Pro­fessor Wil­lis Gwenzi from the Uni­versity of Zi­m­b­abwe is guest at GNR


Professor Willis Gwenzi from the Biosystems & Environmental Engineering group at the University of Zimbabwe is guest at our department. The scientist has received a Georg Forster Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Prof. Gwenzi will stay at our University for 9 months, followed by a 9-month research stay at The Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy e.V. (ATB) in Potsdam. During his research stay, he will work on i.a. life cycle analysis of biogas and biochar-based energy systems, application of biochar in grain-based agroecosystems, and biochar-based water/wastewater treatment systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

The re­search work in the SY­MO­BIO pro­ject will be con­tin­ued


Systemic monitoring and modelling of the bioeconomy (SYMOBIO) is a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project develops scientific foundation for systemic monitoring and modelling of bioeconomy in Germany, considering sustainability aspects on national and international level.

In the first phase of the project (from March 2017 until August 2021) a framework of indicators has been developed to enable the monitoring the progress towards sustainable bioeconomy. GNR contributes to the project by testing remote sensing techniques and methods that could be useful for the monitoring of land use and land cover change, as well as the impacts on biodiversity.

The work carried out in the first phase of the project showed that remote sensing optical satellite data can be used to assess the land use and land cover change in Northern Hesse between years 2000 and 2018. In the second phase of the SYMOBIO project the monitoring framework will be extended. The developed satellite data-based models will be improved and validated in further regions to confirm the feasibility of remote sensing as a tool for the monitoring of bioeconomy activity induced land use and land cover change.

Further information about the project start can be found in the following press release (only in German) and on the project website –

Sil­age maize field day - re­duced till­age/dir­ect seed­ing in maize cul­tiv­a­tion


On Tuesday 31.08.2021 practical trials in silage maize cultivation under reduced soil management will be demonstrated. The event is part of the UNSIFRAN project and is organised by GNR in cooperation with Bioland e.V. Further information about participation and registration can be found in the invitation flyer (available only in German).

Prof. Mi­chael Wachen­dorf is elec­ted Vice Pres­id­ent for Re­search at the Uni­versität Kas­sel


On 14.07.2021, the extended Senate of the Universität Kassel elected Prof. Michael Wachendorf the Vice President for Research. He will start this position in October 2021.

> to the press release (available only in German)

GNR will start a new re­search pro­ject ‘GreenDairy’ fun­ded by State of Hesse in LOEWE Pro­gramm


On 02.07.2021 the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art announced the funding of a new research project ‘GreenDairy’ under the LOEWE Programme - State Offensive for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence.

The project investigates the functioning and sustainability of so-called "high-input" and "low-input" dairy production systems in organic farming. The project is coordinated by Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. GNR is involved with the application and research on remote sensing methods to investigate the effects of site conditions on forage stands. The project will start on 01.01.2022. More information can be found in the press release (available only in German).


EGF2021 Sym­posium suc­cess­fully im­ple­men­ted


A three day scientific symposium of the European Grassland Federation hosted by Universität Kassel, GNR has been successfully finalized. 180 participants from 26 countries presented and discussed the latest developments and scientific progress in application of remote sensing tools and methods in grassland research.

More information can be found on the EGF2021 website.