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2016 until today

At the beginning of the year, ATB says goodbye to its longtime Administrative Manager, Dr Uta Tietz, and gains Alice Hohn as Administrative Director.

In May 2022, ATB opens its doors and hosts the approximately 6,000 visitors of the Potsdam Science Day. In addition to ATB, 34 scientific institutions present their research on our premises - with experiments, workshops, exhibits and much more. In September, ATB celebrates its 30th anniversary with a festival symposium under the motto "Learning from the past means gaining the future - agricultural technology and bioeconomy research in transition".
At the end of 2022, the University of Osnabrück and ATB jointly launch the Joint Lab KI.DS with the aim of training doctoral students at the interface of agricultural science and artificial intelligence.

In March, the Leibniz Research Network "INFECTIONS in an Urbanizing World - Humans, Animals, Environments" begins its work on the spread of antimicrobial-resistant microbes, following up on its successful work in the INFECTIONS'21 network.
On July 1, 2021, Prof. Dr. Gabriele Berg takes over in a joint appointment as head of the department "Bioengineering" and chair "Plant Microbiome Management" at University of Potsdam. Prof. Berg will strengthen and further expand ATB's research in the field of microbiome research.
With research on the possibilities of peatland management, ATB opens up a new field of research in the summer of 2021.
In November, Prof. Dr. Barbara Sturm is elected into the board of the German Agricultural Research Alliance DAFA. A few weeks later, she is elected Vice President of the Leibniz Association at its 27th annual meeting in Berlin.
Art@CIRCLE: In December, artist Wolfgang Flad installs a hanging sculpture entitled "Karma" in the foyer. With his work he wants to express that "everything is connected with everything".

On October 1, 2020, Prof. Dr. habil. Barbara Sturm takes over as Scientific Director of the ATB from Prof. Dr. Annette Prochnow, who has led the institute on an acting basis since the beginning of 2018. In a joint appointment, Prof. Sturm is Professor of "Agricultural Engineering in Bioeconomic Systems" at the Humboldt University of Berlin.
On the occasion of the official inauguration, Brandenburg's Minister of Science, Dr. Manja Schüle, hands over to ATB a symbolic funding notification from the state of Brandenburg for 25 million euros to establish a model farm for sustainable bioeconomy at the LVAT site in Groß Kreutz. With the "Leibniz Innovation Farm", a demonstration and research farm for circular agriculture, unique in Germany, is to be developed under the leadership of the ATB.

The new research building CIRCLE is ceremonially opened on 22 August in the presence of Brandenburg's Science Minister Dr. Martina Münch and other guests from politics, business and science.
In November, ATB scientist Prof. Dr. Niels Landwehr is appointed professor for "Data Science in Agriculture" at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Potsdam in a joint appointment with the ATB. 

With effect from January 1, 2018, Prof. Dr. Annette Prochnow is temporarily taking over as Scientific Director of the Institute.
Prof. Dr. Reiner Brunsch, who headed the ATB since 2004, is now dedicated to reearch tasks in the Leibniz Research Alliance Food and Nutrition.
ATB is further focusing its research: the research program 'Assessing the use of technology in agricultural systems' is discontinued at the beginning of 2018. The work on technology assessment is being integrated into ATB's research programs 'Precision agriculture in crop production and animal husbandry', 'Quality and safety of food and feed', and 'Material and energetic use of biomass'. This is intended to integrate process engineering and assessment research tasks even more closely than before.

In December, the consortium partners ATB and LVAT hand over the draft of an animal protection plan for the state of Brandenburg to the Minister of Agriculture, Vogelsänger. The paper was drawn up within only one year in accordance with the deadline. More than 90 people from various interest groups had been involved in the process.
In September, the foundation stone for the new building "Centre for Technology and Knowledge Transfer" is laid in the presence of numerous guests, including Brandenburg's Minister President Dr. Dietmar Woidke and Leibniz President Prof. Dr. Matthias Kleiner. The two-storey building will extend the institute's infrastructure with new laboratories, offices and conference rooms for research and transfer.

As of 1. September 2016, the institute bears a new name: 'Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy e.V. (ATB)'. The new name promises increased visibility for ATB's long-standing research focus on bioeconomic production systems.
Prof. Dr. Bernd Linke, the long-standing head of the Department of Bioengineering, retires. Dr. Christine Idler takes over the provisional management of the department.

... before 2016



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