University of Hohenheim – UHOH
Team in O+
Dr Sabine Zikeli. Sabine is leading Task 5.4 on fertiliser alternatives and Co-leading WP1 LEAD. Since 15 years, Sabine is Coordinator for Organic Farming and Consumer Protection at the University of Hohenheim. She graduated in Agriculture from the Martin-Luther-University Halle- Wittenberg (MLU), major in Soil Protection and Landscape Management. She holds a PhD from the same university. Her expertise is in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition at the interface to crop production as well as on the management of natural resources, especially in cropping system research, carbon dynamics and nutrient flows on farm level. She has an excellent network of farmers, associations, processors, extension, administration and politics. In addition, she is skilled in organising public relation activities and transdisciplinary knowledge transfer. Dr Sabine Zikeli is member of the German Union of Soil Scientists and the International Society of Organic Farming Research, and she is a board member of Agroecology Europe. In addition, she holds a seat in the Monitoring Committee for Organic Farming Research of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg and in the Monitoring Committee of the German Research Programme for Organic Farming and other Forms of Sustainable Farming (German federal level). Sabine’s current research interests are strongly connected to inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches in the organic sector. Therefore, she is closely linked to farmers’ networks and associations, extension services and civil society actors.
Dr Sabine Gruber. Sabine is an agronomist graduated at the University of Göttingen and a PhD from the University of Hohenheim, and has experience in research and teaching for many years. She was leading and managing several national and international (EU) projects, one of them as the coordinator of the consortium. Her research covers both conventional and organic farming in the areas of soil tillage, weed control, crop rotation, and intercropping systems. Assessment of crops and cropping systems with herbicide-tolerant crops, and adaptation of these system to reduce impacts on agro-ecosystems has been done and is done for example for oilseed rape (Brassica napus). Currently, she is occupied with several projects to introduce neglected crops into modern farming systems, mainly lentil, soybean, linseed and mustard, and to develop sustainable and optimized cropping systems for these crops. Sabine Gruber is member of the Sojaförderring (Association for the promotion of soybeans cultivation), Verein zur Förderung alter Kulturpflanzen (Society for the promotion of traditional crops), Gesellschaft für Pflanzenbauwissenschaften (German Crop Science Society), GIL (Association for Informatics in Agriculture), and the study group for conservation tillage. www.researchgate.net/profile/Sabine_Gruber5
About The Universität Hohenheim
Universität Hohenheim (University of Hohenheim – UHOH) comprises three faculties with a total scientific staff of 428 and currently more than 9000 students. Five research stations; four state institutes and six research centres enable intensive, inter-disciplinary and praxis-oriented research in situ. Hohenheim maintains international partnerships with universities and other research institutes in over 90 countries around the world. Furthermore, it manages an array of individual research partnerships and is a member of the Euroleague for Life Sciences. The university has considerable experience both in the participation and coordination of EU projects under the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and current framework programmes and other programmes of different directorates general. Hohenheim’s Faculty of Agricultural Science is the largest agricultural faculty in Germany and provides an excellent infrastructure for agricultural research. The faculty comprises 50 full professors organised in 17 departments covering all agriculture-related disciplines. Production and use of renewable biological resources, global food security, and adaptation of agricultural productions systems especially to climate change and water availability and the utilisation of genomic diversity in agricultural production belong to the key research aspects of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. The members of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences contribute to collaborative research activities and capacity building for the sustainable development of land-based production systems in large collaborative and international projects. The Coordination for Organic Farming and Consumer Protection is an organisational unit of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Hohenheim. The main task of the Coordination is to engage in organic farming teaching, research and knowledge transfer. The university runs the Double Degree Master Programme Organic Agriculture and Food Systems, which is coordinated here. In addition, the Coordination Office links researchers and practitioners from the organic farming sector in order to develop new research questions.