AgroEcological solutions for Safe and fair Operating Spaces of agricultural systems in the urban-rural transition zoneAgroEcoSOS

AgroEcoSOS consortium

Contact person Prof. Dr. Boris Schröder-Esselbach, Institute of Geoecology, TUBS

Cooperation partners, their expertise and key words for envisaged work packages

Technische Universität Braunschweig - TUBS has over 30 years of research expertise in environ­men­tal systems analysis with large projects in agroecosystem anal­y­sis and man­age­ment (e.g., BMBF- project 'Eco­system management of fens', DFG-SFB 'Water and matter dynamics in agroeco­systems') and long-lasting collaborations with TI and JKI (see below).

Julius-Kühn-Institute - JKI, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants - as a federal research institute and a higher federal authority - advises the government on all issues rela­ted to cultivated plants. The JKI Institute for Crop and Soil Science focuses, e.g., on sustain­able production of high-quality food and feed, soil conservation and adaptation of crop pro­duc­tion technologies to climate change.

Thünen-Institute - TI , German Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry & Fish­eries - as a federal research agency, TI establishes scientific basics and drafts decision-sup­port for policy-makers securing sustainable resource use and enabling per­spec­tives for rural areas based on economic, social-science, ecological and technological com­pe­tences.


The envisaged PI-group is completed by PIs from BTU Brandenburg University of Techno­logy Cottbus-Senftenberg and UFZ Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research.

Boris Schröder-Esselbach is professor for landscape ecology and en­viron­men­tal systems analy­sis at TUBS. As modelling expert, he focuses on the under­standing of relationships between patterns, pro­cesses, and functions in dynamic landscapes and develops models for the con­ser­va­tion and sus­tainable manage­ment of biodiversity and related eco­system ser­vi­ces. He heads the joint project metapolis on sustainable development of urban-rural rela­tions funded by the Federal State of Lower Sax­ony and leads subprojects in COMTESS fun­ded by BMBF. At Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research ZALF, he established the research plat­form AgroScape­Labs for studying relationships between bio­diver­si­ty, ecosystem functions and land use. Sonja Lepper in his group is an expert in permaculture design.

Nils C. Bandelow is professor of political science at TUBS. He is an ex­pert in policy analysis with a focus on policy change and learning. His re­search focuses on sus­tainable trans­portation and infrastructure, health pol­icy and regionali­zation. He has a strong back­ground in inter- and transdisciplinary colla­bo­rations heading a project on large infrastructure projects and is engaged in the joint project metapolis. He is regional coordinator of the “Sustain­able Governance Indicators”.

Vanessa M. Carlow is professor for sus­tainable urbanism at TUBS. She is an architect and planner with expertise in methods for sustainable urban development. Her research focuses on urbanization patterns, urban-rural relations and me­thods of participatory planning. She is member in several boards overseeing (urban) deve­lop­ment in regions such as Stuttgart, Braunschweig or Berlin. Together with Schröder-Essel­bach, she leads metapolis and is co-speaker of the TUBS research focus Future Cities.

Almut Grüntuch-Ernst is professor for architecture at TUBS. She is an expert in the field of Hortitecture exploring synergies combing architecture and vege­ta­tion. Her Institute is hosting a series of inter­natio­nal symposia on Hortitecture. She is co-founder of Grüntuch-Ernst Architekten.

Lars Wolf is professor for computer networks in the computer science department at TUBS. His long-time expertise includes networked systems such as Wireless Sensor Networks which can, e.g., be used for observation and control in agriculture as it is done in the ongoing PotatoNet research testbed (SmartPotato).

Jörg-Michael Greef is director of the JKI Institute of Crop and Soil Science and professor at the faculty of agricultural science at the Göttingen University. His core skills are agronomy, crop physiology and resilient systems. He is mem­ber of the Scientific Advisory Board on Fer­ti­liser Issues of the German Federal Ministry of Food & Agriculture and leads sub­projects in joint projects, e.g. Bona­­Res/ BMBF project SIGNAL - Indicators for the early detection of nitrate loads in crop produc­tion.

Annett Steinführer is a social scientist at TI with a background in rural and urban studies. Her major interest is in coping capacities and strategies of local com­mu­nities under transition pressure, whether in social, demographic or eco­logical terms. She has profound expertise in stakeholder involvement and socio-ecological ap­proaches, led WPs in (inter)national joint research projects (e.g. BMBF-funded 'CC-LandStraD' and EU-funded 'FLOODsite').

Jens Dauber is a scientific director at TI with expertise in functional biodiversity, ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation in urban and agricultural systems. He heads the DBU-funded interdisciplinary project MEDIATE on the development of targeted and efficient schemes to increase biodiversity in agricultural landscapes.

Stefan Schrader heads the soil zoology at the TI Institute of Biodiversity and pro­fes­sor for Soil Biology and Soil Ecology at TUBS. He has expertise in functional di­versity of soil fauna and its provision of ecosystem services.

Frank Wätzold is pro­­fes­sor of environmental economics with a focus on policy instruments to preserve bio­di­ver­sity and ecosystem services, in particular in agriculture. He has been involved in over 15 third-party funded projects (EU, BMBF, ESF) partly in leading positions. With Astrid Sturm, a computer scientist and expert in soft–ware-based decision support, he co-developed the agro­biodiversity software DSS-Ecopay.

Ralf Seppelt heads the Department Computational Landscape Ecology and is responsible for the UFZ research topic land use options. In the BMBF FONA he coor­di­nates the syn­the­sis project GLUES “Global Assessment of Land Use Dyna­mics on Greenhouse Gas Emis­sions and Ecosystem Services”. His major research focus is land resources manage­ment based on integrated simulation and modelling systems.

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