Networks

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Leibniz Research Alliances

Leibniz Research Alliances are an instrument of internal networking. Within Leibniz Research Alliances Leibniz institutions work together in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams to investigate topical issues of great relevance to science and society. They pursue the goal of bundling complementary competences of participating institutes and thus pave the way for particularly successful research projects with a high degree of radiance. They provide central contacts for politics and business, funding agencies, the media and civil society. Leibniz research alliances are open to cooperation with universities, other non-university research and infrastructure facilities, international research groups and partners from industry.

ATB has initiated one research alliance and is actively involved in three other research alliances of the Leibniz Association.

Here we would like to briefly introduce these alliances ...


Leibniz Research Alliance 'Sustainable food production and healthy nutrition'

The interdisciplinary Leibniz Research Alliance 'Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition' was initiated by ATB. The network combines the expertise of 14 Leibniz institutions from various disciplines in the fields of food production and nutrition and serves as a common platform for partners conducting decentralised and independent research - from the molecular level to economic issues. Spokesperson of the network is ATB scientist Prof. Dr. Reiner Brunsch.


Leibniz-Forschungsverbund INFECTIONS´21

Leibniz Research Alliance 'INFECTIONS ´21'  unites 14 Leibniz institutions and external partners. The alliance aims to establish an interdisciplinary research agenda and opens up new avenues of communication across disciplines. New strategies and methods for early warning and outbreak management systems will be developed to control spread of pathogens. This effort will also include public involvement through citizen science projects. Contact ATB: Prof. Dr. Thomas Amon


Leibniz Research Alliance 'Energy Transition'

The German energy system is undergoing the most radical change in its history. The nuclear power phase-out and ambitious climate protection targets call for a far greater share of renewable energy sources, a drastic increase of energy efficiency, and substantial energy savings. Besides technical innovations new forms of governance, improved regulations, original business models, and social innovations are equally crucial for success. Moreover, broad public consent is needed for an environmentally and socially sustainable transition. The Leibniz Research Alliance 'Energy Transition' addresses these challenges focusing on three key areas of conflict that arise from the transformation process: Centralized vs. decentralized systems, collective vs. individual interests, and global vs. local effects. Contact ATB: Dr. Philipp Grundmann


Leibniz Biodiversity Network (LVB)

Leibniz Biodiversity Network, founded in 2008, bundles the skills of 21 Leibniz institutions in environmental, social, life, spatial and economic sciences to draw up recommendations for sustainable solutions to maintain biodiversity. Biodiversity is the basis for health and a stable environment. Diverse habitats secure agricultural yields, cushion the adverse effects of climate change, and increase the appeal of a given location. Not least, biodiversity is of ethical, cultural and aesthetic significance. One of the main challenges is to reconcile the objectives of national and international biodiversity agreements with often competing climate, energy, agricultural and economic policy goals. Contact ATB: Prof. Dr. Annette Prochnow