Dr. Barbara Sturm

Leitung Verfahrens- und Systemtechnik in der Landwirtschaft
Address Universität Kassel
Fachbereich Ökologische Agrarwissenschaften
Fachgebiet Agrartechnik
Nordbahnhofstr. 1 a
D- 37213 Witzenhausen
Room + 0180
Telephone +49 5542 98-1603
Telefax +49 5542 98-1520
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Associate Editor

Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, Elsevier

Social Media


Twitter: @barbara_sturm


Research Specialisations

Verbesserung der Leistungsfähigkeit von Schweinehaltungssystemen durch Anwendung eines Gesamtsystemanstzes. (PigSys)SusOrganic (2015-2018) Development of quality standards and optimised processing methods for organic produce, Coordinator [... more]

GREENERPIGS (2014-2017) - Developing a working prototype for sustainable high welfare intensive pig houses integrated with renewable energy generation to inform innovative commercial products and services " InnovateUK (2014-2017), Co-I Newcastle University

IfS (2016) small grant - Responsible, low cost, disposal or reuse of byproducts from food manufacture, Sustainability Institute, Co-I

Junior Research Group Fund (2014-2016) Steigerung der Ressourceneffizienz und Optimierung der Produktqualität in der Trocknung landwirtschaftlicher Produkte durch Einsatz bildgebender Sensoren und adaptiver Regelungssysteme, Project Lead [... more]

RE4Food (2013-2016) (Renewable Energy for Food Processing), Project lead University of Kassel [... more]

GREENFOODS (2013-2015) Towards Zero fossil CO2 emission in the European food & beverage industry, Project Lead University of Kassel [... more]

NIRES (2014-2015) small grant - Resource Efficiency in Jamaican Maroon Communities: A Historical and Scientific Inquiry, Sustainability Institute, Co-I,

NIRES (2014-2015) small grant - DRYING: Development of a low cost solution for non-intrusive online moisture content measurements and control in drying of sensitive food products, Sustainability Institute, Co-I

Research Interests

Transdicsiplinary approaches on improvement of total system efficiency, including stakeholder participation

Food quality and processing

Sensing in industrial applications

Resource efficiency and sustainability

Drying technologies and optimisation thereof

Process analysis and energy auditing

Process optimisation and thermal process integration

Utilisation of low grade waste heat

Sustainable energy systems, including renewable energy sources

Production waste to bio gas

By product management

Water management on production sites

Current Courses

Current courses


IFBC- Modul “Food Preservation, Packaging and Transportation” 3 Credits

IFBC und SIA Wahlpflichtmodul “Process development for sustainable food production and premium food quality” 6 Credits Master Ökologische Landwirtschaft und Master Energieressourcen und Umweltfolgen (RE²) Wahlpflichtmodul “ Energieaudits, Energieeffizienz und Integration erneuerbarer Energien in der Lebensmittelindustrie“ 6 Credits

PhD seminars (Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering)

• Design of Experiemnts

• Project management

• Proposal writing

• RGB and Hyperspectral Imaging

• Scientific Writing and Presentation Techniques



Bachelor Agrarwissenschaften “Qualität und Nacherntetechnologie pflanzlicher Produkte“ 3 Credits


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PhD students

• Abozar Nasirahmadi, Development of an automated computer vision system for the investigation of group lying behaviour of pigs, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Kassel

• Aditya Parmar, Reduction of postharvest losses along the sweetpotato and cassava value chains in Ethiopia, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Kassel

• Emmanuel Myingo, The performance of solar PV and solar thermal energy systems for agricultural products processing, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Kassel

• Gardis von Gersdorff, Process development of improved meat drying, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Kassel

• Jackline Ogollo, Reduction of milk losses through design and assessment of an offgrid smale scale spray dryer, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Kassel

• Luna Shrestha, Influence of different processing methods on the quality of fruit powder and its consequent products, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Kassel

• Paul Jackson, A system approach to modelling resource efficiency and the environmentla impact of pig production, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University

• Rhona Díaz Martínez, Potentialities and limitations of the use of solar energy technologies in the agroindustry, A casestudy of Panama (toward an energy transition)

• Rosalizan Saleh, Drying strategies for quality maintainance of purple fleshed sweetpotato, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Kassel


Talks (Youtube)

Sturm B. Innovation – A production performance based approach to building design and management. Warwickshire, UK: BPEX Innovation Conference, 2013.

Sturm B. Progress in drying and cooling of organic products (CORE Organic/SusOrganic Oct2016)