Since the lectures on biodynamic agriculture given by Rudolf Steiner in Koberwitz in 1924, research and practice have developed in partnership.
At the Goetheanum in Switzerland, the two researchers Ehrenfried Pfeiffer and Günther Wachsmuth set up a research laboratory as early as 1919 in the basement of the Glashaus in Dornach, where the Section for Agriculture now has its headquarters. The foundations of biodynamic agriculture were thus supported by scientific experiments.
In addition to this, a research group set up by farmers in Germany provided help for research on the first biodynamic farms.
Biodynamic research has since expanded to worldwide activities in academic and practical research in many countries. This has given rise to the following tasks for the Section for Agriculture:
The Section for Agriculture also plays an advisory role on a range of committees. For example, the Section is represented in the ART Committee (Advisory, Training and Research Committee). This committee which is run by the Biodynamic Federation Demeter International (BFDI) coordinates, collates and supports research activities worldwide.
The International Conference on Biodynamic Research (BDRC) is a periodic event where scientists, farmers and other interested parties can meet for discussion and networking.
It has taken place every three years since 2018. In 2023 it is due to be held at the Royal Agriculture University in Great Britain for the first time.
The conference provides networking opportunities for the specialist public and offers a basis for setting up partnerships. The Section for Agriculture focuses particularly on a cross-disciplinary and international approach in order to gather as much scientific knowledge and practical expertise as possible from the farms and biodynamic enterprises.
The second BRDC took place online from 31 August to 2 September 2021. The conference was devoted to the topic "Growing beyond resilience".
With its inter- and transdisciplinary approach, the conference combined scientific, participative and practical research in order to discuss the concept of resilience in biodynamic and organic farming and food systems. This enabled urgent challenges such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, loss of soil quality and human disease to be addressed and constructive solutions shared.
The conference proceedings, including over 90 contributions to the 2021 International Conference on Biodynamic Research, can be downloaded via the following link: Download Conference Contributions
The first BDRC in 2018 focused on the topic of "Research in the biodynamic farming and food industries". Over 180 participants gathered to listen to around 100 presentations and to network. The BDRC was the first conference where researchers and practitioners were able to get together to discuss biodynamic agricultur.
The conference proceedings with all the papers can be downloaded via this link: Download Conference Contributions
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Biodynamic Association UK: https://www.biodynamic.org.uk/
Biodynamic Association USA: https://www.biodynamics.com/
BFDI - Biodynamic Federation Demeter international: www.demeter.net
Coventry University: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/
Forschungsinstitut am Goetheanum: http://www.forschungsinstitut.ch
Forschungsinstitut für Biologischen Landbau (FiBL): http://www.fibl.org/
Forschungsring e.V.: http://www.forschungsring.de/
Pondicherry University: https://www.pondiuni.edu.in/
Royal Agricultural University: https://www.rau.ac.uk/
Universität Kassel / Ökologische Agrarwissenschaften: https://www.uni-kassel.de/fb11agrar/
Universiteit Stellenbosch: http://www.sun.ac.za/
Association Biodynamie Recherche: https://biodynamie-recherche.org/
Bellis - Arbeitsgemeinschaft für goetheanistische Pflanzenerkenntnis: http://www.anthrobotanik.eu/
Gesellschaft für Goetheanistische Forschung e.V.: http://www.gfgf.de/
Josephine Porter Institute on Applied Biodynamics: http://www.jpibiodynamics.org/
Keyserlingk Institut: http://www.saatgut-forschung.de/
Louis Bolk Institut: http://www.louisbolk.org/nl/home/
Michael Field Agricultural Institute: http://www.michaelfieldsaginst.org/
Soin de la terre: http://www.soin-de-la-terre.org/
Stiftelsen Biodynamiska Forskningsinstitutet: http://www.jdb.se/sbfi/
The Biodynamic Research Institute: http://www.demeter.org.au/
The Nature Institute: http://www.natureinstitute.org/