The Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) has the legal form of a registered association. As such it has a 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 Scientific 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):
- 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.
- BIOINF Genomics and bioinformatics in horticulture: This programme area starts operating in 2021.
- 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.