Digital and transparent.

We develop Digital Twins that network real systems with their digital counterparts.


From farm to fork.

We investigate how to keep fresh food safe and healthy.


Intelligent and fast.

We develop automated solutions for the agriculture of tomorrow.

Photo: Manuel Gutjahr

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


The freshly installed bee hive behind the CIRCLE.

Probably the best-known pollinators have found a home at ATB. Just in time for their "awakening", dedicated ATB researcher Saskia Strutzke settled a…

Prof Barbara Sturm signs the Memorandum of Understanding. (Photo: ATB)

A clean environment is a human right. Together, the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) and the German Research Centre…

macroalgae cultivation at ATB

A planning meeting followed by a construction coordination meeting took place on 12 February 2024 as part of the ZifoG construction project "Leibniz…


As part of a broad replacement planting initiative, colleagues from the System Process Engineering department planted 145 trees. The dedicated…


Der Landwirtschaftsausschuss des Niedersächsischen Landtags besuchten am 24. Januar 2024 das ATB. In den gemeinsamen Gesprächen und einem Rundgang…


Science thrives on openness and internationality. We, the ATB, stand for a world-open, respectful and solidary together and resolutely oppose hate and…


ATB-Auszubildender Daniel Guhl erhält Azubi-Preis für hervorragende Leistungen als zweitbester Auszubildender des Jahres 2023 im Ausbildungsberuf…

Barn design of the future: Innovative floor surfaces for lower emissions (Photo: ATB)

What are the challenges and tasks for science, politics, industriy and agriculture? In the recently published VDI Roadmap, a team of authors made up…


Prof Barbara Sturm, Scientific Director at ATB, is starting a second term as Vice President. At the 29th Leibniz Annual Conference, the Leibniz…


From November 12 - 18, 2023, the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) welcomed numerous interested visitors to…


Microbiome management is a key technology for optimising bioeconomic processes, increasing their productivity and reducing the use of resources. From…


On October 17–18, 2023, RoKoCon was held at the Robert-Koch-Institute in Berlin, providing a platform for a knowledge exchange in terms of scientific…



Die Abschlussveranstaltung des GO-GRASS Projekts "Unlocking the potential of Grass: new business opportunities for rural areas" findet vom 12. bis 13.…


The Leibniz Research Network "Mathematical Modeling and Simulation" invites to the seventh Leibniz MMS Days from April 10-12, 2024. It will be hosted…


The workshop will provide an overview of the relevant economic and technical key figures from the practical operation of the BioCNG soft filling…

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Research programs

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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Individualized 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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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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