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The IPB is actively participating in the following national and international research networks:


ScienceCampus Halle – Plant-based Bioeconomy

The ScienceCampus Halle joins the four regional Leibniz Institutes (IPB, IAMO, IPK and IWH) with the corresponding departments and institutes of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. The topic of the campus is the plant-based bioeconomy, i.e. the sustainable industrial production, processing and use of plant resources with emphasis on food and high value plant products under socio-economic aspects. This close cooperation in the field of plant-based bioeconomy will promote the scientific excellence in research and teaching, and enable the transfer of knowledge into applications.

Leibniz Research Alliance Bioactive Compounds and Biotechnology

Advances in medicine, safe agricultural production, a healthy diet and personal hygiene are unimaginable without the development of active pharmaceutical agents. The Research Alliance "Bioactive Compounds and Biotechnology" was initiated by the IPB in 2012 and brings together the research of 17 Leibniz institutes on molecules with biological effects.

Leibniz Research Alliance Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the basis for health, contributes to food security and attenuates the effects of climate change. The aim is to reconcile the goals of biodiversity agreements with the often competing objectives of climate, energy, agricultural and economic policies. The Leibniz Research Alliance "Biodiversity" combines the expertise of 22 Leibniz institutes from different disciplines in the field of biodiversity research.

Leibniz Research Alliance Food and Nutrition

The Leibniz Research Alliance "Food Production and Healthy Nutrition" confronts the challenges of a complex world in which food production and a healthy diet are highly dependent on scarce resources, climate conditions, and the interaction with the environment. The alliance links 14 Leibniz Institutes along the value chain and thus creates a wide cross-disciplinary scientific network. Through intensive communication, the researchers can jointly pursue the global goals of food security, human health and environmental protection.


EU-OPENSCREEN is a large-scale Research Infrastructure with an ‘open’ pre-competitive character that makes all generated tools and data publicly accessible. The aim is the discovery of biologically active substances in all areas of the life sciences by providing transnational open access to the most advanced technologies, chemical and biological resources, and expertise. This will support European life science research and its translation to medicine, agriculture, bio-industries and society.

EPSO — European Plant Science Organisation

EPSO is an independent academic organisation that represents more than 226 research institutes, departments and universities from 30 countries in Europe and beyond. EPSO's mission is to improve the impact and visibility of plant science in Europe.


ChemBioNet is a resource network initiated by biologists and chemists who realized the need for interdisciplinary open access platforms for systematic use of small molecules to explore biological systems.

COST Action "Bioflavour - New biocatalysts and novel molecular mechanisms (FA 0907)"

The COST Action "Bioflavour" will build a unique European Yeast Flavour Network addressing fundamental research in natural bioflavour production through an innovative systems biology approach. The aim is to establish an eco-efficient alternative for flavour production usually done through chemical synthesis or by extraction from plants. Contact: Prof. Ludger Wessjohann.

COST Action "PlantEngine - Plant Metabolic Engineering for High Value Products (FA 1006)"

Plants produce a vast variety of chemicals for various purposes, albeit often in minute amounts. The aim of the COST Action "PlantEngine" is to engineer plants to optimize the production of these high value compounds. Contact: Prof. Ludger Wessjohann, Dr. Sylvestre Marillonnet.

COST Action "STREAM - STRigolactones Enhance Agricultural Methodologies (FA 1206)"

The COST Action "STREAM" provides a European network for strigolactone research. These plant hormones contribute to plant morphology as well as soil quality. Thus, they are of great interest for modern agriculture and sustainable agro-technologies. Contact: Dr. Michael H. Walter.

COST Action "PROTEOSTASIS - European network to integrate research on intracellular proteolysis pathways in health and disease (BM1307)"

The COST Action "PROTEOSTASIS" is a European network with members from almost all countries in Europe. Its main objective is to facilitate research and collaborations in the fields of ubiquitin/proteasome, ubiquitin-likes, autophagy and lysosomal systems in health and diseases. Contact: Dr. Luz Irina A. Calderón Villalobos, Dr. Nico Dissmeyer und Dr. Marco Trujillo.


The DECHEMA Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology brings together experts from a wide range of disciplines, institutions and generations to stimulate scientific exchange in chemical engineering, process engineering and biotechnology. DECHEMA is the hub of an interdisciplinary network of topic-oriented committees, organizing events and professional development and has over 5,800 members - individuals, institutions and companies.

German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

The iDiv is a hub of international biodiversity science jointly hosted by the universities in Leipzig, Jena and Halle. The mission is to promote theory-driven synthesis and data-driven theory in biodiversity research. Along with the IPB, seven other non-university institutes are associated.

Interdisciplinary Center for Crop Research Halle (IZN)

The IZN pools important regional resources in the agricultural and molecular life sciences by joining together the MLU Halle-Wittenberg, the IPK Gatersleben, the IPB and the JKI Quedlinburg. It supports research projects on crops that deal with agricultural topics, such as resistance against biotic stress and tolerance against abiotic stress.


The IPB is a member of the MassBank consortium, the first open database of reference spectra. The spectral database is an important resource for metabolomics researchers, but also the foundation for the development of computational mass spectrometry methods. You can access both the set of IPB Tandem-MS and Ion Trap spectra, as well as the other massbank sites under http://msbi.ipb-halle.de/MassBank/. Contact: Dr. Steffen Neumann.

Computational Mass Spectrometry Initiative (CompMS)

The CompMS Group promotes the efficient, high quality analysis of mass spectrometry data through dissemination and training in existing approaches and coordination of new, innovative approaches. The aim is to exploit synergies between different application domains, in particular proteomics and metabolomics.

Cluster Biocatalysis 2021

The aim of the cluster Biocatalysis 2021 is the commercialization of research along the whole value chain (from enzyme screening, production and downstream processing to the end product).

weinberg campus e.V.

The aim of the weinberg campus e.V. is the development and marketing of the science and business cluster in the Weinberg region in Halle. This should further increase the location´s competitiveness and innovation capacity, the technology transfer and the promotion of start-ups and business foundation projects.

This page was last modified on 02.06.2017.

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