Scientific staff positions

The three scientific staff units of the DBFZ are directly attached to the scientific general management of Prof. Dr. Michael Nelles. The coordinators for research, innovation and international knowledge and technology transfer work closely with the four research departments of the DBFZ and the heads of the five research focus areas. The aim is to tap synergies in strategic research and project orientation, consortium formation and internationalisation for the entire research centre.

Research coordination

The Research Coordination Unit under the leadership of Dr. Elena H. Angelova supports and coordinates the networking of scientists between the five research priorities of the DBFZ and other research institutions and partner organizations. The aim is to use synergies and expertise in-house, to initiate concrete research cooperations and to find suitable funding for the implementation of the research idea. Further areas of research coordination include the collection and evaluation of scientific data to ensure scientific quality, the coordination of the exchange of information with the BMEL, the research advisory board and the implementation of the DBFZ doctoral programme.

Innovation coordination

Bioenergy is an integral part of the renewable energy system and the targeted bioeconomy. Bioenergy technologies open up a wide range of new fields of innovation and innovation potential. The scientific staff unit "Innovation Coordination" under the leadership of Romann Glowacki searches for, develops and links the application-oriented research of the DBFZ with new partners and R&D&I structures. The DBFZ's research partners from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are also included in these structures. Further tasks of the Innovation Coordinator are the design and implementation of internal inventions, the exploitation of industrial property rights, the knowledge and technology transfer as well as the establishment of own innovation structures in the field of spin-off promotion.

Coordination for international knowledge and technology transfer

The staff unit "International Knowledge and Technology Transfer", headed by Dr. Sven Schaller, pursues the goal of making the scientific expertise of the DBFZ available to international partners through joint research projects, the exchange of doctoral students and reciprocal research stays. In addition, international networks are to be consolidated and selectively expanded. This also includes the initiation and mediation of mutual visits as well as the organisation of workshops and conferences. It is also the declared aim of the staff unit to further intensify cooperation with top international universities and non-university research institutes. Further information under International Activities.