Research infrastructure

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Leibniz Innovation Farm for Sustainable Bioeconomy

Since spring 2021, ATB has been coordinating the implementation of the Leibniz Innovation Farm for Sustainable Bioeconomy on the grounds of the Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Tierzucht und Tierhaltung e.V. (LVAT) in Groß Kreutz, in the Southwest of Potsdam. By the end of 2027, a model farm will be created on which research institutions of the Leibniz Association as well as universities and non-university research institutions will jointly be researching on the pressing issues of a sustainable circular economy for agriculture and transfer the results to practice and society.

The project is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg with a total of 25 million euros.

Platform for interdisciplinary research

The innovation farm will in future offer extensive new opportunities for interdisciplinary research within a running, practically operating farm.

On the way to circular agriculture, individual solutions from the various partner research institutions can be merged here in an overall context, tested and, above all, demonstrated to practitioners and society.

An essential component will be a powerful IT infrastructure and the associated research data platform, which will provide the participating institutions with comprehensive access to the raw data, including the various sensor information from plant cultivation and animal husbandry.

Until 2026, investments will be made in cutting-edge research technologies (agricultural technology, sensor technology, measurement and control technology in crop production and animal husbandry, information technology) and a research data pool will be made available to participating scientific institutions and interested members of the public. The equipment acquired during the five-year investment period will be available to all partner institutions.

In addition, equipment will be available for simulating the anaerobic fermentation of different feedstocks (e.g. farm manure, other organic residues and waste, plant biomass) as well as for process and procedural investigations and developments in the field of biogas production.

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Dr. Hansen, Anja

Coordination Leibniz Innovation Farm

Department: CI Leibniz Innovation Farm


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Project lead


Dr. rer.agr. Hoffmann, Thomas

Head of the department System Process Engineering

Department: System Process Engineering


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Strategic & networking

Prof. Dr. agr. habil. Sturm, Barbara

Scientific Director, Chair of the Board

Department: Executive Board


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