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Organisation

The Leibniz Institute has the legal form of a registered association (eingetragener Verein, e.V.). The funding agencies of the IGZ are the Ministry of Sciences, Research and Cultural Affairs (MWFK) of Brandenburg, the Thuringian Ministry of Infrastructure and Agriculture (TMIL) and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

Research takes place in four Programme Areas (PA). An PA comprises various Research Groups. Work in the RGs is organised in Projects.

The IGZ Executive Board (EB) comprises three scientists and the head of administration, Wolfgang Nehls. Prof Eckhard George chairs the EB and has been the IGZ Director of Research since the year 2000. 

Prof Dr Uwe Sonnewald chairs the IGZ Science Advisory Board (SAB) that advices the institute on all research activities. The SAB comprises scientists from horticulture and plant sciences. The chair of the SAB is a member of the General Assembly (GA).

Dr Claudia Herok, Head of the Department for Research Institutes at the MWFK, chairs the GA. The General Assembly of the IGZ is assembled by representatives of the German Federation, the Federal State Brandenburg, the Free State of Thuringia, several Research institutions, scientific associations and unions.

All scientists at the IGZ form the Research Staff Assembly. The two chairs are elected for two years. The Research Statt Assembly prepares drafts of the IGZ Research Programme and elects one of the EB members.

Work council and Equal Opportunity Officer support all employees of the institute to protect their legal rights.

 

Themes (Programme Areas)

IGZ conducts its research, policy advice and training in four key research themes (Programme Areas):

  1. Functional plant biology: The focus of this Programme Area is to advance the understanding of the regulation systems in horticultural crops.
  2. Plant-microbe systems: This Programme Area analyses how microorganisms impact on horticultural plants and how plants in turn systematically regulate the microbial activity in their environment.
  3. Plant quality and food security: The impact of plants and plant-based food on human nutrition and well-being critically depends on diversity, composition and quality of plants as well as on socio-economic factors. This Programme Area studies this interaction and interdependencies from biological, environmental and socio-economic perspectives.
  4. Horticultural Systems of the future: This Programme Area addresses the sustainable use of horticultural crops in cultivation systems, including the development of innovative management strategies for climate change adaptation and use of biological diversity.

Organisation chart of the IGZ

Persons

Board of the Organisation
Institute Board
Departments
General Contacts

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Board of the Organisation
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General Contacts
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