Research and topics areas that concern several Leibniz Institutes are frequently based on existing interdisciplinary profiles of the Leibniz institutions and are identified by the Leibniz Association Sections and Executive Board. This process receives additional support from Leibniz Strategy Forums, which consider and report on shared concerns and developments. The Executive Board (or a project group responsible for the topic) nominates, on the recommendation of the President, scientific leaders, depending on the topic in question.
The ATB participates in the Leibniz Strategy Forums "Sustainable Agri-Food Systems" and "Open Science.
Leibniz Strategy Forum "Sustainable Agri-Food Systems"
The role of the Leibniz Strategy Forum on Sustainable Agri-Food Systems is to ascertain the Leibniz Association’s interdisciplinary expertise for overcoming conflicts of objectives in agricultural and aquatic production systems. As we now know, agriculture and fisheries are drivers of soil and water eutrophication, biodiversity loss and climate change. Conversely, far-reaching structural change and climate change pose major challenges for farming, fisheries, and aquaculture. What strategies exist to minimise these conflicting objectives? How can production systems that were previously considered separately be connected? How can global interactions be taken into account? There is a lack of holistic, forward-looking models and transferable solutions. New technologies and digital transformation could close this gap and enable sustainable biomass production.
The members of the two-year strategy forum are working together, and with stakeholders, to develop a methodological framework and research approach for sustainable biomass production systems.
Leibniz Strategy Forum on Open Science
The Leibniz Strategy Forum on Open Science is tasked with supporting the Leibniz Association and its institutions in their strategic developments in the field of open science, and with positioning itself as a central point of contact for open science issues. The strategy forum relies on the networking and open science expertise of the Leibniz institutions, which, regardless of their disciplinary affiliation, focus on the common question of how to establish open science practices. In this sense, the strategy forum envisions bundling the open science activities within the Leibniz Association across all Sections and promoting the visibility of these activities at national, European and international levels. In addition, it plans to create an environment for cooperative research into conditions for success in open science.
The background to this is the changes in scientific work in the context of digital transformation, for which the opening up of research has become a central paradigm. Open science aims to create transparency and reproducibility of research and thus makes an important contribution to safeguarding good scientific practice. Moreover, conditions and requirements for scientific work are increasingly shifting towards open practices. The Leibniz Association has identified open science as an important strategic field of action to address this shift and to support a culture of openness in day-to-day research practice in the Leibniz institutions.