The ScienceCampus Halle unites 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).

Founding Members

Faculty I of Natural Science
Faculty I of Natural Science, Biologicum (Maike Glöckner)
Faculty I of Natural Science, Biologicum (Maike Glöckner)

The Faculty of Natural Science I comprises the institutes of biochemistry, biology and pharmacy. The internationally oriented and strongly third-party funded research focuses on three priorities – protein biochemistry, molecular plant research and biodiversity. Prominent examples are the protein center, which delved the structure, dynamics and biological function of proteins under medical aspects, the Centre for Innovation Competence, and a concentration of research networks, which examine the plant processes such as molecular mechanisms of information processing and stress reactions.

Faculty of Natural Science II
(Foto: Maike Glöckner)

The Faculty of Natural Science II, consisting of the three institutions chemistry, physics and mathematics, combines research and teaching expertise in the field of materials and life sciences. The cooperative and international research is orientated in the areas of functional solid interface, solar/ renewable energy, nanostructured polymers and biorelevant materials. Biochemistry and biophysics of proteins and membranes as well as bio-organic and environmental chemistry of biologically active natural products make this a top priority of the biologically oriented focus. Questions of bioeconomy are answered by the members of the Faculty of Natural Science II alongside the entire value chain of the agricultural economy. The competences reach, for instance, from the analysis of low molecular weight to high-molecular plant raw materials and their targeted modifications by efficient synthesis, to the theoretical and practical optimization of the entire process chains. For in-house testing and screening systems enable the determination of material qualities and biological effects.

Faculty III of Natural Science
MLU, Nat. Fak.III, Von-Seckendorff Platz, Campus Heide-Süd (© MLU)
Faculty III of Natural Science, Von-Seckendorff Platz, Campus Heide-Süd (© MLU)

The Faculty of Natural Science III consists of the three institutes – Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences, Geosciences and Computer Science. In research and teaching the institutes follow a system-oriented approach, focusing on analysis, development and understanding, of interactions of agricultural system. Of particular relevance to the cooperation with the ScienceCampus Halle are research on plant-based agriculture, molecular biology and biotechnology optimization, the efficiency of crops and their interactions with microorganisms and also scientific work on business and economic analysis of agricultural production. Complementary to research, activities of the three institutes are currently offered in teaching seven bachelors and eight masters programs and two teaching degree programs. The bioeconomy research competences of the Faculty of Natural Sciences III range from the efficient and economical use of resources, the development of sustainable agricultural farming systems, yield physiological processes, molecular and physiological bases to georesources in aquatic and land-use systems, climate change/ social change – adaptation strategies and land use management. The bioinformatics perform significant contributions in integrative analysis of big data that are generated by next generation sequencing and image sensors.

Faculty of Law and Economics
(Foto: Simone Friese)

Universal scarcity advances social conflicts. For their solution it can be targeted on mutual betterment, to enable common rule interests in successfully solved conflicts despite divergent property interests. Activation by institutional incentives, the implementation of processes whose empirical monitoring and also consequences at the institutional level form the core of governance research for the theoretically and empirically valid organization in economic and social order in the fields of the Faculty of Law and Economics.

Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)
Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (© IAMO)
Leibniz-Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Mittel- und Osteuropa (IAMO) (© IAMO)

IAMO analyzes the processes of economic, social and political change in the agricultural and food sector, and in rural areas. The geographic focus covers the enlarging EU, transition regions of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, as well as Central and East Asia. IAMO develops policy alternatives that contribute to the sustainable economic development of the agri-food sector and improve the living conditions of the rural population.

Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry
Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie (© Tom Fechner)
Aerial photography of the IPB (Tom Fechner)

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.

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research
Luftbildaufnahme des Leibniz-Instituts für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung (IPK) (© IPK)
Aerial photography of the IPK (© IPK)

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.


Associated Members

Halle Institute for Economy Research
Front view of the IWH(© IWH)
Front view of the IWH(© IWH)

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.

Interdisciplinary Centre for Crop Research

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.

Agrochemical Institute Piesteritz e.V.
Head office of the AIPs (© AIP)
Head office of the AIPs (© AIP)

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.

Julius Kühn-Institute, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants (JKI)
JKI headquarter in Quedlinburg
JKI headquarter in Quedlinburg

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.

Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes (CBP)
CBP in Leuna © Fraunhofer CBP
CBP in Leuna © Fraunhofer CBP

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.

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
UFZ in Halle
UFZ in Halle

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.

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
University of Applied Sciences
University of Applied Sciences

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.