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Max-Eyth-Allee 100

14469 Potsdam


Tel. +49 (0)331 5699-0


Coordinating institute

Networking activities

The bundling of knowledge and capacity in national and international research becomes increasingly important. The ATB is currently involved in the following networks and competence centers (in alphabetical order): 


The cooperation network BioPlastik is committed to the developing of innovative, bio-based, degradable biopolymers which are cost-efficient at the same time. Thereby, the performance characteristics of the bioplastics shall equal or even outperform the characteristics of conventional oil-based plastics. A main principle is to utilize residue and waste materials for the production of bio-polymers. The network implements research and development projects bringng together partners from academia and industry. Network management is held by IBB Netzwerk GmbH.

CEE AgEng - Central- and Eastern European Institutes of Agricultural Engineering

CEE AgEng is a subgroup of the EurAgEng Society and was initiated in 1999 by the ATB. It focusses on topics of interest for Central and Eastern European institutes active in Agricultural Engineering research. CEE AgEng series organizes biannual conferences in the member states.

COST Action Biochar as option for sustainable resource management (TD1107)

This COST Action connects scattered scientific community in European biochar research. It aims at coordinating the research, bringing together researchers, stakeholders and potential users from EU and candidate countries. ATB scientists are national representative in the board. Action Fact Sheet
The Internationale Summer School „biochar:crossroads“, organized 2012 in Potsdam by the ATB, is partly funded by this COST Action.

COST Action EUBis (TA1203)

COST Action "Food waste valorisation for sustainable chemicals, materials & fuels EUBis" (TD1203) is a European network of experts from science and industry from 31 nations. The overall aim of EUBis is to harness the potential of food supply chain waste (FSCW) as an alternative carbon source to produce commercially viable chemical commodities. FSCW creates huge environmental, economic and social problems. There is now a growing recognition that the twin problems of waste management and resource depletion can be solved together through the utilisation of waste as a resource, using green and sustainable technologies. The EUBis Action represents a timely opportunity to develop novel strategies for the valorisation of FSCW to new, sustainable and functional feedstocks. 

Cluster Food Industry Berlin-Brandenburg

ATB ist partner within the Cluster Food Industry under the roof of the Brandenburg Economic Development Corporation (WFBB). The cluster endeavours to develop contacts between food producers and research institutes. The German Capital Region boasts a unique density of R&D facilities working together with the food industry. With around 3,500 companies across the region and 57,600 employees throughout the entire value-added chain (agriculture, processing, logistics and trade), this cluster is one pillar of Brandenburg’s economy and thus a stabilising factor.

Cluster Plastics and Chemistry

ATB is partner the Cluster Plastics and Chemistry under the roof of the Brandenburg Economic Development Corporation (WFBB). Brandenburg has blossomed into a major hub for the European chemistry and synthetics industries. With around 620 companies, 12,900 employees, this cluster is a solid pillar of the region’s industrial landscape. The capital region features a unique density of scientific institutions in the plastics and chemistry sector - among them the ATB with its pilot plant for the biotechnological production of biobased chemicals. Several small, and medium-sized enterprises utilise these resources and sponsor research and development projects.

CURPAS (Civil Use of Remotely Ploted Aircraft Systems)

CURPAS e.V. aims at developing and using innovations of unmanned flight systems in civilian use. The association is supporting networking and cooperation between stakeholders in the region Brandenburg/Berlin. It aims to strengthen the companies and the scientific community in identiying of development and project partners, to accompany national and international R & D projects, and to ensure a sustainable market development through initiation of competitive market system solutions. CURPAS e.V., founded in 2016 on the initiative of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, is funded by BMBF.

DAFA - German agricultural research alliance

DAFA is ajoint action of the German agricultural research community. The expert network aims to improve the efficiency, transparency and the international visibility of the German agricultural research. In 2012, DAFA is active in two thematic expert forums, "legumes" and "livestock". Spokesperson of the cluster “beef” in the DAFA livestockforum is ATB's director Reiner Brunsch.


ENGAGE is a network of co-operating research institutes in the fields of agricultural, biosystems and environmental engineering. It acts as a strategic division of EurAgEng, the European Society of Agricultural Engineers. The current chairman of ENGAGE is ATB's director Reiner Brunsch, the Secretary General is David Tinker.


ERA-Net ICT-AGRI “Coordination of ICT and Robotics in Agriculture and Related Environmental Issues“

ICT-AGRI is a cross-thematic ERA-NET spanning three FP7 themes: KBBE, ENVIRONMENT and ICT. Founded 2009, it has 18 partners and 14 observers from 21 countries. ERA-NETs are established to develop and strengthen the European Research Area by facilitating practical initiatives to coordinate regional, national and European research programmes in specific fields. ATB is observer in ICT-AGRI. So far two joint Calls were launched under this ERA-Net. ATB coordinates the project 3D-Mosaic funded under the ERA-Net ICT-AGRI.

EurAgEng - European Society of Agricultural Engineers

EurAgEng exists to promote the profession of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and the people who serve it. The Society is particularly active in conferences, working groups, publications and networking. ENGAGE is the strategic group within EurAgEng. EurAgEng is the European member of the world wide agricultural engineering organisation CIGR.

Innovation Center Technologies for Health and Foods (IGE)

In the Innovation Center Technologies for Health and Foods of the Technical University (TU) Berlin its members work conjointly at innovative solutions to various research areas of the future-oriented areas health and nutrition. In interdisciplinary research topics and projects it is focused on technological aspects and relations.

Non-university Research in the State of Brandenburg (LAUF e.V.)

LAUF e.V. is a nonprofit registered association based in Potsdam. It was founded in 1999 with the aim of promoting research in the State of Brandenburg and to represent the common interests of the non-university institutions. With its current 31 member institutes from different research institutions LAUF intends to strengthen the diverse research landscape of Brandenburg through intensive cooperation with universities and educational institutions of the state, but also through increased public relations activities targeting policy makers, the media and citizens. Moreover LAUF aims to illustrate the high value of this unique cluster of research institutions to state and federal governments.

Leibniz Research Alliance Sustainable food production and healthy nutrition

The interdisciplinary Leibniz Research Alliance "Sustainable food production and healthy nutrition“ was launched at the initiative of the ATB and obtained a funding approval in 2012 by the Leibniz Central Office. So far 14 Leibniz institutes are jointly engaged in the research to tackle the complex issue - from the molecular level up to national and international economic questions. Speaker of the alliance is ATB director Prof. Dr. Reiner Brunsch.

Leibniz Research Alliance INFECTIONS´21

The aim of the Leibniz Research Alliance INFECTIONS'21, which is currently including 14 Leibniz Institutes and selected external partners, is to fight infectious diseases in the 21st century. INFECTIONS '21 aims to establish a culture of interdisciplinary research and communication in order to develop new strategies and methods - with public participation - for early warning, improved management of outbreaks and optimized containment of spreading of pathogens.

Contact ATB: Prof. Dr. Thomas Amon

Leibniz Research Alliance Energy Transition

The German energy system is undergoing the most radical change in its history. There is a call for a far greater share of renewable energy sources, a drastic increase of energy efficiency, and substantial energy savings. These goals will not be reached through technical innovations alone. New forms of governance, improved regulations, original business models, and social innovations are equally crucial for success. The Leibniz Research Alliance Energy Transition addresses these challenges with an interdisciplinary research approach. It focuses on three key areas of conflict that arise from the transformation process: centralized vs. decentralized systems, social vs. private interests, and global vs. local effects. Contact at ATB: Dr. Philipp Grundmann

Leibniz Network on Biodiversity (LVB)

The Leibniz Network on Biodiversity (LVB), founded in 2008 and constituted as a Leibniz Research Network in 2012, bundles expertise from 21 Leibniz institutions within the Leibniz Association in biodiversity research. The objective of the Leibniz Network on Biodiversity is to link existing research activities from the Environmental and Life Sciences, Economics as well as the social and spatial sciences. Furthermore it wants to enhance interdisciplinary approaches in those fields. The LVB focuses on socially highly relevant topics (such as the nexus between human well-being, climate and biodiversity), serves to inform public opinion and aims to advise policy makers on finding innovative solutions and best practices for sustainable development.
Contact at the ATB: Prof. Dr. rer. agr. habil. Annette Prochnow

pearls • Potsdam Research Network

Logo pearls_Potsdam Research Network

Potsdam has developed into a profiled scientific science location with 21 university and non-university research institutions, with 4,000 professors and academic staff. In 2009, leading research institutions in the Potsdam area, belonging to the Leibniz Association, the Helmholtz Association and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG), followed the initiative of the University Potsdam (UP) and affiliated to the  „pearls • Potsdam Research Network“. The ATB is one of the founder-donors of the pearls foundation (founded in 2011).

proWissen Potsdam

The nonprofit organization proWissen Potsdam sees its role in the promotion of science and research as well as in the expansion of a network of universities, scientific institutions, economics, culture, politics, city and citizens in the region of Potsdam. Another focus is the communication between the scientific institutions and schools. proWissen Potsdam acts as a hinge in the field of education, further training and education as well as "lifelong learning".

Competence Network Added Value in Horticulture

The nationwide Competence Network Added Value in Horticulture has emerged from the BMBF-AgroClustEr: WeGa - Horticulture Competence Network. WeGa e. V. is a nationwide non-profit association for the promotion of horticultural sciences. One focus of the activities is the initiation of scientific projects in the field of horticultural crops. The transfer of knowledge is intensively implemented in the dialogue between actors from research, horticulture, industry, politics, consulting, and associations. Acting Chairman of WEGA e.V. is ATB scientist Dr. Martin Geyer.

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