The research conducted by professors at the Weincampus Neustadt is closely integrated in the research and development activities of the Dienstleistungszentrum Ländlicher Raum Rheinpfalz (DLR, “Rural Service Center”).
The seven full-time professors from the three universities of applied sciences who teach the program use 50% of their teaching load for joint research projects with the scientists at the DLR Rheinpfalz. Their activities include cutting-edge applied research in viticulture, enology, and phytomedicine. The Weincampus’ range of course offerings benefits from strong institutional integration with the activities of DLR Rheinpfalz, including testing, consulting and training, and the associated transfer of research findings into both teaching and practice.
Our seven professors work together on research with scientists from the DLR Rheinpfalz in pursuance of their strategic joint plan. All research activities must address at least one of the following five strategic objectives:
- Adaptation to climate change
- Sustainable protection of the environment
- Low-impact methods that make efficient use of resources
- Technology transfer and digitalization
- Competitive market standing for regional and sustainable products.
Currently, our researchers are working some 20 individual projects with a funding volume of almost 3 million Euro. Topics of their applied research range from vine physiology and viticulture technology to aroma chemistry and wine market research. Our externally funded projects (of which about 90% are public funds) currently employ 15 doctoral students, three post-doctoral researchers, and six technical assistants. Doctoral students at the Weincampus are part of the Graduate School, and within this framework, academic seminars are held and regular reporting by graduate students is completed. All doctoral dissertations at the Weincampus are written in cooperation with universities in Germany and abroad.