• 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 theory and statistics to explore environmental structures and processes

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


Chair for Ecotoxicology

Head: Prof. Dr. Thomas Backhaus


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, statistical and process-based models to assess and predict environmental effects of contaminants, and we analyse and identify key drivers of toxicity in mixtures.

Academic Performance

Please see our latest biannual report for information about recent

  • Research projects
  • Publications
  • Teaching


Get the pdf here

Acclaimed Education

We teach biology, ecology, statistics, 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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