Who We Are
The Institute of Agricultural and Urban Ecological Projects affiliated to Berlin Humboldt University (IASP) is an interdisciplinary active research organization. The IASP identifies, conceives and carries out innovative projects in Science, Research and Development to solve special integrative needs and has set itself the goal of rapidly transferring application-oriented solutions for new types of products and methods to the municipal, social and business practice. According to the classification of the East German research structures the IASP is an “external industrial research organization” for the common benefit and considers itself as such, as a scientifical partner for small and medium enterprises (SME), especially for those without own research capacities. Furthermore it is a partner for numerous institutes affiliated to universities and scientifical organizations both in and out of Germany, so fulfilling a bridging role at the interface between university research on the one hand and social or rather business application on the other hand.
The legal and economic basis of the IASP, which was founded as an institute affiliated to Berlin Humboldt University in 1996, is the non-profit Association for the Promotion of Agricultural and Urban Ecological Projects (A.S.P.). The research and development works carried out at the IASP are structured regarding scientific issues and organized selectively in both departments “Biogenic Raw Materials” and “Food Technology”. Since 2010 the IASP manages an own agricultural experiment station (15 Ha) in Berge bei Nauen (Havelland, State of Brandenburg).
The IASP possesses a special competence at the creation and management of international and national research networks. On an international scale the institute is e.g. a coordinator of the European-Latin American Center for Logistics and Ecological Projects (CELALE); at national level the IASP coordinates several collaborative projects as well as activities in the frame of the Network-Management East (NEMO). In order to solve the diverse interdisciplinary tasks approx. 35 scientifical and technical assistants from different specialized fields and qualifications are employed in a project-related manner (process technicians, food engineers, agronomy engineers, biomedical technicians, economists and laboratory assistants among others).