To implement this new approach to chemical assessments and treatments, ecotoxicologists and health researchers have joined forces with environmental chemists, environmental microbiologists and technologists. Research co-operation takes place with European, international and national partners in the form of research alliances, collaborative projects and scientific communities. The European project SOLUTIONS, for example, wants to provide solutions for present and future emerging pollutants in water resources in a close dialogue with stakeholders. On the regional level for example a strategic co-operation has been set up with the University of Leipzig to establish one of the largest child cohort studies in Germany (and in Europe for that matter) ‒ the LIFE child study, which focuses on the exposure of children to environmental factors.
A close information exchange with national and international committees, authorities and institutions that are responsible for assessing chemicals, is a prerequisite for transferring knowledge and results into practice. The broad spectrum of professional knowledge in system-, cell- and ecotoxicology, epigenetics and molecular systems biology as well as unique analytical and bioanalytical facilities make the UFZ a sought - after partner and expert for the scientific community, the authorities and the chemical industry. The German Environment Agency (UBA), the Federal Institute for Risk Assess-ment (BfR), the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency EPA in the USA are all important strategic partners in the field of environmental research on chemicals.