TheScienceCampus Halleunites the four institutes of the Leibniz Association in the region of Halle, the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB), the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) and the Halle Institute for Economy Research (IWH) in an interdisciplinary manner with the thematically corresponding departments of the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the an-institutes of the MLU Interdisciplinary Centre for Crop Research (IZN) and the Agrochemical Institute Piesteritz (AIP).
The Faculty I of Natural Science with its Departments of Pharmacy, Biochemistry / Biotechnology and Biology Research concentrates the research capacities in various fields of life sciences. Key issues in research i.a. include molecular mechanisms of cellular processes at the level of DNA, RNA and proteins and regulatory structures of networks of development and environment-dependent inter-and intracellular signal transduction. A focal point is the research of mechanisms of plant performance by means molecular biological, genetic, biochemical and physiological methods, and by approaching ecology and biodiversity research.
The Faculty III of Natural Science covers the Institutes for Agricultural and Food Sciences, Geosciences and Computer Science. In research and teaching, the institutions follow a system oriented approach focusing on system understanding, analysis, development and interactions. Of particular relevance for the cooperation within the ScienceCampus Halle is on the one hand the research in the field of plant-based agricultural research, molecular biology and biotechnology optimization of crop plants performance and on the other hand the research in the field of business administration and economic analysis of agricultural production. In addition to the research activities of all three institutions the faculty currently offers seven bachelor, eight master and two teacher training courses.
Based on a mission statement of a sustainable prosperity in rural areas, the primary focus of the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) is on the economic, social and political processes of change in agricultural and food economic sector. Its research area covers Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe including Turkey and the transition economies of Central and East Asia. By using and further developing of the latest economic theories and methods, the IAMO significantly contributes to the understanding and the establishment of (I) improved entrepreneurial concepts, (II) structural and institutional changes and (III) the living conditions in rural areas.
Higher plants and fungi generate a tremendous variety of chemical compounds that are essential for the interaction of these plants with their biotic and abiotic environment. The aim of the research of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) is to elucidate the function of these metabolic diversity by interdisciplinary research approaches. The four IPB departments uniquely combine chemical and molecular biological expertise to analyze these complex systems. The scientific findings open up new ways for innovative and sustainable use in the fields of crop production, crop protection, biotechnology and active substance development.
The research work at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben is aimed at protection, exploration and use of the biological diversity of crops. The principles and mechanisms of plant performance are the research focus of the IPK which characterized by evolutionary, genetic, molecular biological, biochemical, physiological and cell biological approaches. Thus the IPK operates in the run-upto breeding or biotechnological improvement of plant yield and quality. The primary objective is to increase the added value in the production of renewable plant-based raw materials.
The Halle Institute for Economy Research (IWH) is a member of the Leibniz Association. The focus of research at the IWH is the multi-perspective analysis of macroeconomic and structural transformation and integration processes in the extended EU. In particular, the IWH explores the economic issues that arise after the successful transition of former state directed economy into modern market economies within the European integration process. The work of the IWH covers the study of macroeconomic, structural economic and urban issues and the elaboration of science-based contributions to policy advice.
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Crop Research (IZN) is an open Research Network, consisting of agricultural -, life science and pharmaceutical research groups of the MLU and non-university research institutions in Saxony-Anhalt. Currently, these it includes the Leibniz Institutes IPB and IPK, and the Julius Kuehn Institute (JKI) in Quedlinburg. The IZN sponsors research projects on crops which deal on basic and application level with the agriculturally-related topics as "resistance to biotic stress" and "tolerance to abiotic stress". With its activities the IZN is specifically geared to profile the crop-science research in Saxony-Anhalt and to establish the region as a center of agricultural research in Central and Eastern Germany.
The Agrochemical Institute Piesteritz (AIP) is an affiliated institute of the MLU. Five institutes of the MLU and the IPB provide a broad range of interdisciplinary work reaching from agriculture and biochemistry to pharmacy and engineering. Goal of the AIP is to support the interaction of practitioners and researchers for the development and use of agrochemical products for the purpose of science research work. In addition, the AIP has set the task to advise the state and municipal authorities and their public institutions to contribute to the promotion of technology and environmental awareness and to actively support the promotion of education and training.
Research at the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) is dedicated to plant health and to maintaining and improving high performance in cultivated plants. The specially targeted breeding research carried out by the JKI is fundamental for enhancing the genetically conditioned resistance of our crops against pathogens and pests as well as enhancing their tolerance towards abiotic stress. Also high on the agenda are efforts to achieve a better adaptation of the cultivated plants and cropping systems in general to climate change. The 15 specialized Institutes under the roof of the JKI encompass in their research a wide range of crops from agricultural and horticultural crops, fruit crops, grapevines, forest plants and urban greenery. Our major fields of research are plant genetics, plant diseases and plant protection. The JKI headquarter is located in Quedlinburg. More JKI branches are to be found at 10 different locations all over Germany.
The new Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes (CBP) offers cooperation partners from research and industry the utilization of regenerative raw materials for the industrial (white) biotechnology in industrial dimensions. The project group is hold by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) and for Chemical Technology (ICT).
By supplying of infrastructure and pilot plants and by a close binding to the Fraunhofer research on the one hand and to the chemistry location Leuna on the other hand the CBP is available for the development of processes from the raw material through chemical or biotechnical processes and their scale-up to the desired products. With the realized modular biorefinery concept biological raw materials can be processed and oils, fats, cellulose, starch or sugar-containing raw materials be won as basic materials for chemical products and the processes are prepared for the industrial implementation.
As an international competence centre for the environmental sciences, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) investigates the complex interactions between mankind and nature under the influence of global change. In close cooperation with decision-makers and stakeholders, scientists at the UFZ develop system solutions to improve the management of complex environmental systems and to tackle environmental issues.
120 scientists, PhD students and technical staff work at the UFZ location in Halle (Saale). The research is carried out in the areas of Community Ecology, Soil Physics, Soil Ecology and Catchment Hydrology. The Bad Lauchstädt ecological experimental station also belongs to the location. www.ufz.de
University of Applied Sciences is spread over three locations – Bernburg, Dessau and Köthen – and caters for more than 8,000 students. The study programme includes over 65 bachelor's and master's degree courses in seven departments.
Hochschule Anhalt's 'green campus' in Bernburg offers a modern structure of economics courses in addition to its agriculture- and nutrition-based profile. The location is home to the departments of Agriculture, Ecotrophology (dietetics), Landscape Development and Economics.
Higher education in Dessau has continued the Bauhaus tradition and developed into a centre for studying design and planning. This is where you will find the departments of Architecture, Facility Management & Geoinformation and Design.
Complementing these two sites, Köthen focuses on the study of engineering with the departments of Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Applied Biosciences and Process Technology.
In addition to its teaching activities, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences is also dedicated to application-oriented research and development. The focus of research lies on the field of life sciences. The establishment of the Life Sciences Competence Centre has laid the organizational foundation for pooling our existing research capacity across all departments and locations, thus ensuring its efficient use.