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Call for Proposals: Early Career Investigators "Agroecosystems 2020"

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21.01.2020

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Outstanding young researchers in agricultural sciences can participate in the DFG Young Scientists Academy "Agroecosystems 2020" at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF). Starting at the end of January, participation in the academy will enable experienced experts to provide two years of support up to the point of independent project management in the field of resource-conserving and climate-friendly land use.

The growing world population requires an increasing production of agricultural products. At the same time, yields are falling due to the loss of biodiversity, the scarcity of natural resources and the negative consequences of climate change. The resulting conflicts are already clearly visible and will intensify further in the coming decades. In order to address these complex challenges, a research approach is needed that brings together various disciplines of agricultural and ecosystem sciences.

Up to 20 young researchers can participate in the Young Scientists' Academy to work out scientific questions and projects for sustainable and efficient agriculture. They will be accompanied by experienced scientists from the first time they apply for external funding to the independent implementation and project management. Participants will be prepared for their own DFG proposals in several workshops and discussion groups.

The aim is to develop new system-oriented research approaches in the field of integrated soil, plant, microbiome and biodiversity research for sustainable land use. The Young Scientists Academy enables the exchange of experience and networking between experienced and young researchers in an interdisciplinary context of agroecosystems research.

 

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