Since August 2021, Adrian Leip works at the European Commissions’ Directorate General Research & Innovation as Head of Sector – Bioeconomy in the Food Systems and Bioeconomy Unit, coordinating the work on the bioeconomy policies and the implementation and follow-up of the 2018 EU Bioeconomy Strategy and its Action Plan.

Before joining DG RTD, he worked for almost 20 years at the EC-Joint Research Centre in Ispra (Italy), last in the Directorate Sustainable Resources, Food Security Unit. Among his recent tasks was to lead a project on ‘Modelling Mitigation of Food Systems’ and to co-chair the Expert Panel on Nitrogen and Food under the Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen (UN-ECE LRTAP Convention).

Adrian has authored more than 100 scientific papers in the field of environmental and economic modelling, nutrient cycling, greenhouse gas emissions, lifecycle assessment etc. He is Lead Author of the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories and the IPCC 6th Assessment Report on a ‘food system’ section (2022, Chapter 12).

Adrian has a PhD in Geo-ecology from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Adrian Leip

Head of Sector Bioeconomy in the European Commission


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