The Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) is a research institute working at the interface between biological and technical systems. The goal of the ATB is to contribute to food security, animal welfare, climate and environment protection, holistic use of biomass and to transfer knowledge into the economy and the general public, by means of interdisciplinary teams, covering a broad spectrum of methods from natural sciences, economic sciences and engineering. ATB has its main expertise in systems research for sustainable intensification, including expertise in livestock production systems, barn climate and emissions, animal health and welfare, environmental impacts, economic efficiency, and emission modelling.
As the project coordinator, ATB takes care of project management and internal communication among the partners (WP6). ATB is contributing to all WPs, from models, key parameters and protocols selection (WP1) to providing data from case study farms (WP3) and collaborating in sustainability assessment (WP4), taking major roles in: i) implementing the MilKey platform and maintaining it after project lifetime (WP5); ii) developing a modular sensor framework for animal barns and the related Online Tool for monitoring Indoor barn climate, animal stress and emission levels of air pollutants (“OTICE”, WP2).