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Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

The mission of the UFZ

Biodiversity, functioning ecosystems, clean water and intact soils all make up our natural resource base. In the face of global change, employees at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ are united by the goal of demonstrating ways to combine societal development with a healthy environment.

The UFZ conducts excellent research and takes on a shaping role in the scientific community. As a reliable partner, the UFZ supports the political arena, the economy and the general public to better understand the consequences of human actions on the environment and to develop options for social decision-making processes. For this purpose, the UFZ responds to the stimuli created by society and by producing know-how and technologies that should help to rapidly identify problems comprising conflicting priorities between the environment and society. The UFZ will consequently work on precautionary measures.

In dealing with complex environmental issues, the disciplinary borders between the natural-, engineering- and social sciences need to be overcome. The UFZ has extensive competences in integrated environmental research. It boasts innovative scientific infrastructures and nurtures indispensable national and international cooperation, enabling problem - solving at the highest level.

Attractive working conditions, the creativity and motivation of UFZ employees, their personal and professional development, and the promotion of young scientists as leading international researchers are all key factors when it comes to successfully promoting this mission.

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    The EU has passed the landmark nature restoration law (NRL) on 27 February 2024. Ecologist Guy Pe’er from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ explains why the NRL is so important and…

  • Earth & Environment

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  • Earth & Environment

    Why we need the national water strategy: Hydrobiologist Dietrich Borchardt on heavy rains and crop failures, the ecological health of our rivers, and Germany's path to a sustainable water supply.

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  • Health, Earth & Environment

    Once again, we are experiencing a summer with record heat and drought. With consequences for people and nature.

  • Energy

    The energy transition not only presents us with immense technological challenges, but is also a mammoth task from an economic perspective. In an interview, Erik Grawel identifies the most important…


Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ

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04318 Leipzig

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