Biopolis (BIOP)

ADM Biopolis core expertise is finding, designing and developing microorganisms for industrial and health-related purposes. To develop ground-breaking products, our R&D is based on a series of harmonized, interconnected research platforms.

We aim to understand the complex relationship between microbiome and health. Our sequencing technology has enabled us to identify and understand this microbial diversity. There are a different number of health indications that are completely related to our microbial behavior and to our microbiome. We approach the development of microbiome solutions in a comprehensive way. We isolate, select, develop, and produce the right strains to initiate the specific alteration of the microbiome (dysbiosis) that is responsible for a particular health indication.


Scientist-in-Charge: Dr. Marta Tortajada Serra

Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Founded in 1743, FAU has a rich history. It is a strong research university with an international perspective and one of the largest universities in Germany, with 38,771 students, 261 degree programmes, 4,000 academic staff (including over 579 professors), 199.64 million euros third-party funding, and 500 partnerships with universities all over the world. Teaching at the University is closely linked to research and focuses on training students in both theory and practice to enable them to think critically and work independently. The research itself also strikes the perfect balance between a theoretical approach and practical application.

FAU’s outstanding research and teaching is reflected in top positions in both national and international rankings, as well as the high amount of DFG funding which its researchers are able to secure.


Scientist-in-Charge: Prof. Martin Hartmann

Lyondellbasell-Ferrara Site (LYB)

LyondellBasell’s Ferrara Site and Technical Center is part of a multi-company complex located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy near the Po River. This site has a long and illustrious history in the polyolefins industry and continues to focus on this tradition of innovation. Approximately 800 employees work at the site which comprises three components: the Giulio Natta Research Center, with pilot plant and laboratories; catalyst production facilities; and polymer manufacturing operations.

Our Ferrara site is now the world’s largest site for Ziegler-Natta catalyst development and production and is fully integrated with basic research, process and product development. The polymer manufacturing units produce polypropylene and advanced polyolefin resins that are used in a wide variety of applications including food packaging, medical products, automotive components, and much more.


Scientist-in-Charge: Dr. Fabrizio Piemontesi

National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos (INN)

The Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (INN) of NCSR “Demokritos” was established from the merger of the Institutes of Materials Science, Microelectronics and Physical Chemistry, as a result of a national reorganization of research institutions in Greece. INN efficiently organizes and integrates most of the best research and human resources available in Greece to address the innovation challenge and to increase the European competitiveness of the Country in Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) such as nanotechnology, micro- and nanoelectronics, advanced materials, biotechnology and photonics. INN provides a unique environment to promote and support world-class multidisciplinary basic and applied research, while forging ties with industry and SMEs it promotes the transfer of innovation to the market.


Scientist-in-Charge: Dr. George Mitrikas

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)

The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, the Alma Mater Viridis, perceives itself as a teaching and research center for renewable resources, which are necessary for human life. It is BOKU’s objective to help make a considerable contribution to the conservation and protection of resources for future generations by providing diversity in its fields of study. Connecting natural sciences, engineering and economic sciences, we wish to increase knowledge of the ecologically and economically sustainable use of natural resources to provide a harmoniously cultivated landscape.

An important feature of BOKU’s research lies in its recognition of future problems and our efforts to provide and stimulate practical relevance, internationality and among disciplines. Interdisciplinary cooperation of scientists on an international level should help create comprehensive questions about the future of our planet and lead to innovative problem solving.

BOKU’s teaching is designed holistically and in a coordinated manner. It leads graduates to knowledge, understanding and flexibility. From this program, they gain the willingness to face future challenges and the capability to meet them in a competent way. We teach state of the art content and current issues that are based on dynamic research and a high level of practical relevance using modern didactic methods. This motivates students and graduates to develop their own ideas. Our cosmopolitan scientific vocational education and training enables them to understand complex interdisciplinary relationships.

In order to reach these objectives, cooperation that is based on mutual trust and flexibility is necessary. Whenever possible, those concerned are integrated in the decision making processes, so that all BOKU members can identify with our university and its objectives. This also opens up the possibility for decentralized decision making, effective acting and the ability to respond to new challenges in a flexible manner.

For the public, BOKU is also a competent and self-conscious partner. It combines the willingness to accept criticism with the readiness to take the responsibility of taking a clear position.

We at BOKU commit ourselves to international performance in research and teaching, cooperation on regional, national and international levels, and to receptiveness to new developments.


Scientist-in-Charge: Prof. Christian Obinger

Bruker Biospin GmbH

Bruker enables scientists to make breakthrough discoveries and develop new applications that improve the quality of human life. Bruker’s high-performance scientific instruments and high-value analytical and diagnostic solutions enable scientists to explore life and materials at molecular, cellular and microscopic levels. In close cooperation with our customers, Bruker is enabling innovation, productivity and customer success in life science molecular research, in applied and pharma applications, and in microscopy, nano-analysis and industrial applications. In recent years, Bruker has also become a provider of high-performance systems for cell biology, preclinical imaging, clinical phenomics and proteomics research, clinical microbiology, and for molecular pathology research.

Today, worldwide more than 6,000 employees are working on this permanent challenge at over 90 locations on all continents. Bruker continues to build upon its extensive range of products and solutions, its broad base of installed systems and a strong reputation among its customers. Being one of the world’s leading analytical instrumentation companies, Bruker is strongly committed to further fully meet its customers’ needs as well as to continue to develop state-of-the-art technologies and innovative solutions for today’s analytical questions.


Scientist-in-Charge: Dr. Peter Höfer