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Biostimulants World Congress
Delivered as a Hybrid Event
Live In-Person Experience: 29 November - 2 December 2021Digital Experience: 6 -7 December 2021

Heiner Goldbach (Keynote Speaker)
Professor, Division Plant Nutrition at University of Bonn


Heiner Goldbach is agrobiologist, holds a PhD in plant nutrition, was appointed positions at CATIE (Costa Rica), the TU Munich-Weihenstephan, professor of Agroecology (University of Bayreuth/Germany), and held the Chair of Plant Nutrition at Bonn University. He is co-founder and associate of HGoTECH research. Research activities deal with functions of boron, processes on leaf surfaces, foliar fertilization, plant water balance, nutrient (re-)cycling, stress responses in plants. He chaired and co-chaired several large research consortia (, is chairman of (KDS e.V., Bonn) and holds/held lead positions in scientific societies, and received the Sprengel-Liebig-Medal in Gold (VDLUFA). He is supervisor of numerous national and international PhD students.


Functions of micronutrients (boron) in plant metabolism; processes on foliar surfaces; water balance of plants; waste management and nutrient cycling; metabolic and proteomic stress indicators; physiological functions of plant growth promotors in plant metabolism

Positions and Achievements

1972-1976          Research Assistant/Assistant Prof. , Univ. Hohenheim

1976-1981           gtz/(CATIE) Costa Rica: Regional Plant Genetic Ressources Center

1981-1990           Assistant Prof., Plant Nutrition, TUM-Weihenstephan

1990-1997           Professor Agroecology, University of Bayreuth   

1997-03/2016    Professor and Chair of Plant Nutrition, INRES, University of Bonn,

From 03/2016   Professor emeritus

Since 2010          Co-founder and associate of HGoTECH GmbH research company

First supervisor of over 50 Ph.D. students, Co-supervisor of numerous MSc and PhD students at TU Munich, Bayreuth University, University of Bonn, Davis U. CA., Murdoch U., Perth; Colegio de Postgraduados Montecillo Mexico; Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; University of Western Australia; University of Queensland;

Founding Director of INRES  (2005/2006)

Vice-President, Plant Production VDLUFA (2000 - 2005)

Vice President and President, German Society of Plant Nutrition (2001 - 2009)

Chairman, Foliar Fertilization Working Group (2002 - 2008)

Editorial board and reviewer of several international journals

Regular reviewer at different funding agencies and research institutions, e.g. Intl. Foundation for Science, Australian Research Council, Julius-Kühnen-Institute, ZALF Germany, numerous peer reviewed international Journals with high impact factors

VDLUFA- Sprengel-Liebig-Medal in Gold 2006 (Association of German Agricultural Analytic and Research Institutes)

Chairman: competence network “”, member of steering committees of IMPETUS - West Africa Project on Sustainable Water Use and Organic Residues China

Author and co-author in over 130 scientific papers, largely in refereed intl. journals

Cofounder and board member of HGoTECH GmbH plant research company

President KDS (Competence Centre for Fertilizer and Secondary Raw Materials), Bonn

Member Steering Committee bio innovation park Rheinland e.V.

Agenda Sessions

  • Foliar application of biostimulants: how to get them into the leaf apoplast?