Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany, was established in 1991 as the first and only centre in the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres to be exclusively devoted to environmental research in a great variety of fields.
It currently employs around 1,100 people. Founded in response to the severe pollution prevailing in Central Germany, the UFZ has become a world-wide acknowledged centre of expertise in the remediation and re-naturation of contaminated landscapes, as well as the preservation of biodiversity and natural landscapes.
UFZ is and was participating in 81 Projects funded within FP7 and Horizon 2020, 10 of them coordinated by UFZ. Additionally, UFZ was hosting 2 ERC grants, 1 Starting and 1 Advanced grant, and has coordinated 3 ITNs. Since 2014 the UFZ is leading the European Topic Centre on Inland, coastal and marine waters funded by the European Environment Agency (EEA).