global Biomass R&D Program Manager at Shell Global Solutions, Amsterdam

Senior Researcher at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Department of Science, Technology and Society, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Received Postdoctoral lecture qualification in Crop Science 

Doctorate in Agricultural Science at the University of Hohenheim

Dipl. Ing. agr., University of Göttingen and University of Hohenheim

Activities and Memberships

since 2020                                                                                                                   Co-Chair of the Baden-Württemberg federal government's Sustainable Bioeconomy Advisory Council 

Member of the Advisory Council “Bioeconomy for Bavaria”

since 2019
Scientific Speaker of the European Bioeconomy University (EBU)

Prorector of the University of Hohenheim 

Since 2014
Head of the International Master's Programme "Bioeconomy" at the University of Hohenheim


Iris Lewandowski is an agrionomist and holds a Professorship for Biobased resources and Bioeconomy at the University of Hohenheim. She is a pioneer in the area of academic bioeconomy education in Europe. Her focus in bioeconomy resaerch and education are the development and training of sustainability strategies.


  • Sustainable biomass production system
  • Bioeconomy education
  • European bioeconomy

Future Challenges

  • Sustainable economy and living
  • Food security
  • Climate protection
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