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Dietrich Darr

Professor of Agribusiness, Spokesperson of the Research Centre

Dietrich Darr`s research interests include the socioeconomics of agroforestry and smallholder agricultural and tree production systems, as well as the role of non-timber forest products in rural livelihoods and their value chains.
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Alexander Struck

Professor for Theoretical Physics

Alexander Struck is interested in mathematical modelling of complex systems and advanced data analytics. His actual research focuses on machine learning algorithms for optical and spectroscopical data to determine microbiological organisms on various surfaces qualitatively and quantitatively.
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Kathrin Meinhold

Project Coordinator

Kathrin Meinhold´s research interests include the sustainable commercialisation of non-timber forest products, in particular how they may possibly transition from subsistence use to retail commodity.
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Steffi Wiedemann

Professor of Animal Science and Environmental Impacts
Steffi Wiedemann´s areas of interests include the characterization of biotic and abiotic effects on the welfare, health and performance of farm animals in different environments and in the establishment of preventive measures taking into account the production of safe food.
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Rolf Becker

Professor of Physics with Focus on Sensors and Mechatronics















Petra Blitgen-Heinecke

Professor of Process Engineering

Petra Blitgen-Heinecke´s research interests are engineering of processes and sustainable design of regional materials flows, especially food waste flows like coffee ground in order to use them as a raw material for the production of higher value goods.
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Dirk Bockmühl

Professor of Hygiene and Microbiology

Dirk Bockmühl´s research focuses on the analysis of microbial communities in the non-clinical setting and the investigation of antimicrobial efficacy of laundering, dishwashing and cleaning processes. The research also tries to elucidate the role of antimicrobial resistance in the domestic environment and the interactions with other areas, such as agriculture.
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Lily Chambers

Professor of Bionics

Lily Chambers´ research interests are in Biomimetics and include the development of surfaces, sensors and actuators that mimic biological principles. Her expertise includes bio-inspired and soft robotics, flow sensors, antifouling surfaces and artificial muscles.
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Jens Gebauer

Professor of Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems, Focus on Horticulture

Jens Gebauers´ applied teaching and research activities are based on botanical knowledge, horticultural know-how, and interdisciplinary, regional and international cooperation.
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Ute Hansen

Professor of Biology and environmental monitoring

Ute Hanse´s actual research focus is on new fast methods to detect microbiological contaminations relevant for sustainable food systems through applications in both, food production and monitoring of the safety of treated wastewater reused for agricultural irrigation.
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Ronny Hartanto

Professor of Technical Computer Science

Ronny Hartanto´s research interests include the precision farming including robotics and application of the information technology in the agriculture domain as well as machine interpretation of the collected data from the farm or environment.
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Ingrid Jungwirth

Professor of Social Sciences, Focus on Diversity and Inclusion

Ingrid Jungwirth´s research fields are mobility and migration, gender and diversity studies, sociology of work and gender as well as social theories. Her research and teaching focus on questions of participation in society.
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Matthias Kleinke

Professor of Environmental Technology

Matthias Kleinke´s research interests are applied environmental research and the recycling of material flow. Prof. Kleinke considers implementation-oriented cooperation with companies in the region as well as cooperation with international partners to be indispensable.
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Florian Kugler

Professor of Food Science and Technology















William Megill

Professor of Bionics, Focus on Sensors and Robotics















Ute Merbecks

Professor of General Business Administration

Ute Merbecks´ current research interests are in the field of sustainability reporting across different industries, e.g., the food industry. Additionally, corporate responsibility in the digital age is on her research agenda. Her expertise lies in the areas of corporate finance, management accounting, financial accounting, group control, and risk management.
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Simone Pauling

Professor of Safety, Health Protection, Environmental Protection and Quality control

Simone Pauling´s research interests include quality and sustainability along agri-food chains, in regional as well as global value chains. It is her aim to foster the production of safe, high quality, affordable and sustainable food while safeguarding the natural environment, using natural resources sensibly and enabling all participants in the supply chains a good living standard.
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Frank Platte

Professor of Chemical Process Engineering















Roland Schmetz

Professor of Drivetrain Engineering, Power Electronics

Roland Schmetz´s research interests focus on energy-efficient and sustainable drive systems, the efficient energy supply of (mobile) machinery, tractors, other agricultural machinery, construction machinery and (rail) vehicles including appropriate methodology and energy and environmental impact analyses for their development, design and comparison.
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Neil Shirtcliffe

Professor of Biomaterials

Neil Shirtcliffe´s research interests incl. measuring the degradation of biomaterials; investigating superhydrophobicity and similar phenomena, interactions of implants, measuring and extracting information from spectroscopy and electrochemistry in the food field that involved analysing spectra to detect bacteria on the surface and reactions of polyphenols in food.
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Conor Watson

Scientific Associate, Soil Science

Conor Watson´s research interests are assessing the effects of amendments on soil biology and chemistry, plant nutrition via secondary fertilisers and remediation of contaminated soils.
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Florian Wichern

Professor of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

Florian Wichern´s research focuses on improving nutrient and carbon use efficiency of food systems. He aims to quantify nutrient flows at different scales from the plant-soil-microbe interface to the regional scale in order to assess management and abiotic stress effects on soil organic matter accumulation and nutrient provision to plants.
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Maria Gomez Vale

Scientific Associate, Agribusiness

Maria Gomes Vale´s current research interests lay on interactions among environment, trade, and health; with the use of geographical evaluation methods and econometric modelling.
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