• Effects and Monitoring

    We develop test systems and extrapolate environmental risk

  • Fate and Remediation

    We study the metabolism of pollutants and develop remediation technologies

  • Modelling and Simulation

    We use mechanisms and statistics to study environmental structures and processes

"Teaching and research for a responsible treatment of environment and technology."

Chair of Environmental Biology and Chemodynamics (UBC)

Department of Ecosystem Analysis (ESA)

Head: Dr. Martina Roß-Nickoll (Deputy professorship) 


Department of Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology (UFZ)

Department of System Ecotoxicology (UFZ)

Department of Exposome Analytics (UFZ)

Cutting-edge Research

We use and develop test systems on chemical toxicity in the environment, process-based and statistical models to assess and predict environmental effects of contaminants, and we analyse and identify key drivers of toxicity in mixtures.

Academic Performance

  • About 5 new projects per year
  • Approx. 40 publications per year
  • 4 profs, 8 group leaders, 12 postdocs
  • In total about 90 members
  • Quality research since 15 years


  > see biannual report for more detail

Acclaimed Education

We teach biology, ecology, ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry at the bachelor's level. We run the master's programme "Ecotoxicology" with a broad training in all aspects of research on environmental quality.

Teaching Components

  • Master's programme "Ecotoxicology"
  • BSc major in "Evironmental sciences"
  • MSc biology, "Environmental sciences"
  • Teacher training
  • Students Lab "Fascinating Environment"
  • Lectures, seminars, practicals, field trips, tutorials, skill courses

   > see the course catalogues for UBC/ESA

Worldwide Collaboration

We are connected to universities, research institutions, governmental bodies, industries and non-governmental organisations all over the globe. Our international collaboration has a strong focus on Scandinavia and China.

Network Highlights

  • More than 15 industry partners
  • 30+ partners from academia
  • Collaborations with 10+ authorities
  • Active in several expert panels
  • Strong involvement in SETAC
  • Teaching cooperations with all sectors


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