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Found below is a list of institutes of the University of Bremen which do research in the areas of environment and sustainability. This is the first overview which will be reworked and updated constantly.

> UFT – Centre for Environmental Research and Environmental Technology
> artec – Research Centre for Sustainability
> Institute of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
> Bremen Institute of Applied Radiation Technology
> Institute of Environmental Procedure Technology
> BIBA – Bremen Institute of Company Technology and Applied Ergonomics
> IUP – Institute of Environmental Physics
> FEU – Research Place for European Environmental Right
> marum
UFT – Centre for Environmental Research and Environmental Technology

The development and investigation of biocompatible products and procedures is the main area of work of the Centre for Environmental Research and Environmental Technology (UFT) of the University of Bremen.

The UFT was founded in 1996 with the aim to investigate the complexity of the environment in an interdisciplinary way.
With a new structure, concerning the cooperation between different fields (biology, chemistry, industrial engineering, social-, human- and health sciences) the UFT unites a wide technical and methodical field.

Basic research, applied environmental research and the development of sustainable environmental technology are closely interlinked here.

In the 12 departments molecular genetic processes of the environmental relation of creatures are investigated as well as macroscopic considerations of populations and ecological systems, environmental risks and environmentally friendly production procedures are explored as well.

The objective of the UFT is angled to:

  • the investigation and development of environmentally relevant chemical, biological, ecological and procedure-technical processes,

  • the realisation of projects of the environmental technological development and environmental research,

  • the offer of interdisciplinary apprenticeship relevant to environment.

The centre of the research, beside the individual plan (which are financed by the public research support and by industrial enterprise in particular): is

  • the development and adaptation of sustainable production procedures, as well as from procedure for the removal of environmental impacts and their avoidance within the production-integrated environment protection,

  • biology sensor developments in the area of the DNA-Micro radio technology,

  • the observation and analysis of the environment and the artificially  introduced substances.

  • the analysis of possible threats for human and ecological systems, as well as

  • the weak spot analyses of production processes.


artec – Research Centre Sustainability

The research centre “sustainability” is a central scientific constitution of the University of Bremen. It was founded in 1989 primarily as a research centre for work and technology (artec). In 1997 it was extended with an environmental perspective and in 2003 it went through a diverse change along, with a new direction as a research centre for sustainability.

Today the research centre comprises of a multidiscipline spectrum from – mainly social-scientific competence – in the area of the sustainability research. Within the scope of research and apprenticeship, the topic of sustainability is examined under social, economic and ecological perspectives. The scientific advisory activity is aimed to support sustainable developments in relevant spheres of activity.

IFOE Logo Institute of Ecology and Evolution Biology

The Institute of Ecology and Evolution Biology consists of five working groups. The IFOE is open, that means other interested departments and employees of the university are welcome to join or to contribute to the activities.

Essential aims of the institute are:

  • Working groups, exchange of general information, relevant questions of the ecology and evolution biology are discussed

  • Mutual support and information in methodical questions

  • Formation of small working groups to specific practical and theoretical problems

  • Synergistic effects by coordination of research projects, e.g., by use of common testing centres

  • Vote and cooperation in apprenticeship, in particular with training periods and excursions

  • Development of interdisciplinary research projects and third party funding



Bremen Institute of Applied Radio Technology

The BIAS – Bremen institute of applied radio technology is funded by a company which from the very beginning has the status of the common public interest with tax shields.

The BIAS was founded as a technology transfer establishment. An integral partner of the institute were industry customers, e.g. the State of Bremen, the German research community, the Federal Government and other research institutions – which finance the preliminary research.

The BIAS occupies 70 employees, from this, 40 are graduates and 19 are engineers or masters, as well as scientific assistants, guest scientists contract research for the material treatment and measuring technology.

The BIAS works on the areas of the laser-protected material treatment and the measurement engineering.

  • Research in own projects, in group projects and working agreement,

  • Developments for customers of the economy and the public,

  • Hired workforce for research customers, preparation for the own manufacturing.


    Institute of Environmental Process Engineering

The institute of environmental process engineering deals with the development and conversion of procedures and measures to the achievement of sustainability processes and products. The research in the Institute of Environmental Process Engineering concentrates on the five research fields “Biotechnological processes“, ”biologcally procedure technology & assessment“, ”chemical processes & products“, as well as ”porous media“ and "reaction technology". Mostly it is integrated in the UFT.

BIBA Logo Bremen Institute of Industrial Engineering and Applied Ergonomics (BIBA)

The BIBA – Bremen Institute of Production und Logistic Company is an engineer-scientific research institute with main settlement in logistics. It investigates and develops technical and organizational solutions for converting them practical into all branches, dimensions and nationalities. Today around 110 people work in four fields of investigation at the BIBA.

Mainly they come from the field of industrial engineering, economic engineering, informatics, physics and electrical engineering, as well as from adjoining scientific disciplines. The BIBA is among the biggest research establishments in the State of Bremen.

As an interface between science and economy the BIBA supervises cooperation’s and partnerships with about 400 institutes, colleges and enterprises all over the world.

The institute registers big results in European research groups:

The institute is decisively involved in three special fields of investigation of the German research council at the University of Bremen.

IUP – Institute of Environmental Physics

The institute of environmental physics (IUP) set its goal to the aim to investigate the system earth with physical means. Currently our research is organised in four main areas with sub-groups different in each case:
Remote sensing (Prof. J. Notholt)
Physics and chemistry of the atmosphere (Prof. J.P. Burrows)
Oceanography (Prof. M. Rhein)
Terrestrial environmental physics (Dr. H. Fischer)

    Research place for European Environmental Law (FEU)

The research place for European Environmental Law (FEU) was founded in 1994 as an affiliate of the department of Jurisprudence. It predominantly implement third party funding, thus up to now, e.g., for the European Commission, the Federal Environment Agency, the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, the Federal Environment Ministry, the German Federal Ministry of Research and Technology, the Worldwide Environment Facility, the German research council for the Volkswagen endowment. The FEU has set up a small special library to dedicate environmental rights which is accessible by public.

Focus and characteristics of the operations of the research establishment are:
  • German Environmental Law

  • EC-Environmental Law

  • International Environmental Law

  • Connections and interaction between Environmental Law and Commercial Law

  • Cooperation with other disciplines: all natural sciences, sociology and economy

  • Comparative Law

  • Basic research and application- orientated research

  • Legal advice

  • Co publication of the „Environmental-Juridical Studies“ as well as the „Magazine for Environmental Right“ and "Journal of Environmental Law"

  • Coordination of the "avosetta group“, a union of European Environmental Activists


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Since 1996 or rather in 2001 in the centre for marine environmental sciences (MARUM) and in the research centre DFG "ocean edges" (RCOM)

  • the department of Earth sciences and other departments of the University of Bremen,

  • the Alfred Wegener Institute of polar research and exploration of the sea in Bremerhaven,

  • the Max-Planck's Institute of Marine Microbiology in Bremen,

  • the Centre for Marine Tropical Ecology in Bremen as well as

  • the Research Institute Senckenberg in Wilhelmshaven

work close together.

The MARUM_RCOM decides with modern method and technology the role of the oceans in the earth system, in particular in connection with global change. It records the interaction between geologic and biological processes in the sea and delivers contributions for a sustainable use of the oceans.

The research concentrates on the edges of the ocean (i.e., the interface between the oceans and the continents) and the adjoining deep sea. The ocean edges reaches from the coast to the shelf, the continental slope to the continental rise. More than 60% of the world population live in the adjoining coastal regions and a long time they use the coastal waters intensely for the production of raw materials and food. Lately the human activities have spread out in the ocean, where the edges as possible centres for the hydrocarbon exploration, the industrial fishing and other economic have become more and more important.

The research concentrates on five research fields:
Ocean and climate,
Biogeochemical processes,
Sedimentation process,
Coastal drive and utilisation result research and
Gas and fluid-emission.


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