Ulrich Schurr is Director of IBG-2: Plant Sciences at Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany) and full Professor at the University of Düsseldorf. His research focuses on plant phenotyping, the role of dynamic plant-environment relationships in crop production, climate change as well as in controlled and field environment for improving crops with respect to yield, quality and efficiency of water and nutrient use. He is strongly involved in developing circular bioeconomy concepts connecting crop production and biomass utilization in s sustainable manner.
Ulich Schurr has a strong background in crop physiology and technology development from sensors to automation in plant physiology and breeding. He heads a strongly interdisciplinary team of researchers. He has initiates and coordinates numerous interdisciplinary networks on plant phenotyping like the German Plant Phenotyping Network (DPPN; www.dppn.plant-phenotyping-network.de ), the European Plant Phenotyping Network (EPPN/ EPPN2020; www.eppn2020.plant-phenotyping.eu ), the ESFRI-project EMPHASIS (https://emphasis.plant-phenotyping.eu/) to establish a pan-European research infrastructure for plant phenotyping. He is president of the International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN). Ulich Schurr also runs a number of large scale initiatives in bioeconomy research, like the Bioeconomy Science Center (www.biosc.de )and the BiooekonomieREVIER (www.biorevier.de)