Knowledge platforms and focal points

Over the past years, the UFZ has managed to successfully establish so-called information points, which present an important element of our knowledge transfer activities. Research scientists contribute their knowledge, covering different themes and topics. The Department of Knowledge and Technology Transfer then helps to tailor this knowledge to the needs and expectations of different stakeholders and finally goes on to distribute this knowledge through different types of channels, for example through the network forum Biodiversity research (NeFo).

For further information about our information points, please contact our experts at the UFZ.

Partners from industry and research are working on the foundations of the material and energetic use of non-food biomass. Relevant sectors, like the timber and forestry industry, the chemical industry, the plastics industry and plant engineering, are all working together as part of a regional centre of competency in bioeconomics. An integrated approach to up-scaling enables processes to be developed quickly from laboratory to industrial scale.
Since 2012 the BioEconomy Cluster is a Leading Edge Cluster of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


Urs Moesenfechtel
Department Economics u. Department Bioenergy
Phone +49 341 235-1680

To collect scientific information on regional climate impacts on environment, landuse and society is a central aim of the Climate Office for Central Germany, as well as to disseminate these data in a comprehensible way to regional stakeholders and the public. The evaluation of Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change will be done with a regional focus on the Federal States Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Saxony. In return, stakeholders deliver their information demand to the scientific community. This enables us to set our research focus to practical needs.


Dr. Andreas Marx
Department Computational Hydrosystems
Phone +49 341 235-1074

Earth System Knowledge Platform (ESKP)

At this internet plattform eight research centers of the Helmholtz-Association offer different kind of information on topics of the research field „Earth and Environment“.


Dr. Jörn Lauterjung
Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam
German Research Centre for Geosciences, GFZ
Phone +49 331 288-1020

European Topic Centre "Inland, Coastal and Marine Waters" (ETC/ICM)

The UFZ bundles the expertise in observation and evaluation of European water resources existing within the European Union by managing the European Topic Centre for “Inland, Costal and Marine Waters” for the period 2014 – 2018 which aims at uniting and analysing data on the utilisation and state of water resources. Further work includes the development of indicators for the preparation of policy decisions as well as for the verification of the success of European guidelines and finally studies on the impact of climate change and extreme events on water balance.


Prof. Dr. Dietrich Borchardt
Department Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis
Phone +49 391 810-9922

Global Assessment of Land Use Dynamics, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Ecosystem Services (GLUES)

The research programme ”sustainable land management” is currently being coordinated and moderated by the accompanying project GLUES (Global Assessment of Land Use Dynamics, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Ecosystem Services). Within the framework of the latter project, UFZ scientists organise the international multidisciplinary collaboration of about 10 joint projects by means of coordinating, supporting through communication measures and bringing them to a synthesis. A further aim is the initiation of a network between the scientific community and external partners in this field.


Andreas Werntze
Department Computational Landscape Ecology
Phone +49 341 235-1816

E-Learning-Module on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

One possibility to support the worldwide implementation of IWRM is to improve respective research and education. This is why IWAS (International Water Research Alliance Saxony), together with the German IHP/HWRP (International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO and Hydrology and Water Resources Programme of WMO), has developed an E-learning module on IWRM that is supposed to complement classical learning options.


Prof. Dr. Dietrich Borchardt
Department Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis
Phone +49 391 810-9922

UFZ Science-Policy Expert Group

The UFZ Science-Policy Expert Group is an interdisciplinary team at UFZ bringing together expertise from the Departments of Conservation Biology, Environmental Politics and Economics. Over the past years the group has established a leading role in research on science-policy interfaces (SPI) and actively designed and supported such interfaces, among others by carrying out the scientific coordination of the global study on “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity” (TEEB) from 2008 − 2010, currently coordination of the study “Natural Capital Germany − TEEB DE” (until 2017) and developing and coordinating the Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research Germany.


Dr. Carsten Neßhöver
Department Conservation Biology
Phone +49 341 235-1649

Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB)

The Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag is an independent scientific institution created with the objective of advising the German Bundestag and its committees on matters relating to research and technology.


Prof. Dr. Bernd Hansjürgens
Department Economics
Phone +49 341 235-1259

Dr. Johannes Schiller
Department Economics
Phone +49 341 235-1690