Leipziger KUBUS, Foto: André Künzelmann/UFZ


The Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ was founded in 1991 under the name UFZ- Environmental Research Centre Leipzig-Halle GmbH and has more than 1,100 employees on its premises in Leipzig, Halle/S. and Magdeburg. We conduct research to support a sustainable use of our natural resources to benefit both mankind and the environment.

The UFZ is a member of the Helmholtz Community of German Research Centres .


Flussmündung Elbe Saale, Foto: André Künzelmann/UFZ

The UFZ mission describes the main task and the very purpose of the UFZ. The mission was developed as part of a strategy process, involving the participation of UFZ employees.

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The UFZ’s library collects specialist literature that is relevant for the UFZ and for environmental research and is available to external and internal users. We will be happy to advise you.

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Invitations to tender

Here you will find invitations to tender, intended awarding of contracts, orders placed as well as UFZ competitions open to the public as well as our general conditions of purchase.

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UFZ Friends

The Friends and Patron's Society of the UFZ promotes the research activities of the UFZ and supports interaction between the public and the UFZ.

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Our eponym

Hermann von Helmholtz

Hermann von Helmholtz

As a member of the Helmholtz Community, the UFZ is named after Hermann von Helmholtz, one of the greatest natural scientists of the 19th Century.

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