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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 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):

  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. 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.
  4. 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

Persons

Board of the Organisation
Institute Board
Programme areas
General Contacts
Members Board
NAME FUNCTION ASSIGNED BY
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
Dr Klaus-Peter Michel Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Bertram Fleischer 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
Axel Gaertner Ministry of Rural Development, Environment and Agriculture of the state Brandenburg
Prof Dr Oliver Günther University Potsdam
Prof. Dr. Magda-Viola Hanke German Horticultural Society (Deutsche Gartenbauliche Gesellschaft, DGG)
Prof. Dr. Wim Schwerdtner Natural member of the GA
Scientific Board
NAME FUNCTION ASSIGNED BY
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

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