In the field of ecosystem research, the UFZ has initiated extensive national and international projects and networks or at least supported them with its expertise. Examples are the cooperative project BonaRes, a measure funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) where the system soil is the focus as a sustainable resource for bioeconomics, or the cooperative project GLUES within the programme „sustainable land management“ of the BMBF.
With the HORIZON 2020 project eLTER, the European research infrastructure is to be linked to long - term research on ecosystems. Furthermore, the global network Drought - Net is investigating the sensitivity of terrestrial ecosystems to droughts, whereas the efforts of the international research co - operation Nutrient Network allow the effects of nutrients to be recorded all over the world. One of the most important partners thereby is the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle - Jena - Leipzig, for which the Universities of Halle, Jena and Leipzig, the UFZ and other research institutions are founding members.
In order to make knowledge and new insights available to various stakeholders in society as well as decision - makers, they are comprehensively and continuously involved in projects, networks and processes. An important interface is the German Network - Forum for Biodiversity Research (NeFo), which is coordinated at the UFZ. Citizen’s science projects such as the Butterfly Monitoring Scheme Germany are increasingly inspiring citizens to get involved in research or to come up with their own research questions. Socio - scientific studies on agrarian landscapes or co - operation with science - policy platforms encourage dialogues with central decision - makers.
It is of great importance that UFZ scientists participate in national and international platforms and committees such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change (IPCC), the Intergovernmental Science - Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) or the Bioeconomy Council. In doing so, they make important contributions to the implementation of Germany’s national biodiversity strategy and to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).