Dr Peter Eckes, President of Bioscience Research, BASF Corporation

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New Horizons in the Chemical Industry

Dr Peter Eckes, President Bioscience Research, BASF

In our more than 150-year BASF history we have seen our fair share of changes with new markets and trends emerging and vanishing. The world continues to change ever more rapidly and by 2050 there will be 10 billion people living on our planet, 70% of them in cities. These changes in population and lifestyle will substantially increase the primary energy consumption and we will need to produce more food for a growing population.

In his talk, Peter Eckes will share how BASF addresses some of these challenges through cross-disciplinary approaches with examples from Bioscience Research and how digitalization in R&D plays a key role in developing the innovative and sustainable solutions that are needed.

About the Speaker

As President Bioscience Research, Peter Eckes leads one of the world’s leading bioscience competence centers. In this role, he drives innovative sustainable solutions for agricultural, food and industrial applications for a better life and an improved environment.

Immediately prior to his Bioscience Research responsibility, Peter led as President, BASF Plant Science, which followed his role as Senior Vice President for BASF’s global Crop Protection Division’s Research and Development.

Peter joined BASF in 1992, after completing a post-graduate fellowship with Harvard University’s chemistry department. In 1997, Peter joined BASF Chemical Intermediates Division as Technical Director of Production at BASF’s Verbund integrated production site in Geismar, LA. In 2000, Peter returned to Ludwigshafen to accept the position of Director, New Business Development for the global Chemical Intermediates Division, a position he held until accepting the Senior Vice President role with Crop Protection in 2002.

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