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Organization

The Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) has the legal form of a registered association. As such it has an IGZ Executive Board and a General Assembly. The Executive Board manages the current business of the institute and is composed of the Director of research, the Administrative director and the two deputy directors. The General Assembly of the IGZ determines the principles of the association’s activities and supervises the Board. It consists of representatives of the Federal Government, the State of Brandenburg, various research institutions, scientific societies and horticultural associations.
The Science Advisory Board advises the IGZ Executive Board and the General Assembly of the Institute in all important questions of its research work. It is composed of representatives of international university and non-university research institutions.

The research work of the IGZ takes place in Programme areas (departments) and Research groups (working groups).
Other important functions to protect the rights of all employees are the works council and the equal opportunities officer.

Themes (Programme areas)

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

  1. FUNCT Functional Plant Biology: The focus of this Programme area is to advance the understanding of the regulation systems in horticultural crops.
  2. MICRO 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. BIOINF Genomics and bioinformatics in horticulture: This programme area starts operating in 2022.
  4. QUALITY 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.
  5. HORTSYS Next-Generation Horticultural Systems: 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.

Organization chart of the IGZ

Boards and Persons

Board of the Organisation
Institute Board
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Programme areas
General Contacts
Members Board
NAME FUNCTION ASSIGNED BY
Dr Inge Schlotzhauer Chair Ministery of Science, Research and Culture of the state Brandenburg
Dr Thomas Schmidt Associate chair Federal Ministry of Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer safety
Dr Klaus-Peter Michel Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Laura Lafuente Central federation of horticulture, managing director federal section vegetable, central union horticulture Berlin
Dr Nadja Förster Humboldt University Berlin, Faculty of Life Sciences, Albrecht-Thaer-Institute - Urban Ecophysiology
Katharina Staffa Ministry of Rural Development, Environment and Agriculture of the state Brandenburg
Prof Dr Oliver Günther University Potsdam
Prof Dr Heiko Mibus-Schoppe German Horticultural Society (Deutsche Gartenbauliche Gesellschaft, DGG)
Prof Dr Wim Schwerdtner Natural member of the GA
Scientific Board
NAME FUNCTION ASSIGNED BY
Prof Dr Karin Schwarz Chair Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences
Prof Dr Ian Baldwin Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Department of Molecular Ecology
Prof Dr Gabriele Berg Graz University of Technology, Institute of Environmental Microbiology
Prof Dr Andrea Bräutigam Universität Bielefeld, Faculty for Biology/ Computational Biology
Prof Dr Harald Grethe Humboldt University Berlin, Division International Trade and Development
Prof Dr Sabine Kulling Max Rubner-Institute (MRI),Federal Research Institute for Nutrition and Food
Prof Dr ir Leo Marcelis Wageningen University and Research, Department of Plant Sciences
Prof Dr Uta Paszkowski University of Cambridge, Department of Plant Sciences
Prof Dr Hans Reiner Schultz Hochschule GEISENHEIM University
Prof Dr ir Kathy Steppe Ghent University, Department of Applied Ecology and Environmental Biology

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Board of the Organisation
Institute Board
Programme areas
General Contacts
Members Board
Scientific Board
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