Sustainable intensification in agriculture

Joint working group of the DFG Senate Commission on Agroecosystem Research and German Committee Future Earth.

AG Agrar


Its goal was to bring together researchers from various disciplines, companies from different agricultural areas and other stakeholders at federal, state and at a local level (from Germany and other countries) to raise their awareness of the subject of "sustainable intensification of agricultural production", to promote the development of socio-economic solutions at a regional level and to identify the research required to achieve this. The new research approaches developed in this way should be targeted at improving productivity while protecting natural resources and maintaining eco-system services. The newly developed research approaches will take region-specific conditions as their subject and also offer solutions.

The working group prepared the DFG roundtable discussion "Sustainable intensification of agricultural production: The need for socio-ecological solutions at regional level” and published a working paper.


Working group members

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Brüggemann, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institut für Bio- und Geowissenschaften (Mitglied SKAF)

Dr. Ruth Delzeit, Institut für Weltwirtschaft, Forschungsbereich Umwelt und natürliche Ressourcen (Sprecherin dt. Netzwerk Future Earth Nachwuchswissenschaftler)

Prof. Dr. Christina von Haaren, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Institut für Umweltplanung (Mitglied SKAF)

Prof. Dr. Alexandra-Maria Klein, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Professur für Naturschutz und Landschaftsökologie (Mitglied SKAF)

Prof. Dr. Iris Lewandowski, Universität Hohenheim, Zentrum für Bioenergie und Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (Mitglied SKAF)

Prof. Dr. Karin Pittel, ifo Institut, Zentrum für Energie, Klima und erschöpfbare Ressourcen (Mitglied DKN Future Earth)

Prof. Dr. Volkmar Wolters, Justus Liebig Universität Giessen, Professur für Tierökologie (Mitglied DKN Future Earth)



Time period: 2015-2017


Working group spokesperson:

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Brüggemann
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
E-mail: n.brueggemann(a)fz-juelich.de



Dr. Margit von Lützow
Scientific Secretariat SKAF
Technische Universität München
E-mail: luetzow(a)wzw.tum.de



Working paper


Meetings (by Invitation):

Fall 2015


  • 2015-2017

    Positive impacts through land use change

  • 2015-2017

    Co-design, co-production and co-dissemination

  • 2015-2017

    The social aspects in socio-ecological models and simulations of sustainability research

  • 2015-2017

    Sustainable intensification in agriculture

  • 2016-2018

    Social innovations in energy policy making

  • 2017-2019

    Urban sustainability transformations

  • 2017-2019

    Sustainable work