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.
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.
Inland Water Resources and Ecosystems
- Lake Research
- River Ecology
- Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis and Management
- Isotope Hydrology
- Soil Physics
Computational Environmental Systems
- Computational Landscape Ecology
- Computational Hydro Systems
- Environmental Informatics
- Ecological Modelling
Biogeochemistry / Technology
- Environmental Microbiology
- Environmental Biotechnology (formerly Bioremediation)
- Isotope Biogeochemistry
- Environmental Technology
- Groundwater Remediation
- Monitoring- & Exploration Technologies
Analytics and Ecotoxicology
- Analytical Chemistry
- Effect-Directed Analysis
- Ecological Chemistry
- Bioanalytical Ecotoxicolgy
- System Ecotoxicology
- Analytical Environmental Chemistry
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'.