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 and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
Research takes place in four Programme Areas (PA). One 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, Alina Hain (designated). 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):
- FUNCT Functional Plant Biology: The focus of this Programme area is to advance the understanding of the regulation systems in horticultural crops.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Organisation chart of the IGZ
Director of Research
Prof. Dr. habil.
033701/ 78 - 105
033701 - 78 304
Chair Research Staff Assembly
033701 - 78 351
Chair Research Staff Assembly
033701 - 78 357
Dr. rer. nat.
033701 - 78 207
Plant Quality and Food Security
033701 - 78 304
Next-Generation Horticultural Systems (acting)
033701 - 78 355
Scientific management, Transfer & PR
Dr. rer. hort.
033701 - 78 238
Scientific management, Young Scientists
033701 - 78 296
Experimental operations Grossbeeren and Golzow
033701 - 78 521
Experimental Operations & Mechanics
|Dr Claudia Herok||Chair||Ministery of Science, Research and Culture of the state Brandenburg|
|Dr Thomas Schmidt||Associate chair||Federal Ministry of Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer safety|
|Prof Dr Uwe Sonnewald||Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nurnberg, faculty of natural sciences, Department Biology, chair of biochemistry|
|Prof Dr Wilhelm Dercks||University of Applied Sciences Erfurt|
|Axel Gaertner||Ministry of Rural Development, Environment and Agriculture of the state Brandenburg|
|Prof Dr Oliver Günther||University Potsdam|
|Dr Susanne Huyskens-Keil||Humboldt University Berlin, Faculty of Life Sciences, Albrecht-Thaer-Institute - Urban Ecophysiology|
|Elke Mohnhaupt||Thuringian Ministry of Infrastructure and Agriculture (TMIL)|
|Prof Dr Dr Christian Ulrichs||German Horticultural Society|
|Jochen Winkhoff||Central federation of horticulture, managing director federal section vegetable, central union horticulture Berlin|
|Prof Dr Uwe Sonnewald||Chair||Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nurnberg, faculty of natural sciences, Department Biology, chair of biochemistry|
|Prof Dr Traud Winkelmann||Associate chair||Leibniz University Hannover, Institute of ornamental crops and wood sciences|
|Prof Dr Wolfgang Bokelmann||Humboldt University Berlin, Institute of economy and social sciences in agriculture|
|Dr Ep Heuvelink||Wageningen University, Horticulture & Product Physiology group|
|Prof Dr Sabine Kulling||Max Rubner Institute|
|Prof Dr Dr Thomas Rath||Leibniz University Hannover, section Biosystem and horticulture technology|
|Prof Dr Hans R. Schultz||Hochschule GEISENHEIM University|
|Prof Dr Karin Schwarz||Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel|