Call for Papers: Special Issue in "Sustainability" (MDPI)/Open Access

26.10.2020 · FV Lebensmittel & Ernährung

Special Issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050) "Optimization of a Circular Bioeconomy for Agriculture and Food Industry"

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors:
Dr. Vera Tekken Website1 Website2
Guest Editor

Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy e.V. (ATB), 14469 Potsdam, Germany

Interests: sustainable food systems; society and environment; sustainable development; food chain management; science transfer and communication; food security; water management; sustainable bioeconomy; food governance

Dr. Tabea Lissner Website
Guest Editor

Department "Adaptation & Vulnerability", Climate Analytics gGmbH, 10969 Berlin, Germany

Interests: impacts of climate change; adaptation to climate change; climate policy; sustainable development

Special Issue Information:

Dear Colleagues,

Major global problems, such as climate change, resource degradation and depletion, and environmental degradation threaten our food supply, food security, and food quality. The concept of a circular bioeconomy combines economic growth with environmental compatibility. It thus represents a framework for a sustainable structural transformation toward a modern, resource-efficient, and competitive economy based on sustainably produced renewable raw materials as well as on biobased innovations.

The essential progress in recent decades in understanding biological processes and systems will contribute significantly to the replacement of easy available fossil resources by producing solutions that link climate protection with economic development as well as with securing global food supply.

There is high potential for agricultural production and the food industry to contribute to a sustainable bioeconomy which is, e.g., based on the

  • Substitution of fossile resources by renewable biobased or secondary raw materials and organic residual materials;
  • Avoidance of nutrient losses;
  • Creation of greener and more cost-effective value chains for industrial food processes;
  • Production of innovative sustainable biobased and biodegradable products;
  • Turning of biowaste and residues into valuable resources; and
  • Increase of the ecoefficiency of processes.

This Special Issue invites conceptual and theoretical contributions, as well as original research papers, comprehensive reviews or case studies along technical, environmental, natural, and societal topics.

We are especially interested in research that describes innovative agricultural and industrial strategies or processes for food production from renewable biobased resources from land and sea, fostering ecoefficiency, climate protection, and sustainable innovations for a low-carbon economy.

We particularly encourage authors to submit articles of interdisciplinary nature that redefine problems and generate ideas that cut across disciplines and focus on methods, models, and analyses in the context of a sustainable circular bioeconomy.

This Special Issue will include but is not limited to the following topics.


  • Sustainable agricultural transformation toward a circular bioeconomy
  • Increase of ecoefficiency
  • Emission reduction strategies in agricultural production and food processing
  • Innovative renewable biological resources from land and sea
  • New management strategies for sustainable food production
  • Substitution of fossil resources in food industry
  • Cascade systems
  • Life cycle assessments
  • Renewable raw materials
  • Biobased innovations
  • Waste reduction or prevention in production and processing
  • Strategies for pesticide reduction
  • Avoidance of nutrient losses
  • Strategies to bring forward a climate neutral agriculture and food industry
  • Societal benefits of a circular bioeconomy

Dr. Vera Tekken
Dr. Tabea Lissner
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information:

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

This special issue is now open for submission.
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