Valorisation of innovative bio-economical potentials along bio-based food & botanical extract value chains in the Alpine Space

German project partners of AlpBioEco

AlpBioEco has four project partners in Germany.




City of Sigmaringen

Project lead

The City of Sigmaringen is located in South-West Germany in Baden-Württemberg, situated on the upper Danube. As "Lead Partner" in the EU project AlpBioEco, the city is in charge of the project management and overall coordination of the project. In addition, the City of Sigmaringen is active in all work packages and supports the other 12 project partners to ensure the sustainable implementation of AlpBioEco.

Thus, the City of Sigmaringen contributed in many different ways to the AlpBioEco project. Since the start, as for example with the kick-off meeting of AlpBioEco in Sigmaringen in June 2018, Sigmaringen organised and conducted regular meetings with all project partners.

Strongly committed to raising awareness of the bioeconomy, the city of Sigmaringen has also represented AlpBioEco at numerous regional, national and international events and have been extensively involved in value chain research. For some examples of this work, please read the following news:

  • In November 2019, AlpBioEco was invited to a Network Meeting Nature Preservation at the Regional Council Tübingen, Germany, where lectures and workshops on climate change, biodiversity and nature conservation were held. The city of Sigmaringen and project partner BUND jointly presented AlpBioEco in the context of regional bioeconomics.
  • 22 May 2019: On May, 22, 2019 the city of Sigmaringen, the Albstadt-Sigmaringen University and the German Friends of the Earth Association hosted an AlpBioEco workshop at the Innovation- and Technology Centre in Sigmaringen. About 15 experts conceived eco-innovative business models for the walnut value chain with an interdisciplinary and creative approach. Many undiscovered eco-innovative business models are still slumbering in the various plant parts of the walnut tree! 
  • 3 July 2019: The event "Bioeconomy local - creation of new, local value chains based on renewable raw materials" organised by the city of Sigmaringen took place at the Innovation and Technology Centre Sigmaringen. AlpBioEco has been awarded “HeldeN!-Tat” of the month July 2019 for this workshop by the Sustainability Strategy Office of the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector based in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. 
  • 18-20 February 2020: The City of Sigmaringen represented the AlpBioEco project at the Fruchtwelt Bodensee, an international trade fair for commercial fruit growing, distillation and agricultural technology in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
  • 25 February 2020: As the City of Sigmaringen is the lead partner of the European AlpBioEco project, the Mayor of Sigmaringen, Dr Marcus Ehm, signed the Greencycle Manifesto on behalf of the AlpBioEco project. 
  • 21 - 22 September 2020: Together with Project Partner MCI, the City of Sigmaringen contributed to the programme of the 3rd International Bioeconomy Congress Hohenheim.
  • In October 2020:  For the European Week of Regions and Cities, the city of Sigmaringen presented AlpBioEco in two online sessions and in an online exhibition booth, together with other EU projects and the EU Interreg Alpine Space Joint Secretary (Alpine Space project pitch & Let’s make Green Europe happen!)

The city has also been very active in linking the work of AlpBioEco with local businesses and in explaining the challenges of the bioeconomy to its citizens. Get to know how, an read these exemplary news: 

Finally, the City of Sigmaringen has also collaborated the with research institutions and students for the AlpBioEco project, bringing together bioeconomy research and education with project insights.

"The City of Sigmaringen was the driving force in the very beginning of the project. It is a great chance for the city to create awareness for sustainability as well as bioeconomy and to illustrate local business opportunities." Gloria Kraus, former AlpBioEco project coordinator.

Read the interview with the project partner. 

Stadt Sigmaringen SIG
Innocamp (Graf-Stauffenberg-Kaserne)
Marie-Curie-Str. 20
D-72488 Sigmaringen


Anna Bäuerle
Project Coordinator EU Interreg Project “AlpBioEco”
Telephone: +49 7571 9279272
Mobile: +49 (0) 174 3470338 

Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences

The Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences (HSAS) is located in the south of Germany. Around 3,500 students are enrolled at two locations in Baden-Wuerttemberg: Sigmaringen and Albstadt. The university offers 24 study programmes in its four faculties (Engineering, Business Science and Management, Life Sciences, IT). After the City of Sigmaringen, HSAS is the second largest contributor to AlpBioEco, also because it is responsible for the project communication.

The HSAS focused on the value chain of walnuts, together with the other two partners of the region, the BUND and the City of Sigmaringen. In the course of the project, the HSAS contributed in particular to the first work package, concerning the analysis of the value chain of walnuts. In laboratory analysis, walnut press cake was tested, and some first samples of products made of walnut press cake were developed. The results of the first project phase, including the outcomes of the analyses of walnut press cake, were summarised in a replicable roadmap, which can be accessed here.

The HSAS presented AlpBioEco at several external events, such as at the 6th national meeting of walnut producers in Marbach am Neckar, in Germany. Of course, the HSAS also connected with its students and shared the news of the AlpBioEco project within the university. For instance, on the Campus Day in May 2019, next to interesting lectures or experiments, AlpBioEco was presented with an information stand, where students could not only learn about the project and the potentials of the regional value chain of walnuts, but also could try out a walnut cracking machine. AlpBioEco’s research has even inspired HSAS students to develop innovative cosmetic products with walnuts! Moreover, the HSAS frequently published articles about the AlpBioEco project, like for example about the innovative walnut workshops.

Those workshops consisted of a series of events in 2019, where experts from various sectors met and conceived eco-innovative business models for the walnut value chain with an interdisciplinary and creative approach. For example, in October 2019, an open innovation workshop took place at “Vom Fass AG”, which is a regional company near the German city of Ravensburg. It was organised by the HSAS, together with the project partners BUND and MCI. About 20 experts from different backgrounds attended the workshop and developed new business models in the walnut value chain.

"The Alpine region is disadvantaged in terms of food production due to its geographical and structural dimension. The bioeconomy can become an economic pillar in its own right alongside tourism.Christian Gerhards, HSAS Professor and project manager, science of nutrition & production

Read the interview with the project partner. 

Hochschule Albstadt Sigmaringen HSAS
Anton-Günter-Straße 51
D-72488 Sigmaringen


Christian Gerhards
Project manager, science of nutrition & production
Telephone: +49 (0) 7571 7328 580

KErn, Competence Center for Nutrition

Head of work package T1

The Competence Center for Nutrition (KErn) is located in Kulmbach and Freising in Bavaria, Germany. KErn belongs to the Department of the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry. Information about nutrition is available in an almost infinite variety. The subject areas "nutrition and food" are characterized by a very broad spectrum of opinions, trends and new findings. KErn is responsible for a science-based and interdisciplinary exchange between research, the food industry/production and nutrition education. KErn provides its services to all partners in the nutrition network: government institutions such as public offices, educational, health and social institutions, doctors and midwives, nutrition counsellors, industry and, last but not least, the media. The central task of KErn is to document the current state of knowledge and to prepare it for its target groups.

KErn was the leading project partner in the first work package T1 of the AlpBioEco project. Here, the aim was to gain insights in different value chains of the Alpine space and their bioeconomic potential. For the organisation of and the exchange about the first work package, AlpBioEco’s project partners met in November 2018 in Munich. During the first work package, mainly market and laboratory analyses were carried out. For instance, KErn worked on a market potential analysis of the value chains of herbs and walnuts, together with the external partner University Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Next to this analysis, KErn also worked on a replicable roadmap, which summarises all the results of the first work package and was finally published in July 2019. Comprehensive research, market and laboratory analysis and many other factors already pointed out great bioeconomic potentials of the focused value chains.

Furthermore, KErn presented AlpBioEco at various events, such as the Global Food Summit 2019 "Foodtropolis - Will cities shape our perception of food and nature?" in Munich, Germany, or at an information event followed by a design thinking workshop on renewable raw materials and residues in cooperation with fortiss GmbH and BioCampus in Straubing, Germany. Also, several workshops were conducted by KErn in the frame of AlpBioEco, such as a focus group workshop about the business model of the digital service platform in May 2020.

In June 2020, a brochure of walnut press cake recipes was published by KErn. From cabbage rolls with walnut-vegetable filling, to walnut patties, and even Walnutella – a range of delicious products that can all be produced with walnut press cake. 

"Bioeconomics for the Alpine Space is a very important topic for today and the future to give lucrative future perspectives to the small structures that prevail there." Martina Tröger and Robin Erhardt, both project managers at KErn

Read the interview with the project partner. 

Kompetenzzentrum für Ernährung - KErn
Am Gereuth 4
D-85354 Freising


Robin Ehrhardt
Project manager, nutrition industry/production
Telephone: +49 (0) 9221 4078 251

Unity for the environment & natural protection, regional group of the NGO "BUND" in the region of "Lake of Constance-Upper Swabia"

The „Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland“ (BUND) is a NGO to promote environmental und natural protection. It is the German section of „Friends of the Earth International”. The „Regionalverband Bodensee-Oberschwaben” is a regional subdivision which represents local groups in 32 local communities and about 15.000 members and promoters.

BUND mainly contributed to the work of AlpBioEco in the value chain of walnuts and apples, also due to the extensive regional networks the BUND already has built up for instance with walnut tree owners. Thus, BUND contributed with many events to the AlpBioEco project: Next to workshops, a range of other activities took also place. For example, in 2019, BUND presented the AlpBioEco project at the Competence Centre for fruit growing “Obstbau-Bodensee” at Bavendorf or conducted an Open Innovation Workshop at “Vom Fass AG”, a regional company which produces for example wine, oil or vinegar. “Vom Fass AG” now produces a walnut gin from macerated, green walnuts.

In 2020, BUND presented AlpBioEco for example at the Nature Conservation Days in Radolfszell and at the Fruchtwelt Bodensee, both large events with many attendees. Furthermore, BUND organized two excursions for people interested in the growing of walnuts: one about walnut processing in the region of Stuttgart in 2018, and one to Malans and Frümsen in Switzerland in 2020. Here, the participants gained deeper insights in the walnut industry and could pick up new ideas for the use of their own walnuts.

"The Alps are wonderful and to keep them we need an adapted agriculture – adapted to the climate, soil types and water resources. Farmers must have a sufficient income to produce and to make a living there. Agriculture is bioeconomy!" Ulfried Miller, BUND project manager

Read the interview with the project partner. 

Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland BUND
Regionalverband Bodensee-Oberschwaben (BUND)

Leonhardstraße 1
D-88212 Ravensburg


Ulfried Miller
Project manager, walnuts production & processing
Telephone: +49 (0) 751 21451