Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. (ATB)
The Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy is a pioneer and a driver of bioeconomy research. We create the scientific foundation to transform agricultural, food, industrial and energy systems into a comprehensive bio-based circular economy. We develop and integrate techniques, processes and management strategies, effectively converging technologies to intelligently crosslink highly diverse bioeconomic production systems and to control them in a knowledge-based, adaptive and largely automated manner. We conduct research in dialogue with society - knowledge-motivated and application-inspired.
ATB is coordinator of the Horizon Europe project MarginUp! - Raising the bio-based industrial feedstock capacity of Marginal Lands, an innovation action within the topic: Innovating sustainable bio-based systems and the bioeconomy - Marginal lands and climate-resilient and biodiversity-friendly crops for sustainable industrial feedstocks and related value chains (HORIZON-CL6-2022-CircBio-01-02). The MarginUp! project proposes a strategy to secure use and return profitability on marginal lands. Its main objective is to introduce climate-resilient and biodiversity-friendly non-food crops for sustainable industrial feedstock in marginalised and low-productivity lands. The project will focus on producing biomass to be used as raw material for the production of bioproducts and biofuels, which in turn, will create a sustainable and circular value chain, increasing the farming system resilience in rural areas. To further enhance the biodiversity beneficial impact, MarginUp! is focusing on understanding which marginal lands are suitable for low ILUC biomass production. The knowledge gathered in this project will be put into practice in five different use cases located in five different regions across Europe. Moreover, international cooperation has been considered and examination and identification of marginal lands will extend to non-European countries. To ensure the success of the project, MarginUp! will have a replication network to address the needs and requirements of relevant stakeholders, including, policymakers, land managers, farmers, the bio-based industry, environmental authorities, the academia and the civil society.
We would like to fill the following position for the mentioned project subject to project approval, starting on November 1st, 2022