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Transnational project
in the framework 
of the
Climate Smart Agriculture

Short project descriptions



The OptiBarn project

Optimised animal specific barn climatisation facing temperature rise and increased climate variability 


OptiBarn is a European research project with the aim to develop regional, sustainable adaptation strategies for dairy cow husbandry.

The transnational project is funded in the scope of the FACCE ERA-NET Plus initiative „Climate Smart Agriculture“ of the Seventh Framework Program (FP7) of the European commission.

Under the ERA-NET Plus action “Climate Smart Agriculture: Adaptation of agricultural systems in Europe” research addresses adaptation of European agriculture to climate change in its broad sense. 

Project duration: 12/2014 to 11/2017


FACCE-ERA-NET Plus has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 618105. The funding of the individual project partners is granted by national contact points.


junior scientists

A purpose of the project is the dissemination of knowledge to the next generation. Thus, several students of the consortium partnern have the opportunity to complete their thesis in the framework of OptiBarn.

Following topics are currently processed:

Adaptive smart (natural) ventilation control for cattle housing and integrated climate sensing 

Identifying Thresholds of Heat Stress of Dairy Cows in Naturally Ventilated Barns in different Climate Extremes

Investigation of animal heat-stress in distinct climates



of the final meeting
in Brussels (Nov 8-9, 2017)

Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. (ATB) · Max-Eyth-Allee 100 · 14469 Potsdam · Germany · Tel. +49 (0)331 5699 0 · E-mail