Active Team

The research association of the Agronauts assembles actors with diverse and interdisciplinary backgrounds. In the following are short competence descriptions in alphabetical order.

Dr. Jörgen Beckmann

is a biologist, works on the topic of agrobiodiversity as well as seeds and plant breeding especially for organic farming- in form of research activities, papers, seminars and speeches. As an author he gathered arguments for the understanding of plant breeding out of a more broadened viewpoint of nature; he deals with the change of paradigm in biology. Jörgen Beckmann is in the board of the Agronauts since 2014.

is a farmer and a beekeeper. She studied political sciences and is interested in the link between agriculture and society. She want to support international and European exchange. She is also active in an French association to plant hedges and trees to promote biodiversity.

Anouck Hermant

Christian Hiss

was honoured from the board for sustainability of the German Federal Government as Social Entrepreneur of the year 2009 for his work as the founder and board of the Regionalwert AG and is Ashoka-Fellow. He is a qualified gardener and wrote his Master of Social Financing at the Plymouth University about “Sustainability values in the business results of farms”. He is intensively working on the restructuring of agriculture.

Dr. Roman Lenz, Professor at the University for Economy and Environment, Nürtingen-Geislingen, Dean of the faculty for landscape architecture, environment and urban planning and coordinator of the International Master of Landscape Architecture. He is part of research activities concerning environmental accounting and regional products including old varieties and their importance for nature protection (agrobiodiversity). He is vice chairman in voluntary engagement at the regional group of Slow Food Germany e.V. in Stuttgart with 550 members at the moment. From 2011-2014 was he chairman at the Archekomission of Slow Food Germany e.V.. He organizes and supervises events about landscape ecology, sustainable regional development and regional marketing.

Dr. Roman Lenz

Peter Volz

earned his diploma thesis in social sciences and South Asia-Studies in Berlin and Paris as well as his master’s in environmental governance in Freiburg. He is member of the “Community Supported Agriculture Research Group” from Urgenci and works at the European Network “Access to Land”. He is interested in the relation of society and agriculture plus the building of sovereign and local food systems.

studied geography and English studies in Freiburg and Cardiff. As part of the research project of the International Water Management Institute in South Asia he wrote a doctoral thesis about sustainability indicators of waste water irrigation systems in a periurban area in Pakistan. He collected agricultural practice with small farmers in Bolivia and Burkina Faso as well as on organic farms in the Freiburg region. He is now working at the chair for organic farming in Giessen.

Dr. Philipp Weckenbrock

Hannes Gerlof

studied network management and education for sustainable development, furthermore he is EU fundraising specialist. His main topics are support for entrance in agroecological agriculture, access to land, farm succession, open platforms for farming technology and networking to further develop cultivation agroecological methods.

is Agro- and Geoecologist (M. Sc.), she has worked in the field of education for sustainable development as department manager at Alpine Permaculture Schweibenalp in Switzerland and founded the community garden Klimagarten at University of Tübingen as transdisciplinary educational and research site. She works as trainer for permaculture and consultant for regenerative land use. She lectures about sustainable design and land use at University of Tübingen since 2013.

Sarah Daum

Dominique Bednarek

studied Chemical Engineering in Mannheim and Environmental Sciences in Freiburg and Mérida, Venezuela. His Theses “Can Freiburg feed itself?” had a substantial influence on the debate about regional nutrition within the urban area. He gained not only experiences different scientific institutions and in international projects, but also knows the work on the field and in the vines. His interests span the areas of Agroecology, Agroforestry and LowTech amongst others.

is working as a community mobiliser for the “Food Relations” Project. He is active in the association Zusammen Leben Freiburg, especially the community garden project “Zusammen Gärtnern”, and studies environmental science at the University of Freiburg. He is fascinated by People and their stories. He was engaged in the peace movement in Palestine and was and is committed to study Consciousness work and interhuman relationships. Haytham dares to dream big and tries here and now to live his Utopia.

Haytham Zireeni

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