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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. With GoGrass, a large EU joint project coordinated by the ATB for the development of circular business models based on surplus grass starts in 2019.
In two spin-offs, ATB scientists are founding new companies and start their economic independence: AniTech is concerned with a sensor-based early warning system for animal stress based on a novel sensor for measuring the intranasal pressure difference during inhalation and exhalation. The company foundation Melk-FEE focuses on the well-being of dairy cows through research, development, testing and consulting in the field of milk production. With these ATB spin-offs, the scientific milking competence of the institute, which has been developed over many years, is now being anchored in practice.
In September the International Conference INSECTA registers a record attendance with about 270 participants from all continents. The conference organized by ATB in the rooms of the University of Potsdam at Neues Palais is a highlight in this year's calendar of events.
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.