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