Related projects

CityFood is cooperating with other SUGI and related projects and initiatives to join their forces and accomplish synergies as well as establish a long lasting network related to the FWE nexus and sustainable healthy human nutrition. Below is a list of projects and the involved staff members along with details for the primary contact at the respective institutions.

SUNEX (Sustainable Urban FWE Nexus) – Formulating sustainable urban FWE strategy by optimizing the synergies between food, water and energy systems
Project description and thematic links
SUNEX provides an integrated modelling framework of advanced tools to model and assess the Food-Water-Energy (FWE) systems’ demand and supply sides, capture their interdependencies and maximize synergies through a nexus view that endorses efficient solutions for energy, water and food supply for urban regions.


SUNEX Website


Start: 01.05.2018   End 30.04.2021
Project Leader ZALF: Dr. Ingo Zasada

Project collaborators ZALF: Alexandra Doernberg; Dr. Annette Piorr; Dr. Ingo Zasada

Further Project Partners: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), University of the West of England, Bristol Water, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Qatar Ministry for Municipality and Environment, ROC Connect


Dr. agr. Ingo Zasada

Project Leader ZALF / Urban and Regional Planner
Tel: +49 (0)33432 82-152

Alexandra Doernberg

Project Collaborator / Geographer
Tel: +49 (0)33432 82-372

Dr. rer. agr. Annette Piorr

Project Collaborator / Agricultural Engineer (Dipl.)
Tel: +49 (0)33432 82-222

FoodShift2030 – Food System Hubs Innovating towards Fast Transition by 2030
Project description and thematic links
A new project on transforming the European food system towards a low carbon circular future applies a groundbreaking mechanism for maturing, combining, upscaling and multiplying sustainable food system innovations.


FoodSHIFT2030 Website


Start: 01.01.2020   End:
Project Leader ZALF: Dr. Annette Piorr

Project collaborators ZALF: Dr. Annette Piorr

Further Project Partners: 7 municipalities, 11 SMEs, 6 NGOs and 6 research institutes from 11 European countries.

Accelerator Labs in nine city-regions: Greater Athens, Avignon, Barcelona, Bari, Brasov, Berlin, Greater Copenhagen, Oostende and Wroclaw.

Dr. rer. agr. Annette Piorr

Project Collaborator / Agricultural Engineer (Dipl.)
Tel: +49 (0)33432 82-222

Vertical Green 2.0 – Vertical greening for liveable cities – co-create innovation for the breakthrough of an old concept
Project description and thematic links

Vertical green (VG) has a great potential to cool buildings, to recycle and upcycle wastes, rainwater and grey water, to produce food or bio-energy and to generate green spaces nearly everywhere in cities – almost independent of available horizontal space. We will re-develop VG according to stakeholder needs, e.g. we will adapt it to diff erent architectures, diff erent climates and reduce maintenance costs through automated machinery so that VG may unfold its full positive impacts to as many urban neighbourhoods as possible.


Vertical Green 2.0 Website


Start: 2018   End: 2021
Project Leader TU-Berlin: Dr. Thomas Nehls

Project collaborators ZALF: 

Further Project Partners: Technische Universität Berlin, National Taiwan University, Urban planning institute of the Republic of Slovenia, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Green4Cities Vienna

Dr. Thomas Nehls

Project Collaborator / Agricultural Engineer (Dipl.)
Tel: +49 (0)30 314-23309


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