BTU: Description and role

Who we are

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) is situated in the heart of Lusatia, a region of eastern Germany southeast from Berlin close to the Polish border. BTU combines outstanding international research with future-oriented teaching. With interdisciplinary research, innovative teaching, knowledge and technology transfer and further education, BTU is looking for solution approaches that solve international as well as national and regional problems. These include challenges in the areas of energy, healthcare, environment, IT-based networks and communication and also cultural and social issues. As a small technical university, we are committed to promote the establishment of cross-faculty and inter university networks as well as the development of interdisciplinary research projects that serve civil purposes. Our university’s locations lie in a region defined by structural change. We develop solutions locally for which there is an international demand. At BTU the Research Center Landscape Development and Mining Landscapes (FZLB) coordinates research activities related to sites which experienced severe disturbances, such as mining landscapes. These sites can be regarded as good examples of marginal lands. The focus of research lies on the ecological development of such marginal sites with poor soil conditions during primary succession as well as on the promotion of land development by means of adapted reclamation measures. In this area of research BTU FZLB was active during the last two decades. This research is mainly based on the concept of agroforestry which combines traditional agronomy and the production of woody biomass on the same site.

What is our role in BeonNAT?

  • Tree Species Screening and Cultivation

    Screening potentially suitable tree species to be cultivated at marginal lands in Central Europe; field trial designs as well as soil and vegetation monitoring programme for all test sites; test the benefit of intercropping/mixed-forest in marginal cultural land versus the natural growing/monoculture

  • Assessment of site marginality

    Assessing marginality of the case study sites and for elucidating both limitations and potentials of marginal lands with regard to biomass production for bio-based industry purposes

Our team

Dirk Freese

Senior Researcher

Werner Gerwin

Senior Researcher

Steffi Schillem