Wissenstransfer/UFZ

Knowledge Transfer


The goal of our knowledge transfer activities is to provide citizens and decision makers from economics, politics and civil society with a wide spectrum of useful knowledge and by working together with various stakeholders and know-how networks to come up with joint solutions. The main beneficiaries of the UFZ’s knowledge transfer are decision makers in national and international public organisations that are responsible for implementing environmental and natural resources policies, as well as the general public who are interested in environmental issues. The examples given below provide you with a first impression of our activities in knowledge transfer.

If you have any questions about our topics or if you are looking for an expert, e.g. for an environmental study or assessment, please do not hesitate to contact us!



The following examples give you a first impression of our successful activities in Knowledge Transfer:

ExxonMobil - Dialog and information for fracking

The company EXXONMobil entrusted an independent expert panel headed by the UFZ to analyse the environmental and safety risks of fracking in 2011. With participation of UFZ scientists a study was carried out and processes for dialogue and information were developed. The project concluded successfully in 2012 by giving suggestions for future activities.


Contact:

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Borchardt
Department Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis

dietrich.borchardt@ufz.de
Phone +49 391 810-9922

NeFo - German Science-Policy Platform of Biodiversity Research

The Network-forum for biodiversity research Germany funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has been coordinated and headed (Forum) by the UFZ since 2009. It enables the transfer of information and knowledge between different scientific areas, disciplines and policy for a better understanding of biodiversity’s complexity and interrelations with the socio-cultural sphere. One focus is supporting the German contribution to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).


Contact:

Prof. Kurt Jax
Department of Conservation Biology 

kurt.jax@ufz.de
Phone +49 341 235-1648

NICE - Nationales Implemenrierungskomitee für Effektives Dezentrales Abwassermanagement in Jordanien

UFZ scientists advise and support the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation in the development and implementation of sustainable wastewater management. The cooperation aims at integrating institutions and technologies in current Jordanian policy under consideration of the socio-economic environment and realising conditions for a successful implementation.


Contact:

Prof. Dr. Roland A. Müller
Environmental and Biotechnology Centre 

roland.mueller@ufz.de
Phone +49 341 235-1275

Runder Tisch "Gewässerschutz Werra/Weser und Kaliproduktion"

The UFZ accompanied the Round Table “Water protection Werra/Weser and potash production” as honest broker in 2008. As a result, in 2010 a suggestion together with a package of measures was developed.


Contact:

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Borchardt
Department Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis 

dietrich.borchardt@ufz.de
Phone +49 391 810-9922

TEEB - The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (2008-2011)

TEEB-DE - Naturkapital Deutschland (2012-2017)

From 2007 till 2012 the UFZ coordinated an international initiative which aimed at the realization of studies on the economy of ecosystems and biodiversity. The work is continued in the framework of the national study “Natural resources Germany” (till 2017), thus, the UFZ actively participates in the design of biodiversity policy.


Contact:

Prof. Dr. Bernd Hansjürgens
Department Economics

bernd.hansjuergens@ufz.de
Phone +49 341 235-1259

WWQA - World Water Quality Assessment

The UN Environmental Program realised a preliminary study to globally evaluate the water quality of surface water from 2012 to 2015. It was coordinated by the UFZ and as a result, at the present time a report addressing investors, water authorities and scientists is prepared. It will contain a data and model-driven analysis of the current situation as well as approaches for regional problems with water quality and innovative technical solutions for water purification.


Contact:

Dr. Ilona Bärlund
Department Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis 

ilona.baerlund@ufz.de
Phone +49 391 810-9102


In order to make knowledge and new findings available to social actors and decision-makers, the UFZ comprehensively integrates them into projects, networks and processes and continuously advises them through UFZ experts in respective committees. You will find a selection of our strategic partners and strategic stakeholders here:


Safeguarding Ecosystem Services

This thematic area encompasses scientists working on material and energy flows in ecosystems, on structural and functional aspects of biodiversity as well as the causes and impacts of anthropogenic changes. The UFZ has initiated a number of national and international projects and networks on topics such as biodiversity or land use or has offered support with its expertise, in order to be able to submit proposals for action to political decision-makers at local and international levels.
 


Strategic partners

Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)

German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE)

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) e.V.

SESYNC (University Maryland)

Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC)


Strategic stakeholders

International non-governmental organisations

National and European ministries and parliaments

Nature and environmental protection authorities

Associations and companies in the environmental, agricultural and water industries


Ensuring Water Security

In this thematic area, scientists observe, explore and analyse the various segments of the water cycle. In order to be able to implement our findings as new sustainable water management concepts in affected regions of the world, we need dialogue with partners and stakeholders, especially from the region, to be able to take specific practical knowledge into consideration.
 


Strategic partners

Center for Advanced Water Research (CAWR)

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG)

European Environment Agency (EEA)

Purdue University (USA)

TU Dresden

Umweltbundesamt (UBA)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

University of Potsdam

University of Tübingen


Strategic stakeholders

European Environment Agency (EEA)

Umweltbundesamt (UBA)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Associations and companies of the water industry


Making Chemicals in the Environment greener

In this thematic area, researchers are systematically analysing and projecting the degradation and retention rates of chemicals (the dynamics of matter) - and the impacts of chemicals on biological and ecological systems. The emphasis lies on continuous exchange with approval and monitoring authorities in order to establish a novel assessment of chemicals and their mixtures for humans and nature.
 


Strategic partners

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG)

ETH Zürich

Joint Research Centre – Institute for Environment and Sustainability (JRC-IES)

Leipzig Research Centre for Civilization Diseases (LIFE)

RWTH Aachen

Umweltbundesamt (UBA)

United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)

Utrecht University


Strategic stakeholders

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

European Chemical Agency (ECHA)

Joint Research Centre – Institute for Environment and Sustainability (JRC-IES)

Umweltbundesamt (UBA)


Making use of Nature's Potential

In this thematic area, scientists are working on procedures and technologies for a decentralised production of platform chemicals and energy sources from renewable raw material as well as for making pollutants in natural and technical ecosystems harmless. For their technological implementation, we use our networks of partners from science and industry as well as our stakeholders.
 


Strategic partners

Danish Technical University (DTU)

Deutsche Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ)

Mitteldeutsche Katalysezentrum (MIKAT)

TU Delft

University of Gent

Science Campus Halle (WCH)


Strategic stakeholders

German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)

Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology e.V. (DECHEMA)

Umweltbundesamt (UBA)


Purposfully Monitoring Changes and Reliably Projecting them

Reliable decision-making tools for governments, regulators and agencies at local, regional or national levels require novel future scenarios, early warning or planning systems. Researchers in this area, together with our partners and future users are therefore developing novel modeling and monitoring concepts to cover the need in areas such as climate change adaptation, water resource management or the preservation of ecosystems.
 


Strategic partners

Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG)

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) / University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

Purdue University (USA)


Strategic stakeholders

Long-Term Ecosystem Research (LTR)

National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)


Understanding Human Behavior

In the thematic area of environment and society, the primary goal of the scientists is to evoke a sustainable use of our environmental resources. The focus is on how specific environmental goals can be reconciled with human ways of life and business. They develop concepts and recommendations for decision-makers at regional, national and international levels.


Strategic partners

German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE)

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) e.V.

Stockholm Resilience Center (SRC)


Strategic stakeholders

German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

RU = Research Units