The UFZ has initiated national and international networks and alliances in the field of water research. The Center for Advanced Water Research CAWR pools the competences of the UFZ and the TU Dresden in research, education and knowledge transfer on the topic of water research.
Furthermore, the UFZ took on an advocacy role for the German water research community with the Water Science Alliance, giving this community an international voice.
The UFZ also coordinates the European Topic Centre for Inland, Coastal and Marine Waters ETC - ICM. This makes the UFZ an important strategic partner in a network, which develops application - oriented concepts for national, European and international water politics.
Whether it is the Water Framework Directive or access to clean water as a basic human right, the implementation of these challenging goals can only work through coherent knowledge transfer. Considering that, strategic partners are indispensable, such as the European Environment Agency (EEA), the German Environmental Agency (UBA) as an authority of the Federal Ministry of the Environment or the Environment Program of the United Nations (UNEP).
On the other hand, institutions such as the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) or the German Water Partnership (GWP) also play an important role in transferring results, since it is only through close co - operation and training that knowledge and technologies end up where they are most needed.