Uli Schurr is a plant physiologist and heads the Institute of Plant Sciences at Forschungszentrum Jülich (Research Center Jülich - IBG:2 Plant Sciences). The institute is a world leader in plant phenotyping, developing quantitative methods for analyzing plant architecture and function in controlled environmental conditions and in the field, and translating these methods with partners into practical applications in horticulture, agriculture and breeding. He initiated and coordinates the German Plant Phenotyping Network DPPN www.dppn.de ; is the chairman of the ESFRI project EMPHASIS https://emphasis.plant-phenotyping.eu/ and president of the global International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN) https://www.plant-phenotyping.org/ ). Uli Schurr has been leading the Bioeconomy Science Center (www.biosc.de ), the largest European research network on sustainable bioeconomy based on the cooperation of the Universities of Bonn, Aachen, Düsseldorf and the Research Center Jülich, for 10 years. He initiated the BioeconomieREVIER initiative (www.biooekonomierevier.de ) to establish a model region for sustainable bioeconomy in the context of structural change in the coal-phase out in one of the coal-phase out regions in Germany. Uli Schurr is member of the International Advisory Council for Global Bioeconomy (IACGB).