The thematic area “Environmental Engineering and Bio-technology” takes on a central role in the science that is interested in sustainable technologies, for instance through international conferences and workshops. It promotes net-works with partners from industry as well as with SME’s.
With the establishment of the Centre for Biocatalysis in Central Germany (MIKAT) that was initiated by the UFZ, an important strategic network is coming together for bio- process engineering, photo - bio reactor development and tapping into alternative raw materials. Beyond that, close partnerships also exist with the Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (DECHEMA), with the German Environment Agency (UBA), with the German Biomass Research Center (DBFZ), as well as with experts on the European level.
An early involvement of partners from industry in research and demonstration projects and the continuous feedback with associations and authorities not only ensures a transfer of knowledge and the observance of regulatory frame-works and regulations, but also increases the chances that concepts and procedures will be implemented in industry and practice. In this way, for instance in Jordan – one of the most water - scarce regions in the world, it was possible to establish an integrated water management system that was based on trust and co - operation over several decades with partners from science, economics and politics. Biotechnological procedures for wastewater treatment can be found at the heart of this system, making their contribution indispensible for the conservation of ground water.