At Friedrich Schiller University, several faculties have a wide variety of research projects and researchers focusing on ecology, sustainable development and innovation, or the interface between sustainability and social justice.
To get a small insight into the sustainability-related research happening at the university, some of these sustainability foci and projects are listed below:
- Emphasis on biodiversity research and microbial community behavior in response to disturbances
- Excellenzcluster Balance of the Microverse
- German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
- Collaborative Research Center AquaDiva
- Collaborative Research Center The Jena Experiment
- Collaborative Research Center ChemBioSys
- Graduate School Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC)
- Research focus Biodiversity and School, Science Education ( Prof. Hoßfeld de)
- Research and development of sustainable alternatives, green biotechnology (focus on cyanobacteria as cell factories). (Prof. Zedler de)
- Microbial pathogens from contaminated drinking water (Prof. Papenfort de)
- Reuse of heavy metal contaminated land through microbially supported cultivation of lignocellulose. (Prof. Kothe de)
- Understanding the microbiology of CO2 fixation mechanisms such as those found in seagrass beds, kelp forests, and permafrost. (Prof. Jogler de)
- Bioprocess development for natural products, also within the framework of a circular bioeconomy, e.g. use of cellulose as substrate; high-throughput microbiology in microfluidic droplets; electromicrobiology and bioelectrochemical systems, e.g. power generation from waste materials(Prof. Agler-Rosenbaum de)
- Impacts of climate change on biodiversity, including the establishment of the PhenObs network to monitor phenological changes in botanical gardens. (Prof. Römermann de)
- Melting of permafrost soils in Siberia (Prof. Küsel)
- Plant-microorganism interactions in sustainable cultivation (Prof. Dr. Philipp Franken de)
- Department Environmental sociology (Chair Prof. Dr. Groß de)
- BMBF Junior Research Group Bioeconomy and Social Inequalities. Interlinkages and Interrelations in the Bioenergy Sector from a Transnational Perspective
- BMBF Junior Research Group Mentalities in Flux - Imaginaries in Modern Circular Bio-Based Societies (flumen) (Chair Dr. Eversberg)
- UNESCO-Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability de: Understanding one's own life in global social, economic and natural contexts (Global Understanding) as a starting point for a new understanding of sustainability and sustainable development. (Chair Prof. Werlen)
- Research on the " Critical Zone ", as a central link for global material and energy cycles. Research on the effects of the properties of the "Critical Zone" on the quality of our drinking water. Basic research as well as application-oriented projects in the fields of remediation and reclamation. In addition, research on soil and groundwater protection under the conditions of climate and landscape change (AG Prof. Kai Uwe Totsche). Prof. Totsche is also spokesman of the Thuringian Climate Council.
- Climate history and landscape evolution within the Quaternary (AG Prof. Dr. Zech). With the help of the work of Prof. Dr. Zech and his team, climate change can be better understood. Furthermore, the findings help to create better climate models in the future.
- Ecosystem research and investigation of material flows, material conversions and material storage in forest and agricultural ecosystems under changing environmental and usage conditions (AG Prof. Beate Michalzik de)
- Investigation of interactions between terrestrial water cycle and vegetation (AG Prof. Anke Hildebrandt). Is involved in the SFB AquaDiva and the Jena Experiment, among others.
- Water technology, cavitation and renewable raw materials. (AG Prof. Michael Stelter)
- Consequences of climate change on society and politics as well as development of political and entrepreneurial strategies and concepts to deal with climate change.
(AG Prof. Sebastian Henn)
- Development of new (eco)toxicologically safe catalysts, (AG Jun.-Prof. Robert Kretschmer)
- Research focus on energy storage (CEEC, AG Schubert AG Oschatz, AG Balducci)
- Optimization of building facades in the context of energy production. (AG Wondraczek)
- Application of operational and experimental earth observation sensors in the optical, thermal, and microwave area (with emphasis on radar) for geoscience applications, land surface analysis in support of climate change issues. (Prof. Schmullius)
- Impacts of climate and land use change on natural hazards and natural resources (including landslides, water resources, climate extremes). (Prof. Brenning)
- The (geological) history of the earth as well as paleoclimate/paleoecology (Prof. Heubeck)
- Disposal, e.g., bentonite long-term stability or transport and transfer behavior of long-lived radionuclides; geothermal energy.(Prof. Schäfer)
- Research on innovation and diffusion of sustainable technologies (renewable energies, e-mobility) and the influence of politics on these processes (Holger Graf)
- Research on intergenerational sustainability in social security systems within the project VHAlt: Understanding and attitudes towards old-age provision in Germany: characteristics and effects on provision-related behavior (Prof. Dr. Silke Übelmesser
Please note that the research projects presented here are only a selection of the research projects related to sustainability at the University of Jena. Further information on sustainable research topics can be found on the websites of the respective faculties.
The Thuringian Institute for Sustainability and Climate Protection (ThINK) provides comprehensive research, planning, consulting and educational services in Germany and abroad in the fields of climate (climate protection, climate change and climate change adaptation, urban climate ...), energy (renewable energies, energy efficiency ...), satellite- and UAV-based remote sensing as well as the broad field of sustainability (e.g. CO2 balancing and compensation).
- JenaBatteries GmbH
JenaBatteries GmbH is an innovative company in the field of large-scale energy storage from a battery size of 400 kWh. With its metal-free redox flow battery, the company offers industrial customers a sustainable and scalable storage solution. The battery does not require critical metals, is resource-saving and safe.
- Earth Oberservation Service GmbH
E|0|S is a pioneer in operational processing of active microwave remote sensing data for mapping forest biomass and other forest-related biophysical parameters that are important for sustainable forest management. In addition, other innovative services are offered, covering a broad spectrum from the analysis of all types of remote sensing data to the development of digital training content.
- Alpha Analytics UG & Co. KG
The Alpha Analytics team is active in the field of DataScience and is highly experienced in the processing and analysis of data in an industrial environment. In particular, machine learning and multivariate analysis methods are used to identify complex relationships in data and, based on this, to make predictions, for example, about the health of machines or the quality of products.
WINNER is the implementation approach of an energy-grid-neutral electromobility integrated into the objectives of the housing industry (WoWi). It combines local, renewable energies in the housing properties, their use as energy supply in the neighborhood (also referred to as tenant electricity) and the promotion of commercial and private electromobility through the intelligent use of excess capacities, load fluctuations and grid status of both the local and the public power grid.
- The Jena Declaration
The Jena Declaration. Cultural and regional dimensions of global sustainability
The Jena Declaration (TJD) calls for double radical change of paradigm in sustainability research and policies. First, from an ecology to a culture centered approach. With our bodies, we are part of nature. Therefore, nature is not our environment. The way we act as nature depends always on our cultural background, and the regional context. This leads to the call for paradigmatic change of from top-down to bottom-up approach. More information under: https://www.thejenadeclaration.org/