TIMBRE – Tailored Improvement of Brownfield Regeneration in Europe


Department of Economics

Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology

Administrative Project Supervision



FP7-ENV-2010.3.1.5-2 Collaborative Project

1/2011 – 6/2014


Brownfield regeneration is essential for sustainable land management in European Member States. Currently, the success in brownfield regeneration is unsatisfying in terms of financial and eco-efficiency or social acceptance. Many useful and innovative technologies for site clean-up as well as methods to support decision making processes exist, but they are only rarely applied using their entire potential.

Sometimes the non-visibility of tools is the reason that problem owners, managers, local authorities and other stakeholders do not regenerate brownfields using the best available technology and decision support systems measure. Additionally, emerging challenges, such as the urgent demand for soil remediation and the reuse of on-site infrastructures by the European Union, call for the development of new and integrated solutions.


The new research project TIMBRE in the 7th EU Research Framework Programme aims at overcoming existing barriers to brownfield regeneration by developing and providing customised problem- and target-oriented packages of approaches, technologies and tools.

As a unique asset, these packages deliberately include the cultural and administrative characteristics and their regionally distinctive features. By providing a customisable toolbox specifically addressing diverse processes that have to be dealt with during the course of a regeneration project, end-users will be enabled to find customized/site specific solutions.

Improvement of existing means to support brownfield regeneration will be further accomplished by filling methodological core topics such as intelligent remediation in terms of technological advancements with regard to phytoremediation and partial source removal technologies.

The TIMBRE project will furthermore deliver a tailored training and dissemination programme as part of an information centre that will transfer existing and emerging knowledge to the scientific community and end-users.


TIMBRE consists of a consortium of 15 partners which have an international reputation for scientific excellence and a broad experience in delivering sustainable brownfield regeneration approaches and technologies to end-users at the European and national levels. Moreover, the project will be supported by an International Advisory Board of renowned experts.

TIMBRE is a truly European consortium that integrates the key players in the research area of sustainable brownfield regeneration methods and technologies as well as an industry partner and five highly experienced and motivated small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

  • Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ (Germany) (Coordination)
  • Center for Applied Geosciences at the University of Tübingen (Germany)
  • Institute of Geonics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
  • University Ca' Foscari of Venice (Italy)
  • Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, (Romania)
  • Technical University of Denmark, Department of Environmental Engineering (Denmark)
  • National Agency for Environmental Protection – NEPA (Romania)
  • Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (Poland)
  • SolGeo AG (Switzerland)
  • geo-log GmbH (Germany)
  • GeoExperts Dr. Kühne & Partner (Germany)
  • Zabar Group Holding Sàrl (Luxembourg)
  • University of French County Besançon, Laboratory of nanoscience, capteurs, membranes (NCM) UTINAM (France)
  • JENA-GEOS®-Ingenieurbüro GmbH (Germany)
  • GESA mbH (Corporation for Brownfield Development and Decontamination) (Germany)
Timbre Project Partners

TIMBRE Structure

Timbre Structure