The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ was established in 1991 and has more than 1,100 employees in Leipzig, Halle/S. and Magdeburg. They study the complex interactions between humans and the environment in cultivated and damaged landscapes. The scientists develop concepts and processes to help secure the natural foundations of human life for future generations. Modified accordingly, the method can be used for other lakes all over the world.

Company details

Permoserstr. 15 , Leipzig , 04318 Germany

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Business Type:
Research institute
Industry Type:
Environmental - Environmental Science and Research
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

In the recent years the UFZ established several infrastructure platforms such as MOSAIC and TERENO. MOSAIC (Model Driven Site Assessment, Information and Control )is a new platform for research in the areas of groundwater, soil and biodiversity. The innovative mapping and monitoring technologies of MOSAIC enable high-resolution surveys of complex sub-surface structures and processes. TERENO (TERrestrial ENviromental Observatoria ) is a long term operated “Global Change Observatory” for monitoring, analysing and predicting changing state variables and fluxes within environmental compartments.

Relevant commissioned research topics are research projects on habitat fragmentation, biodiversity indicators and monitoring. Since its foundation in 1991 the UFZ has participated in more than 110 EC funded projects, coordinating about half of them.

At the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ scientists research the causes and consequences of far-reaching environmental changes. Their task is to deliver knowledge, instruments and policies concerning the complex systems and relationships in the environment within limited timeframe for use by politicians, industry and society, in order to help them to make decisions and solve specific environmental problems. Apart from practical needs, environmental research must also meet general scientific needs. This is a two-fold challenge with the requirement that today´s environmental research dominated by natural sciences is increasingly interlinked with human and social sciences as well as environmental law.

Research at the UFZ is organised in 34 Departments grouped administratively into 7 Divisons.

The research at the UFZ focuses on 12 Research Themes. Those are related to the Helmholtz Research Fields of 'Earth and Environment' and 'Health'.