UFZ-Fliessrinnen-Experiment, Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ


Our environmental research in the three Core Subjects Land use/Biodiversity/Renewable Energies, Water/Soil and Chemicals in the Environment/Health as well as the two Cross-Sectional Competences Modelling/Monitoring and Social Sciences respond to societal challenges in times of global change: climate change, land-use change, demographic change and an increasing demand for food and energy.

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Research areas

Topics | Projects | Platforms & Observatories

Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ


Dealing with complex environmental issues, the environmental research requires an integrated approach. Climate research and bioeconomy are two examples which are running throughout the key research topics at the UFZ.

DESERVE-Projekt, Dead Sea, Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ

Projects (Third-party funds)

Research is conducted in over 200 third-party funded projects, with national and international partners from science, politics, economics and society. Here you will find a database of our third-party funded projects.

Projects A–Z »

TERENO-Wald-Klima-Observatorium, Messungen, Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ

Platforms & Observatories

The UFZ technology platforms offer vital links to science and industry. Observatories are indispensable in environmental research, if we are to observe the impacts of land-use change and climate change.

Knowledge and Technology Transfer

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The UFZ generates sound knowledge, technological solutions and courses of action for decision-makers. An integral part of environmental research is the transfer of knowledge and technologies to society and commerce.

Knowledge & Technology Transfer »