Hochschule Geisenheim University Becomes Application Partner in Hessian Center for Artificial Intelligence

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The Research and Innovation Service Center is HGU's interface to Gründungsfabrik Rheingau – a joint project between Hochschule Geisenheim University and EBS University of Economics and Law to support young entrepreneurs and start-ups. Detailed information is available below.

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Hochschule Geisenheim University Becomes Application Partner in Hessian Center for Artificial Intelligence

Weather station Heppenheim © Hochschule Geisenheim University/Andreas Ehlig

The new Hessian Center for Artificial Intelligence, funded by the State of Hesse, brings together cutting-edge research, practical orientation and knowledge transfer to industry and society in a way that is unique in Germany. As an application partner, Hochschule Geisenheim University is part of the center.

Excellent basic research, providing answers to today’s important challenges and transferring the knowledge to industry and society – that is the mission of the new Hessian Center for Artificial Intelligence (AI Center Hesse), funded by the State of Hesse. The new center was founded at the end of August 2020 and is backed by 13 institutions of higher education in Hesse. This unique approach allows to pool the various strength of the different institutions. The State of Hesse is creating 20 additional professorships and will provide 38 million euros during the five-year development phase. As an application partner, Hochschule Geisenheim University is part of the center.

In order to train artificial intelligence and to improve it in the long term, Hochschule Geisenheim University will provide its unique series of data that have been collected over decades, for example in the area of weather records. Joint projects with the other partners that will facilitate the use of artificial intelligence in the areas of viticulture and horticulture, environmental protection and others, will also be possible in the future. On the part of Hochschule Geisenheim University, Prof. Dr. Peter Braun, Head of the Department of Pomology, Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Schwarz, Head of the Department of Agricultural Engineering, and Prof. Dr. Manfred Stoll, Head of the Department of General and Organic Viticulture were involved in the development phase of the new center. The scientists are already using artificial intelligence for their research in the field of drone and sensor technology for horticulture, viticulture and agriculture.

“Thanks to artificial intelligence, computers are learning new skills that help us find better solutions for current challenges, for example in medicine, for tackling environmental issues or for meeting social challenges,” explains Federal Minister of Science Angela Dorn on the presentation of the center. “It opens up a huge scientific and economic potential, but it also comes with great responsibility. In order to embrace the opportunities for the scientific and business community and for everyone living in Hesse, we are relying on the strength of our universities. The Technical University of Darmstadt excels in strong basic research, followed by the other universities that focus on specialist research on AI, and our universities of applied science, which provide outstanding practical research. The center’s concept was developed by 13 universities, and more than 40 partners from the business and research sector have already expressed their interest in a cooperation. The independent evaluation panel is convinced that the center will become internationally recognized and develop into a beacon of excellence thanks to its unique strengths.”  

The Center for AI is established as a joint institution of the 13 universities – as provided by the Hessian Higher Education Act. It has its main site at TU Darmstadt, and a secondary site at Goethe University Frankfurt. If necessary, additional positions will be created at the other universities. The center will also focus on the topic of business start-ups and how to support young entrepreneurs. To that end, Hochschule Geisenheim University seeks a close cooperation with the Gründungsfabrik Rheingau, which is to hold presentations and workshops for young entrepreneurs wishing to set up their own businesses in the field of AI.

Further information: https://hessian.ai/


Gründungsfabrik Rheingau

„Gründungsfabrik Rheingau“ –  a strong partnership between Hochschule Geisenheim University and EBS University of Economics and Law

"Gründungsfabrik Rheingau" is a joint project of Hochschule Geisenheim University and EBS University of Economics and Law. Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the “EXIST” program, the project was officially launched on March 1, 2020. It aims to address and qualify members of both universities who are interested in setting up their own businesses. Through workshops and events ranging from business plan seminars to intensive workshops, young entrepreneurs receive valuable support and advice to put their business ideas into practice. Co-working spaces are also available free of charge in the project’s headquarter “Waas.sche Fabrik” – an extensively renovated old factory building which provides a unique atmosphere for creative ideas and innovative thinking.

Your contacts:

Project Coordinator HGU: Rama Suleiman (rama@gf-rheingau.de)

Project Coordinator EBS: Dr. Jan Christoph Munck (christoph@gf-rheingau.de)

Start-up Advisor: Alexandra Wagner-Thind (alexandra@gf-rheingau.de)

General inquiries: hallo(at)gf-rheingau.de

More information: gruendungsfabrik-rheingau.de

Address: Winkeler Str. 100b, 65366 Geisenheim


Knowledge Transfer Management

Thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF, Hochschule Geisenheim University has been able to boost and expand its knowledge transfer and innovation services. The Innovation Service Manager is a central point of contact for internal and external partners and supports researchers during the application process and the implementation of joint projects with industry partners.

Our aim is to coordinate the dialogue between external and in-house partners and make it more transparent to help disseminate knowledge and innovation generated at HGU and showcase the expertise of the scientists involved. At the same time, open questions and research approaches of industry partners can be quickly passed on to the university staff and new cooperations can be established.

In addition, the Innovation Service Manager will establish completely new formats to address and involve the general public. For example, public presentations and lectures on the university's research topics and a stronger exchange with schools in the city or district are being considered.


Example: The Geisenheim Science Pub

Scientists present their research in short and easily understandable presentations to a mixed audience. Experience science in a cozy atmosphere and engage in a lively debate! The event is organized several times during the semester. Find out more at: https://www.hs-geisenheim.de/submenues/hochschule/mitteilungen-veranstaltungen-termine/veranstaltungen-und-termine/uebersicht/.



German-French Graduate School

Climate Impact Research on Special Crops and their Products

Climate conditions are a major factor in agricultural production as they influence yield and quality for example. These factors are even more important in the cultivation of special crops, which, together with their processing products, represent about 35 % of the agricultural value chain worldwide. Examples include table grapes and wine, but also other fruits and vegetables. Climatic changes play an important role for these crops because they are often cultivated in unique landscapes which face special challenges in terms of sustainable production. Moreover, changing production conditions can also affect subsequent processing steps and product quality. In addition, climate change influences the spread of plant pathogens and their vectors, thus threatening the sustainability of these crops.

Funded by the German-French University (DFH), a German-French Graduate School was established in 2018 to enable junior scientists to complete their doctorate in a co-tutelle procedure between Hochschule Geisenheim University and Université de Bordeaux. The candidates can also spend part of the program in Adelaide, Australia, to conduct research at the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) and the University of Adelaide

More information is available at: https://www.hs-geisenheim.de/en/research/german-french-graduate-school/

The Graduate School CDFA-03-18 is funded by the German-French University: https://www.dfh-ufa.org/en/?noredirect=en_US

Research Projects

Research project "Wine Tourism" (German with English subtitles)

Research project "HessenStern" (German with English subtitles)

Research project "Simulation and Modeling" (German with English subtitles)

Research project "PlantGrid" (German with English subtitles)

More videos will be available soon...

The research videos are funded by EFRE (European Regional Development Fund).

For cooperation inquiries please contact: elena.siebrecht@hs-gm.de

Gründungsfabrik Rheingau


Christiane Jost
Dr. Christiane Jost
Building 5903
Room 01
Phone +49 6722 502 634
Christiane.Jost(at)hs-gm.de Details


Elena Siebrecht
Dr. Elena Siebrecht
Building 5903
Room 04
Phone +49 6722 502 635
Elena.Siebrecht(at)hs-gm.de Details
Rama Suleiman
Rama Suleiman
Building 9001
Room N.N.
Rama.Suleiman(at)hs-gm.de Details
Magdolna Prantner
Magdolna Prantner, M.Sc.
Building 5901
Room 12b
Phone +49 6722 502 636
Magdolna.Prantner(at)hs-gm.de Details