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Federal Research Minister Stark-Watzinger visited Agricultural Systems of the Future

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​25.08.2022

Federal Minister Stark-Watzinger (centre) with Monika Schreiner (l.) and Thomas Weith (r.) at the exhibition stand of

The Federal Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger visited the exhibition stand of the BMBF funding line "Agricultural Systems of the Future" at the Open Day at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on 20 August.

She asked the coordinators, Professor Monika Schreiner and Professor Thomas Weith, about the current challenges facing the agricultural sector, such as climate change, and about ways to transform agricultural systems. Another topic was whether and how bio-economic topics can be included in the educational mandate, especially at schools. On the second day, Undersecretaries of State Judith Pirscher and Kornelia Haugg visited the exhibition stand of "Agricultural Systems of the Future" as well for a further dialogue. 

Interested citizens were able to interactively explore the work of the eight projects of "Agricultural Systems of the Future" on a multi-touch table during the two-day event - from grassland management with virtual fencing to satellite-based sensor systems in agriculture to nutrient communities in urban and rural areas.

"The great interest of the public in the exhibition stand showed once again that research about innovative approaches for a future-oriented, sustainable agricultural economy is highly relevant to society," said Professor Monika Schreiner from the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), co-head of the coordination office of "Agricultural Systems of the Future", after the event. "We are therefore very pleased that we were able to provide insights into the work of our eight projects at the open day." Professor Thomas Weith from the Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), co-director of the "Agricultural Systems of the Future" coordination office, adds: "Part of our systemic approach is to engage in dialogue with all stakeholders - i.e. also with citizens, who help decide on possible futures with their views and behavior."

Dr. Rebecca Klopsch and Julia Walter from the coordination office of "Agricultural Systems of the Future" presented the researchers' vision for the future of agriculture in a presentation entitled "Of smart tractors and bio spaces in the city - a journey into the future of agriculture" on the second day of the event.


Funding

"Agricultural Systems of the Future" is a funding programme of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in which eight inter- and transdisciplinary projects exploring and experimenting with innovative approaches in the field of agricultural systems. Together they pursuing the goal of transforming the agricultural system in the light of the bio-economy. The coordination office of "Agricultural Systems of the Future" is located at the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) and the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF).

 

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