- Private Institution Type
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ was established in December 12, 1991. It’s headquarter is in Leipzig. The Federal German Government (Federal Ministry of Education and Research), the Free State of Saxony, the State of Saxony-Anhalt are the main source of funding. The locations for the centre are in Leipzig, Halle, Magdeburg, Bad Lauchstädt, Falkenberg.
The UFZ teaching lab in Leipzig gives pupils from extended secondary schools and grammar schools (class 9 and above) as well as vocational students and pupils of vocational grammar schools the opportunity to gain insights into the modern world of environmental research and to conduct some of the current experiments for themselves. In a modern laboratory with the best equipment, pupils can find out what it means to work scientifically and to think in interdisciplinary dimensions.The maximum capacity is 16 pupils. Experiment times are between 9 am and 4 pm (or by appointment). Experiment days are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Research at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ is organised into seven Divisions with a total of 37 Departments. The large number of Departments illustrates the wide spectrum and diversity of research at the UFZ.
Our environmental research in the three Core Subjects Land use/Biodiversity/Renewable Energies, Water/Soil and Chemicals in the Environment/Health as well as the two Cross-Sectional Competences Modelling/Monitoring and Social Sciences respond to societal challenges in times of global change: climate change, land-use change, demographic change and an increasing demand for food and energy.
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The Library collects and compiles specialist literature that is relevant for the UFZ. The print collections are located in the UFZ-libraries in Leipzig, Halle and Magdeburg. We offer general consultation on all aspects of literature search or administration, bibliometrics and Open Access. The print collections can be found in the branches in Leipzig, Halle and Magdeburg.
As the central IT-Department, the scientific and commercial data processing unit (WKDV) supports research and administration at the UFZ. The services provided range from central tasks such as operating the data network, providing basic services, user administration, operating all servers for science and administration as well as providing IT-work stations, user support and training.
The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research is a limited liability company (GmbH). The head office and main research base for the company's operations is in Leipzig. Besides Leipzig, the UFZ scientists carry out their environenmental research at the locations at Halle, Magdeburg, Bad Lauchstädt (Experimental fields), and Falkenberg (Lysimeter station).