Swipe to the bioeconomy future: the app to visit the exhibition online

How will we live in 2040? How will we feed ourselves? What raw materials will we use? A special exhibition at the Senckenberg Naturmuseum in Frankfurt provides insights into tomorrow's world. The exhibition was designed as part of the BioKompass project and can now be visited digitally as well using an interactive augmented reality app. Particularly interesting during corona: The app also functions at home as a virtual tour through the future of the bioeconomy.

You can navigate through the museum's exhibits in three selected scenarios of a society geared towards a bioeconomy: Will we be growing our own microalgae in kitchen bioreactors in 15 years' time? Will we be eating burgers made of insects? And where will our energy come from? The app presents suitable bio-based innovations, encourages visitors to come up with their own ideas and, in the end, shows in which future scenario they would live based on their answers to the questions. The contents of the app were partly developed and implemented together with pupils and students.

Simone Kimpeler, who coordinates the BioKompass project, comments: "It became clear in the futures dialogs with young people and interested citizens that sustainability is key to a successful transition to a bioeconomy - but there is a still lot of controversy concerning the underlying developments. This is reflected in the contents of the app. It offers a playful way of becoming aware of the diverse impacts of the bioeconomy on daily life - and of better understanding the opportunities and risks in interaction with consumer behavior".

The app can be found in the Apple Store and the Google Play Store using the search term "BioKompass". The BioKompass project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, supports information and communication on societal transformation to a bioeconomy.

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