Digital and climate friendly.

We develop digital technologies for tomorrow's agriculture.

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Research for the bioeconomy.

Using biological resources and natural cycles in agriculture efficiently in a sustainable manner.

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Reconsidering biomass.

We are tapping new raw material sources for the climate-friendly production of food and non-food products.

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Researching for the bioeconomy

Our Vision

A circular, diverse, innovative and sustainable bioeconomy produces healthy food for all, operates on the basis of renewable raw materials and facilitates the realization of One Health for humans, animals and the environment.

Our Mission

The Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy is a pioneer and a driver of bioeconomy research. 
We create the scientific foundation to transform agricultural, food, industrial and energy systems into a comprehensive bio-based circular economy.
We develop and integrate techniques, processes and management strategies, effectively converging technologies to intelligently crosslink highly diverse bioeconomic production systems and to control them in a knowledge-based, adaptive and largely automated manner.
We conduct research in dialogue with society - knowledge-motivated and application-inspired.

Our profile


Prof. Barbara Sturm, Scientific Director ATB

In an interview with the VDI, Prof. Barbara Sturm, scientific director of the ATB, reports on how agricultural technology can help to cope with the…


VW-Stiftung fördert Kooperation von Uni Osnabrück und Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie Potsdam mit einem Gesamtvolumen von 6,7 Mio.…

Teilnehmer des Res4Live Treffens am ATB (Foto: Foltan/ATB)

Participants of the EU-funded project Res4Live (Energy smart livestock farming - towards zero fossil fuel consumption) met at ATB on 24 and 25…

Sculpture by Werner Nerlich on the ATB campus (Photo: Foltan/ATB)

A wall sculpture by Potsdam artist Werner Nerlich was rediscovered at ATB during clean-up work. The object is a cultural testimony to GDR history and…

Hand over of the presidency from Prof. Fátima Baptista (left) to Prof. Barbara Sturm (right)  (Photo: Käthner/ATB)

Prof. Dr Barbara Sturm, Scientific Director of the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), took over the presidency of…

Foyer with many representatives from above

To kick off the international conference AgEng-LAND.TECHNIK 2022 in Berlin, representatives of the industry from science and business met at the…

ASABE President Keith G. Tinsey visiting ATB. (Photo: ATB)

On November 21, Keith G. Tinsey, President of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), visited the ATB. As part of his…

Group of visitor at our exhibition booth

One Health combines the well-being of humans, animals and the environment. Under this guiding principle, we are researching individualised animal…

GO-GRASS scientist Dr Thomas Heinrich explains the carbonisation process in the ATB biochar laboratory (Photo: N. Höppner)

Participants of the EU project GO-GRASS met at ATB from 15 to 17 November. On the agenda were discussions and planning for the next phase of the…


Im Podcast 'Schlaue Frage – Kluge Antwort' von MAZ und proWissen Potsdam beantwortet ATB-Experte Dr. Joachim Venus die Frage, was sich hinter diesem…

Autumn leaves in the city - up to now hardly used for energy (Photo: Foltan/ATB)

Using Berlin as a case study, scientists from the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) have compared the composting of…

New head of the department 'Data Science in Bioeconomy' at ATB: Prof. Dr. Marina Höhne (Photo: M. Höhne)

On November 1, 2022, Prof. Dr. Marina Höhne started as head of the department "Data Science in Bioeconomy" at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural…



ATB is hosting the PhD-Day once more on December 6, 2022, which is a great chance for PhD-Students to converse with others regarding their thesis and…


Estimates of how much water is consumed by a livestock or to produce one kg of meat or milk remain scarce. Such information needs to be given to…


The expert-workshop aims to advance and harmonize assessment of water use in livestock production systems and supply chains worldwide. The event is…

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Diversified crop production

The program area is dedicated to the development of technology and processes for environmentally controlled, highly diversified agroecological production of plant biomass.

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Precision farming in crop and livestock production

Research focusses on technical solutions to improve animal welfare, barn climate and reduce emissions, as well as on the evaluation of animal husbandry systems.

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Healthy foods

Research covers the entire spectrum between primary production and consumption of fresh or minimally processed plant and animal products, including fruit, vegetables, cereals, milk, meat and insects.

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Research programs

Multifunctional biomaterials

The focus is on the sustainable production of biomass in agriculture, agroforestry systems and paludiculture and the further processing of this biomass into biobased materials.

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Integrated residue management

The program area bundles research activities on biogas and on carbonized biomass such as biochar and humic substances to be fed back into the production cycle.

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